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Old 09-24-07, 11:29 PM
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GPS Questions

Hello!
I am totally new to this so forgive any stupid questions.
I travel a lot for work and I'm not the most direction friendly person.
I was interested in getting a GPS, friend of mine has a dash unit that was really impressive, but the other day I saw a Microsoft program that if I understood it right, was installed on your laptop, had a usb thing, and would do the same thing...but alot cheaper than having a dedicated unit installed on teh dash-
Can anyone give me a basic pros/cons on the differences? (2007vs2008)
Thanks!

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Old 09-25-07, 12:03 AM
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You can get a USB GPS receiver (ebay has lots of them) and use a program such as Microsoft Streets and Trips with your laptop and achieve pretty much the same as a dash mounted. Each has its own advantages. The laptop has a large screen, the dash mounted can be portable.
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Well most dash-mounted and portable units designed to be used in a car have touch-screens. And are portable. A laptop needs a mouse and ain't exactly easy to prop up on your dash.
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i find the laptop gps solution to be incredibly unwieldy if you don't have a passenger doing all the input. Dedicated portable units like from garmin and tomtom are designed for navigation on the go; that's all they do and they do it well.
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how about a pocketPC or palm with gps?
I'm looking for one of those.
I'm traveling to Asia and having a hard time finding maps for Bangkok,Hong Kong,etc.
Anyone know where I can get maps for Asian cities?

Also, i read that some gps takes longer than others to aquire a satellite signal.
So what should i look for in terms of specs?
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I'm looking for a portable GPS device that will include Europe maps or at least the ability to add UK maps.

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Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4
I'm looking for a portable GPS device that will include Europe maps or at least the ability to add UK maps.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MF7L5A/
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Hmmmmmmmm ... thanks.

Now I have another decision. Yesterday I couldn't find one, now I have to decide between two:

TomTom GO 910 vs Garmin nüvi 370 Pocket



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Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4
Hmmmmmmmm ... thanks.

Now I have another decision. Yesterday I couldn't find one, now I have to decide between two:

TomTom GO 910 vs Garmin nüvi 370 Pocket



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TomTom uses TeleAtlas maps, which are supposedly better in Europe and definitely inferior in the US.

Garmin uses Navteq maps, which are supposedly inferior in Europe and definitely better in the US.

Garmin has a better interface, better map view, and better routing. TomTom probably has a couple advantages, but the biggest one will be how it does in Europe.
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Thanks a bunch. I went with the Garmin nüvi 370. I don't have much concern about how it will perform in Western Europe. It's better than the alternative of either going with solely paper [atlas, maps, print-outs] or paying the astronomical rates to hire a cheap GPS device from the rental car company.

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