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GPS questions
Gene Boyars, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | United States | Posted: 3:52 PM on 12.12.06
->> I am looking for some advice on GPS units. Not for me, for my wife who is very techically challenged. I have heard a lot of good things about Garmin units and I am waffling between the Street Pilot 340 and Nuvi 350. Any thoughts? Any experience? Any advice?
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Michael J. Treola, Photographer
Neptune | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:02 PM on 12.12.06
->> Gene,

I have the street pilot 2610 a few genations old compared to todays standards. You're more then welcome to have a look at mine if you like. The new ones have better routing and road view but the operation is similar.

Without a doubt one of my greatest and most used purchases ever. Simply wonderful tool for the traveler.

Tree
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Todd Kirkland, Photographer
Dallas (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 4:21 PM on 12.12.06
->> I own a Garmin Nuvi 350. Overall its a nice unit but by no means perfect. On the negative side.. Sometimes the route it chooses is not the best or fastest. Sometimes it will tell you your destination is on right when it is actually on the left. And the battery does not last 4-8 hours as claimed by Garmin. Positives.. It offers alot including an MP3 player which will mute for a second when it speaks the directions or upcoming turns. It has voice to speech which will tell you the actual street name such as "in 500 feet, turn left on spring street". Its nice to be going down a hwy when your out of state etc. and type in Chick-Fil-A or whatever and it will pull up all of them within a distance or it will pull up all restaurants in your area. Also.. Shopping, Hotels, Auto repair, etc etc.

I've used a TomTom before and liked it as well. A friend has a Pioneer and it seems decent also. I would look within the 3 if it were me. If you travel alot by car they are very handy.
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Alan Maglaque, Photographer
South Plainfield | NJ | USA | Posted: 4:25 PM on 12.12.06
->> Gene,

I have the Nuvi 350 and swear by it. It has not gotten me lost going to the gigs since the summer. I even take it with me when I travel. It is also easy to use. I like it because it is flat and does not have the TV like look to it.

It is the best thing I have bought in a long while.
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Karl Anderson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 12.12.06
->> I have a tom tom go 910 and it seems a little easier to use than the garmins. For Example, I can just type in "texas tech university" and it takes me right there. The garmin unit did not have any listings for this so you would have to have an exact address. I think you have to actually be in the city of the point of interest in order to show its listing on the garmin but don't quote me. Who has time to look up an address when you need to get somewhere fast?

That being said I had to exchange the tom tom 3 times because I kept leaving it on my dash during the texas summer. I almost bought a garmin on the third exchange but declined because it was so hard to find anything in another city. I learned my lesson with the tom tom and keep it inside when im not using it.

My GPS was one of the best purchases I have ever made. It is trivial to find an obscure address or restaurant or gas station or whatever. Saved me lots of time during assignments. The Bluetooth Phone is also really handy.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 4:56 PM on 12.12.06
->> I also have a 2610 and use it daily. I really like the screen size of the 2610 and have resisted upgrading to a Nuvi because of it.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | United States | Posted: 6:03 PM on 12.12.06
->> Thanks everyone. I am going to go with the 350. It seems to be the simpliest within my price range and I like the idea of the maps being pre-loaded rather than on a CD that you have to transfer to an SD card to use. I also see buttons on the 2610 and I can see that confusing the intended user.......It seems like I can pre-load the addresses she needs the most so she can just pick from a list most of the time. BUT...if you happen to see a big, black Trailblazer wandering around NJ after the holidays, driver looking kind of dazed and confused..give me a call....
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Bob Markey, Photographer
Royal Palm Beach | FL | US | Posted: 12:19 AM on 12.13.06
->> The Garmin C320 and C330 are great and relatively cheap. They are super easy to use and can be bought for as little as the mid- to upper-$200s.
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Jeff Blake, Photographer
Columbia | SC | USA | Posted: 8:53 AM on 12.13.06
->> Karl, the Garmins do allow to you to type in the name of a location and take you there, whether it be the name of a school, city, kentucky fried chicken or your local dry cleaner. I have a streetpilot and swear by it.
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Jeff Blake, Photographer
Columbia | SC | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 12.13.06
->> Karl, sorry, forgot to add, with the streetpilot you don't have to be in the destination city to type in a name. I can look up pizza huts in anchorage, alaska, and route myself there.
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Karl Anderson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 9:53 AM on 12.13.06
->> What model were you using? I was looking at the c550 and couldnt figure out how to do that but im sure it was something i was doing wrong. From austin I typed in Texas Tech University and it had no listings, same for a few other places around the country. Have you had any trouble with the unit over heating? The salesperson told me it was a bad idea to keep it in my car all the time so now i take it inside when im not using it.
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Kirby Yau, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 10:14 AM on 12.13.06
->> Another vote for the Nuvi 350, its compact yet visable, my only gripe is that for Californians, we can't mount the GPS onto the windshield, at least we can't do it legally.

NOTICE TO STATE OF CALIFORNIA DRIVERS: California Vehicle Code section 26708(a)(1) provides that "No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows." Drivers in California should not use the suction mount on their windshield or side or rear windows.
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Andrew Wheeler, Photographer
Capitola | CA | USA | Posted: 12:10 PM on 12.13.06
->> I'm a TomTom fan.

Love that unit and wouldn't go anywhere without it.

My own gripe is that they're yet to port all updates and tweaks to OSX, aside from that the unit goes everywhere with me and the best money I have ever spent on gizmos outside of my camera gear.

Also, on trips/assignments (here and abroad) with my wife there's no more map reading/direction finding angst. Driving in Italy with it was a treat, even in cities and she can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

I call my TomTom "Gladys"

Andrew
http://www.automotophoto.com
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Christopher Koutsis, Photographer
huntington | ny | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 12.13.06
->> The Nuvi 350 is awesome. No there is no bluetooth, but I already have a headset so I didn't want to shell out the extra money for it. As for the battery life...well lets just say it's no where near what they tell you. I got a great deal at compuserve.com...purchased it and it was here in 3 days.

http://www.compuplus.com/i-Garmin-nuvi-350-Personal-Travel-Assistant-010-00...
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Jack Megaw, Student/Intern, Photographer
West Chester | PA | United States | Posted: 12:34 PM on 12.13.06
->> tom tom, you make wrong turns on deliberately just to see how it brings you back on course, fantastic stuff.

-Jack
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | United States | Posted: 12:58 PM on 12.13.06
->> Chris, that is just about the price I got from buy.com. I have seen it as high as $599 and as low as $452.....should be here tomorrow or Friday.

Thanks again everyone for your input. It really helped me.

Oh Andrew, isn't that "Gladys Gladys" ?? I hate their commercials....
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Steve Boyle, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 1:11 PM on 12.13.06
->> I recently got a Nuvi 660, the newest in the line. All of the same praises and battery life complaints as the 350 but a much larger screen and bluetooth for my phone, but quite expensive. MacMall had it for hundreds less somehow so it wasn't as bad. I love it. The second I saw the 350/360 unit in person I knew I had get to the 660, they were just so tiny compared to my hand.

In areas I know fairly well the best navigation is a blend of common sense and trusting the unit (I call mine Jill). In areas I don't know it has never failed to get me there at the time it predicts.

I love just typing in the name of buildings, schools, businesses, anything, and it takes me right there and has the phone number too. It's basically a giant yellow book in my car!
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 11:49 PM on 12.13.06
->> I have the NUVI 360. Its a great unit with some shortcomings I hadn't seen mentioned yet. Mine tends to take a long time locating satellites when I first turn it on. Once they are located it holds the signal just fine.

Secondly, it has a small antennae on the back that must be flipped up in order to work. This is rather annoying if you want to hand hold it rather than use it in your car (hiking, biking, walking, etc...) With the antennae down the GPS is off.

The extra features are neat mostly... The MP3 sound quality is garbage unless you use headphones. The bluetooth phone connection is dependent on having a compatible phone -- not just any bluetooth phone will work. The audio books feature requires buying some books (not so surprising) and the traffic unit costs an extra 180 or so, plus a monthly subscription.

I would still recommend it but if you want to use bluetooth, check their list of compatible phones first.

Eric
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 11:56 PM on 12.13.06
->> Nuvi 660
Hey Steve, thanks for mentioning the 660. I hadn't seen that one and it fixes all of my complaints about the 350. Looks like something to add to the wish list... :-)
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Jeff Blake, Photographer
Columbia | SC | USA | Posted: 9:59 AM on 12.14.06
->> Karl, it is the streetpilot c330. I haven't tried the nuvi but hear great things.

-Jeff
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Bob Markey, Photographer
Royal Palm Beach | FL | US | Posted: 12:55 AM on 12.16.06
->> Get the 320 ($269) if you want to save $100 or more and have almost all the same features of the 330. The 330 has a hard drive and all of North America on it, but the 320 can do the same thing with a cheap 1GB SD card. They look and operate the same, otherwise.
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Brandon Goodman, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 2:01 AM on 12.16.06
->> MIO C310X at COMPUSA OR CIRCUIT CITY Incredible device many great features for little money.
Simply awesome.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | United States | Posted: 10:27 AM on 12.16.06
->> The Nuvi 350 arrived yesterday. Quick out of the box it would not find the street--a major US highway--that her office is on but a quick call to Garmin tech support solved the problem. One note here for other Mac users. As of now, Garmin does not support us for downloads of updates etc so unless you have a PC friend who can download the updates for you, think twice about Garmin. Other than that one issue, I am a hero here today, she loves it, even knew what it was when she unwrapped the box. Thanks again for all the great info and advice. I picked the Nuvi 350 because it does have a hard drive and it really is small and cool and it will be easy to use outside the car as well since it will literally fit in your pocket.
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Andrew Wheeler, Photographer
Capitola | CA | USA | Posted: 5:00 PM on 12.16.06
->> Gene>>

I'll agree the commercials are kinda irky, however, I named our TT "Gladys" just because the default voice inspired me to call my TT by that name.

Btw, if you have a 300/700 go or other TT there is a firmware update available which adds some additional features and from what I can tell increases satellite acquisition as well as a TT app that assists you in updating your own "Gladys" called TomTom "Home" - btw it works on the 300 too...

Home :>
http://www.tomtom.com/plus/service.php?ID=17

Info :>
http://www.tomtom.com/support/index.php?Language=4&FID=5367

TT Forum :>
http://www.tomtomforums.com/

Andrew
http://www.automotophoto.com
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Bob Markey, Photographer
Royal Palm Beach | FL | US | Posted: 7:46 AM on 12.17.06
->> The Garmin Streetpilot C320 is now $248 at Wal-Mart-com - the lowest price I have seen.

It has everything the next two models up have except for a hard drive (but its 1GB SD card will hold all North America maps) and text to speech (such as "Turn left on U.S. 1" instead of "Turn left"). But the text does state the street names in its directions.
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