GPS Navigation

Any recommendations with reasons / comments please.
I have a need for a in vehicle GPS navigation system that must provide voice and visual directions while navigating in towns / cities that are strange to me.
3.5" screen size would be OK, no smaller.
I must be able to acquire GPS from an external antennae as our vehicle has a metal sun visor fitted.
It would be good if updated maps and topographic maps could be updated/ utilised. Intend to go off-road also.
Although I do have a laptop, I would prefer not to use it for visual reference while driving if I can avoid it. I can handle emails OK but am certainly not a computer literate person.
What experiences are there out there, recommendations, rough costs etc...
Was in BigW yesterday and they have a Binatone brand. Any experience with this one?.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:56

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:56
Garmin is the go. I have a 760 and a 310 nuvi. Both have off road maps installed(shonky free maps) With most other brands of road based gps you cant load off road maps.
I mount my gps down on the dash and have not needed and external aerial but they can be fitted.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:09

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:09
Dodgy the 5" ebay gps for around $250 are a great option. They include Bluetooth phone interconnect, MP3 & MP4 play back through your FM radio, reversing camera & with a 8 GB memory card will have no problem fitting all your electronic maps on them. Only issue is you'll need to install the Oziexplorer program & load your own maps.
If that is all too challenging for you the Hema Navigators have both the road & offroad mapping programs pre installed & ready to go but without all the other extra's I mentioned. The model linked does not have the external antenae although with the SiRF star III gps chip I doubt it would have any trouble locking onto a signal as these new ones often work indoors. There are other models available with different features offering a MCX plug for external antenae.
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:15

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:15
That seems to have all the bells and whistles. Do you have one and is the quality any good?
Might buy one for my other car
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:29

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:29
No Stu I don't have one yet as I'm waiting for the 7" ebay gps's to get the Win CE 5 upgrade with the 8 GB cards. This later version has already been done for the smaller 5" & 4.3" screens. As my next big trip is still 3 months off I'm not in a hurry to buy.
I know there are over a dozen in the Jeep club successfully running the units & reports on the Patrol forum are very positive including being stable on rough outback corrugated roads.
The one I used was easy to opperate & resolution reasonable although you'll find higher end products to have a superior screen.
Because they aren't locked you can add programs & maps cheaply unlike similar units like the Hema Navigator or Gamon Nuvi.
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:20

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:20
Garmin 276c fits all your needs

Can buy off e-bay for around AU$600 plus delivery

Garmon 276c


software I would suggest City Navigator 2009 NT

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:30

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:30
the 276c might be a good gps, but it has one very large drawback..... it only takes the propriatry (spelling???) Garmin card which doesn't fit anything else. It also means relatively expensive replacement cards.

So buy a GPS that takes either a standard SD card or micro SD card; that way you can prepare different map sets as you require them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:35

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:35
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I don't know why anybody would want to buy such items on ebay, US Base map, No waranty, no after sales service, and the chance of parting with your dollars and not getting the product.
you can come back at me with all the usual excuses but I tell you now i will not accept any of them,


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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:47

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:47
You state ' I don't know why anybody would want to buy such items on ebay....snipped"

This is why I do

You may have had such issues when dealing with e-bay I certainly havent so I have no issues with dealing in e-bay products.

The 'base map' comment is irrelevant when you load City Nav as it replaces it

Warranty is only an issue when it breaks

After sales service is only an issue when it breaks

I have owned many Garmin units over the last 30 years - never have I had to use either the warranty or after sales services - thats why I continue to buy and recommend them

As to losing your money - thats why you ensure you deal with 'recognised' sellers - did you even look at this seller's history?? - over 3600 transactions and only 30 negative comments

your closing statement " you can come back at me with all the usual excuses but I tell you now i will not accept any of them"

I just have - you dont have to



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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:33

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:33
The 276c is really a great product and there is a potential downside Doug , but the upside is much more likely.

I have now got at least 4 276c with all the accessories from USA and all has worked out well.

I would happily have paid more for Aussie versions if there had just been a reasonable mark up , but its hard when Garmins are nearly twice the price they should be in this country, and software upgrades are dearer than buying many other units outright and even then they have cut them down to only one GPS it can be loaded into.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:37

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:37
Robin
So much for supporting local Australian Business', it's no wonder some have moved off shore. but then that's another debate,

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:21

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:21
Hmmm I see a comment above of having Garmin GPS units for the past 30 years.

In 1987 when driving the Simpson north/south we enquired about hiring a Magellan GPS which as then the size of a shoebox. The cost was prohibitive. So that is 22 years ago.

Maybe the above comment was a typo. Or have I been living in the dark?


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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:28

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:28
yeh, we all should support products made in Taiwan. LOL

I find it hard to believe that KiwiAngler has "owned many Garmin units over the last 30 years" when the company was only founded in 1989. ;-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:37

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:37
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His comment speaks for itself don't it. He probably had one of these,

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:39

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:39
Forget all the crappy little Navmans and TomToms and Ebay, buy it here in Australia, get after sales service,warranty etc.
This is the baby that will suit your needs .
nuvi 5000 Adventure pack

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:48

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:48
If you think thats to expensive then check this one out.

nuvi 765 Adventure pack

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:12

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:12
Doug

I can picture it now - a sweat shop in the suburbs of Darwin with dozens of Territorians manning the production lines, turning out 100's of Garmin Nuvis every hour.

Yeah right.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:17

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:17
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It'll be you southeners that'll be doing the sweatin', Territorians will be the bosses.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:11

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:11
Hi Uncle Dodgy

I follow GPS threads, because i want to update mine, but still haven't decided on which one. Check out thread 66694, and you can do a search and bring up heaps more. GPS questions seem to get asked around once a week. I was going to reply to you on BOG, but when i came over here to look up the aforementioned thread, i saw your question here as well.

Choice magazine has tested GPSs in their latest magazine - only had a brief look this morning, but it seems that again, they have targetted 'city navigators' and ignored many points i need in a GPS, such as goo outback tracks mapping preferably updatable, zip track for finding way back out when lost, good sized memory card, 12v with batteries for back up and hand held when walking. These models of course are more expensive than the 'navigator' models.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:36

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:36
I note that the eBay stockist referred to in thread 66694 does not have any product currently.

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Reply By: troopyman - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:22

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:22
I have a metal sunvisor and it makes no diffrence . Garmin nuvi 255w and topo australia map on dvd .
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:40

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:40
I've just got the MioMoov 300 up and going with OziExplorer. Very impressed with it's operation. Satellite aquisition very good inside the house with metal roof and sarking. The 'street' system worked great on a trip into Sydney CBD last weekend- and Ozi is a good as you want it to be- heaps of inbuilt facilities, just takes a while to work it all out.
4 (and a bit)" screen is handy for these aging eyes.





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Reply By: Les B (Nth QLD) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:57

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 18:57
I bought the predecessor of this unit of ebay 2 months ago. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Q2-2009-5-0-FM-GPS-Navigator-Super-Slim-Design_W0QQitemZ250424379510QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Electronics_GPS?hash=item250424379510&_trksid=p3286 for $275. Its has a 5" bright screen and does almost everything, I have connected it to a reversing camera too. With Ozi loaded I take it bushwalking with a external batterypak, I told the seller that I wanted to run Ozi and he configured an extra software button for Ozi.The street nav program is IGO8. Excellent unit!
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Reply By: UncleDodgy - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 21:45

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 21:45
Thank you all for your input. It has provided a wealth of information for me to wade through.
Your help and advices are really appreciated
Cheers
John
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