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Old 12-10-2012, 12:18 PM
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Best Navigation System, Nuvi, Tom Tom???

I am looking for a navigation system to put in my truck, and wondered what eveyones opinion is of the different options out there.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:24 PM
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Sorry, my Droid 3 phone.....

I have an older Garmin and it worked great, by far. But the problem comes to relevent/updated maps. When you buy one of these (at least a few years ago) it comes with one map. 1 year later, new roads appear but the Nav unit doesn't recognize it. You have to pay another fee to update the maps again.

With my phone, the map is updated constantly by Google so the new roads appear pretty quickly. I just found that it wasn't worth me to pay for a new map......

However, my 16 yr old has used the Garmin a few times and it's definitely saved her.

If I was going your route, I'd try and get an all in one radio head unit that has navigation in it already. Cleaner than a separate one stuck to the windshield......
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:36 PM
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Sorry, my Droid 3 phone.....

I have an older Garmin and it worked great, by far. But the problem comes to relevent/updated maps. When you buy one of these (at least a few years ago) it comes with one map. 1 year later, new roads appear but the Nav unit doesn't recognize it. You have to pay another fee to update the maps again.

With my phone, the map is updated constantly by Google so the new roads appear pretty quickly. I just found that it wasn't worth me to pay for a new map......

However, my 16 yr old has used the Garmin a few times and it's definitely saved her.

If I was going your route, I'd try and get an all in one radio head unit that has navigation in it already. Cleaner than a separate one stuck to the windshield......
Some very good points here. Although, I think some of these units provide for free map updates for the life of the unit. I have had a Garmin, which was great. I have an OEM navigation system in my car now, which I love for not having stuck to the windshield. I can usually find map updates online for pretty cheap on my OEM unit. If you get one of the windshield mount types, look for something with lifetime updates.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:45 PM
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Good points to think about. I have a 2005 GMC P/U that has the issue with the speedometer not working all the time, and figured it would be cheaper to buy a GPS Nav unit that show speed. I have a marine Garmin GPS that is great, but a little big to keep in the truck all the time. I have a company Blackberry, so I don't really want to buy a 2nd phone and cell contract thjust for the nav features.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:57 PM
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I have a tom tom... $79 from Sam's - lifetime updates for whatever timeframe they claim product is viable. Been using my droid more not - I travel for work and send my hotel reservations to my google calendar... all I have to do is click the reservation and the click directions - with the tom tom had to key in. That being said..I believe the stand alone units provide the best direction options.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:46 PM
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Garmin has the best maps and the mid level and top tier units come with lifetime map updates.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:49 PM
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Good points to think about. I have a 2005 GMC P/U that has the issue with the speedometer not working all the time, and figured it would be cheaper to buy a GPS Nav unit that show speed. I have a marine Garmin GPS that is great, but a little big to keep in the truck all the time. I have a company Blackberry, so I don't really want to buy a 2nd phone and cell contract thjust for the nav features.
I know some of these GM trucks in this era have been known to have bad instrument clusters. My 2004 has not had any problems yet (knock on wood). But my friend's 2004 had his gauges jumping around quite a bit. I think the dealer gave him a $600 repair bill, but he found a source who would re-build his cluster completely and sent it back for $150 (shipping included). He is very happy with the fix and it's been a few month now since the work.

Just FYI....
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:02 PM
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I've used Nextar professionally (I love the user interface) for last 4 years.... Nextar went out of business in 2009-2010. so, no map updates

I've been through several of their units (battery issues) but, I'd rather buy new (NIB) Nextar units on ebay than use my Garmin 760, I bought on ebay recently (I hate the user interface)

Updated the latest maps for the Garmin, and I still don't like it.

When iOS6 Jailbreak comes out for iPhone 4s.... that will be my primary GPS
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:09 PM
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I have a Garmin and usually only use it on long trips through unfamiliar towns because around town the thing can be an absolute nightmare. If I want to zoom in on a certain section of the map or scroll to see roads close-by it takes forever.

So I would second the GPS that comes with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S3). Directions are never more than a voice command away and it's super easy to move around in the maps. Wouldn't go back to Garmin for anything.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:32 PM
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I use the Tomtom iphone app. Cost $49 iirc. Don't love it but it works fine. If I needed it daily I'd probably have more of an educated opinion.
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