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#34347 21-May-2009 20:32
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I had a Nav man S100 4.3" In-Car GPS taken when my vehicle was broken in too a few days a go.
As i sometimes rely on a gps on driving to new places and citys I am on the hunt for a new one
Sure there is loads of brands out there I found the Nav man  ok, but what would you recommend as a good model to buy ?

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  #216839 21-May-2009 22:39
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Got a TomTom One last year, nothing fancy, very solid performer.

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  #216864 22-May-2009 06:49
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Garmin Nuvi 265/265W

Simple interface and uncluttered high contrast graphics along with bluetooth and Australian maps included.

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  #216866 22-May-2009 07:11
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  #216870 22-May-2009 07:57
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For me I think Nokia's GPS enabled smartphones are hard to beat, particularly the ones with good cameras (N82 for example, about $600).

Voice guided NZ maps (and support for many other countries if you travel), geotagging of photos (and of course live upload to Facebook etc etc with a data plan/WiFi hotspot), recording routes and uploading them to things like Google maps (with flags at photo locations, the music you were listening to on the phone, videos you took - useful for travel and also jogging/cycling etc), other social networking uses for GPS, get to use other services like Google Maps (street view can be very handy at times), use your PC to plan routes and save POIs and then sync them to your phone... and into the bargain you get a very decent camera, an MP3 player, PDA, VoIP phone, etc....

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  #216881 22-May-2009 09:04
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have a tomtom xl one works well have also loaded australian maps

their top line model comes preloaded with oz nz european and possibly us maps within the purchase price

that would be an ecumenical matter

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  #216883 22-May-2009 09:10
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sarg: have a tomtom xl one works well have also loaded australian maps

their top line model comes preloaded with oz nz european and possibly us maps within the purchase price

2nd the one XL, awesome value - much more simple to use the S000 Series, Used to have an S00 series they were great, but not into the newest navmans!


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  #216926 22-May-2009 11:27
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thanks guys for your help

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  #224369 12-Jun-2009 14:34
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to choose a GPS, there are two espects you should check,


The software from Tomtom and Garmin are always reliable.

Hardware, depend on your money, you can have a cheaper one to an expensive one. To me, a china-made GPS machine is fine enough. Actually most of Garmin and tomtom are made in china. So not big different to me

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  #224744 13-Jun-2009 22:20
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For the Garmin GPS's there are free weekly updated maps by a dedicated community here.
Which is why I choose Garmin products.

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  #227769 23-Jun-2009 19:20
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I've just gotten a Garmin etrex Venture HC (actually got 5 of them for a community group I'm part of!!) and I LOVE it...with hoogy's link (above) coupled with google maps it's actually a REALLY great hand held AND car GPS.

Currently REALLY getting into Geocaching too!

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  #229735 30-Jun-2009 23:56
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The Tomtom is excellent. I have the ONE, bought it in the boxing day sale and it's still cheaper than advertised now. Walked out to the car from the stop, turned it on and it was navigating home no trouble, the system is really easy to learn how to use. There are currently two versions of the ONE out there, with the older version slowly selling out but still available in some places. Buy the new one, even if it costs a little extra. The mount for the windscreen is superior than the old 'press on' suction cup one, it never falls off. Sadly tomtom don't offer the map upgrade service in NZ yet, not sure if the other brands offer the incremental map upgrade on the cheap here already but it would be something to check out when shopping around.

Sorry for reviving an oldish thread, thought it needed to be said though.


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  #229748 1-Jul-2009 01:12
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I feel Garmin products are the best.

Depends on what you want to use them for.

As someone else mentioned the Open source streetmaps are excellent value to work with Garmins-as in free. Plus you can assist with the project by providing feedback.

There are of course various form factors.

Car Navigation systems Garmin 760

Handheld Colorado and now the Oregon Series

Motorbike Zumo 550

I currently use a Garmin Colorado 300 handheld which I use for Geocaching plus navigation in the car. No voice however. But still shows you where you need to go and with alerts.

This is useful in that its multi functional. The Colorado screen is reasonable on a windscreen holder but not quite as big as a dedicated automobile system.

I have used Navmans in the past and they were fine too.

I currently have an Iphone and there is soon to be released TomTom application to go with that.

So this is interesting to see whats coming up

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  #229750 1-Jul-2009 01:21
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Use TomTom on my PocketPC. Works like a charm. Had Garmin on N95 before this. Was Ok but not as accurate as TomTom.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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