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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-01-2009, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Best Portable GPS unit

Looking to buy a new portable GPS to use in the EX. I have read lots of reviews on these units and seems like all have problems, very confusing.Looking at Garmin 885T 1490T and 1690, TOMTOM 930T and Megellan maestro 4700. Any suggestions.

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Re: Best Portable GPS unit

Ive got the tomtom 720 and love it. No problems at all. But gps's seem to be one of those things that everyones gps is the best so getting a non bias'd opinion out of folks is pretty hard. Ive read so many different reviews and opinions I cant even recommend one to you based on what Ive read.

Ive never owned any other gps's to compare my 720 to in real life usage.

But from what I can gather from reading up on them each has its strengths and weaknesses based on what map source they use. Garmin and Tomtom use different mapping companies.

So you really need to find what works best in your area or in the areas you travel most in.

Sorry Im not more help but I figured being honest about it was better than just going on about how much I like my particular gps vs such and such brand.

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I've got a Garmin nuvi and it works really well. I travel alot for work and the only place that it didn't do very well was Houston i think (could have been San antonio) where they have lots of those access roads that run parallel to the interstate and the gps kept getting confused as to which one i was actually on but I could still figure it out. My buddy has a tom tom and it seems to be pretty good too. Seems like they all get out of date pretty quick, like if a new road is put in or if a road changes or something but you can buy updates for them.

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Garmin nuvi...I love it.

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Re: Best Portable GPS unit

I have the Garmin 885T Nuvi as well. It works well but what I found with the voice commands and the Bluetooth was the truck makes too much noise and renders it useless unless you yell right up close to the unit. Makes you look like an idiot yelling at your GPS. The rest of it works well with the FM transmitter to play the voice and music over the FM radio.

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I have got the Megellan maestro 4700. Works great and seems to have most of the new roads by my house. Never gets confused as to which road it is on and has TONS of gas stations, banks, ect. stored in it.

The only issue I have had is searching for nearby "points of interest". One time I searched for a bank, and it took me into residential housing This exact same thing happened once before when I searched for a nearby gas station, I ended up in a residential area again

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I have a Garmin but it is about 4 years old now and I am to the point of throwing that bi*ch out the window when I am driving down the road. Buddy of mine just got maps and street on a USB driver and he said that thing is far better the any GPS. But you have to have a laptop setup in your truck for that.

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I had Streets and Trips with a laptop for a while as well. I found several issues with it that made me want to switch. The biggest issue was that if you made a wrong turn, it would just tell you that you were off route. It had no recalculate capacity to get you back on track. It also had a bad habit of crashing just when you needed it most. I would have to relaunch on average of 3 times a trip. Was never able to determine what caused it to lock up.

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Re: Best Portable GPS unit

I like Garmin's stuff. I have a Nuvi 750 for the truck, and a Garmin Legend hcx for Canoeing the everglades. Both work perfectly. Right now Garmin has lifetime updates for a $120.

I like Garmin's software flow, I makes sense to me.... If you know what I mean..

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