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    GPS: Looking to purchase, need recommendations

    Hello SG community,

    I'm new to GPS and not sure which brand/model to purchase. Here are my needs:

    • Basic automotive unit (don't need any marine or hiking features or any cutting edge extras);
    • Accurate turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts;
    • Powered by cigarette lighter or batteries (preferably rechargeable);
    • Color screen (that's easily read at night & during the day);
    • USA west coast coverage is all I need;
    • Removable storage (eg. SD cards) as opposed to hard drive/internal memory (because hard drive-based units seem to be more expensive & I don't need that much map content anyway);
    • Will be used in multiple cars (so it needs to be easily transferable)


    TIA>
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    Holy moly, now there's a blast from the past.

    How's it going, glc1? Long time no see!

    PM Brembo....He's somewhat of an expert.

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    I think Lefty is pretty good with one too.
    Dont u use a GPS to Geocache? I think he does that a lot.



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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill
    Holy moly, now there's a blast from the past.

    How's it going, glc1? Long time no see!

    PM Brembo....He's somewhat of an expert.
    I'm impressed, someone remembers Not bad, how are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by thepieman
    I think Lefty is pretty good with one too.
    Dont u use a GPS to Geocache? I think he does that a lot.



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    Thanks, I'll shoot him a PM as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc1
    I'm impressed, someone remembers Not bad, how are you?

    Thanks, I'll shoot him a PM as well.
    Of course I remember. I'm sure there are quite a few who do. You were one of the most knowledgable and helpful members of the fourm!

    How long has it been? Almost 3 years? You just kinda disappeared.



    Wish I could be of better assistance on your gps quest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill
    I'm sure there are quite a few who do.

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    yeah I remember him. From the cable forums.

    Always had a 2pac avatar or sig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC
    Always had a 2pac sig.

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    my dad bought a palm pilot with a GPS reciever and software which will talk to you. I'll try and find a link
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    this is what he has...works beautifully!!

    http://shopper.cnet.com/Palm_GPS_Nav...-31452387.html
    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
    Loading the dishwasher at brembo's house means bringing the fiancee a sixpack home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc1
    Hello SG community,

    I'm new to GPS and not sure which brand/model to purchase. Here are my needs:

    • Basic automotive unit (don't need any marine or hiking features or any cutting edge extras);
    • Accurate turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts;
    • Powered by cigarette lighter or batteries (preferably rechargeable);
    • Color screen (that's easily read at night & during the day);
    • USA west coast coverage is all I need;
    • Removable storage (eg. SD cards) as opposed to hard drive/internal memory (because hard drive-based units seem to be more expensive & I don't need that much map content anyway);
    • Will be used in multiple cars (so it needs to be easily transferable)


    TIA>
    -g.

    here is some pretty good info I found in the Langalist newsletter today

    http://www.informationweek.com/story...leID=170701704

    http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20020425S0004

    http://www.informationweek.com/showA...icleID=6502601

    http://www.informationweek.com/showA...cleID=49400016

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    Sound like the GARMIN StreetPilot series would be a good fit. I am a hiker / boater so I am limited in automotive gps experience. Here are some sites with plenty of info for you to start with.

    Check this site first lots of information including q&a
    http://gpsinformation.net/



    great site for accessories

    http://www.gpsgeek.com/

    Please pm me if you have any questions.

    Lefty

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    wow.. talk about old school member.. glc1, you were the first guy to reply to my first post here.. Good to see you back..

    sorry I can't help you on the gps thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC
    yeah I remember him. From the cable forums.

    Always had a 2pac avatar or sig.
    Wow...you SGers have good memories.

    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl
    this is what he has...works beautifully!!

    http://shopper.cnet.com/Palm_GPS_Nav...-31452387.html
    Unfortunately, I don't have a Palm. Guess I could purchase one and then the GPS kit, but I think in my case a true GPS unit/system would be best since I wouldn't utilize the Palm's other features. Is your dad pleased with this setup? How accurate is it? Which model does he use it with?

    Good read, thanks. The author seems to really like Garmin, even owns one. Think I'll check further into a Garmin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty
    Sound like the GARMIN StreetPilot series would be a good fit.
    Yea, that's the direction I'm leaning in now. I'm also looking into Navman, Lowrance, and TomTom.

    Quote Originally Posted by koldchillah
    wow.. talk about old school member.. glc1, you were the first guy to reply to my first post here.. Good to see you back..

    sorry I can't help you on the gps thing.

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    Came to a partial decision today. I'm gonna go with a Pocket PC + GPS. Figure it'll be about the same price (or even less) than an in car GPS, and this way I'll have some more flexibility. Anyway, I just ordered a Dell Axim X50 520 from Dell. Now I just have to decide on a GPS receiver and software.

    Thanks all,
    -g.

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    Buck a foot, know about the future(that's futur for you american cats)

    Why not get auto built in ground water? Its a meter, it measures...

    Barometer is nice, only 200 years old but peeps make it to the basement OK

    GPS is 3D, all you have to do is fly over and take two pictures and steroscopic it up, make you values?

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    update:

    Purchased a few weeks ago a Dell Axim X50 Mid (a day or two before the X51s came out) + Globalsat Bluetooth GPS receiver + Destinator PN GPS navigation software. Works great so far...

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