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Old 11-20-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Got my Stiletto, got my car kit so I'm set in the way's of Sirius Radio. However, I drive a ton (700-1000 miles per week) and I'm seriously considering getting a GPS device. I can't afford the In-dash kind and I don't need all of the ridiculous bells and whistles of a premium plug in device.

Here is one I found that is on sale and looks to be really nice as I just saw it in the store tonight. Does anyone have this model? If so, do they like it?

Or can anyone recommend one in this price range???

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http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Mio-D...oductDetail.do

This model, according to the various Black Friday websites, will be reduced to $149.99 as part of the early bid special. guess what I will have on Friday.

Also, the Garmin 360 will be on sale on Black Friday too.

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Old 11-20-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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I drive 3500 miles a month. I have owned 4 Gramins over the past 10 years and I have loved them all. Get a Garmin, they have the best maps and I have never had a issue with any of the units, I get bored and trade up to the next new thing. My Garmin Street Piolet 2610 is 3 years old and I love it. I save my customers and hotels I like for future trips.

I have bought all 4 online at www.gpsnow.com much cheaper than Circuit City or Best Buy, put them in your cart for the lowest price.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:10 PM   #3
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Checking them out right now.

Thanks for the recomendation.

Keep em coming everyone.
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 350, which I totally love... My son recently got the Nuvi 660, which has the widescreen and its nice as well, but I like my Nuvi 350, they also make a 360 that supports bluetooth. I also have the Garmin GSP18UPS which works with my notebook and provides great GSP service, especially if I want to do multiple via points and actually be able to help select the routing. I have used it from time to time on longer trips.

I agree with TX, you can't beat a Garmin, they keep the units updated with the the latest firmware and they are always working on improvements via user feedback. The maps are also updated every year, though most of the time this isn't necessary to do but about every 3 years.

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TX, any plan to upgrade to the 7500 with all the cool XM add-ons?
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:32 AM   #6
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While all of these Garmins look nice, I don't want to spend that kind of money. Call me cheap.

The Mio Digiwalker I'm looking at (see link in fist post) has most of these features and is on sale at CC for $299.
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 350, which I totally love... My son recently got the Nuvi 660, which has the widescreen and its nice as well, but I like my Nuvi 350, they also make a 360 that supports bluetooth. I also have the Garmin GSP18UPS which works with my notebook and provides great GSP service, especially if I want to do multiple via points and actually be able to help select the routing. I have used it from time to time on longer trips.

I agree with TX, you can't be a Garmin, they keep the units updated with the the latest firmware and they are always working on improvements via user feedback. The maps are also updated every year, though most of the time this isn't necessary to do but about every 3 years.

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I would love to get a look inside your car. Stiletto, Inno, Ipod, GPS. Am I missing one??? Hahahah. that is great. A true techno heaven.
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While all of these Garmins look nice, I don't want to spend that kind of money. Call me cheap.

The Mio Digiwalker I'm looking at (see link in fist post) has most of these features and is on sale at CC for $299.
Check out the Garmin I Series or Street Pilot C Series they are priced from $234 to $479.
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I agree with DAB - the Nuvi is an excellent unit. I was hesitant to spend $700 on it (the price at the time) but it has been well worth the extra money. If you go the garmin route, always check Circuit City's webpage for online specials. I saved $100 off their in-store price by pointing them to their own website which had a lower price (did the same with my canon camera last year too). Sams Club also has good deals on the garmins from time to time. I saw the new 660 there for around $700.
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I updated this thread but it did it on my first post.

I just checked the various "black friday sales" websites and the Mio digiwalker, the exact one I was looking at is going to be on sale at CC for $149 on Black Friday. this is an early bird special only. Guess I know where I'll be on Friday at 4.45am. I'm so excited. A new gadget. Shazaam.

Also, the Garmin 360 is going to be on sale. I think for $349 or something like that, maybe less, I forget. I"m going with the Mio due to pricing and because I don't need a super awesome unit, just one that is functional with a nice screen, voice commands and ok points of interest.

Thanks for all the recommendations. If I ever decide to upgrade, I'll check out the Garmins.
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Personally, I have a TomTom Go unit and love it. I like the Garmins as well, but I am an avid Linux guy and the TomTom runs linux so it's quite hackable for new features. Most folks won't place that much importance on that and just want something that works, but that's my story.
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Old 11-27-2006, 12:35 PM   #12
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Bought the Mio c310X at CC on Black Friday and I love it. I haven't had a lot of trip experience with it because I haven't gone anywhere far away since I bought it.

tomorrow is the first day as I have to go upstate in PA and eventually cross over into New York State.

Excited to use it more.
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I needed a new PDA and grudgingly made the leap over to windows because some cool tech at Comp USA talked me into a TomTom loaded Ipaq running Windows Mobile 5. I am still apprehensive about giving up on my Palm and all the open source stuff for it, but this TomTom GPS is so friggin cool I can't wait to get in the car and just drive. (my first GPS device)

The Travel Companion by HP is pricey but nice. Note that I am not a huge HP fan. But it slides easily into a mount and is truly portable, plus it's a great PDA. It's not wicked fast like some other models, nor as small but it's got the GPS built right into the case and it's TomTom.

I used it for the first time walking around downtown switching between GPS and surfing the web with the built in Wi-Fi. I then connected to a blue tooth phone using it's blue-tooth interface and played around with some bundled phone software. Very cool.

I am actually surprised about how decent Windows Mobile is to navigate and configure. There is a lot of control there, and now I can connect to my servers using the device's terminal services client.

Last night I drove around using TomTom night mode in the country. With no street lamps, I felt like I was on a space ship monitoring short range sensors. The unit is accurate enough to just turn out the lights and drive by the glow of TomTom. That is if you are going about 40. At about 50 and above there is a delay of about 1-2 car lengths from map position versus actual position. Slower and it's slow to update location. Not bad in a self contained unit with a good PDA tossed in.

There is also a voice record button. Something that comes in handy while you are driving and think of something important enough to jot down.

This isn't on par with high end GPS or High end PocketPC PDAs. But it's damn nice. And I am a heavy PDA users. I already know that I don't have enough memory but that's what SD cards are good for. And with the TomTom I can download British voices, and since I drive a Mini Cooper that is a feather in the cap. All maps and gps are contained in the Unit. TomTom does not use any external devices, including an SD card so the slot is free while running GPS.
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I might be interested in a GPS device. My road was created less than a year ago, and while it may be on Google Maps, it isn't in the regular paper maps.
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I checked out the Tom Tom One over the weekend that seems like a pretty sweet little GPS device. They've had them on sale at several location for $399.00. If I didn't have a Nuvi 350, I'd probably go for one of those. The Advantages it has over the Nuvi is bluetooth and being able to set multiple via points. The Nuvi that has bluetooth is almost double the price. I was also able to find locations via the Tom Tom that the Nuvi was unable to find.

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