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Portable GPS unit - which one?

I have $200 in Best Buy gift cards and want to pick up a portable GPS unit for the Jeep. I had a tomtom One and liked it but am willing to try a different model if it has better features.

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It depends on what you are planning on using it for really. If you only plan to use it for street use, there are lots that will treat you fine. If you plan on for trail use, there are lots that will treat you fine. If you want it for both, expect it to not do either all that well.

I have a Magellan Crossover that does offroad, road, and marine because I was trying to do it all. It does the road nav real nice, but it lacks in offroad. I have since bought a Garmin Oregon 400T for offroad and love it. It does everying I could imagine very well. There is some routing software for road, but I haven't tried it yet so I don't know how well it does. It's about $100 bucks for the software though so for that price you could just about buy a cheap road gps for that.

Either way, $200 doesn't get you all that far for good offroad unit, but should get you lots of options for road units.
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This will be mainly for street use, all the trails in CA are fairly heavily traveled.


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Go for a Garmin. We have a Nuvi 260 (recently discontinued) but you can get similar ones for a fairly good price.

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I recently had to buy a new GPS as my cheap MIO died. I ordered a Garmin Nuvi 760 and it arrived just yesterday.

I gotta say, I am impressed so far with the unit and the little doo-dads that come on it.

Blue-tooth for hands free, free download of the latest map pack, good support it seems. It does all the regular stuff (Pictures, music etc) and has modes for pedestrian as well as bicycle if you are in to that.

Garmin also has a downloadable set of geocaching spots you can get, scenic routes, historic racing routes etc etc.

I'll get a chance to check out how accurate the maps are this weekend, and also see how well it tracks off the beaten path.

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I've got a Garmin Colorado 300 and love it, found it a lot cheaper on ebay but I've seen the price coming down to your range.

Just a big heads up for everyone, do a search on the net and you'll find huge blogs on the horrors of Magellan customer service. I found out myself. Magellan has their customer service center in India, you have to have the receipt and it be under warranty to get it fixed, for free obviously but it takes forever to get through, the stories are pretty bad. No service if its out of the warranty period, mine was out of warranty and it was a gift so I didn't have the receipt so I was screwed doubly...obviously I was willing to pay but they wouldn't even offer it. You end up finding you have to go through a 3rd party company in Texas to get Magellans fixed.
Garmin actually answered the phone when I called the first time (I've started checking customer service before I buy big items), and they advertise to fix out of warranty products....you just have to obviously pay but at least they answer the phones and offer the support of their own products.

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X2 true story about Magellan, they suck donkey balls. I had one and customer service calls are a nightmare.

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I have two Magellan's and one Tom Tom - and all work flawlessly. I take one of the Magellans with me when I travel and the Tom Tom is strictly off-road/hiking/climbing. I would take your money to the store and see which one you like best. All will be very much the same and slightly different.

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The Garmin Nuvi 265wt is the one I've been looking at, but I purchased a Garmin Oregon 400t instead. This one comes preloaded with all the topo maps for the country. My favorite feature, may not apply to you, is that it interfaces with ARC GIS.
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Just picked up the Garmin Nuvi 255W. So far so good and you can select your own vehicle icon - I picked the monster truck



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New vehicle icon, just downloaded it!
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Cool! I think some Nuvis allow SD cards to work in them so you can run topo maps from garmen.

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