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Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by dubbs, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. dubbs

    dubbs Limited User

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    Hey guys, you all know what GPS works for bikes. I'm thinking about getting one for my car. I looked at some but I'm only looking at prices as for which one I would buy. I want to stay with a Garmin and one that has a mini SD card slot. Any recommendations or options to get?
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    Canadaler ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Garmin-Shmarmin...

    Go Chinese (they make everybody's electronics anyhow) and get the Chinese Garmin or Charmin as I call mine.

    Does everything the name brand guys do...at about 1/3 the price:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2GB-5-0-A5-Thin ... 728wt_1163

    74 bucks and free shipping. Mine has never let me down over the past 3 years I've had it. Biggest issue I've had with it is probably that it has too many features which can be a bit complicated to sort out at first. Luckily it has a full manual file resident in its memory.
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    gybeman Limited User

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    The wife just picked up a $100 5" refurbed Garmin 1450 from Tiger Direct. Real nice unit (can't tell from new), fast, with the same features that may or may not work on the knock off. (from my experience with Chinese knockoff electronics)
    Free map update included. If you can read the smaller 3.5" ones they are as low as $49.
    Edit.. one nice feature it has is you can also load your own routes and waypoints from Mapsource.
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    Randy_K Limited User

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    I got a 1450 for Christmas last year. Connie got it from Costco for a good deal with free lifetime maps. Even gives traffic updates in big citys
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    Thats an interesing unit. Its really a Windows PDA, so you should be able to run Pocket Word, Excel etc. ereaders etc. or install whatever GPS software you want.
    Not bad for $75. But, screen resolution is a little low compared to other units.
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I've got a Garmin "Nuvi" 255W and it works great! Have had it for 3 or 4 years now with no problems and also have free lifetime map updates. The one thing I don't like is although you can link the unit to your PC for map and free software updates, you can't transfer tracks or waypoints to your PC or from PC to Garmin.

    You might want to check to see if higher end models from Garmin are capable of doing this. Strange that my little Garmin Etrex Legend which I use on my dualsport can transfer waypoints or tracks back and forth, but the car unit can't.
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    That was Garmin's strategy when the entered the auto "mass-market". They assumed new users would have no GPS experience so most features were left out. They continued with the "advanced" features in the Handheld GPS as it was generally a mature experienced market. If you noticed, Garmin have been gradually introducing extra features to each new Nuvi model so the latest ones now handle tracks, PC prepared routes, route optimisation, spoken instructions, changeable data fields, etc.

    I bought a Nuvi 765WT 2 years ago at about 30% of it's initial price as I thought it was the first Nuvi to have the essential extra features - tracklogs, multiple routes, some changeable data fields, uploaded waypoints and routes, Bluetooth for hands-free phone, MP3 player, FM tuner to play back through car stereo, uploadable custom maps and POIs. There are even better bargains now, as pointed out above, especially if you know how to read the Garmin specs - i.e. if it doesn't say it can do it, it can't!

    Bob