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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
So, this is random, but I am thinking about buying a portable GPS device as a Christmas gift, and was wondering if anyone is an expert here. I am seriously considering the TomTom XL-S, its the new one out that comes with Text-to-Speech (it also has other cool features- mapshare, help me etc). I've heard nothing but good things about it, and I really like that it has TTS to you don't have to look down to see the the road names-- it calls them out for you. Anyone have suggestions?
post #2 of 25
I'm far from a GPS geek, but I have a lot of experience with them.

Personally, I would stay with Garmin. I have the Etrex Legend which IMO is the best bang-for-buck for handheld GPS's.
post #3 of 25
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Really, what do you like about your Garmin? I have used the TomTom ONE and found it very easy to use... that's why I am considering the XL-S. Does the Ertreix Legend have Text-to-Speech and mapshare??
post #4 of 25
I have a Garmin 660 and find it to be easy to use. It actually is easier to use and faster than a built in system in one of my autos.
post #5 of 25
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I have a Garmin 660 and find it to be easy to use. It actually is easier to use and faster than a built in system in one of my autos.

Yeah, I have one built in my car now, and the TomTom actually was easier to use that the in-dash one too. I was going to get the XL-S for my parents for Christmas since they don't have one built in, and I like that it has the TTS but isn't quite as expensive as some other models...
post #6 of 25
Everyone says Garmin Nuvi is the best. Better mount and more legible screen in sunlight than TomTom and slightly better routing. I think some will be cheap this Black Friday. I'm shopping for a Nuvi 350 for myself.
post #7 of 25
Garmin Nuvi > Tom Tom. Used both before.
post #8 of 25
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Garmin Nuvi > Tom Tom. Used both before.

Yeah, but does your Garmin have celebrity voices calling out directions?

Nothing like Mr. T yelling at you while you drive.
post #9 of 25
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Yeah it seems like there's always debate between Garmin and TomTom, but I've read lots of good reviews about the XL-S. Homer, do you know if the Garmin 350 has text-to-speech and if so how much it runs for? Price looks good for the XL-S but I'm also waiting for some holiday deals to start...
post #10 of 25
Nuvi 350 can be had at walmart.com (online only) for around $350
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by SamIam33 View Post
Yeah it seems like there's always debate between Garmin and TomTom, but I've read lots of good reviews about the XL-S. Homer, do you know if the Garmin 350 has text-to-speech and if so how much it runs for? Price looks good for the XL-S but I'm also waiting for some holiday deals to start...

It does have Text to Speech. Garmin model comparison here. The 350 is an older 3xx but I see no reason to get the newer one myself. http://gpstracklog.typepad.com/gps_t..._nuvi_com.html

I know there's gonna be some GPS deals this black friday/shopping season. Also, paypal is doing a 20% cash back promotion at select retailers for paying by paypal (up to $50 back). I might look into that if an electronic retailer shows up
post #12 of 25
Best buy will have the Nuvi 200 for 169.99 on BF but alas, no text to speech.
post #13 of 25
Did anyone snag a gps on Black Friday?
I heard some crazy deals running for the 3rd Edition TT, but I wasn't able to pick one up.
post #14 of 25
I ended up buying the Mios C320 for $149 at Radio-Shack. I considered the Tom Tom 3rd edition, but figured it would be better to pay the extra 20 dollars and get a device that was in wide-screen and capable of running text to speech.

I can't think of any cons, considering the price I paid, plus I love the thin profile and stylish design.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by HomerJ View Post
It does have Text to Speech. Garmin model comparison here. The 350 is an older 3xx but I see no reason to get the newer one myself. http://gpstracklog.typepad.com/gps_t..._nuvi_com.html

I know there's gonna be some GPS deals this black friday/shopping season. Also, paypal is doing a 20% cash back promotion at select retailers for paying by paypal (up to $50 back). I might look into that if an electronic retailer shows up

I'll second (or third or whatever) the Nuvi endorsement. I've owned the 350 for about a year after my business partner recommended it, and it is awesome. The text to speech function is top rate and I couldn't go back to my older non-speech device. If you can, get the next model up with a widescreen and brighter display. I used to troll bensbargains.net and slickdeals.net looking for a deal and got mine for $350 on a costco special.
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