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SoDak Bronco
02-17-2011, 09:16 AM
I just found out I am getting a new job and I will be doing quite a bit of traveling. I plan to get a GPS unit for my car, anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to spend much more then 150.

Thanks,
SoDakB

Chris
02-17-2011, 09:17 AM
Android phones have the best GPS... they will actually direct you whereas you will have to look at the phone on iphone (proper GPS is something like 200 bucks... thanks apple).

Kaylore
02-17-2011, 09:20 AM
I have a GPS app on my droid that is awesome. You could buy a dock for your car and put the smart phone on it and use the ap. It works better than my buddy's GPS he paid 150 buck for.

BroncosMT
02-17-2011, 09:20 AM
Defenitely garmin....tom tom sucks.....anything garmin.....1360LMT is nice....lifetime maps and traffic downloads....very nice

Popcorn Sutton
02-17-2011, 09:26 AM
I have a GPS app on my droid that is awesome. You could buy a dock for your car and put the smart phone on it and use the ap. It works better than my buddy's GPS he paid 150 buck for.

Ditto.

SoDak Bronco
02-17-2011, 09:48 AM
Do you have to buy the "app" on your droid phone? Is that a monthly cost or a onetime fee? Also, if I decide to get the droid, which one would you recommend?

beanerbronco
02-17-2011, 09:52 AM
Get a Droid. Download and update your Google Maps and download Street View for Google Maps.
Get a dock, download Vlingo for ultimate in-car experience

beanerbronco
02-17-2011, 09:57 AM
Do you have to buy the "app" on your droid phone? Is that a monthly cost or a onetime fee? Also, if I decide to get the droid, which one would you recommend?
The navigation app is free. Which carrier do u have?

SoDak Bronco
02-17-2011, 10:03 AM
I have my phone with Verizon. I am due for an upgraded phone, wasn't sure if I wanted to pay more for internet and all that per month, but it would save me from buying a 150 dollar GPS. I didn't know if the phone's were up to snuff with Garmins, tomtoms ect.

The one I saw online for GPS was 119 on Amazon, Garmin 265 WT:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ELJ9QK/ref=asc_df_B001ELJ9QK1433700?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B001ELJ9QK&tag=cnet-3609-20

SoDak Bronco
02-17-2011, 10:20 AM
Defenitely garmin....tom tom sucks.....anything garmin.....1360LMT is nice....lifetime maps and traffic downloads....very nice

Did you mean 1350LMT? I couldn't find your model #? The 1350 LMT looks to have good reviews.

beanerbronco
02-17-2011, 10:25 AM
Well if you don't have a smartphone right now, then it'll prolly be more cost-efficient to buy a gps (150 one time fee, as opposed to a recurring $30 monthly fee). I would actually ask my employer if they would benefit from me having a smartphone that provides unlimited email and web access; you might get them to cover the monthly fee lol.
If you can manage that, I'd get the HTC incredible.

Otherwise, if you have a radioshack around your area, they're running a pretty good sale on most of their gps. I'd recommend getting a garmin nuvi.

BroncosMT
02-17-2011, 10:30 AM
Did you mean 1350LMT? I couldn't find your model #? The 1350 LMT looks to have good reviews.

Sorry that is what I meant....garmin for sure.....but its better paying the one time fee...plus you get the free updates....makes it nice....very user friendly as well. I enjoy mine a lot.

SoDak Bronco
02-17-2011, 10:31 AM
Well if you don't have a smartphone right now, then it'll prolly be more cost-efficient to buy a gps (150 one time fee, as opposed to a recurring $30 monthly fee). I would actually ask my employer if they would benefit from me having a smartphone that provides unlimited email and web access; you might get them to cover the monthly fee lol.
If you can manage that, I'd get the HTC incredible.

Otherwise, if you have a radioshack around your area, they're running a pretty good sale on most of their gps. I'd recommend getting a garmin nuvi.

I''ll try and swing that lol. The first year I travel quite a bit and doing onsite training, and after that it won't be quite as bad. I will prob lean towards a gps unit bc I don't think they'll cover the extra cost of a smart phone. Although I will eventually break down and get one probably, I am always late to the party with phones though.

BroncosMT
02-17-2011, 10:52 AM
I really think you will be happy with a garmin.....they work really well and are very clear and up to date.....now if I could just get a vehicle to drive for me so I could sleep and follow the garmin....that would be awesome! :)

Chris
02-17-2011, 10:58 AM
Now if we're talking voices I really recommend Ozzie Osborne or Groundskeeper Willie.

Dudeskey
02-17-2011, 11:05 AM
I don't own one, but the passport IQ has piqued my interest

http://www.escortradar.com/iq/

ColoradoDarin
02-17-2011, 11:14 AM
I own a Garmin as well - as said above, if you don't have a smartphone already and don't plan on buying one, skip the $30/month and buy the GPS.

FantomForce
02-17-2011, 11:42 AM
GARMIN

StugotsIII
02-17-2011, 11:49 AM
Android phones have the best GPS... they will actually direct you whereas you will have to look at the phone on iphone (proper GPS is something like 200 bucks... thanks apple).

I downloaded the TomTom App on my Verizon iPhone 4 for 39.99.


It's amazing. spoken directions and all the bells and whistles.

Carmelo15
02-17-2011, 11:54 AM
I have a GPS app on my droid that is awesome. You could buy a dock for your car and put the smart phone on it and use the ap. It works better than my buddy's GPS he paid 150 buck for.

This

Kaylore
02-17-2011, 11:54 AM
There are free GPS aps available, but yes, you will have to shell out 30 bucks every month for a data plan. Honestly it's a great investment for what all you can do with it. Just make if you have to drive all over the country you get Verizon because AT&T's coverage sucks which would defeat the purpose of GPS that route.

Pony Boy
02-17-2011, 12:23 PM
I love my Garmin, I call her honey..... she gets a little huffy with me if I don't follow her directions.

BroncoDoug
02-17-2011, 12:36 PM
I have sprint with the EVO 4G and pay $78 a month, and that includes unlimited text, talk mobile to mobile, and data. And there are two built in turn by turn voice guided GPS navigation apps, that both work extremely well

TDmvp
02-17-2011, 12:47 PM
Gamin ... nuff said.

Or as dad calls it , the Bish in the box.

bronclvr
02-17-2011, 12:58 PM
I love my Garmin, I call her honey..... she gets a little huffy with me if I don't follow her directions.

We have a Garmin 1350, and love it-my Wife calls "her" Miss Bossy-

FantomForce
02-17-2011, 02:49 PM
You could go with this one :pimp:

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SoDak Bronco
02-18-2011, 06:55 AM
So I went into the verizon store to check out the smart phones. Wow those are really nice. I liked the Droid 2, anyone have suggestions for the best verizon smart phone?

Kaylore
02-18-2011, 09:22 AM
So I went into the verizon store to check out the smart phones. Wow those are really nice. I liked the Droid 2, anyone have suggestions for the best verizon smart phone?

Droid 2 is pretty good and if you like it right now, odds are it's a good fit for you. Don't get an Iphone. They are expensive, inferior and the Verizon versions are watered down.

beanerbronco
02-18-2011, 10:05 AM
So I went into the verizon store to check out the smart phones. Wow those are really nice. I liked the Droid 2, anyone have suggestions for the best verizon smart phone?

If you're not comfortable with touch screen phones, then you might want to look into the Droid x, Droid 2 or the Droid Pro. If you're a Star Wars fanatic, they have a the Droid r2d2.
All ilof these devices are touch screen with an analog keyboard, the biggest difference amongst them are cameras, processor speed, storage capacity, and obviously sizes.
Beware, they tend to eat up battery so you might want to pick up a car charger lol

I personally own an HTC incredible, all touch screen and I love it.