Garmin Quest

Submitted: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:30
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Have been looking around for a GPS and the Garmin Quest seems to be a suitable unit for my requirements, which are:
Street Navigation and route planning and
Ability to enter a reasonable number of waypoints

Could anyone owning one of these units give me some feedback on their likes and dislikes please. I am pariculary interested in:
Ease (or otherwise) of the user interface,
Readability, and
Quality of the supplied maps.

In fact any feedback at all would be appreciated. Where I live I am not able to see one of these units in store so it is difficult for me to make a proper evaluation.

Many thanks

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Reply By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:58

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:58
I have a Garmin Quest and found it to be serviceable for me. I use it with voice (the wicked witch of the west) when I to venture to the city, and find it reasonably accurate. Seems to have all roads. Takes a while to understand the lingo used. Roundabouts are take 1st, 2nd, 3rd exit, not LR. The route planning is relatively straight forward and automatic. If you deviate from route given it recalculates automatically and quickly. As for waypoints and outback route planning I do that with Oziexplorer and connect GPS to computer. I can use any maps that way, Garmin seems to have all black top roads and most outback roads, but a lot of minor tracks don't come up, and cross country would be all straight lines. Overall I am very happy with it. I do not use it to its full potential as I do not have a need to do so.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 06:34

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 06:34
I also have a garmin quest the thing i bont like is it can save a rout there are a few I need to save but it cant. I have been back to the fellow that sold it to me and he said it cant be done .

Also mine the girl that talks to me on voice navigation always calls me big boy and wears fish nett stockings and has realy long blond hair and is well developed and my wife thinks I have a problem.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:19

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:19
If you have the same Garmin Quest as me, you can save routes. Mine has about 30 stored. It automatically saves any route you input. Just goand you should see all recent routes.

Where can I get a new voice. Mine is good looking, but nags like the wife. I'd prefer one with a better disposition.
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:25

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:25
OOps. You can't put LR arrows around words. It obviously deletes them. Try it this way press (menu) go to (settings) (route planner) and you should see all recent routes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:00

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:00
PK Eildon

G'Day mate
been a while since I typed to you but like you I like my quest and i note you said a lot of minor tracks don't come up, well yeh I have found some that don't show but was amazed to see the Old Cloncurry-Camooweal Road [Smith Hwy] that the hooves of Cobb & Co would have pounded and later the Redex Cars of the 50s is marked and I have travelled that track and the cursor was spot on the line,I also noticed that to see them tracks on the screen unit must be set at 1.5Klm or less,then in other places I notice a road is shown but it's gone years ago but on average it's brilliant, check out Cape York Tip, and the the Birdsville Track Outside runs to a dead end and the inside track is the one shown
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:42

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:42
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I too am surprised at some of the tracks that do come up. Part of the Canning in fact, but loses it in a few spots. Another 1 I was surprised at was Cordillo Downs from Innamincka to Birdsville, but for some reason loses it just short of Birdsville Dev Road. I would not rely on it in the sticks, and therefore use it as backup to OziExplorer with detail maps. Like you, I think the Quest was a good choice.

Cya

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:54

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:54
PK
mine is the 1st one on the market with the small memory ...like me... but it has routes or I make my own on the PC and upload them, I don't think that is possible with the crappy Navmans and they don't connect and recognise OziExplorer either
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Reply By: hl - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:09

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:09
Hi,

I have had the Quest for about 6 months and I am reasonably happy with it. I also have the GPSMAP60CS. The main difference is the Quest can talk and has a lot more memory, making it possible to store all of the country in routeable format.
The display is very nice and readable even in bright light, albeit a bit small.
The maps are reasonably up to date, however, there are quite a few errors in them. I have one whole street missing (it is there but with the wrong name, so you'll never find an address in it!) This street happens to be my nearest cross street! Another road about 6km from here has a break in it on the City Navigator and it will route around it. The break does not exist on the real road. Another error is 500m from here where it directs one to do a right turn into a street where it is not allowed. So, one must be careful about relying too much on these things, but I guess it is early days in their development. In 5 years they will be 1/4 of the price and have less errors in them. The one really impressive feature is that you can select an address anywhere in the country and it will route to it and give you the distance extactly... not as the crow flies as on earlier units. So, overall it is a nice little gadget, very portable and functional. I do like the trip meter display. The only other negative I can think of right now is the fact that the battery is built in and not user replaceable. If you use the unit while hiking and the battery goes flat, you can't just stick a couple of AA's in it like in the 60CS and keep going.
Hope that helps you make up your mind. There are an awful lot of different units out there now, so choose carefully and remember, if you make the wrong choice this time, you can probably buy a better one next year for half the money.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:50

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:50
How much hiking dou you want to do,Quest has a 20hr battery but I spose that would mean 18 but then how many AAs do you carry in your bag , they don't last much longer than 3 -4 hrs with it on all the time, what ya need is a little solar panel on yout hat
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Reply By: Sam from Weipa Auto Electrics - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:14

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 10:14
I have one and think it is exelent I cant believe that amount of little goat tracks a the sort it shows on the gps its realy good for the cape area I have found it doesnt necesarily name the tracks but at least you know were they are there are some flaws to it but the good points outway the bad for sure I would be lost without it :-)
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 20:50

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 20:50
I use a Quest and it is really fabulous , ,on the roughest of Corrugations it don;t move stuck to the windscreen, every now and then it lets go but just give the sucker a lick [not when its hot as i did ] and stick it back again, I find the trackbac feature handy for my job,not to find my way but to save a total record of each job, below is a small sample . there was 2539 points in that section , and it records every move for over 2000klm the numbers after time is altitude, then distance,leg time, leg speed ,course ,and position, I don't think the 2610 has this feature. You will learn to love your Quest

2532 4/27/2006 3:31:19 PM 162 m 66 m 0:00:33 7 kph 76° true S23 37 32.1 E150 09 20.9 This sector was entering the rear of the westwood Hotel Qld
2533 4/27/2006 3:31:52 PM 161 m 2 m 0:00:24 0.2 kph 96° true S23 37 31.5 E150 09 23.2
2534 4/27/2006 3:32:16 PM 163 m 42 m 0:00:20 7 kph 154° true S23 37 31.5 E150 09 23.2
2535 4/27/2006 3:32:36 PM 162 m 23 m 0:00:10 8 kph 169° true S23 37 32.7 E150 09 23.9
2536 4/27/2006 3:32:46 PM 161 m 13 m 0:00:09 5 kph 281° true S23 37 33.5 E150 09 24.0
2537 4/27/2006 3:32:55 PM 161 m 5 m 0:00:14 1.4 kph 356° true S23 37 33.4 E150 09 23.6
2538 4/27/2006 3:33:09 PM 161 m 2 m 0:13:27 0.0 kph 353° true S23 37 33.2 E150 09 23.5
2539 4/27/2006 3:46:36 PM 161 m S23 37 33.2 E150 09 23.5

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Reply By: walruz - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 21:58

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 21:58
Have Quest will travel.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:26

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:26
I just gave you my opinion on the quest but the Garmin GPS Map 276C would well worth alook to with its 3000 waypoints and trackbac recorder like the Quest
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Follow Up By: sh - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:08

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:08
Thank Doug. The 276C is certainly a good unit. Probably my ideal unit with one exception and that is its cost. About $1850 with the City Navigator software, but probably the best combination of off and on road navigator available.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:54

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:54
Just read your reply about the 276C and the / your price , check this out
GPSMAP 276C (010-00331-02)
RRP: $1,659.00 Our Price: $1,309.00 from Johnny Appleseed GPS in Brisbane and Melbourne , I have purchased from them on internet ok. ..Oh umm just remembered I think you have to pay extra for the Software CD , anyhow here is the link to the website ,Yep just checked it out and CD is in a Package for $1869.00 so the Quest would be the best buy for value, but for me I already have the software so $1309 would be good .I also have a 176C in the car with same software but no voice and I had to make a little bracket to stop it from shaking badly on Corrug', I seen a car in the SD that had a larger screen Uniden connected to a little Black box between his seats and that Windows XP ,then he run OziExplorer mapping along with the GPS and that was brilliant idea. Some say the screen on the Quest is to small but the text can be made bigger for different items such as city or towns or creeks whatever you need so it is a very handy little unit and well priced ,StreetPilot 2610 has no battery so it's confined to the car,Quest at $792 ready to go is good value , go for it.

www.ja-gps.com.au/garmin_quest_1.html
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 19:20

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 19:20
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I just uploaded 3 photo's to my web page on the link below, but the main photo of interest to you will be the bottom one , what i did was got a lighter socket adaptor and fitted it to the side of the Landcruiser Dash and put mt little Quest speaker there so it's not hanging out of the lighter socket near the gear stick and I can hear it better there, Site Link
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Follow Up By: sh - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 19:35

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 19:35
Thanks for the info Doug. I agree that Johnny Appleseed is very competative on pricing. I have also found that they have very knowledgable and helpful staff.

Have you had any experience using the Quest for waypoint navigation when off road? This is the only area the Quest seems to lacking functionality in.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:10

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:10
SH
About waypoints when off road ,remember that key point OFF ROAD , so you expect it to guide you by road so you select OFF ROAD in the menu and if you have been there before and made a waypoint it will guide right back there in thickest of fog or at night spot on as would most other units, as the bird flies , I recall a reply about quest and saving routes , I was unsure about so just went and got mine from the car and yes it can save routes and tracks, of course the best way to make a route is have it connected to the PC and using either Garmin software or Ozi-Explorer , and both software allows the user to add waypoints and I tested the Ozi-Explorer out by making a waypoint on a BM point in the SD on French Line and it was spot on as was the Knoll's track T .
If you have any troubles trying to sort it out refer to the user's manual.

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