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Old 07-28-2008, 08:20 AM   #1
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HMD: What GPS to get

So its come timethat I MUST buy a GPS for my car... problem is I cant seem to get an unbiased opinion on the subject. Most "honest opinions" on various websites seem more like each site likes 1 particular brand/model and then dumps on all the rest. I figure here I might get some honest feedback on the subject.

Basically I know I am looking for a GPS with the following features:

1. Must be able to be used out of the car (on battery) for 1-3 hrs
2. Must have a decent/up-to-date selection of POI
3. Must use SiRF III chipset
4. Must not cost any more than $200.00
5. Must give reliable directions (my fiance cant stand getting lost as it is.. )

Thoughts anyone??
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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Under $150 might be a little tough. I picked up a Navigon 2100 Max (4.3" wide screen) on Saturday and so far it's kicking the crap out of the two Garmin units I've had for a few years.



Granted the Garmin's are older models, but the features (routing, rerouting, etc) on the Navigon is far superior to what I've experienced with my Garmin units. Plus the Garmin's are so freakin overpriced. Updates are expensive to maintain. For $60 you can get 3 years of POI updates on the Navigon (quarterly) and it can do live traffic updates.

It doesn't have Bluetooth or MP3 capabilities, but I already have those devices and don't need the options. It does run on battery (approx 2-3 hours). It's not a ruggedized device and is not water proof (not sure if that's a requirement). I'm not sure on the chipset (I think it's Nemerix NX)

Most places have it in the $250-299 range, Costco had it listed on their website for $199 but was out of stock. I got mine on buy.com for $204 and had a $10 discount code. Ordered it Friday afternoon, it was delivered Saturday afternoon.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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thanks Jeremy.. the navigon 2100 uses the SiRF III chipset


so far its between the Magellan Maestro 3200 for $126.24 and the navigon 2100 for $203

anyone else have any suggestions
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:59 AM   #4
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I really love the wide screen. It makes everything much easier to see/use. Especially with it being touch screen.

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Old 07-28-2008, 12:10 PM   #5
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Don't get a Tom Tom....... Pure junk.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:53 PM   #6
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Well I have the Tom Tom One 3rd Edition and I haven't had any problems with it. I paid about $140 during Xmas and for the price I can't complaint. Takes me directly where I need to go and its wife friendly as well.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:40 PM   #7
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Id vote for the Navigon. The way they set the maps up to look like you are seeing it from a first person POV is a definate selling point for me. I looked into them but cant afford to buy one just yet.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:05 PM   #8
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...s/4262343.html

Something else to help you decide...

Granted most of these are out of the price range you want, its always good to have info.
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