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Subaru
1-3-2-4
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Greenwich, CT
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Need a GPS with these features

I forgot which model I was looking at before but it's been awhile but it must have bluetooth and at least a 5+ inch screen.

My budget is around $250


sholling
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That would be a Garmin nüvi 2595LMT ($230 @ Amazon) which includes lifetime maps and traffic with their great navigation features. The only question is how long can Garmin and others survive with more and more people using their smart phones and Google Maps for navigation. I'm still using my several years old Garmin 765t and like it a lot - except for the crappy touchscreen. Hopefully they've fixed that in newer versions.

»www.amazon.com/Garmin-Portable-B···05DIBHA6

BTW I wouldn't be surprised if they did a model refresh in the fall. I don't have any inside information but they seem to do it around then.
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Subaru
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I've used google nav on my phone but when you are in a area of no cell service then it becomes useless.. When I was in beaverdam, VA it was pretty much nothing.

but yeah I saw that model on Amazon last night and I was also looking at the tomtom GO LIVE 2535M the subscription service seems nice.. I can't find any direct comparison between the two but they say the real time traffic updates on the tomtom might be a little bit better.
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PhoenixDown
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I've been looking for a new GPS as well but it seems they are falling way behind the "free" apps like google maps which makes it insanely easy to find stuff and Waze which will give crowd sourced info on speed traps and accidents.

If you want to pay for the subscription, Garmin and TomTom offer some of this but who wants to spend more when I already had a decent smart phone? It wod be great if I could use these together. GPS nav reliability with the convenience of using my smartphone as the input device and the data connection.
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Subaru
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the other things I have issues with is someone calling my phone overrides the nav program and the screen is on the small side to use.. plus I run torque on my phone while driving


sholling
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I still mostly use my old Garmin but as an Android phone user I'm intrigued by Google's plan to modify their Android app to allow you to download maps of the surrounding area to your phone. Just enough of the surrounding area to avoid problems with cell coverage but not so much that it hogs space. Another option if you're an iPerson is Garmin's Navigon ($60) for the iPhone which supposedly stores maps on the phone.

One thing that appears to be missing from the Garmin's 2595 is full Bluetooth address book integration but that's not confirmed. It's available in some models but the reviews of the functionality are mixed and there appears to be some confusion about which models work with the phone's address book. That's something that I hope to see improved in next year's models.
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Subaru
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That was long overdue with Google and Google nav, I already have a gps unit but navigon stopped US operations for PND's so the maps are pretty much outdated.. last time I used it I was on a new road in the downtown area of N.C. and it shows me driving on a field.

I never cared much for the built in bluetooth on the nav systems because like you said they don't really show the phone book and unless I know that persons number in my head I most likely will just let it go to voice mail.

And the fact (may not be true now) but it's hard to hear the caller or the caller has a hard time hearing me well.
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tcope
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reply to sholling
The problem with downloading surrounding areas to the phone... 1) will you always know you won't have phone service in that area and 2) what a _huge_ pain! When I use my phone for navagation I'm in the vehicle driving. I'm not at home downloading maps so I will have them just in case my data connection is not good.

I still use my stand alone GPS unit all of ther time. I also have a few apps, such as iGo and Navagon installed on my phone. I get lost a lot.


EGeezer
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Garmin 1490LMT -

I like the Garmin interface, and they have been updating the maps 2-3 times a year.

Downside -
I've had three units with spontaneous reboot problem. Seems there is no fix. Garmin keeps sending me new ones but to no avail.

My experience with Bluetooth speaker phone is that it sucks. I have to reach for the screen to touch a relatively small button to answer. When I do, either I can't hear the person on the other end or they can't hear me. Navigating through screens to transfer the call back to my phone is an invitation to an accident. I wouldn't even consider using it while driving.

EcoRoute HD device is nice, displays instantaneous and cumulative trip mileage, a few engine conditions, captures the generic ECM codes and can reset the CEL. Downside is that when the unit spontaneously reboots, you lose the cumulative trip mileage and it often won't reconnect to the GPS unit until you stop, shut off the engine and restart. Not good when you lose data on a long trip.


Subaru
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My first Garnmin was a 12XL :P but yeah back when i first looked a few years ago they had they reboot problem which turned me off.. It's crazy it's still going on because I like the garmin interface better.

and I share the same feelings with you regarding bluetooth I wish we could have a true custom model where we could get the high end without bluetooth.


Jackarino
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I love my Garmin, though a few years old its very good
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AVD
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I'm sure with WAZE the turn-by-turn is stored in the unit when you search for the route.

The only time you need data is when you miss a turn or during the initial search. And waze will try to put you on the right track without hitting the server for a block or two.
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IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC
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Just as an aside. The latest Nokia Lumia phones have terrific GPS mapping. I don't think the screens are as big as you pefer, but it sure combines the functionality of a phone amd GPS unit ito one. The reason being Nokia own one of the only 2 global mapping companies.

OZO
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reply to sholling
said by sholling:

The only question is how long can Garmin and others survive with more and more people using their smart phones and Google Maps for navigation.

I found Google Navigation completely useless when I especially need it - without data connection. And it failed many times on me

So, I guess the only reliable way to navigate now is to use off-line navigation program (not much to choose from at this time) or use dedicated devices like Garmin and others. Google Navigation is a toy, not a reliable tool here...
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sholling
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said by OZO:

So, I guess the only reliable way to navigate now is to use off-line navigation program (not much to choose from at this time) or use dedicated devices like Garmin and others. Google Navigation is a toy, not a reliable tool here...

I use my Garmin for 90% of my GPS Navigation but Google maps is getting better and as of recently has some limited off-line capability. Garmin also has the completely stored on the phone Navigon for the iPhone/iPad. But as much as I'd like Garmin to survive and an excuse to buy a new 3590LMT I just don't see them as able to compete in the automobile GPS market more than a couple of more years. I'm sure that the trucker, hiker and aviation GPS business will be around for years to come but not for cars.

What I'd like them to do is make a powerful Android GPS app for $99 (30 free trial) and then sell annual map maintenance for $20/yr with at least 6 map updates per year. My latest phone (due next week) will have 96GB of storage and I'd happily dedicate 2GB of that to maps. They could tie in social traffic reports and on the fly map corrections. Garmin could continue the car navigation business by creating and maintaining the best phone and tablet GPS software and by selling up to date map and red light camera subscriptions.
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Subaru
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You know google now has offline maps.. well just looking still no good.. It wont let you go much out of state before saying the area is too large and to zoom in..

Just the CT/NY/NJ area is like 48MB and any more it says too large.

OZO
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Additionally to not supporting off-line maps, Google Navigation has one more vivid problem. It requires data connection to run.

If, at the moment, when it doesn't have data connection, I switch from Navigation to any other application (for example to WiFi settings to see hot spots around, or any other, for that matter) - I can't return to Google Navigation back anymore until it gets its data connection. The Navigation screen is locked (it's dark) and I can't do anything with it until it finally gets its data from outside (or, I guess, sends my data into an opposite direction)... So, I always have to remember do not switch to other apps while I'm driving (and I hope that no one will call me when I drive too.). Otherwise, if there is no data connection, I loose the Navigation... Not a good thing to discover on the road, when you may need it the most.
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