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    Portable GPS

    Do any of you have one of these? I'm thinking of buying one as a gift, but don't really know much about them. Are some (Magellan, TomTom, etc) brands better than others? I'd like to get one that actually says the street names and where to turn. Other than that, I'm not sure of any special features to look for. I'd probably be looking to spend under $500 if possible for something nice. Help, I need it buy tomorrow night!!!

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    Re: Portable GPS

    My nephew asked for one for Christmas. I bought him this instead and told him he had to prove to me that he could use it first.




    Anyway- I have only used one (not mine) for some geocaching fun. It was remarkably accurate- a better experience than I had expected. Can't remember what kind it was though, or how expensive.
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    I picked up a refurbished Tom Tom for about $200 from Buy.com and it's very good.
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    The Tom Tom is very good. One of my friend owns one and he brought it along in my car for a road trip and it got us everywhere we wanted to go (along with providing us entertainment with the different voices on it).

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    Re: Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post
    I picked up a refurbished Tom Tom for about $200 from Buy.com and it's very good.
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    Wait a second here ... you actually bought something from Buy.com and then actually received it shortly thereafter? In all my experience with Buy.com, that's unheard of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post
    [thread hijack]

    Wait a second here ... you actually bought something from Buy.com and then actually received it shortly thereafter? In all my experience with Buy.com, that's unheard of.

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    Yeah, I've heard stories about them before, but I've bought dozens of things from them and never once had a problem.
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    Re: Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post
    Yeah, I've heard stories about them before, but I've bought dozens of things from them and never once had a problem.
    Me neither. In fact, I've gotten some nice deals and decent service from them.

    As far as portable GPS goes, I'd go for regular AA bateries over a recharageable unit. Those batteries are always expensive to replace if they crap out, and never seem to last long before developing a memory.

    I have a Garmin C330 which is a real basic one (in car). It does the trick so assuming that translates to their handhelds, I guess I reccommend them.
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    As far as portable GPS goes, I'd go for regular AA bateries over a recharageable unit. Those batteries are always expensive to replace if they crap out, and never seem to last long before developing a memory.


    Boy, I'd never do that unless it was rechargable AA's. Those things go through batteries fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post
    Boy, I'd never do that unless it was rechargable AA's. Those things go through batteries fast.
    Yea, I've never had experience with handheld GPS. I know my scanners, digital cameras, and walkie-talkie radios all have regular AA and they last a long time.

    I guess if they eat up the batteries then go with the built in unit. Of course, if it costs $75 to replace, that's a lot of AA's.
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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have been using GPS systems since '99. I depend on them every day. It's not portable, but I have this setup in my Explorer with a laptop, running DeLorme Street Atlas with a GPS receiver.

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    Wow, RFS, I've pined for a system like that, especially when I drove a mini-van for years. I used to run a laptop with external antenna on a homemade shelf thingy I built. But I wanted one of those shelf systems for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    Wow, RFS, I've pined for a system like that, especially when I drove a mini-van for years. I used to run a laptop with external antenna on a homemade shelf thingy I built. But I wanted one of those shelf systems for a long time.

    They're great. They swing in and out on the articulating arm. Very stable and secure for the laptop.

    And you can take them out in seconds. The floor mount attaches under the seat bolts, no drilling needed. It has a 2" stub to set the stem on, all the rest comes right out very fast if you want to take it out.
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    I guess it's not really a portable system (sorry RIC) but I prefer a laptop based system over a smaller in car system. I like to see a far bigger area of the map than just the small chunk they show you on the smaller units.

    Thanks for the heads up on the mounts there RFS. Unfortunatley they don't make any for a Volvo. My inner dweeb says drat.
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    Re: Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post

    Thanks for the heads up on the mounts there RFS. Unfortunatley they don't make any for a Volvo. My inner dweeb says drat.
    If they don't have a unit for Volvo, you can drill holes for the floor mount and still use the unit in that picture. That's what I did on the first two vehicles I had them in.

    The floor mount is about 4 inches by 4 inches. It attaches with four screws or bolts. It has a 3 inch stub which the rest of the unit attaches to.






    Here's a link to the site. It's called a Jotto Desk.

    http://www.jottodesk.com/Comersus/st...gory=2&status=
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    Re: Portable GPS

    I've got a TomTom One. About $225 new. I love it. It was one of those purchases where my wife gave me a hard time until she started using it. She does not give a hard time about it anymore. She loves it. My kids love the Mr. T voice. It's pretty funny when he yells at me, "TURN AROUND WHEN POSSIBLE FOOL!"

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