RC: Which GPS should I buy?

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  1. Getson

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    I've been tossing around the idea lately since I have some expendable cash. I don't want to spend a small fortune on one. I don't need anything fancy, just one that works and works well.

    I'm a GPS idiot and know nothing about them. Which would you recommend?
     
  2. boing

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    What do you want to do with it?
     
  3. N / A

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    you want a car one or a handheld?

    handheld - garmin gpsmap 60cx
     
  4. Getson

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    To direct me to locations to prevent me from getting lost. :lol:

    What else can they do?
     
  5. Getson

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    What is the difference? Other than that I assume the car one is pretty much restricted to use in the car?
     
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    Geocaching! :bigup:
     
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    What she said!
     
  8. visual_kool

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    I can say that TomTom's have shit for rural NS data. They focus on US and large cities in Canada.
     
  9. Cheddar

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    Car ones give location by street. Handheld are more for hiking and give things like grid references and note streams and stuff.
     
  10. Getson

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    Hmmmm. I like the idea of being able to take it with me on hikes.

    Rural is important. Can you "bookmark" locations you come across?
     
  11. hank

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    My tomtom seems fine in rural areas
     
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    I setup one for my father 2 weeks ago. It was a fairly expensive one from FS. The road names for towns in the valley sucked. My neighbour's Alpine unit was the same until he bought upgraded data for it.
     
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    Mine does too.

    Dave sounds like you want a handheld. You won't be able to use it for street by street directions. It will give you grid coordinates, altitude, and a few other. If you want to play around with one for a while to see if you'll get use out of it, I have one you can borrow. I also have a PDA with Tomtom installed. Yo can use it for driving and hiking and also as a regular PDA. Takes SD cards and CF. Might be something worth thinking about as well.
     
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    I have a eTrex LegendĀ® HCx

    Haven't used it enough to recommend it.
    CT had them on sale before Christmas for $180
     
  15. Getson

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    I want street by street directions though. :lol:
     
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    Same here.

    What model do you have? The top-of-the-line TomTom models have larger, more detailed maps.
     
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    Yeah or usefull stuff, like hunting and fishing.
     
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    the more recent Garmin nuvi models like my 265WT allow you to get your current GPS coordinates (lat/long and elevation), and you can save your location as a "favourite" and then assign stupid little icons to it, add phone # info, etc.

    You can also "navigate to" a specific coordinate or even just touch a spot on the map and say "go".

    The mapping data seems reasonable so far for streets, etc but the points of interest database isn't "perfect" in smaller towns around here (got the wrong name but right address for a church I was trying to find and a totally wrong phone # for it)

    You def. want a widescreen (4.3 inch) model if you plan to use it in the car - screen is just too small otherwise unless its like right in front of your face in the car or whatnot.

    Not all models "speak" the street names, so you'll just hear "turn left in 200 meters" versus "turn left on Barrington Street".

    If you plan on beating thru the woods and backcountry hiking in nasty conditions, etc the handhelds with all the map grids, etc are prob more what you are after.
     
  20. Snide

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    Some Garmin handhelds can have street maps loaded on to them.
    I have a Garmin Rino 530HCx and I can have topo or street maps running. I just need to have each on a different miniSD card and swap them out.

    I think the Oregon series can do this also.
     
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    I got a Tomtom One for pretty cheap on Boxing Day and I'm very happy with it.
     
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    I love my Garmin Nuvi. Everyone I know this is what they have too and love it! :)
     
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    My handheld has street maps on it and will apparently give out directions - I've never tried it, though.
     
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    What handheld do you have?
     
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    I have a Garmin Nuvi 250w and love it, it even gives me directions on old logging roads in the middle of buttfuck nowhere. I had a Sony before it and although the sony had the best suction cup mount ever invented , the unit itself was somewhat lacking. Garmin is the way to go for GPS as far as I am concerned.
     
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    Ive had good experience with Garmin. TomToms are junk.
     
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    TomTom 130 - nothing fancy but it had no problem taking me around Cape Breton through dirt roads in the middle of nowhere
     
  29. Michael

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    i have a garmin nuvi 750

    serves its purpose
     
  30. David Puddy

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    interesting reviews. i'm looking at picking one up soon as well.
     
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    Agreed. I don't know what model TomTom I have, but my job takes me every rural place in the province and its been perfect for me. Not sure if they all have the ability, but mine can plug in to the internet to load updated maps for new roads etc. Highly recommend.
     
  32. Cooper

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    Don't get an LG one.

    Pro: It has all the old logging roads my rigs are on.

    Con: A LOT of the time, basic addresses, say middle of Grand Prairie, aren't found.
    It will tell me to turn left, when there is no road there.
    On the drive into Hinton, it always tells me to turn right, off an bridge onto train tracks :(
    It literally gets confused and I end up lost.

    I've had the wifey stop me from throwing it out the window on the highway many times.
     
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    Get rid of it and pick up a Garmin. I left a locatio on the V-road and as I got to the Willow I decided to test it to see if it could get me to Grande Cache. It gave me about 10 different ways including all the usual ways I would travel. It did not name the roadways but it was spot on with distances to each turn etc. and this is without Oiltrax installed which would make it actually give me the names as well as the ability to direct me right to an LSD.
     
  34. Cooper

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    Mine knows the ANC, the Willow, even the entire road from the 40 onto the Wayerhauser to my rig..

    But it struggles with middle of the city addys.

    You're right though, I need a new one because I just can't rely on this one at all.
     
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    I have a garmin 260w and it's great. The 265w has bluetooth to integrate with your phone, if that's important to you. From when I did the research a few months ago garmin seems to have the best maps for north america.
     

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