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    GPS experience?

    With the prices dropping on the portable GPS devices I was considering getting one for my car. I don't have much experience with any devices other than the TomTom ONE. My friend has one and loves it. All the research I've done makes me want to stick with the TomTom brand apparently all their newer devices have new maps on them. Does anyone have any experience with any SatNavs?

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    IMO unless you can read a map in the first place they are a waste of time. If you can't programme them properly you get good and lost lost and if your understanding of maps is poor in the first place you won't realise something is wrong. The rouite planning ones can take you some very stranhe short cuts. Unless you are doing lots of journeys to areas you don't know what's the point?

    I have one for hillwalking but only use it in bad weather to check I am where I think i am or put in waypoints if I know I will be backtracking to that point. Having someone come up to you with a GPS on the hills and asking is that the path down over there makes it very tempting to make feeble attempts at wit.

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    I used to have a device that guided my driving.
    "turn left here. "Turn right there." All said in a strident female voice.
    It also used to get me lost, very easily. It then blamed me for not turning when I should have... It proved to be expensive to maintain. Needed constant attention etc.
    Eventually I got a divorce.
    It's so nice to be able to drive without the nagging voice of my ex wife...

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    I think if you travel a lot then they're great!
    I've used one for a while now and it's brill. It certainly saves having to keep pulling over to mapread or try and look at directions.

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    I can pick up a cheap GPS for you for 50p, its called a compass

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    It seems like most of you are against gps devices and prefer the old fashion maps (or compass). I understand maps are much less expensive but the satnavs today are pretty remarkable in what they can do. I know devices like the TomTom ONE have points of interest loaded on them and so you can find restaurants, golf course, gas stations etc. that are close to you and can also route you around traffic. Tough to do with just a map.


    Pinky, do you remember which device you used?

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    I have been using the "Garmin" system in my car for the past month. I am quite pleased with it and it is better system than I have seen in a couple of auto rentals that I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Janus View Post
    I used to have a device that guided my driving.
    "turn left here. "Turn right there." All said in a strident female voice.
    It also used to get me lost, very easily. It then blamed me for not turning when I should have... It proved to be expensive to maintain. Needed constant attention etc.
    Eventually I got a divorce.
    It's so nice to be able to drive without the nagging voice of my ex wife...

    fantastically funny

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    Don't knock GPS!! It saves some poor bugger in the back of beyond the terror of me turning up lost and begging for a cup of tea and a phone book!

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    The new GPS are quite exceptional, and they continue to get better. I'm not so familiar with the TomTom brand, personally... mine are mostly Garmin, brand. I use them all the time, too... for flying, driving and hiking.

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