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Old 01-20-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hopefully I have found the correct forum to post this to. We are thinking about buying a GPS unit and I thought I would run some questions by hoping that the answers given will help us in deciding which one is right for us. It will be used for our camping trips. We currently use Delorme Map n Go and Microsoft Streets and Trips. I like Map n Go best, but Delorme isn't making it any more. They only make Street Atlas USA and the newest versions have gotten very complex in the past few years.

Anyway, I'm rambling on. So here are my questions:
1) What GPS unit (make and model) do you have?
2) What features do you like best about it?
3) What do you wish it had, but doesn't?
4) What don't you like about it?
5) What happens when the data on your GPS unit changes or is outdated - ie - a business listed closes or moves to a different location?
6) If you had to buy another GPS unit, would you buy the same one and if not, which one would you buy?
7) How much did you unit cost?

Thank you. We have some gift cards to Bass Pro and have looked at some of the units there, but the guy behind the counter just wasn't real helpful.
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Hopefully I have found the correct forum to post this to. We are thinking about buying a GPS unit and I thought I would run some questions by hoping that the answers given will help us in deciding which one is right for us. It will be used for our camping trips. We currently use Delorme Map n Go and Microsoft Streets and Trips. I like Map n Go best, but Delorme isn't making it any more. They only make Street Atlas USA and the newest versions have gotten very complex in the past few years.

Anyway, I'm rambling on. So here are my questions:
1) What GPS unit (make and model) do you have?
2) What features do you like best about it?
3) What do you wish it had, but doesn't?
4) What don't you like about it?
5) What happens when the data on your GPS unit changes or is outdated - ie - a business listed closes or moves to a different location?
6) If you had to buy another GPS unit, would you buy the same one and if not, which one would you buy?
7) How much did you unit cost?

Thank you. We have some gift cards to Bass Pro and have looked at some of the units there, but the guy behind the counter just wasn't real helpful.
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Old 01-21-2006, 01:52 AM   #3
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I like the Garmin iQue 3600. It is a GPS and a PDA combined. Using the latest software, it utilizes your information in the PDA part to map routes there. Reviews tout it as being faster, with more detail, than the streetpilot models, but that's an individual taste thing. It's not as durable as the dedicated GPS units, so dropping is an issue, just as most PDA's. A new one is around $465, and a Garmin reconditioned W/1 yr warranty is around $320.
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Hi SavReb,

Welcome to the forum. I have a Garmin Street Pilot III. I like the Mapsource computer program that downloads maps to my Street Pilot.

Things I like:

1. Garmin is an established leader in GPS instrumentation.
2. Since it is portable, I use it in both my car and motorhome.
3. The screen is big enough to see when the Street Pilot III is mounted on the dashboard.
4. Garmin periodically sells updates for the map program that run $75.00 to $150.00. That takes care of updating closed businesses, new streets, etc.
5. Newer Garmin units (mine is now obsolete) have large enough built in hard drives to store all of the maps for the U.S. and Canada in the unit, so you don't have to download maps to the unit.
6. Garmin or E-Bay has parts and accessories for older units.
7. Garmin provides free downloads of updates for firmware and software even for older units.

Things that I don't like:

1. Mapping accuracy for Alaska is not very good. We (too of us traveling together in a caravan) found ourselves driving across the water instead of being on the road (according to the Street Pilot)!!! I didn't know that a Winnebago was amphibian. I am told by Garmin that the newer updates for Mapsource have more accurate maps for Alaska.
2. The audio speaker is contained in the 12vdc cigarette adaptor - not the unit. I rewired mine to work through the speaker for the rear view monitor.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck.

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