Which GPS ????

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Im looking at getting a new gps.Nuvii 660 (i do have one that my son borrowed over 2 years ago to use for his job as a carpet layer lol .you know borrowed forever lol
Just getting set up for when my wife is well enough to travel & work after her open heart surgery
also looking at getting reversing camera that i saw at the Adelaide caravan show that has 2 cameras one for the van one for the rear of the car
thanks in advance
warren aka aussichef
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:04

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:04
Hope your wife gets well Warren. I don't have any specific GPS recommendations as I use Tom Tom on my Iphone and also some other GPS apps on the Iphone such as Motion X GPS. If you stick to the popular brands and then simply choose the features you want you'll be ok. The dearer units have extra bells and whistles that some would argue aren't essential.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:08

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:08
Just came across this Warren at the low end but a good GPS nevertheless.. $189 for a Tom Tom XL340


http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/smallfish_info.php?products_id=5232

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Follow Up By: kingswoodwagon - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 22:53

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 22:53
Like TerraFirma I use the iphone for my Turn by Turn Nav.

I use the Sycig app. Why? cos it was $60 and the Tom Tom app was $100 - the reviews are pretty comparable.

I wouldn't pay too much for a dedicated Turn by Turn GPS, their days are numbered. Phones are the new GPS.'s.


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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:25

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:25
Warren, do you want it just for city and suburbs or do you want off-road guidance as well? The choice somewhat determines your selection and your expenditure.


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Reply By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:43

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:43
Warren,
I am also in SA and I noticed that JB Hi Fi (no connection what so ever) have a sale on at the moment and there were quite a few GPS's in their catalougue.

They start from around $189 for the front page special. I personally like the Garmin with the built in Blue tooth and photo style street level navigation (not sure of the technical term). It has a 5 inch screen and is on sale for about $300-ish.

Fab.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:48

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:48
Hi Warren

So much depends on the features you will actually use.

After all I have seen I wouldn't swap any for our 276c for 4wd use , but when it came to general use I still wanted as a minimum to be able to put in my own set of waypoints , and to be able to record a track of where we drove and a must for us was a trip computer function with a large easy to read speed display.

To fit this requirement I brought all the family the Garmin 765 , its pricer than the new rash of cheapies though.



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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:50

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:50
I agree with you Robin re the Garmin 276c for 4WD use but our Garmin 760 with the touch screen, is quick and easy to use in cities.
Warren, best wishes for your wife's speedy recovery. The Garmin GPS units mentioned both run City Navigator with roads and tracks all over Australia. The 760 is a supersceded model (replaced by the 765) but it is still available in some stores for less than $300.
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 13:02

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 13:02
You could also look at one of the combined rear view/GPS systems available.

Plenty of them around, but never owned one so can't say how good they are.
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Reply By: Peter W - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 13:53

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 13:53
Hi Warren,
Hope your wife gets well soon.

Not sure how much you want to pay or exactly what you need it for but I have the VMS Touring 500 portable GPS along with the reversing cameras for my car and van.
They work well and the maps for both local streets and the off road data certainly look after my needs.
The 500 gives a good view at all times and I am very happy with some "track back" features in the Ozi Explorer map section.
I like the idea of being able to take the unit out of the car so the portable works for me.
If you call up the VMS site you can get more details and I have no affiliation with the Company and only quote the name as it would be difficult to advise otherwise.
Good luck with your decision.
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 17:26

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 17:26
Hi Warren

Firstly, I hope your wife makes a full and speedy recovery, out thoughts are with you both.

I bought a GPS for road use, before I got into off road camping,, its a Tomtom One XL.... great for the city.

Soon found that it was no good off the beaten track, and have since bought a Garmin CSx60, not only great for the bush, but a time consuming hobby as well !! hahaha.

Guess it depends on what you need most, I do mapping and trip planning as a hobby,(Garmin), but the Tomtom goes with me whenever I head for the big smoke, (the less I have to use it the better!).

Cheers, and take care, Dave & Hazel



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Reply By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 19:19

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 19:19
we are probably not realy camping people or true off road people now lol
Our caravan is a 23' Roadsta we live in full time> we have lived at the Tanunda caravan park for 2 years now>
so we wont really be going offroad "well not with the van anyway lol "
mainly for blacktop use' way points & even backtracking will be good
Like with the van we just got "you only get what you pay for
And want to be able to use it with Camps 5 book as well as city use
thanks in advance
warren aka aussichef
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:01

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:01
Hi Warren
saw you at the lights at Gepps Cross the other day and noted that David NEEDS TO SEND YOU you a couple of FREE new stickers so you can replace those ratty ones you have on the back...lol...wonder if he gets the hints via the modsquad

Tooted but you were trying to make the lights and turn right...your passenger in back LHside may have noted it though..i was in a van

Hope your swmbo is well
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Follow Up By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:48

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 20:48
Yes No 1 they are a bit tatty lol maybe they will send me some to replace them lol
Sorry i didnt notice your at the 5 ways at Gepps Cross
Warren aka aussichef
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Follow Up By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Friday, Apr 02, 2010 at 10:34

Friday, Apr 02, 2010 at 10:34
Well i went to JBHI who have a sale on and bought the Nuvii 1490t for $348
So far i am impressed with the improvements made in the nuvii since i bought my 660 3 years ago
Any tips or links to free maps etc would be well appreciated
warren aka aussichef
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