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Old 02-14-08, 01:37 AM
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Anyone have / seen the Tom-Tom GPS systems?

My Dad and I were out w/ the real estate lady and she had one of these.

I didn't notice it until it said 'TURN LEFT'

And it startled the shit out of my dad and I.

So we got to talking to Peggy about the Tom-Tom.

I told her, 'does it come in different voices?'

She says it does, but she prefers the one with the Australian accent.

Then I tell her:

"Hell, if I had one of those I'd get a voice that says: Yo muthafucka, turn right here ya fuckin' cracka!'"

Then I changed my mind.

I told her I'd get one with a nagging wife voice:

"TURRRRRRNNNNN LEFT HERE!!! OH LOOK WHAT YOU WENT AND DID! YOU MISSED THE POTTERY BARN!!! TURN AROUND YOU DUMB BASTARD, WE'LL MISS THE SALE!'

Anyhow...interesting piece of technology.

She almost had to pull over from laughing too hard.

This just shows that yuppies can be amusing.
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Old 02-14-08, 02:05 AM
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i prefer a garmin, but that's my opinion. they have history and the military uses them.
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Old 02-14-08, 02:10 AM
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I used a TomTom for a couple of weeks before I sold it. Managed to get a hold of Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice and a bunch of other celebrity ones.

'GET TO DA CHOPPA!!'
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Old 02-14-08, 05:22 AM
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I got a good deal on some refurbished ones so I picked them up for gifts for Christmas (including one for myself ). I like it so far although there are a couple of oddities/annoyances. For example the only way to set a lock out code is via hooking it up to the computer and running a special app. Once you do that you can reset it via the interface on the TomTom itself but the first time has to be done via an applet that is part of the [email protected] software. This app works on one of my computers but I couldn't get it to load on another. Occasionally the unit has problems turning on, and the one I gave my mom has problems turning off. The specific model I have (the 510) won't work w/ my bluetooth phone and while later models will it seems they aren't going to back port the programming to make mine compatible. Finally even w/ their "latest map" I still find occasional errors. With all that said I still really like it, but how it compares to other brands though I don't know since I haven't used any of them.

If you go w/ one of the newer models not only do you have access to the voices TomTom offers (some free, some not, some celebrities [John Cleese comes to mind off hand]) but you can record your own voice as well (or upload any sound files and use those is the impression I got).

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Old 02-14-08, 10:33 AM
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Whatever you get (I have the Garmin 650) make sure it has full text to voice and speaks street names. In other words you dont want it to just say "turn right in 500 feet", you'd rather it say "turn right onto Linden Lane in 500 feet"
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Old 02-14-08, 03:54 PM
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I have a Garmin and use the Australian chick's voice. Makes my gf jealous, because I actually *listen* to the Australian chick!
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Old 02-14-08, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by drmoze
I have a Garmin and use the Australian chick's voice. Makes my gf jealous, because I actually *listen* to the Australian chick!
I agree, her voice is 'sexier' than American=Jill or British=Emily
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Originally Posted by Mankal
I agree, her voice is 'sexier' than American=Jill or British=Emily
It is sexier, but sometimes harder to understand. So I use Jill's voice instead. In fact, I call my GPS unit Jill: "Don't forget to bring Jill with us!"
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Old 02-15-08, 10:37 PM
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I just received a TomTom GO 720 as a gift today from my buddy. It's pretty neat, we'll see how it does around town tomorrow.
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Old 02-16-08, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by nemein
I got a good deal on some refurbished ones so I picked them up for gifts for Christmas (including one for myself ).
There's your problem right there. GPS's seem to be really complex things in terms of feature sets and how one thing can affect another.
Almost all of our customers GPS's we've had repaired end up having continued issues down the line.
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I used to say whatever to GPS units but all of a sudden I want one.
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