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GPS Advice

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SamIam33, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. SamIam33

    SamIam33 Well-Known Member

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    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?
     


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    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.
     


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    SamIam33 Well-Known Member

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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??
     


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    JayJay Stylish Dinosaur

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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.
     


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    SamIam33 Well-Known Member

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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...
     


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    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.
     


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    Garmin Nuvi > Tom Tom. Used both before.
     


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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. [​IMG]
     


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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...
     


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    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    Nuvi 350 can be had at walmart.com (online only) for around $350
     


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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...

    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
     


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    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    Best buy will have the Nuvi 200 for 169.99 on BF but alas, no text to speech.
     


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    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    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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