Garmin gps model difference and other things

Submitted: Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 14:17
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There is a lot of talk on the forum about GPS from people who have been using them for sometime.

1 As a newby Im a little confused about the basic types.

2 Are there some that are specialise in city only or remote areas?

3 And whats the difference between a Garmin 265w and Garmin 760?They are both in the same price range.

4 Are they all easily transferred from one vehicle to the other as I drive several cars/4wdsl?

I had considered a Garmin as they seem to have the biggest knowledge base and are widely used on this forum.
I want one for the remote areas and was happy to spend in the $400-$500 range inc some accessories,is that adequate?

I checked the old posts but its mainly talk from existing user/owners of GPS
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 14:19

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 14:19
One other thing,can they all be carried around and used while your walking?
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Reply By: toyotabits .........VKS-737 ...mobile 2629 - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:28

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:28
G'day Ross, I have a Nuvi 760 I use in varios cars daily, I have 2 quality velcro dots on the back of it (10c size dots from Bunnings) & I mount it in the centre of the steering wheel on each of the cars, nice & close - easy listening as well, sure better than on the screen! see yaa, aussiedingo
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:41

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:41
Hope your steering wheel hasnt got an airbag as if it goes off you may have Garmin tatooed deeply on you forehead LOL




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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:05

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:05
All the Nuvis specialise in the city but by adding Garmin Topo Sd card , you can add topo maps.

I am in Alice Springs at the moment and am pretty impressed by my new Nuvi 250 and SD card although I must say that the maps of the Donahue highway seem quite old as often my car appeared to be travelling cross country , as I assume the road alignment had changed.

The maps in the Garmin Topo are HEMA and they are very clear to read, as they have a white background with direction route in magenta and tracks in black, streams in blue and topo lines in brown.

I also have had trouble convincing it to accept a route to Alice from Boulia across the Plenty rather than through Mt Isa, however once you drive the "wrong" way for a while it chucks in the towel and agrees with you.

I am stilll learing how to overcome the limitations of finding a town where you do not know any street names! However yesterday I found that for small places all you do is enter the town and press done for the number and street and it will suggest a street in the town.EG Boulia.
Regard sPhilip A

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Reply By: DesF - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:31

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:31
Hi I have a 760 and find it great, you can use it in what ever car you like, you just have to take the mount, cord and unit with you.
The main diff between them is , the 760 has Blue tooth and FM broadcast, which is great if you are a bit hard of hearing as I am, it speaks thru you car speakers, and if you have blue tooth on your phone it lets you answer calls etc on its screen, handy.
And with the 760 you can make up you trips /routes on you PC and transfer them to the unit, it also has a track logs , which logs where you have been driving and you can download them to your PC and view them on Mapsource.
Great unit( I also have a Tom Tom)
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:37

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:37
Sorry forgot, when you take it out of the car it logs the place you last used it , into the unit and you just select " Last known place" and it directs you back to your car.
It also has a Off Road , selection , is has Automobile , Bicycle, or Off Road, you select Off road and it directs you directly to your car and not around the roads,
I have Shonky , Tracks 4 loaded onto a card for bush work,
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:44

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:44
Thanks for that. It was one of the things I was wondering about.
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Reply By: Von Helga - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 09:48
Ross M,

1. Go to GPSOZ for the answers you seek.

Trevor
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:49

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:49
Good show trev ,that was helpful.
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:51

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:51
Thanks to everyone who replied.Im kind of leaning towards a Garmin 765 now.

Where do buy/download the Hema topo maps?
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