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Old 9th September 2009, 17:45   #211
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At the cost of being repetitive (NFB and some others have heard it from me on another thread), a fundu Garmin Nuvi widescreen (205w) can be had for just about INR 7k equivalent in US. I got one recently through this route.

Finally, Satguide has released its latest maps which I guess is the 404 cities map they told us about when we went to their office last month.
I can have the piece picked up from the US. Garmin Nuvi widescreen(205w). Is this the exact model number. Or can you specify(brand & model no) an equivalent or better option.
Where do i get the India maps from after I import the device from the US? How much will the maps cost?

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I can have the piece picked up from the US. Garmin Nuvi widescreen(205w). Is this the exact model number. Or can you specify(brand & model no) an equivalent or better option.
Where do i get the India maps from after I import the device from the US? How much will the maps cost?

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Yes jay, You got it right. Its Garmin Nuvi 205w. Remember that w is important. If you miss that w you will still get a Garmin Nuvi but with the regular sized screeen which I personally find pathetic. w is for Widescreen.

You can have this same model still cheaper if you have a US credit card. Pick it up from PC Richards and Sons. They retail it for around $139. Only hitch is they do not accept international credit cards.

I do not know what you mean by better option. However, if TTS is something you dig you may also buy Nuvi 255w. It should cost around $165 in US. Personally I think TTS is wasted in India unless the voices are Indian. Till then even a Buvi 205w is fine.

You can get very detailed India maps from Satguide. They charge you only 2150 odd rupees and send the maps in a 2GB SD Card inclusive of all charges.

And alternate option in Maps is MMI. However they are just too pricey for what they offer.
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Are there any Windows (XP/Win7) based navigation software other than Mireo ViaGPS that can run maps from Map My India (MMI)?

I'm so sick of the Mireo ViaGPS Black Edition which crashes the moment I start driving.
There is a version of Garmin XT for the PC. The Garmin India maps load up fine on it.
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Yes jay, You got it right. Its Garmin Nuvi 205w. Remember that w is important. If you miss that w you will still get a Garmin Nuvi but with the regular sized screeen which I personally find pathetic. w is for Widescreen.

You can have this same model still cheaper if you have a US credit card. Pick it up from PC Richards and Sons. They retail it for around $139. Only hitch is they do not accept international credit cards.

You can get very detailed India maps from Satguide. They charge you only 2150 odd rupees and send the maps in a 2GB SD Card inclusive of all charges.
Thanks for those info Zappo
Even im trying to get the same from US. is there any store that you recommend which accepts international credit card?
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Thanks for the info Zappo. I will most likely go for the non TTS.
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Thanks Zappo. Me too getting a Garmin w from the US
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Funnily the POI file size has decreased from 63MB to 45 MB and I was curious to know if they have added more POIs how did the size come down. For which the support guy promptly called on my mobile and explained that they used some compression technique to reduce the file size.
Ahhh, thanks for explaining. I noticed this too & was wondering what the heck was going on! The current maps have a few more roads added. However, some of the 2 year old roads are still missing
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Default Garmin Nuvi 255 W

Hi All,

Last month I picked up a Gramin Nuvi 255W from Dell.com and they accept international credit card. I had to call them and place the order over phone as the billing address and the shiping address had to be different. I found it to be reliable and got the delivery in US within 2 business days flat. Hope this information is helpful.
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There is a version of Garmin XT for the PC. The Garmin India maps load up fine on it.
Thanks bigman! I will give Garmin XT (PC) a try. I heard they use Map data from MMI but in their own format.
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I picked up a Gramin Nuvi 255W from Dell.com
How much did you have to pay for this?
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I paid Rs. 7600 all included for the GArmin Nuvi 255W from Dell.com thru my credit card account. You know they charge extra of the forex.
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How about the offer of 9990/- on the MapMyIndia A-MAX 06GP5A device. Is it a good buy?
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Default MapMyIndia, Satnav for Windows Mobile 6.1 non touch screen

Does someone here have experience with either mapmyindia or satnav maps on a windows mobile 6.1 (Smartphone edition), the non touch version which uses a keyboard.(e.g. HTC snap/HTC S521 or an asus equivalent)

The blurb on the mapmyindia site mentions the need for a touchscreen, hence the query.

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Default Garmin Nuvi 215 with MapMyIndia

Recently got a Garmin Nuvi 215 with MapMyIndia maps pre-loaded. Used it for a weeklong out-of-state trip. It was truly a lifesaver. Saved a lot of unwanted stops for directions. The technology (GPS i.e.) is amazing, the device is great and the maps not bad at all.

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-Quick satellite fixes (in the order of few seconds)
-Intuitive Garmin user interface
-Huge list of pre-loaded POIs (almost all my hotels, tourist spots were included)


-Can do with more road coverage. e.g. some of the state highways & mountain routes in Tamilnadu were missing
-Coverage of new developments on NH routes like NS corridor needs improvement. e.g. some of the new bypasses are missing so it tries to take you through the old route through the town/city.
-More map detail i.e. road names, town/village names, nearby POIs would be useful

Would definitey recommend Garmin & MapMyIndia.
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folks, i went through this thread (skimped would be more like it), but not sure if i could make up my mind on the best solution.

Device: Garmin nüvi 205W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator : 136$ (~6400) from Amazon.

Maps: from Satguide or MapMyIndia? Are they compatible with this device? What is the cost? Someone mentioned 2200 from Satguide, but when i checked online they claim 7K.

I have an additional requirement - i would like to use the same device during short trips to US/Europe. Would it be as simple as carrying the device and downloading the relevant maps?

Any comparisons between Satguide and MapMyIndia?
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