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Old 10-19-2014, 06:44 PM   #11
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Please come back often, about anything; there's some good help here. Another consideration for the GPS choice. We plan most of our trips on a map program and then upload it to our Garmin. That feature can be found on the less expensive models in most brands. It's easy to do, and keeps us from being routed into places we don't want to go.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:44 PM   #12
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Appreciate all the info; problem is there are so many models you can go cross-eyed trying to compare them all. Budget is a little tight for the higher end but I do understand the peace of mind factor. Again, thanks for your help. It's nice to know I can come back here for info as we make our journey!
you mite want to check out the inter net for a manufacture rebuilt unit , sometimes they have them and you can buy a nice upgraded model for the same as a lesser model , once rebuilt by mfg they are as good as new
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:14 PM   #13
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I have been real happy with my iPad and an app called CoPilot. It actually downloads the maps onto your device. You need to have the cellular IPad, because it has the GPS. I still have my Garmin NUVI, but seldom use it anymore. CoPilot is much easier to use for planning than the Garmin.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:18 PM   #14
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What ever you get, make sure you buy lifetime maps. It will pay for the cost of a new unit over time.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:57 PM   #15
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Jal0710 of course you would need to buy some sort of mount. They range in price from $10 and up and most tend to be in the $20 to $30 range, so very inexpensive. As far as screen size the majority of phones any more are in the 4.8" plus range and if you need a bigger screen you can always get a tablet. I know several people who use this ipad or android tablet for their gps. I know this is not for everyone but I like to not have to invest in single purpose devices.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:14 PM   #16
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Jhmlbrgr, the lady was talking about a budget of around $150. I think the price of a new smart phone will probably blow that budget, not to mention buying some type of tablet. And, you are right about a mount, they are not terribly expensive, the one I use for my Nuvi cost around $20 or less if I remember correctly.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:19 PM   #17
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I have been real happy with my iPad and an app called CoPilot. It actually downloads the maps onto your device. You need to have the cellular IPad, because it has the GPS. I still have my Garmin NUVI, but seldom use it anymore. CoPilot is much easier to use for planning than the Garmin.
Actually you don't need the "cellular Ipad" if you have a plain Ipad or tablet..There are several addon GPS sources for the IPad such as "BadElf" or "Dual GPS" which I use and it works with any tablet or computer that has "Bluetooth".Both around $100 and Amazon sometimes has used ones also.
If you have a "smartphone" just get a phone mount and use the maps/gps on it for awhile.Allways current maps.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:44 PM   #18
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We have a Garmin Nuvi 5" screen with LM (lifetime maps). It has done a fine job for us. A larger screen will be on the next one.........at some point.
If you don't have to have it right away, Christmas always brings out some nice reduced prices on models that they are phasing out. We paid under a $150. for ours after Thanksgiving.
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Will be driving for the first time without much, if any, navigation since my husband came disabled. Want a GPS that has a large screen (6-7"), lane assist, easy to get used to. Budget prefer up to $150 but can go a little higher if you refer to one that's awesome! Thanks, all!
I have a Magellan 7" it is awesome, comes with lifetime map updates. but I paid over $200.00 Just recently purchased another Magellan for my car with forward facing camera to record traffic while driving.....just never know...in case of accident. It becomes my witness.
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