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Never been a GPS guy as I'm good with directions and never felt the need to buy one. My wife doesn't have one either and doesn't think she needs one. But I'm going to surprise her for her birthday with one. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Looking for something in the middle as far as price (not the cheapest system, not the most expensive) and one that is known for being user friendly and works well. What brands are the best? Thanks in advance!
If you have a smartphone, use that function.
Otherwise grab one off of craigslist. People are giving them away. She will appreciate you saving money.
I had a Garmen Nuvi. Bought it new, and sold it for dirt cheap when I got a smartphone.
Personally I prefer Garmin. Whatever brand you decide on get a 4.3" or larger and one with lifetime maps. The traffic feature for Garmin's is usually good as well as its ability to locate things. I have an older Nuvi and use it constantly for work (I travel across multiple states for work).
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Agree with this.....
I was going to get my wife a nav when she got her new job a couple years ago....instead of doing that, I just got her a smart phone and it was the same size as the nav......works perfectly and you get all the updates.....
If you want a nav, would look at craigslist or ebay....good luck......
Get a Garmin forerunner 110. Very accurate on distance and comes in different colors which a lady will like.
I travel a lot for my job and would not trade my GPS for anything. I have a smart phone, however the GPS function suck the battery dry, on top of calls coming in, messages has a tendancy to forget it was driving me.
Personally I use Magellan. This is my second one, has lifetime maps, traffic, only $119.
I have a Garmin and it's easy to use after you load the maps. It;s very accurate but one time it did screw me up while I was on my way home from Tennessee. It got me home but it took the very long way to do it.
I use the GPS on my iPhone now and never bother with the Garmin. It's easy and just as good. It does drain the battery but I just plug in the car charger and it's fine. I think the app cost me $10 a year but, it's worth it.
I have a fancy Garmin, and haven't used it since I got TeleNav on my smart phone. It's actually better, and far more convenient than a stand alone device. The maps seem clearer, and I can search for nearby restaurants, gas stations, etc. The service is FREE if you have Sprint. Otherwise, it has a small monthly fee.
It has saved me many many times on my iPhone. It does drain battery but just keep it plugged in the car and you are good to go. We are going on a 16 hour car trip for Thanksgiving and will use my iphone's GPS to get there.
I have a Garmin and it has gathered dust in the glove compartment of my wife's car since she got her iPhone.
Smartphones do all the same stuff now. If she already has one then get her one of the many nice Aps that do it.
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Perfer the Garmen. Use one for several years.
This post was edited by GCFAN 17 months ago
Get a garmin. We are a military family and as such we travel a lot. We move to new places to live and we are always trying to learn new areas and how to travel around in them to see stuff. The one we have is under 200 dollars. It covers the entire country and most of europe. Others only cover major cities and that is it. But there are two gems that I think make this better than all the rest.
1. Real time traffic updates and auto-detours around them
2. Voice directions.
(many other features but those are my top two.)
I live in Las Vegas and its one of the most dangerous places to drive in the entire country. So taking your eyes of the road and attempting to read some little screen while you are doing 90 mph in bumper to bumper traffic is suicidal. The voice directions tell you precisely where to turn, how far it is away, and several updates leading up to it so you don't miss it. All this is processes by ear which allows you to keep your eyes on the road.
You don't have to get a garmin but I encourage you to get the voice. You can be on a road for 150 miles and forget your turn. The nagg-a-gator never forgets.
I've tried Tom Tom, Magellen, and another. Garmin is better.
This post was edited by Gobucks187TTUN 17 months ago
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Agree with using the iPhone or other smartphones. The new operating system has a nav that's better than any GPS I've seen or used.
I use my phone
Best benefit with phone is that you can be riding with someone else and you'll be okay. GPS on the phones also have walking directions too!
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