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Old 11-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #16
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The HP Ipaq has Tom Tom Navigator 6 in it. That is some cool software. I looked at a couple of PDA solutions and Tom Tom was the best in my opinion. In fact I am half tempted to enable Internet on my cell phone so I can get real time info transmitted to the software. Of course there is a little tool I can get that finds and transverses free wifi hot spots as well. Today I enabled a free traffic report transmitted to my PDA through the tom tom portal at tomtom.com at 1800 (6 pm). Being free it is limited to a single road however.
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For those that are cheap like me and have a data-enabled mobile phone, check out

www.google.com/gmm

from your mobile phone.

That's Google Maps for Mobile phones. It's much better than trying to access Google Maps from the browser. You can set favorite points, get step-by-step directions and they have now added TRAFFIC INFO for major roadways. I love being able to check the traffic on my BlackBerry as I'm leaving home to see what on-ramp I should take. And it uses roadway sensors, so the info is pretty accurate.
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I just had to bump this one back up instead of creating another thread.

I'm thinking about getting a GPS and I'm a bit torn between the TomTom ONE and either the Garmin nuvi 350 or 360. I like the text-to-speech feature of the nuvi but don't need the MP3 capability since I already have an iPod, and I like the price of the ONE but it doesn't have text-to-speech (though it does show the street name on the display). I also see that the TomTom ONE XL is coming out this month with a slightly bigger screen size.

Decisions decisions...
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I just had to bump this one back up instead of creating another thread.

I'm thinking about getting a GPS and I'm a bit torn between the TomTom ONE and either the Garmin nuvi 350 or 360. I like the text-to-speech feature of the nuvi but don't need the MP3 capability since I already have an iPod, and I like the price of the ONE but it doesn't have text-to-speech (though it does show the street name on the display). I also see that the TomTom ONE XL is coming out this month with a slightly bigger screen size.

Decisions decisions...
I use my 350 all the time and still love it almost a year later. I thought the text-to-speech would be a neat novelty, but it has been one of the features that I really like a lot. It really helps you keep you eyes on the road while you look for the next street (even if the pronunciations aren't always spot on).
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After owning a Garmin 330, and loving it, I decided to try my hand at another GPS brand. I bougt a Tom Tom unit. I had it all of 45 minutes before I returned it. It was a great unit, however the map data was lacking, to say the least. I find that the best data is made by Navteq. This is the data source that mapquest, google maps, and even microsoft streets and trips uses. Tomtom does NOT use them. So the first 3 addresses I punched in, it could not find. It could find the streets, but not the civic on that street. So, since I loved the garmin so much, I bought a Garmin 7200. Absolutely LOVE IT.



Just remember. I realize that you are looking for a cheap unit, however as with anything, you get what you pay for!
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Ernie, this is trivial but as far as text to speech goes it's a blast to have a unit that you can change voices on. So that may be a factor. I have some sexy sounding Birtish lady on mine with a deep London accent.
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Yep, probably had the 2.5 year old maps if you just bought it. TomTom just recently made map updates in March which haven't made it out to the units on store shelves as of yet. They are much more accurate as you can imagine.
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Yep, probably had the 2.5 year old maps if you just bought it. TomTom just recently made map updates in March which haven't made it out to the units on store shelves as of yet. They are much more accurate as you can imagine.
I figured that. I called their support line, and the only answer I got from them was to submit the addresses that it was missing to them? Why should I do their job for them? In any event, any device I purchase now, I look to see who provides the map data to them.

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Agreed. Navigating with my C330 which did not have speakable street names and with my 7200 which does, is like night and day. I find myself looking less at the GPS while navigating in the city, because I am looking out more for the street out my window, as opposed to trying to figure out what street the GPS means when it says "In 1.2 miles, turn right".
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In my opinion TomTom has done a better job keeping the maps updated in the past year than Garmin has. Most of these units when you buy then are eligible for at least one free map update. I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 which has worked very well for me. I recently gave it to my son and purchased a Mio CX310. I've been real pleased with it, but mainly because it is hackable. (like running TomTom software instead of the iGo software) It doesn't do the name of the streets, but when it says in 300 feet take a left, with one quick glance at the display at the very top in bold letters is the name of the street. I was initially bothered by the fact that it didn't speak the street names, but now its no biggie.

The big difference is I paid $199.99 for the Mio and the Garmin Nuvi back when I purchased it was selling for $799.99, though in all honesty I didn't pay that much. I got one off Ebay for $450.00. Mio is in the process of updating the maps right now with the same version that the Tom Tom's have.

The Garmin 7200 is nice, but way too big for my taste! I'll tell you another thing my Mio with the older maps is more accurate than my Garmin with the latest 8.0 maps in my area.
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I'm going to be getting one soon. I'm looking at the Garmin StreetPilot C530 or C550. The 530 doesn't have text to speech, but the amount of money it would cost to upgrade to the C550 doesn't really seem worth it. I probably won't use the other features of the 550 (bluetooth, mp3, etc). I haven't completely decided yet. Is the text to speech really worth it?
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In my opinion TomTom has done a better job keeping the maps updated in the past year than Garmin has. Most of these units when you buy then are eligible for at least one free map update. I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 which has worked very well for me. I recently gave it to my son and purchased a Mio CX310. I've been real pleased with it, but mainly because it is hackable. (like running TomTom software instead of the iGo software) It doesn't do the name of the streets, but when it says in 300 feet take a left, with one quick glance at the display at the very top in bold letters is the name of the street. I was initially bothered by the fact that it didn't speak the street names, but now its no biggie.

The big difference is I paid $199.99 for the Mio and the Garmin Nuvi back when I purchased it was selling for $799.99, though in all honesty I didn't pay that much. I got one off Ebay for $450.00. Mio is in the process of updating the maps right now with the same version that the Tom Tom's have.

The Garmin 7200 is nice, but way too big for my taste! I'll tell you another thing my Mio with the older maps is more accurate than my Garmin with the latest 8.0 maps in my area.

I have the MIo 310X and love it. I do wish it said the name of the street but oh well, it doesn't. Since it has been my first unit, I don't know any better. It will occasionally try to send me the wrong way down a one way street but no problems other than that.

I got an email from them saying they'll be updated the maps sometime this spring.
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I have the c550 ,it works great the cheaper units suck ,dont hesitate to get a better one.My parents have the c330 and it just doesnt compare,mine has a wayyyyy better receiver.I will say though I had a Magellean Roadmate 760 and it was more accurate to the house.
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In my opinion TomTom has done a better job keeping the maps updated in the past year than Garmin has. Most of these units when you buy then are eligible for at least one free map update. I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 which has worked very well for me. I recently gave it to my son and purchased a Mio CX310. I've been real pleased with it, but mainly because it is hackable. (like running TomTom software instead of the iGo software) It doesn't do the name of the streets, but when it says in 300 feet take a left, with one quick glance at the display at the very top in bold letters is the name of the street. I was initially bothered by the fact that it didn't speak the street names, but now its no biggie.

The big difference is I paid $199.99 for the Mio and the Garmin Nuvi back when I purchased it was selling for $799.99, though in all honesty I didn't pay that much. I got one off Ebay for $450.00. Mio is in the process of updating the maps right now with the same version that the Tom Tom's have.

The Garmin 7200 is nice, but way too big for my taste! I'll tell you another thing my Mio with the older maps is more accurate than my Garmin with the latest 8.0 maps in my area.
DAB, if you don't mind me asking (as I have a Mio), HOW do you run the TomTom software on it? Also, is it reversible? I'm intrigued... I like hacking and tinkering with my electronic devices .
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I've had my Garmin nüvi 680 for about a month now and just love it!

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The 3d maps and the portability are what is nice. The traffic, weather gas price info via the MSN info is nice too!

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