GPS Recommendations

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 17:51
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Hi All

I'm looking for a GPS just for city use (Australia only and will probably only get used in Darwin). Not to expensive, good volume, easy to use interface. Available updates, preferably free but if not reasonably priced.
Any suggestions?

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 20:21

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 20:21
Hi Lyndon

For ease of use and very user friendly, I believe that you can not go past the Garmin Nuvi range. Depending on what model you go for, anyone that ends in "LTM" indicates that they have a life time free map updates feature included on that model. On some of the lower price "LTM" models, they are cheaper than if you walked into a store and purchased the "LTM" feature by itself which sells for around the $180 mark.

Pricing will start in the mid hundred and go up in price from there depending on what screen size and features that you choose.



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Follow Up By: Notso - Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 22:43

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 22:43
I Second that, the Garmin is reliable, easy to use and cheap. I bought the Nuvi 40 recently for $88.00 with LTM on it. Now I hear that may only be for 4 or 5 years but I'll either have snuffed it by then or lost interest in stuff like this.

It's a basic model but does everything I want.
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Follow Up By: John & Deborah G - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:47

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:47
How about an ipad mini. Great to see, difficult to mount safely & securely.
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Follow Up By: Kirks - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 14:15

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 14:15
Kirks posted

Garmin Nuvi 40 bought one recently at good guys $78 .00 does everything i want
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Follow Up By: Notso - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 14:27

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 14:27
I was ripped off, I paid $88 same retailer? I knew I should have waited.
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Reply By: hubgod - Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 21:59

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 at 21:59
Dont get a Navman MyEscape.....

Anything that tells you to do a U Turn on a freeway does not have your best interests in mind.
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 06:33

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 06:33
Get a smart phone and an app like metroview for for city use. They are cheap and upgrade themselves all the time, and once you own them they are transportable between devices.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:28

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:28
I agree if it is only for city ( or mobile coverage area) use, get any Smart phone. You can get it for $100 up and if it is a recent Android phone you can talk to it and get directions with traffic, estimated time, traffic, weather, etc. It will even speak directions to you. It will also make phone calls and do over 750,000 other things. If you also want off road mapping you can get Oziexplorer or memory map or others for it.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 19:57

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 19:57
Thanks for all the replies, much apprecited. I think I will get one of the Garmin's.
Have an iPhone4 but I can't hear the speaker in the car and then i'd have to mount it etc.
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Reply By: X_PAC6969 - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 19:31

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 19:31
i use a TOM TOM via 280 and cant fault it.my first GPS was a TOM TOM go500 and had no problems with that one either untill the batter finally died on the go500.got the via 280 for $174 fron the goog guys
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Reply By: Cyberess - Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 03:03

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 03:03
I will cover a couple of GPS ideas -- and it's what I use, and in Darwin for that matter -- as well as when I travel interstate.


First Option:
The cheap setup, and it sounds like what you want.. -- from your description
That is a
"Olin OGP-430 4.3" GPS"
It runs Ndrive and fairly easy to use, and is sold in Darwin Officeworks for $74.98
http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/GPS-Navigation/GPS-Navigation-Units/WEOGP430

http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/GPS-Navigation/GPS-Navigation-Units/WEOGP430


O.K. by about now you probably think I have lost my marbles -- but the reason for this particular cheap unit, as it can simply run Ozexplorer later on if you if you so desire, and it does run Ozexplorer quite well. With the little Olin unit as it comes, it's navigation software as standard is Ndrive -- Simple to use, and the voice commands that is gives can be simply heard. The unit comes with good mounting hardware as well, I have hard the unit I have fr 2 years now and it can swap between Oziexplorer and Ndrive quiet easily -- it's now my spare and backup device.


The Oziexplorer is optional Oziexplorer is a Raster GPS package as used for 4WD tacks etc.. more info at http://www.oziexplorer.com/


The Second Option:
This is more of a premium setup I use a "Nexus 7" Android -- I purchased mine from JB HI-Fi in Casuarina for $241


For the Navigation I use Sygic GPS Software http://www.sygic.com/en/android The cost of that GPS package of $33 -- Life time of Map updates


For the Tracks and 4WD raster maps I use Oruxmaps http://www.oruxmaps.com/index_en.html It's a free Application


For the mounting system I purchased a double suction mounting system from Ebay called PeriPower Windshield Mount

The cost was about $45


I have been writing about this setup on the MySwag forum
http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=25989.0


Umm yeah you will need to subscribe to MySwag http://www.myswag.org to see the GPS section .


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 08:32

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 08:32
Thanks, I will have a look at the first option. Already have a iphone so would go that route if I wanted to use the phone. It is a noisy work vehicle and I can hardly hear the phone as it is, hence why I'm not interested in the phone option. No Hols for the next 3-5 years either so not worried if it can be used with EO as the device will be in the bin before then.

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