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#61 BellaVita  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 21, 2008 - 7:08 pm

I am trying to compare the TomTom & Garmin & Megillan and I was originally leaning more towards the Garmin brand when I came across this: Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") : no Speech recognition (navigate with voice commands): no Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation): no that info is from there original website. So now I feel like I am leaning towards a tomtom. I am so confused.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 6:40 am

So, what is the differences betweeen the TomTom 125 and the TomTom One XL? Does anyone know??:confused:

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 7:30 am

So, what is the differences betweeen the TomTom 125 and the TomTom One XL? Does anyone know??:confused:


The XL has the larger 16:9 4.3" widescreen format. The 125 has the 4:3 3.5" standard format.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 1:42 pm

Is the info on the first page for the best Text-To-Speech the best still available? My parents are looking for a GPS, and need a good solid one. But can't be too expensive, I notice that the Magellan is available at Walmart as well, anyone think it's going to be available online?

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 3:02 pm

I believe the Tomtom 125 and 3rd edition do not speak the street names. I could be wrong though

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 3:05 pm

I believe the Tomtom 125 and 3rd edition do not speak the street names. I could be wrong though


You are correct.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 5:55 pm

Does anyone think the BF Circuit City Garmin Nuvi 260 for $149.99 is a good deal?

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 4:54 pm

I am looking for a unit for dd18 who is directionally challenged. Conns has the tomtom130 for 149.99 or tomtom 125 for 99.99 or should I get a garmin flosmoney

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 6:27 pm

Is there a difference when in the description says text to speech (ex" turn left in 500ft on sycamore st) then annouances street names?

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 6:38 pm

I am looking for a unit for dd18 who is directionally challenged. Conns has the tomtom130 for 149.99 or tomtom 125 for 99.99 or should I get a garmin
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I have a tom tom one and it is very user friendly. Never tried another brand so I dont have anything to compare it to, but I love tom.

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 7:21 pm

Don;t all GPS systems reroute?

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 7:38 pm

I am looking for a unit for dd18 who is directionally challenged. Conns has the tomtom130 for 149.99 or tomtom 125 for 99.99 or should I get a garmin
flosmoney

The TomTom 125 only has maps for the 50 States. The 130 has the maps of Canada too. That's the only difference:

http://www.gpslodge....ives/023062.php

TomTom has a terrific "unofficial" forum with tons of people making up POI lists.
http://www.tomtomforums.com (I'm "Genius of Love" over there, it's a play on words for the Tom Tom Club song of the same name).

To see the POI lists, poke around in here:
http://www.tomtomfor...isplay.php?f=14

Is there a difference when in the description says text to speech (ex" turn left in 500ft on sycamore st) then annouances street names?


Text to Speech and announcing street names is two different ways of saying the exact same thing.

Don;t all GPS systems reroute?

Yes, they all will. Some are slower at it than others.

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 7:59 pm

Marcster Thank you so much!!I have narrowed my choices down to TOMTOM ONE XLS AND Magellan roadmate 1212. I am just so torn about how much I want truly want to spend.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 4:39 am

I really want to get my direction-challenged dd16 one of these, but I am just completely confused. Can somebody just tell me the cheapest, most user friendly, street naming device so I know which line to go stand in on BF? Thank you so much. I have really tried to research it, but I just do not understand any of it!

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 8:50 am

Does anyone think the BF Circuit City Garmin Nuvi 260 for $149.99 is a good deal?


I'd like to know this as well... Is this a good unit? According to what I see online doesn't look too bad!

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 12:23 pm

I'm trying to decide between the Tom Tom One 125 or the Garmin nuvi 200 for my IL's. It's their first GPS, so I need something easy to use. Also, the price is about the same, which is why I'm looking at those two units. Any opinions????

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 12:55 pm

Help! I bought the Tomtom One LE from Best Buy last year at your recommendation and we love it. We lent it to friends and now they want to buy one because they love it too. Walmart has a TomTom One 3rd Edition for $128 that looks like the same thing. Everywhere else I see the TomTom 125. I don't understand what the differences are between the two? (I've seen discussions comparing the 125 to the 130 but not to the 3rd edition.) Can you help? Cindy

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 5:50 pm

None of those say are text to speech I believe. I bought the tomtom one xl s for 218 at walmart.com plus 15 - 18 bucks tax. This system has text to speech and bluetooth.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 6:11 pm

Help! I bought the Tomtom One LE from Best Buy last year at your recommendation and we love it. We lent it to friends and now they want to buy one because they love it too. Walmart has a TomTom One 3rd Edition for $128 that looks like the same thing. Everywhere else I see the TomTom 125. I don't understand what the differences are between the two? (I've seen discussions comparing the 125 to the 130 but not to the 3rd edition.)

Can you help?
Cindy


The 3rd edition lacks the ability to create "routes" like you can on the LE model. I'm not sure the status of routes on the 125 or 130. The 125 does lack the maps for Canada.

The 125 and 130 do have foldable mounting brackets (makes it easier to stick in a bag or purse).

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 12:17 am

I want to get my 18 year old son and my 17 year old daughter a portable GPS system for Christmas too, but dang, this is SO confusing. I think I'm going to have to pull some reviews up on the web tomorrow. My in-laws bought the Garmin nĂ¼vi 350 2 years ago and I love it. To say that my sense of direction = nil would be the understatement of the year. I'm in PA and I had to drive home from BWI airport by myself after dropping my husband off for a flight. I was absolutely NOT anticipating that drive home because I KNEW I wouldn't be able to find my way home. We had borrowed the GPS system for the trip and I can't tell you how clear those directions were. I was blown away by the way I was so easily navigated lane by lane while leaving that airport (and all the airports I've ever been to, besides Dulles, requires some skill to exit in the proper lanes). The entire trip home, I didn't miss a single turn (and that's saying so much and if you knew my sense of direction). I don't believe it gave street names and/or route numbers etc... but it would say, you will be existing the highway to your right in 3 miles. You will be existing the highway on your right in 2 miles. Then it will start the countdown from 1 mile, 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile, etc... IMO, you'd have to be a complete moron, or have a major traffic issue such as an accident or unexpected construction, to miss your exit. If that would occur, the thing instantly says, recalculating and from there, it will take over getting you back on track. There were 2 issues that I noticed that I wasn't thrilled about. The first is, I believe the machine automatically takes the first option available rather than having an advanced system in place to get you to take the fastest route. Maybe it just seemed like that to me. I guess another possibility is that it takes the shortest route, rather than the quickest. I only noticed this because my husband drove down and he ignored it when he knew a faster way (then of course, it recalculates and puts you back on track). Perhaps you can program it ahead of time if you know the exact route you want to go. The 2nd issue was pretty minor really. I noticed when I got back to my little rinky dink town, a lot of one way streets were not programed in properly. That was no big deal since I do know how to drive the few blocks to reach my house. LOL Even if this would happen when you're not in a familiar area, if you know you can't go down a 1 way street and you don't take the turn stated, it will recalculate and get you where you're going. Ultimately though, this unit was purchased 2 years ago (Consumer Reports rated it a best buy at the time), so now I'm wondering if some of the others might be a better bet. The one my in-laws bought cost like $400 at the time they purchased it, but even today, it's listed for $155 at Amazon (where they purchased the one they bought).

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 7:00 am

Do the Tom Tom 125 and the Nuvi 200 tell you what lane you need to be in? Of these two, which is the better system? Is there a side by side feature comparison some where that I can look at?

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 8:11 am

Marcster, I am thinking of buying one for my DS. He is living in a new area, and has a tendency to call me to use mapquest if he is in the car lost:tongue1: I am not understanding all the technical talk on these. I want your honest opinion on the Garmin 260, and the Tomtom 125. I know there is about a $50 price difference, but is the differences between the two worth it? TIA

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 9:11 am

I just bought the Garmin Nuvi 255W from Best Buy.It comes with two car kits. They have it on sale for $279.99 and Circuit City has it for $249.99, so they did the price match...Plus Best Buy has a $50 coupon off and Garmin so for $199.99 plus tax its a great deal!!!

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 11:29 am

I got the Tom Tom 3rd last BF. It had my home street reversed (I live at 59 and it was placing me down a dirt road where houses don't even exit let alone a legitimate road. I put in my address for my job at the time and it brought told me to go the wrong way. I shut it off and wish I hadn't bought it. From then I hadn't had any significant problems, but I had the device stolen about two months ago. Looking to buy another GPS and NOT a TomTom. Garmin or Magellan? I'd prefer the 100$ range. EDIT: also the TomTom took what seemed to me a ridiculously long time to acquire satellite reception (or whatever it is)

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 6:36 pm

Any opinions on the one that Shopko has on BF for $89 after $20 rebate? It's a Nextar Q4. The reviews are pretty good for the most part, but almost everyone says it's great for a 1st time GPS owner and I also see that it retails for quite a bit less than they advertise (like $149 instead of $249)

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Posted Nov 26, 2008 - 8:00 am

any reviews about the magellan 1412? i'm in need for a gps that speaks street names (TTS) and a widescreen would be nice. options are very limited for BF specials. i've heard great things about garmin and tom tom but magellan is the only one that will sell for $150 with the TTS feature. please help!

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Posted Nov 26, 2008 - 11:41 am

Marcster, are you going to give us your reviews on the BF GPS models?

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Posted Nov 26, 2008 - 6:17 pm

What time should I try to get the Garmin GPS @ best buy online the one for 179.00.. I really want that one before we go on our trip to Dallas. We have a Tom Tom that was on sale last year that I will give to my son if I can get my hands on this for DH for christmas :tongue1:
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Posted Nov 26, 2008 - 6:31 pm

The best GPS deals were probably those came up briefly in the last couple weeks: Nokia 500 4.3" with TTS and BT $99 from buy.com V7 NAV740 4.3" with TTS $129.99 from Staples Mio C320 4.3" $99 from newegg. All can be hacked easily to use WinCE applications including other GPS programs. All 3 have TTS (C320 requires a simple hack to add TTS).

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Posted Nov 26, 2008 - 6:52 pm

any opinion of the garmin 250 on sale now at newegg is it better than tomtom 125 for the same price? Also how do you find out how many POI there are?




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