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#27988 13-Nov-2008 13:59
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Hey Guys,

I am wanting to get my dad a GPS unit for his 50th Birthday. I have budget of around $800.

Features I would like are:
- Route planning
- Large Screen
- Voice directions
- Full NZ maps
- places of interest

There are probly a whole lot of other features that I would like but I am a GPS Noob,

Any suggestions on GPS units would be awesome.


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  #177798 13-Nov-2008 14:16
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I have a TomTom GO720. It fulfills all your criteria above.  I find it pretty easy to use.  It has also got a 30-day latest map guarantee.


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  #177815 13-Nov-2008 16:30
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I bought a Navman S30 about 1 year 2 months ago.  I work in the emergency services industry and use it for that.  It does everything i need (all of what you have stated) and always gives a good route to the destination.  Navman are putting out a new series and so the S series are going to be cheap as chips.  You can spend $800 and it will have a camera and stuff like that but the reality is you (or your dad ;P) just wont use those unecessary expensive features!

I would reccomend something like (the old S series (old being a year old)

or the (the newer S series (a few weeks old)

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  #177820 13-Nov-2008 16:51
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For that price I'd get a nice cellphone with intergrated GPS (for example the N82/N95 8GB), then you're giving an mp3 player, WiFi device for browsing/Skype etc, handheld games unit, PDA and so forth - a lot more bang for your buck. Of course that much technology might be a little frightening to your Dad, depending on how hip he is to technology...

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  #177823 13-Nov-2008 17:08
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Add $99 and can get TomTom Go 930 - with all maps TomTom have available - not only New Zealand, but Australia, US, UK, Canada and Europe. If he's not going to travel overseas then I'd get a Go 720 instead as suggested.

I wouldn't go with the mobile phone - they are handy but not a device for use in car navigation, the screen is too small, the speaker is not strong enough. In this case I'd suggest you go with something made for that function you need.

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