Originally Posted by OldRightHander
Yeah, I know they're helpful, but at this moment, I just don't see spending the money for something I can get online. Maybe when the price comes down...
Anyway, even if I had one, I think I'd rather just see the map on the screen and then follow it. I don't think I'd want to just drive along waiting for something to tell me when to turn. I was riding with a friend once who had one of those and he was using it to find the place we were going. When I asked what street he was going to take next he replied that he was waiting for the GPS to tell him. Now, can you scroll ahead on those things and get the entire routing without having to wait for it to tell you where to turn? That would be a feature I could use, but not right now when I'm on a tight budget with a $1200 a month payment on the vehicle.
As for Boston, that's a whole different animal. I've delivered there a few times and haven't had much trouble, but I'm usually out around Foxboro and very rarely have to go near downtown.
They are very nice to have, even if you don't continually use them. I often use mine as you suggested, it just displays the map and where I'm at with the street names in the surrounding area...it's nice to see the names of the next three streets when you are looking for one in particular. Also, if I have programmed in a destination, it displays the street I'm on and the next turn at the top of the display. If I touch the text in that area, it switches from the map to a list of the next 4 or 5 turns and I can scroll down until I've seen all the turn-by-turn directions. I use a Garmin Nuvi 350, which runs around $300, but you can get a Nuvi 260 for around $250 which is basically the same thing without some of the unnecessary frills. (MP3 Player, Travel Assitant, Language Translator, etc.) I find myself using mine for oddball things now...for example, if I see a river or a lake and want to know its name, I just touch the screen image and it tells me the name of the thing I have touched. A minor thing, but still nice in my opinion. The prices, as you stated, are definitely coming down, (I bought mine for $450 a year ago, and you can get them for $300 now) so waiting is definitely not going to hurt you. The only other thing I should mention is that they are satellite dependent, so they don't work underground, they do really odd things in cities with walls of skyscrapers, and during heavy storms reception can go in-and-out. When it's all said and done, it's just another tool and most people are more efficient with whatever tool they're most comfortable with.