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Vehicle GPS Navigation Units - which ones are best?
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(12-12-2017, 10:25 PM)tx2sturgis Wrote: "...You do need to have a LOT of bandwidth during a map update..."


Why bother?  Better to learn 'remote viewing'---no cost, never fails, just learn
the protocols.  Not kidding.  Technology is not your friend.  Never trust it.

Confused Charlotte
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(12-12-2017, 11:04 PM)Charlotte\s Web Wrote: Why bother?  Better to learn 'remote viewing'---no cost, never fails, just learn
the protocols.  Not kidding.  Technology is not your friend.  Never trust it.

Confused Charlotte


Yeah who needs computers and internet anyway....

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(12-12-2017, 11:27 PM)tx2sturgis Wrote: Yeah who needs computers and internet anyway....

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(12-12-2017, 04:03 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: I don't consider a cell phone to be a good GPS.

It's probably important here to distinguish between:
  • gps - the part of a device that receives and interprets signals from the satellites; and
  • mapsets - map data which may or may not be updateable
  • navigation - software that use gps coordinates and mapsets to route you places

There is nothing about a cellphone that makes it a bad nav unit.  The ease of changing nav software and updating map data argues for the phone.  An old smartphone without any service works great with offline navigation (copilot, freeware osmand, etc) for a fraction of the price of a dedicated unit.

Note to onlookers:  you can shoehorn updated openstreetmap mapsets onto your Garmin device, if you no longer have free updates.

{edited to add: I have had great luck with refurbs over the years and buy them whenever possible.}
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I found phones to make sub par a GPS, unless they are connected to the network. I found them to be slow and inaccurate plus the battery life was not good. highdesertranger
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I did find that you can input coordinates into google maps albeit the format has to be:
Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E.
Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418.
Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403.

But yes, I can see that it will do you no good if you can't get a cell signal. Maybe I will give up my sirius satelite radio service in favor a a decent GPS. thanks.
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#17
Lady Garmin always tells me where to go, and has never steered me wrong. Smile

Living in "Ziggy the Snail Shell" since May 2015
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(12-13-2017, 09:55 AM)lenny flank Wrote: Lady Garmin always tells me where to go, and has never steered me wrong.   Smile

In that case, she likes to be called Lady Zharmine. (zhar-meen)...

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(12-13-2017, 03:31 AM)frater secessus Wrote: {edited to add:  I have had great luck with refurbs over the years and buy them whenever possible.}


With respect, refurb GPS units can be a problem, depending on who you buy it from, and whether it is a manufacturer or an authorized retailer refurb, or some third party 'refurbisher' selling them on ebay or even Amazon or Walmart. 

Other than a possible bad unit that was passed along as good, the main issue is the free lifetime map updates. 

Sometimes the unit will not be eligible for free updates. That's not what you want to see on your computer screen when trying to update one that is supposed to eligible.

There are a variety of reasons for this, but the take-away is that if the unit did not come thru 'official' sales channels and retains eligibility for free updates, it could be a problem.

Just something to be aware of.
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I like the Garmin, mine shows what lanes I need to be in as i am coming up to off ramps. Very useful for major highway interchanges in cities especially when towing. The garmin will graphically show the highway you are on and have arrows for the lane you should be in.
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