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Old 10th March 2008, 08:21   #16
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I've been using it for 3 months now. No bugs or hang-ups uptil now. I recently drove from Seattle to San diego and was glad I had this unit with me throughout.

What do you mean by "getting a hold"?

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Old 10th March 2008, 19:28   #17
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I've been using it for 3 months now. No bugs or hang-ups uptil now. I recently drove from Seattle to San diego and was glad I had this unit with me throughout.

What do you mean by "getting a hold"?

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I was referring to the time required for the GPS to connect to a satellite..
basically hows the reception in tunnels,downtown areas, bad weather etc ...?
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I was referring to the time required for the GPS to connect to a satellite..
basically hows the reception in tunnels,downtown areas, bad weather etc ...?
At startup it takes about 3 seconds to load the system software and display the home screen.

It takes about 1.5-2 seconds to calculate route no matter where I am or in case of any detours.

Reception is flawless so far and I think it is because the unit is constantly tracked by 15 satellites.
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I've been using Magellan Maestro 4250 and it is phenomal VFM and offers pin-point accuracy. I got mine from Costco for $349.00 plus taxes when it was $499.00 plus tax everywhere else.

6 million POI's and bluetooth were the selling point for me but there a lots of other features too.
A colleague at work bought the 4250 from Costco a few weeks ago - lucky chap got an additional $100 discount on it - a steal for $250.
I was playing around with it this afternoon. I'd vouch for this one - it's not too expensive and loaded with features. You can even create your own POI files and download it onto the device.

I believe, Best Buy & Circuit City still carry it for $499.

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Yep, the addidtional $100 discount was on in the 1st week of March.
At $250.00 it is almost as good as free

I'm still getting around to using the software to upload my own POI's though. Any inputs on this?

edit: Prices at Best buy are down to $399.00 last I checked.

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I just had a look at the Magellans also..seems the UI is much better and much smarter than the Garmin Nuvis
Im was looking for something which I can slip into my shirt pocket, something like my garmin nuvi 200..seems the Magellan 3225 is equally small in size and has better features...
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I am thinking of buying a GPS unit for travel in US and Canada. There are tons of options available. Companies like Garmin, Magellan are prominent, but along with them companies like Panasonic and HP also have GPS units available.

Which is better of them?

Factors to consider:
1. Budget : Max $200. Under $150 would be nice. I dont mind refurbished.
2. Ability to pronounce street names
3. Maximum POIs as possible within the price range.
4. Compact size.
5. Ability to load updated/new maps (e.g. Europe maps) via SD card or any other means.
6. Availability of Indian maps (I think it will be useful whenever I drive in India)
7. Decent battery life.

I have used Garmin GPS (owned by a friend) and foound is pretty user friendly. (Dont know the exact model number but it was quite high range).

Any other suggestions?

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Garmin is a good GPS device. They have variety of indian maps & have regionalised their approach widely. This is a stand alone device. If you want convergence & less gadgetary to carry around , you could go in for a mobile phone with GPS.
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Yes, Garmin is definitely a very good device. Unfortunately, most companies who develop maps for India have it only for Windows based equipment. I had an old Garmin 2620 StreetPilot and no one has a map that is compatible with this device. So far i believe MapmyIndia and SatNav are the best of the lot. They have advertised a few products which are compatible with their maps so check it out.
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I would go for a cheap unit like Navigo GPS Sat Nav . The beauty of these units are that they can be modded to run TomTom, MioMap, iGo, Map My India etc etc.

You can d/l maps off the net for TomTom.

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I would like to buy a dedicated GPS unit and not integrated with cell phone. It will solely be kept in car.

Also Garmin has zillions of models in GPS, any particular model you can suggest?
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Garmin units are robust..depending on your budget Etrax or CSx model are good.
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I would advice Garmin.
heard some good reviews about it.

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he is asking about usa and canada and not india.
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he is asking about usa and canada and not india.

What you going on about ?

Last time I looked TomTom, iGo and Miomap had maps that covered not only the USA and Canada but most of Europe as well, they had no maps for India. So Abhijits criteria would be met by one of these generic CE units as they can easily run Map My India which is an added bonus. So it ticks all the right boxes.

I had a Garmin unit myself years ago (an i3) with UK maps on. Since getting a few WM smartphones the thing has been sat in its box for more than a year. If you want flexibility go for a smartphone or a GPS PNA which can be modded. If you want to be limited to Garmin maps etc then by all means go for a Garmin solution. Having tried both options I will stick to the SP, I have MioMap. Tom Tom, Destinator, iGo, Garmin XT, Map My India, Mapking and Papago all working fine on my units.

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In my limited experience!, go for TomTom6 and buy a gps receiver to use with a phone or buy the whole TomTom navigator. In Europe its the best so far in all ways.
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