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#1 Christine

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 10:49 AM

I need help. My DH and I decided to get a GPS for our car. I am always getting lost in our area and we are driving to NYC this winter for Christmas.

So anyway, just wanted to know if anyone else has one and how they like it.

I like the text-to-speech idea, where it tells you what the street name is instead of just turn left here.

I also like the traffic updates thing but its not entirely necessary but would be really nice.

A bigger screen would be nice.

Suggestions would be fabulous!

Thanks ladies.
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#2 1elephant

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    Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:47 PM

    fi and i both got our cars w/ it...i can't live w/o it now! he also has a garmin c220 and we believe (but could be wrong) that it does say the street name. it also has traffic updates. the screen is about 4x3. he keeps it in his little weekend car...we'd use it more often if we didn't have it in the cars already.

    check out epinions.com and see what other people say...

    #3 calyx6

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      Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:01 PM

      We have an older Garmin without the street address feature nor traffic updates and we love it. The graphics are easy to read and it's pretty user friendly. The newer ones do have traffic updates and speech. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Garmin (especially since Hubby likes to steal mine.)


      PS. Traffic updates are a subscription feature.
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      #4 A10CalGal

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        Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:26 PM

        Oh man, gotta love the GPS! My hubby has a Garmin - don't know the model #, but it's also a PDA. I steal it from him all the time. I am asking for a GPS for Christmas.

        The Garmin we have now just does the "left turn in 300 feet" thing, which is usually fine, but I think the street name callout would be awesome. Our real estate agent had one that was a pretty big screen, maybe 4x4", and it would display the giant arrows & street names so you could use it with the sound off.

        OVerall, I vote YES on the GPS, especially if you are getting lost. It really is a great security blanket.

        #5 TammyWright


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        Posted 17 November 2007 - 04:45 PM

        we have it and the screen is pretty big...like 9 inches across...steve loves it and i think it saved our marriage...

        he is one of those guys that wants to have a co-pilot when i just want ti space out the window or talk not be looking at maps...like he literally wanted me to be like "in a 1/4 mile you will need to turn left"..when i am more like "turn left at x-street" and the gps is great because it does waht he wants

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        #6 Christine

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        Posted 17 November 2007 - 04:51 PM

        I think we are going with this one
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        Its a Garmin 650-costco has it on sale for $299, the suggested retail cost is $589 according to the Garmin website.

        here's the description from the Garmin website

        Go wide and arrive with n¼vi 650. This widescreen personal travel assistant is packed with preloaded maps, GPS navigation capabilities and handy travel features including MP3 player, currency converter and more. Like the rest of the wide n¼vi 600-series, its large touchscreen display puts the world at your fingertips.

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        With n¼vi 650's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read — from any direction.

        Navigate With Ease
        n¼vi 650 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and n¼vi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. In addition, n¼vi 650 accepts custom points of interest, such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. The European version even includes a preloaded safety camera database containing locations of safety cameras for parts of Europe.

        Take It With You
        Like the rest of the n¼vi series, n¼vi 650 sports a sleek, slim design and slips comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot.

        Go Beyond Navigation
        Navigation is just the beginning. n¼vi 650 includes many “must have” entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to Audible.com required), JPEG picture viewer, currency converters and more. It also comes with optional FM traffic alerts, Garmin Lockâ„¢ (an anti-theft feature) and configurable vehicle icons that let you select car-shaped graphics to show your location on the map. Optional plug-in SD cards let you add additional features to enhance your travel experience including language translation and detailed travel guides. Our SaversGuide® provides information on nearby merchants offering discounts to customize your n¼vi whether you’re traveling or close to home.
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        #7 robindepaula

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          Posted 17 November 2007 - 06:03 PM

          I totally need one of these. I may have to ask santa for one this year. I'm always having to drive into New Orleans, and get lost every stinking time!!!

          #8 kiki

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            Posted 17 November 2007 - 07:51 PM

            I think im getting one for my B-day...and thats nest week so I cant wait. I ALWAYS get lost!!!! I also asked for a Garmin and I think its the same one thats sold at costco for 299$! I think it's sooo worth it!!!

            #9 beachbride08

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              Posted 17 November 2007 - 10:50 PM

              I'm planning on getting the Navigon GPS system. The cheapest price I found was on Amazon.com, but it still around $500. It shows the street signs and gives traffic updates w/o having to pay a yearly subscription. I believe teh Garmin Nuvi one charges $60 yearly to have the traffic updates so although it is cheaper eventually with having to pay the subscription it would have been the same price as the Navigon.

              #10 angels_butterflies

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                Posted 17 November 2007 - 10:52 PM

                I am looking into getting on. My parents have one tha came with their BMW and it provides maps and voice commands. I love it.

                I've used map quest in the past but I find it much easier to hear the voice telling me where to turn or how much further to go verses trying to drive and read a map at the same time.

                Good luck finding one that meets your needs

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