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Clayboy

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Not me!

I just bought a spanky little GPS



Garmin Nuvi 350, has top reviews across the board. I've been using MS Street & Trips 2006 with the USB GPS dongle and I love it. The problem is that setting up the laptop, DC adaptor and USB dongle everytime is a PITA.
This thing is SMALL, and all features are touch-screen!
I have to navigate 10 cities in Canada and the GPS has been the best thing I've bought in a LONG time.
Anybody else using a GPS to navigate their way to gigs?

Cheers!

Clay
 

csaaxl

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Here's my review of the Garmin Quest:


After a considerable amount of research I found the perfect GPS unit, the Garmin Quest. I bought it last 2 years ago from gpsnow.com for $500 but it's worth every penny. It's portable and has 20 hours of battery life when you're out in the woods or exploring the city. In the car, it mounts to the windshield and plugs into the cigarette lighter. The adapter has a speaker built into it and it relays voice directions to you as you drive down the road. It has a base map loaded of the United States with all the major roads. In addition, you can load approximately 3 states worth of detailed street maps from the included City Select CD using a USB connection.


Shortly after I bought it I travelled to Chicago and for the first time the trip was completely stress-free. The Quest led me right to the motel's doorstep without any problems. I also used it to walk to my classes located downtown and to a couple restaurants.

Now that I've had the GPS it has been integral part of my DJ business helping me find client's homes and venues with ease. Many of my appointments are at night and the Quest has made it effortless to navigate to them. Even if it's raining, snowing or foggy it leads you right where you want to go. It's the perfect co-pilot.

This unit has the best of both worlds, great in the car and while walking. I looked at the PDA units but most won't last longer that a couple hours on a charge. Now you can pick up the Quest for $360 and the Quest 2 is $500. The Quest 2 has the US already loaded this is good for those travelling in many states when you don't want to be bothered with loading maps into the device.

I hope this review is helpful.
 

Goodknightdj

Word of Web (WOW) DJ
I just got the TomTom GO 910. I had an event on Saturday out in Ashburn, VA. I just went to "Navigate To", put in the zip first, street second, and house number last. It gave me a very detailed route there and the cues were right on the money.

This unit gets thumbs up all around.

No more mapquest for me.
 

unlimitedsounds

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Yea..

I have a Garmin I5 GPS.. got it for about $333 which included shipping. Nice unit and now I never get lost when going to DJ jobs or other places :)
 

Goodknightdj

Word of Web (WOW) DJ
jokerswild said:
10.99 plus tax... Rand McNally Local Street Atlas... not having to pay for gps services.... priceless... :p
True, but does that map book give you alternatives at the press of a button? Does it tell you where to go and how to get there (did I just find a replacement for my wife?)

LOL
 

unlimitedsounds

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hmm

Not having to pay for GPS services? I dont pay for the service. I bought a GPS and thats it. If you have a MAP you have to pull over to read it. I like the GPS as it talks and you can see where you are and whats coming up. Also I can press DETOUR and it will take me on an alternate route if there should be a problem with the current route I am on.
 

unlimitedsounds

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I suspect

THat it is $10 a month not a one time $10 purchase. At leat that is what it was then I had NEXTEL .. $10 a month for so many trips or $20 a month for unlimited. Now I have my I5 and as I said it cost me $333 but no monthly fees.
 

Goodknightdj

Word of Web (WOW) DJ
And what happens when somebody calls you while you aremusing it for a GPS? Or, better yet, what if you have to make a call?

I used to have one of those PDA phones. If I was in the middle of a call and needed to make a note on it I'd have to ask them to hold on while I made the note. Now I have a PDA and a cell phone.
 

Ken Petersen

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Tom, it does take airtime to use.

So, an inbound call while using it will send the call to voicemail. The other drawback is you need to be in an area with cell coverage - no signal = no Navigation.

Where there is cell signal, it is amazing the accruacy. I was in my diningroom shooting those pics and the voice kept telling me I was not on a road.
:lol:

Directions really are a case-by-case need. And a cell phone solution seemed right. That and it was a pressure purchase (I was lost, had signal and knew the phone would have GPS ability with the applet). It was an "oh crap" purchase that was done on the fly.
 
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