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Old 03-05-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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What GPS Do You Use?


I recently picked up another 20+ subdivisions two + hrs from home. I need a GPS, & have never used one. I'm thinking lifetime map & road updates,with blue tooth gps/phone voice command. I'm thinking sub $300 range.
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I use my Android phone. 300 bucks gets you a top end phone and a great GPS. Add GPS apps from the market and you can do everything a stand alone GPS does and have a smart phone as well.

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I've had the same garmin nuvi (760 I think) for around 3 years. Lifetime maps would be good to have and because I recently thought about upgrading I can tell you for sure that you can get a nice one for under $200. My phone has great gps but I like having a separate system.
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Garmin.

Word of warning: You can purchase lifetime updates, but Garmin determines how long that life is. My 1450 said the battery should last 7 years with 'average' use. I didn't use it all day, every day.,... maybe 2-3 times a week: and it only lasted 1 years. Garmin doesn't replace batteries, they sell you a reconditioned unit. And in doing so, you no longer have your lifetime updates available as they are tied to the SN of your device. Another device = buy another lifetime update.

So I bought a replacement battery online, and DIYed the project for $12. Screw Garmin for that scam!!!

I'm sure some day, I'll get an email from Garmin saying they no longer 'support' my model number, therefor updates will no longer be available. And I got a nickel that says that day will come before my alleged 7-year battery was supposed to last.
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I would just use a software based system on a phone. I think read that the phone system ones are also more accurate because they can also use cell towers in combination with GPS to give more accurate location plus when your phone is worn out and you get a new one you can still use the software you bought before on the new phone.
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I use my navigation app (Google Maps based) on my phone whenever I need to use GPS. I have found it has many of the latest GPS features without the cost.
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Keep this in mind from the time you first turn it on the clock starts. You normally get 30 days to update your maps. When I first started using mine the maps were already out of date. Roads that had been punched in 5 years ago didn't exist on my GPS. Look into the cost of map updates it's like $70 or more. I've just started using my Droid.
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I use a Garmin. I have one in each van. I have gps on my phone but it's not near as convienient as having the gps hooked to the windshield.
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I use a Garmin. I have one in each van. I have gps on my phone but it's not near as convienient as having the gps hooked to the windshield.
Same here... totally agree... windshield is best spot for me... Just gotta' figure out how to get rid of the "coupons" that pop-up every once in a while...
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I recently picked up another 20+ subdivisions two + hrs from home. I need a GPS, & have never used one. I'm thinking lifetime map & road updates,with blue tooth gps/phone voice command. I'm thinking sub $300 range.
Any recomendations?
Thanks, Joe
The best one I have is in my Android Thunderbolt phone. Even has traffic. Soooo much better than my Garmin.
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The Android phone does work great as a gps,but the battery sucks. If my battery is almost dead and plug in and run gps for a hrs drive the battery is still dead when unplugged. Basically the gps eats the battery so much the charger can't keep up. I use a Tom Tom in the van bought 3 yrs ago refurbished update all the time for free.
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I just like a bigger screen at eye level...
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The Android phone does work great as a gps,but the battery sucks. If my battery is almost dead and plug in and run gps for a hrs drive the battery is still dead when unplugged. Basically the gps eats the battery so much the charger can't keep up. I use a Tom Tom in the van bought 3 yrs ago refurbished update all the time for free.
Get a 2+ amp charger for your phone. Some are as little as 500mah chargers and they only just supply enough current to charge phone with the screen on.
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I have the extended battery and a use a blue tooth. I get the directions given right through the blue tooth.

I also keep the phone plugged in when in the truck
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I have the extended battery and a use a blue tooth. I get the directions given right through the blue tooth.

I also keep the phone plugged in when in the truck
Yeah, but then you can't follow the bouncing ball or the feet or the eagle flying, etc...
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Yeah, but then you can't follow the bouncing ball or the feet or the eagle flying, etc...
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Get a 2+ amp charger for your phone. Some are as little as 500mah chargers and they only just supply enough current to charge phone with the screen on.
Thas to much juice. They are usually limited to under 700ma for longevity of the batt. Try to stick with what your battery mah rating is. Example 3.7 v 1300 mah / max rate of charge =1.3 amp.
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I have Garmin in every truck. I only update the maps every 2 years or so and it's not that expensive.
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Thas to much juice. They are usually limited to under 700ma for longevity of the batt. Try to stick with what your battery mah rating is. Example 3.7 v 1300 mah / max rate of charge =1.3 amp.
Makes no difference with li-po cells which most phones use. You can goto 5C with most li-po with no issue of getting hot so 2-3C will be fine. I charge my li-po cells at 10C at times and charge my iPhone with the iPad charger every time I charge.
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Makes no difference with li-po cells which most phones use. You can goto 5C with most li-po with no issue of getting hot so 2-3C will be fine. I charge my li-po cells at 10C at times and charge my iPhone with the iPad charger every time I charge.
Been using lipos for a few years now with rc cars,trucks and helicopters and it will eventually kill the batt. I do it here and there being impatient but it does ruin them.

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