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Jana Wang Inactive Member18 Nov 2013 10:23 a.m. PST

Looking for a new model during the upcoming holiday sales. We have a Garmin we've been more or less happy with for about 6 years but it is starting to flake out. The reviews for the new models don't impress me.

So I'm wondering what folks have, that they like, or what you've tried and hated, and why.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2013 10:33 a.m. PST

Tried many of the for work. Don't like any of them. Get a map.

Sorry if that sounds a bit snarky, but it is a true recommendation from someone with 30+ years of technology and computer experience (and far too much education in that area to be useful).

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Nov 2013 10:52 a.m. PST

Our Garmin seems to be fine, though updates don't seem to really change anything. Once it "dies" we may not replace it (of course the car it is in is due replacement too)

Personal logo taskforce58 Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2013 11:05 a.m. PST


Actually I use my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet with a free GPS nav app.

britishlinescarlet2 Inactive Member18 Nov 2013 11:22 a.m. PST

Have a Galaxy S4 and use that when in the car with my wife. Have to be careful when in Devon/Cornwall though or it will send you down teeny tiny lanes and through tidal fords if you are not careful!

Tommy2018 Nov 2013 11:25 a.m. PST

I just use my smartphone.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2013 11:36 a.m. PST

I had a Garmin Nuvi and a Tom Tom.
Both wore out the battery after a year and a half.
No real difference, and I haven't gotten a replacement.

Sergeant Paper18 Nov 2013 12:20 p.m. PST

We use Garmins for archaeological fieldwork, I'm looking at picking up a GPSMAP 62sc unit. There are newer but this one does what we need and is rugged for field use.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member18 Nov 2013 6:34 p.m. PST

I use Google earth or Maps o locate where I want to go plot it on a map and go I have not been lost yet

A good map is all you need providing you know how to read

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Nov 2013 7:28 p.m. PST

Go to and check out their reviews.

Jana Wang Inactive Member18 Nov 2013 9:49 p.m. PST

<A good map is all you need providing you know how to read>

But a tad difficult to navigate by in the dark or at highway speeds.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2013 12:00 a.m. PST

I prefer maps on the whole. I find it much easier to work out a route across country.

SatNavs are best when in a strange city. It can be hard to stop to look at a map when you have to make a split-second decision about which lane you need to be in for a junction, for example!

As to which is best? They all seem to be quite similar these days…….

Oddball19 Nov 2013 5:23 a.m. PST

I have a Tom-Tom, have had no problems and very happy with it.

Went to site and down loaded France for a trip this summer, worked great.

I also have maps on hand, as I'm a bit old fashioned in that sense.

nazrat19 Nov 2013 12:31 p.m. PST

I'm on my second Honda with a built in dash GPS. I've never had a problem with either and love the convenience. I travel a LOT for my job and a GPS is invaluable in getting to the facilities of my clients in plenty of time (and it's a new place for every job, too).

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member20 Nov 2013 8:29 a.m. PST

I know how to us a map.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2013 8:59 a.m. PST

Maps are great – BUT, as Jana said, in the dark or at
speed, maybe not so much unless you have a skilled
navigator in the right-hand seat.

We've a Garmin, it's done well, but we won't replace it
since the tablet and cell-phones with apps suffice.

BTW, maps also won't tell you time remaining to get to
destination, time to next junction point, speed, etc.

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member20 Nov 2013 9:02 a.m. PST

Despite the initial complaints, the Maps app on the iPhone has worked well for me. It's terrible for searching (e.g. looking for supermarkets or petrol stations), but the navigation is fine, if in a funny voice.

I've also got an old Tomtom unit, that does the job fine. I'd quite like a newer one with traffic info, lane information, etc, but I'm too cheap to buy one.

The only issues I've had are unexpected dead ends or one-way streets, and notifications of motorway junctions coming up too soon. The Tomtom usually notifies me a couple of miles in advance, which is usually fine. Occasionally, though, the junctions are more closely spaced than that, and I get told to "take the next exit" when there's still one to go. The Apple app at least tells you to "take exit ## for the A umpty-something" which helps.

I've found them more useful for the local roads at the end of a journey rather than for the long-distance motorway driving in the middle. It's easy enough to remember "take the M74 then M6 to junction 8, then take the M5", but navigating side roads in some small town I've never been to is a pain in the arse, especially if it's busy. I do have a road atlas, but they only have small-scale maps for larger cities; a sat-nav is much more convenient and easy to operate than keeping a huge stack of OS maps in the car on the off-chance. grin

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