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Old November 2nd, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Best GPS unit

I know there are a lot of threads on this topic, however, I think it is a topic that changes constantly. The maps and tech. are always improving, and I want to make a good decision. I am looking to purchase a GPS unit for my defender, but don't know which one to get. I am wanting a unit that will have streets and highways as well as back country roads and trails. What are your recommendations? Best places to purchase? Thanks!
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Any Nuvi that floats your boat. The reason for using Garmin is that the map format was cracked many years ago and there is a huge community producing free maps including trail maps. For pricing, just search online for the best pricing.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:00 AM
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I've got the Nuvi 500 its waterproof so if you are like me and run the truck with the top off over the summer a little rain won't be a problem. The Nuvi 550 is their other waterproof one and comes with topo maps.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 12:27 PM
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I love my new Garmin 62st. I took it on my Utah trip and it did great. The auto mount kit is awesome. The suction held to the windshield over all kinds of rough terrain. It's the perfect fit for a Defender.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7625240335210/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7625240335210/

You can use Garmin's Topo or if you drive in Colorado, Utah, Montana, or Wyoming, I highly recommend the (free) topo sets that this guy puts together:

http://www.miscjunk.org/mj/mp_main.html
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 02:08 PM
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I agree with Garmin too, but I have the Garmin software on my blackberry. I got it a year ago for around $50 on special and now I always have my turn by turn GPS with me. Integrates with the BB address book and google search too.

You have to have cell reception for it to work though (pulls maps on the fly)
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I really love my Garmin 276c. It is the bottom model of the marine style navi units. It doesn't have all that weird crap on it like road signs and making things look nice and in perspective. It is basically how you would translate old paper mapping system to a digital device. For me thats all I need and I can read it super easy.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:20 AM
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I love my new Garmin 62st. I took it on my Utah trip and it did great. The auto mount kit is awesome. The suction held to the windshield over all kinds of rough terrain. It's the perfect fit for a Defender.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7625240335210/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7625240335210/

You can use Garmin's Topo or if you drive in Colorado, Utah, Montana, or Wyoming, I highly recommend the (free) topo sets that this guy puts together:

http://www.miscjunk.org/mj/mp_main.html
I'll second the recommendation of the 60-series Garmin. I have a 60CSx. I prefer it to the Nuvis. There are a lot more maps available (often for free), it's more rugged, and it doesn't look like an iPhone. I've used it in the mountains in Mexico, near the Guatemala border, and in the Philippines. Built in compass sucks, though - supposed to work when you're not moving, but I haven't seen it read accurately yet. The GPS-based compass works fine.
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I'll second the recommendation of the 60-series Garmin. I have a 60CSx. I prefer it to the Nuvis. There are a lot more maps available (often for free.....
All maps that work on teh 60 series will also work on any Nuvi.

The reason for getting a Nuvi is that the screen is much larger and easier to read, they are much cheaper and include routable maps for free...

A 60 or 62 series are great for hiking, but not the greatest choice for a car.
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I got the tomtom for the iphone. It isn't bad but I would prefer to have something in the car at all times
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I got the tomtom for the iphone. It isn't bad but I would prefer to have something in the car at all times
You could grab the GPS dock add-on for it. Works a bit better. I'm not always thrilled with my phone's built in GPS sensor
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Yeah I got the doc too. I guess I just want something unrelaated to the phone
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All maps that work on teh 60 series will also work on any Nuvi.

The reason for getting a Nuvi is that the screen is much larger and easier to read, they are much cheaper and include routable maps for free...

A 60 or 62 series are great for hiking, but not the greatest choice for a car.
I didn't know that. On my 60, you can copy files directly to the flash card, which is especially useful if you don't have access to a Windows machine (although I've heard they're doing great things with Wine these days). Can you access the Nuvi in the same way? Just curious on how close the two are.
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Can you access the Nuvi in the same way? Just curious on how close the two are.
All current model units are based on the "Nuvi" OS, unlike the "old" 60 series style. This allow direct copying of files to both internal memory or to the card. Most new ones have large internal memory. For instance the 62 series has 1.7 GB free on internal memory.
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What model works well for making tracks for new trails? Something that might work with Ggogle Earth or similar?
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What model works well for making tracks for new trails? Something that might work with Ggogle Earth or similar?
I use my Garmin 305 for that
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I have the Nuvi 760. Have the euro card in it as well. That thing took Bobeck and I all over the Uk last year.
I like that model because if you live in a metropolitan area where the radio stations broadcast a traffic signal the Nuvi will warn you of upcoming traffic congestion and actually tell you to get off and suggests the best exit to stick to your original route. It also transmits in FM so you can synch it with your stereo and hear it a bit better (kind of important for those of us tooling around in diesels). The "where am I ? where is my car" is similar to the "find ship" button on marine GPS units. I have mine setup to talk to me in a british female voice.....

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Garmin's nüvi 700 series brings two exciting new features -- multi-destination routing and, "Where am I?/Where's my car?" -- to its popular pocket-sized GPS navigator lineup. As with all nüvis, you get Garmin reliability, the fast satellite lock of an integrated high-sensitivity receiver, a slim, pocket-sized design with a gorgeous display, an easy, intuitive interface, and detailed NAVTEQ maps for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with more than 6 million name-searchable points of interest. All of the 700-series navigators also feature a rich array of features including spoken directions in real street names, MP3 player and photo viewer, and an FM transmitter that will play voice prompts, MP3s, audio books, and more, directly through your vehicle's stereo system.The nüvi 760 and 770 add integrated traffic receivers and Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling. The nüvi 770 adds maps for Europe. The nüvi 780 adds enhanced MSN direct content capability..
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I have mine setup to talk to me in a british female voice.....
she nags, complains and then sulks??
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took a while to get used to "take slip road on right"- ie frigging exit ramp. nags quite a bit when you don't follow directions,then gets demanding, then just gives up and says recalculating
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One thing that all of the new Garmins have that I'm a huge fan of is the wireless waypoint exchange. This was very useful on the recent trip I took in Utah. We'd make a navigation stop and I'd pull out the paper topo map and plot a series of waypoints and then key them into the GPS:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defende...7625240335210/

Then, I'd hop back in the truck and wirelessly send those waypoints over to my buddy's Garmin Oregon that he'd mounted in his truck. It worked like a champ.

The way I see it: the 62st works fine for vehicle navigation but the Nuvis suck for hiking. If it's never going to leave your vehicle, get a Nuvi; the touch screen is definitely nice. If you want to take it on hikes or go geocaching, go for the 62st.

If you're into ham radio and APRS, definitely go for the 62-series over the Nuvi: the 62's have a NMEA interface whereas all (most?) of the Nuvis don't.
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If you are hiking, get both.... A Nuvi costs nothing.
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