Sydney GPS map quality?

Submitted: Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 16:09
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I have a Magellan and a Garmin GPS unit and a large collection of maps which work well for touring and off road use.

I recently decided to buy a dedicated GPS for the car used around town because I have found that so much of Sydney has changed and new suburbs sprung up that I need help. Since I sometimes travel alone I thought that rather than buying a new road atlas a GPS would be safer.

I have done my web searching and it seems the question is not so much which brand but which maps. Garmin and Tom Tom which seem to be the market leaders, both appear to use Sensis (WhereIs) maps and there are many adverse comments on the accuracy of these maps in the various forums. I note that Garmin now offers a lifetime map update service which indicates they are aware of the problem.

How do other Sydney based travellers find their GPS maps & what recommendations do you have?

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Reply By: pepper2 - Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 17:37

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 17:37
I have a garmin and it is totally useless wherever tall buildings are around cant see satelites properly,when i hired a car at melb irport 2 weeks ago the garmen unit failed in the budget hire car on returning it to the counter staff advised it was the third garmen failure that day alone (completely failed to operate anywhere).
Iv had 3 gps the best was a cheapie from aldi.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 18:00

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 18:00
that means the cheapie doesn't need satellites, gotta get one of those.

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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 08:09

Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 08:09
It means the cheapie has a well endowed aerial inside and the Garmin may be a wee bit short....:-)
The mobile phone gps with added agps work better in cities due the extra help from the phone towers but they have weeny aerials as well and can be dodgy in the sticks where there are no towers. Cheers Mike
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 09:51

Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 09:51
thanks for that. Now I know why.

Have a good one,
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