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GPS comparisons and needs

submitted on April 22, 2010 by equipurple in "Products / Gadgets"
Being lazy and asking you guys before I check cnet or other sources...
I am looking to get a GPS, and I think I need just pretty basic How-do-you-get-there-from-here-? service. How necessary are advanced features? Will I be sorry getting a $70 unit instead of a $200 unit? Or actually will I be sorrier getting a $70 unit than getting nothing because I am not going to spend $200?
All thoughts appreciated.
Thanks BUXRites.

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    Posted by pablos17 on April 22, 2010
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    I got a refurb Pocket Loox by Navigon for my wife a couple of years ago for about $80. She is no tech guru, but she has been able to use the unit just fine. I have used it as well and the voice commands are always right on target and it will even tell you what lane to be in on the highway. Another good feature is its speed warning. I think we got lucky finding this not so popular brand.

    I have heard that some of the others such as Tom Tom, Magellan, and Garmin work well.

    I'm sure you will get lots of good advice here (I know I did with my recent MP3 player purchase) and find the best deal possible.
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    Posted by YanBz on April 22, 2010
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    Maybe siggy38 will tell us how the Garmin nüvi 260W is working out for him? Wink
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    Posted by siggy38 on April 22, 2010
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    I like my Garmin nüvi 260W, very easy setup to find an address. My buddy has a Tom Tom seems he's always complaining about punching in a location. The garmin I have gives street names in the turn by turn instructions like (turn left on Oak St.) instead of cheaper models that do not give street names,
    (Turn left at next St.) If it were me I would not Pay the extra money for that feature.
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      Posted by YanBz on April 23, 2010
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      Your buddy is not alone. Everyone I know say Garmin is superior GPS compared to Tom Tom. Well, I am glad you are enjoying your prize! Smile
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    Posted by HouTex on April 22, 2010
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    Does anybody use the GPS feature on their smart phone, and how does that compare with these products?
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    Posted by reallyrob on April 22, 2010
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    I use the gps navigation on all 3 of my Sprint phones. It is very good! I am very happy with the service. Iy also gives you tons of info....and you can search your location for places and call right from the app.
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    Posted by YanBz on April 23, 2010
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    I use GPS navigation on my G1 running Android. It has turn by turn voice navigation but the integration is the part I love. Say, you have a meeting in your calendar, click on the reminder and then on the address. Google Map will launch. Click on 'navigate' and it will guide you to the place. This is something no GPS can offer...

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