Originally Posted by Vaneta
Phone vs GPS:
Can't talk on phone and get directions from it.
Can't see the "next" turn clearly due to size. (iphone 6 plus)
Usually have satellite signal but not always phone signal.
GPS does not use data.
I'll have both, thank ya, thank ya very much!
Not all of this is accurate. Not sure what you mean by can't talk on the phone and get directions, but I certainly do that all the time. If you're referring to using data and voice as the same time, that's only true if you're on Verizon or Sprint's older, crappy CDMA network. Using GSM or LTE can do voice and data at the same time. The scenario is possible, but not true all the time.
Screens come in all sizes for both devices, so it's not always the case that screen sizes are bigger on GPS devices.
Some phone apps do not require data or cell service either. Garmin's own app for smart phones does not require data for routing as it has built-in mapping.
Question - If one wants traffic, weather, etc. on a garmin GPS device, the RV 660LMT for example, it says that it can use "Smartphone Link" to give you access to real-time data by using your existing phone's data plan. Is this true for all of their devices? Do all of their devices require this to have live data?
From the site...
Compatible with Smartphone Link App
3 is a free mobile app that connects your RV 660LMT with your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone. When paired, your RV 660LMT can use your phone’s existing data plan to share information. Smartphone Link also gives you access to Garmin Live Services, useful real-time information such as weather available free and by-subscription. You may purchase premium content — like advanced weather radar data and images from traffic cameras — within the app. When you use Smartphone Link app with RV 660LMT, you can also check in on Foursquare and access more detailed information about the POI, including ratings, price range and hours of service. Download Smartphone Link for Android™ in the Google Play store. Download Smartphone Link for iPhone® at iTunes."
On a side note, I appreciate the comments on both sides of this discussion. I have an older Garmin GPS that I rarely use because I do not find it as intuitive (personal preference) nor does it have any live features. However, this discussion has made me start looking at some of the newer devices. Perhaps I'll grab one to play around with.