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Need a new GPS

Hi

my garmin nuvi 1450 died and now I am looking for replacement.

looking for about the same size(5in), fast navigation through menu, life time maps and possibly voice commands(depending if they have improved greatly since 2011).

looking under $200, open to other brands(how is tom tom and magellen)?

I have maps on my phone but don't like it as much as dedicated unit.
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No standalone gps stands a chance.

You do have to pay for data though.
I use mine very frequently (20ish days a month) and use about 250MB data on average
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+1, Although the newer Tom Tom GPS' are pretty good. I would avoid Magellan.
Gee wrote: Stick with Garmin

It is better than TomTom or Magellan
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which tomtom and garmin ones?
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xiaobao wrote: Hi

my garmin nuvi 1450 died and now I am looking for replacement.

looking for about the same size(5in), fast navigation through menu, life time maps and possibly voice commands(depending if they have improved greatly since 2011).

looking under $200, open to other brands(how is tom tom and magellen)?

I have maps on my phone but don't like it as much as dedicated unit.
There's many Garmins bellow $200 with LMT

http://www.gpscity.ca/gps-receivers/&p= ... motive+gps

Stick with Garmin.
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death_hawk wrote: Google maps.
No standalone gps stands a chance.

You do have to pay for data though.
I use mine very frequently (20ish days a month) and use about 250MB data on average
I'm on Koodo prepaid, and that 250 MB/month would end up costing me $90/year. My Garmin cost about $100 several years ago, and it does what I need.
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Google maps and other online maps shd only use data for live traffic otherwise offline maps shd suffice
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retrothing wrote: I'm on Koodo prepaid, and that 250 MB/month would end up costing me $90/year. My Garmin cost about $100 several years ago, and it does what I need.
I can't argue with "does what you need" since it's the bare minimum of working.
But having used standalone units and other app based ones, the extra features are WELL worth the additional cost.
Nowadays most people have a bucket of data already that they can draw on. It's obviously not cost effective if you have to provision a new plan for it.
arm2000 wrote: Google maps and other online maps shd only use data for live traffic otherwise offline maps shd suffice
This is an option too. Google Maps only needs data to initiate the trip.
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What do ppl think of garmin 3590? I can get it for $217 all in.
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They still sell standalone GPS ?, thought it went the way of PDAs !
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xiaobao wrote: What do ppl think of garmin 3590? I can get it for $217 all in.
That's an older model.

I would get the Nuvi 56 LMT for the same price or slightly cheaper
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My Garmin 66LM let me down in Calgary today. I was going from the airport to a motorcycle shop in the SE and the address wasn't recognized. The shop has been there for 20 years. My TomTom has never let me down like that.
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death_hawk wrote: I can't argue with "does what you need" since it's the bare minimum of working.
But having used standalone units and other app based ones, the extra features are WELL worth the additional cost.
Nowadays most people have a bucket of data already that they can draw on. It's obviously not cost effective if you have to provision a new plan for it.


This is an option too. Google Maps only needs data to initiate the trip.
death_hawk wrote: Google maps.
No standalone gps stands a chance.

You do have to pay for data though.
I use mine very frequently (20ish days a month) and use about 250MB data on average
Also nearly all GPS have slow ass gpu/cpu that renders at like 5-10 frames per second with terrible touch screen. It's just god awful slow. Garmin Nuvi calls their top of the line GPS 800x480 screen a "high-resolution 6.0-inch glass display" and I'm like "are you kidding me?"

I do prefer going "Ok google. Show me the directions to Fairview mall" and then bam. Plus nice looking 30+ fps 1920x1080 interface with great touch screen.

Also (correct me if I'm wrong) the faster GPSs use usb 2.0 interface while some of the slower ones still use 1.1. Try updating a 2 gig map file with USB 1.1. It will drive you insane.

But then sometimes standalone GPS does have some unique features that google maps on android doesn't have. I just wish google would to enhance their GPS functions faster than what they're doing now. I think they could drive standalone GPS obsolete much faster if they wanted to. Basically anything a standalone GPS can do, Android phone can do better, but they just choose not to.
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LKane1 wrote: But then sometimes standalone GPS does have some unique features that google maps on android doesn't have.
There are a few features that would be kind of nice to have in Google (eg closest gas station) but the features it brings vs other GPSes still make me come back to Google.
Hell the live traffic rerouting alone is worth the cost of data.
I just wish google would to enhance their GPS functions faster than what they're doing now.
I'm pretty happy with the current implementation. There aren't any "must have" features on my list.

There are a few quirks like "Ok Google, find me the closest RBC" and it gives me something weird. But if I type it in it'll find me something much more sane.
The tradeoff is that standalone GPSes have TERRIBLE recognition. I was looking for an address on 8th Street and it couldn't find it for the life of it. TL;DR I had to write it as "Eighth Street".
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I have a lumia 1020! with here maps. I dont like it as much as my dedicated gps as I find I like the 5in screen better and it is missing features like what lane you should be in. This is why I want a dedicated gps as I still love my phone and not replacing anytime soon.
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Garmin GPS >>> Google maps >>>>>>>>>>>> the integrated GPS in my new Cadillac.

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