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Old 05-29-2008, 05:14 AM   #1
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Need Input On Selecting GPS System

I am looking to buy a GPS system. I have checked reviews on most manufactures and It looks like Garmin navigation system is the way to go. The two models I am considering is the 350 and the 660. Any input would be great! Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:14 AM   #2
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I use a Garmin nuvi 360 so far works very well, calculates and recalculates pretty quick if you travel off your destination. I use this for work and traveling to a new campground. The 360 has bluetooth which I have setup and use instead of holding the cell phone while driving
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I've owned several brands & models. I agree that Garmin is probably the way to go. If you're considering the 660 be aware that it doesn't have multiple waypoint routing. Samsclub haas the 750 for $299.00 which does have multi waypoint routing. It doesn't have bluetooth but I found that I never use it on mine anyway. If you require bluetooth you'll need to go with the 760. You can go to the Garmin site and do a comparison.
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I've owned several brands & models. I agree that Garmin is probably the way to go. If you're considering the 660 be aware that it doesn't have multiple waypoint routing. Samsclub Haas the 750 for $299.00 which does have multi waypoint routing. It doesn't have bluetooth but I found that I never use it on mine anyway. If you require bluetooth you'll need to go with the 760. You can go to the Garmin site and do a comparison.
Thanks, I just learned something new. Was not aware of multiple waypoint routing. I am new at this. Is there anything else that I should consider that has importance?
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What type are you looking for? Auto? Hiking? Combo?
What will you mainly use it for?
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:14 PM   #6
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I guess I'm old school or something. I use a laptop with Delorme Street Atlas and a USB GPS receiver. Paid about $50 at Fry's.

And I already had a laptop. And we take it with us, anyway. Just needed a table to put it on and we're set.
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Thanks, I just learned something new. Was not aware of multiple waypoint routing. I am new at this. Is there anything else that I should consider that has importance?
Multi waypoint routing isn't a big deal unless you want to stop along your route or want to manipulate your route through vias.

Here's my list of what's most important to me.

1) Map accuracy (duh!) An address that's actually where they say it is.

2) POI's (Points of interest) and lots of them! The Nuvi has a good number and you can add to it. The Lowrance Iway 600 has the most factory loaded I've seen but you can't add to them.

3) Decent routing. (To me Garmin is the best at this).

4) User interface. Big and easy to navigate the functions.

5) User interface customization. (placing things on the screen that I'd like to see.) I'm a tinkerer but have found out that this isn't nearly as important as I once thought it was. The Nuvi's aren't customizable but I don't have a problem with that. The Iway is the most customizable and TomTom is pretty good too.

6) Bells and whistles. (MP3, bluetooth, traffic, video, etc.) These are at the bottom of my list but you'll have to decide where they fall on yours.

Here's my list in order of importance. Your's might be different. I've owned the Nuvi's, Iway 500/600's, TomTom Go's and Cobra gps units. They all have their good and bad points. I'll be glad to discuss any other points you have questions about. You can PM me or we can put it here so it'll benefit everyone.
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What type are you looking for? Auto? Hiking? Combo?
What will you mainly use it for?
I have had problems getting on the Forum, so I am sorry for the delayed responds. I am going to use the GPS for auto travel and camping. Walking is out of the question, I do enough at work almost a 1,000,000 sq ft.
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Multi waypoint routing isn't a big deal unless you want to stop along your route or want to manipulate your route through vias.

Here's my list of what's most important to me.

1) Map accuracy (duh!) An address that's actually where they say it is.

2) POI's (Points of interest) and lots of them! The Nuvi has a good number and you can add to it. The Lowrance Iway 600 has the most factory loaded I've seen but you can't add to them.

3) Decent routing. (To me Garmin is the best at this).

4) User interface. Big and easy to navigate the functions.

5) User interface customization. (placing things on the screen that I'd like to see.) I'm a tinkerer but have found out that this isn't nearly as important as I once thought it was. The Nuvi's aren't customizable but I don't have a problem with that. The Iway is the most customizable and TomTom is pretty good too.

6) Bells and whistles. (MP3, bluetooth, traffic, video, etc.) These are at the bottom of my list but you'll have to decide where they fall on yours.

Here's my list in order of importance. Your's might be different. I've owned the Nuvi's, Iway 500/600's, TomTom Go's and Cobra gps units. They all have their good and bad points. I'll be glad to discuss any other points you have questions about. You can PM me or we can put it here so it'll benefit everyone.
I am going to review your list, I think you hit all on the head. This is a great Forum and I think everyone will benefit from this. If I need extra help I will PM you. Thanks so much.....Wade.
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I love GARMIN products. For an auto navigator...I like the GARMIN NUVI line. The higher the number...the more bells & whistles you get. Nice big touch screens, simple to use.

I love my GARMIND LEGEND C. I use it in the truck, hiking, paddling, jetskiing, on cruise ships, in aircraft, fishing, geocaching, on my bike...possibilities are endless.
It's completely portable...and there are mounts for everything. There are several different type maps you can use. (extra $$) I can make up a route with the GPS, or do it on my computer and feed it in. I've owned 2 GARMIN'S...and they have never had any problems.
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