We have a GARMEN, I dont know what model, but one of the higher end ones, and it is the best. We did alot of research at the time last year when we got it and we really liked what they had to say regarding the GARMIN. Sure has been helpful!
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If Traffic alerts are important then check on that feature and any additional cost per unit type. My hubby has a Tom Tom and he loves it. I have a Navigon, because it gives traffic alerts and I drive rush hour. The the traffic feature is more important to me then some of the other features (like point of interest information). Hope that helps.
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I have a Garmin 350 Nuvi. It has a lot more features than I would probably ever use. I really enjoy it most of the time. I have found that if you travel where there is a lot of highway construction, and recent changes then it really gets screwed up. That little lady inside will say "recalculating" in a little less than happy sounding voice, and try to help you find your way out. Course if the exit is now a right exit, and you are prepared to exit left, it can be a real pain.
You can pay an ongoing extra fee to get traffic updates etc.
I'm glad to have one, and most times it is very helpful. I can always hit take me home, and it will get me back there. What else could you want?
I always go to Consumer Report for their insight. We have bought everything that was over $200.00 with the advise they offer.
Have never been wrong. The latest issue on the newstand features GPS.
I agree about using CR for a guide. My only problem with them is that sometimes they almost overanalyze products. For example, they'll give a lower rating to a vehicle whos temperature control buttons and knobs aren't as conveniently located as another vehicle in it's class...If you have the vehicle for over a week, you'll get used to them no matter where they are..Again, it's just a minor pet peeve with them and I trust them overall.
I bet it would be a great gift. But my guess is that they will start coming down in price soon...Especially right AFTER Xmas.
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I have the Garmin C550m and I love it. I moved to Florida recently and it has been invaluable in helping me to get around a strange area. I just put in an address and off I go. Gladys (that is what I call her) tells me where to go. Just let me miss a turn and she gets an attitude..big time! There is no monthly fee for Gladys just pop her on the dashboadrd and she calls the shots.
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I have a Garmin nuvi250 and love it! I paid a little extra and bought the beanbag style mount where you just set it on the dashboard (it doesn't move at all either) instead of using the suction cup on the windshield. My son borrowed it for their trip back to NC when they came for Thanksgiving and will give it to my daughter for their trip to FL when they come for Christmas. , my kids still just love borrowing MY toys.......
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