Do you own a GPS?

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@zeloguy (4913)
United States
July 17, 2008 8:14pm CST
I have had a TomTom 720 for quite a while now (about a year) and use it everywhere I go but it REALLY helped me when I went to Clearwater Florida... an area I am completely unfamiliar. It was great. My wife woke up one morning I asked her: ME: "What do you want for breakfast?"WIFE: "Pancakes"ME: "IHOP it is... let's go..."WIFE: "You know where there's an IHOP around here?"ME: "No but the GPS says there is one four miles away and I already have it programmed in"My wife works for a Car Rental company and I am suprised how many people don't rent a GPS here in Orlando for $10! Although I would not buy a TomTom again (I would spend the extra money on a Garmin) it really came in handy. It also came in handy when going to Miami from Orlando trying to find the airport down there and another time when trying to find the Port of Miami (cruise!). So... Do you own a GPS? Plan on buying one? If you have one, what kind do you have?Thanks Zelo
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
18 Jul 08
yes my husband is using tomtom too and in germany its the best anyway.we are using tomtom if we buy stuff in Ebay is very far from my place and it was great thing.just like when we bought stuff somewhere boudairy to France,that area is not easy to find but with tomtom yes! we did it!!!
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jul 08
That is great to hear! There are a lot of times that even with maps and turn-by-turn directions from the internet you can't just seem to find where you are going. At least I can't! And like you said, you were trying to find someplace specific and it got you right there... that is just awesome. As with anything, even a paper map, you can't rely on it 100% of the time and with a GPS you need to purchase new maps every couple years (it is about time for me to do so), but with TomTom they have the User Share function that allows users to make changes to the maps so that is pretty cool! Thanks Zelo
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
18 Jul 08
thanks to your topic too zelo have a nice day and i give you alreday hugs right hahahahaha.
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@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
i dont own a GPS unit but we have one in our laboratory. we usually use it during our field surveys to mark the sites that we have surveyed. we have a Garmin GPS 76. its waterproof so its really handy for us since we are always on the sea. cheers!
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jul 08
That is awesome! A lot of people out there think that GPS is just for cars but if you have been on a fishing boat or on a nature hike or even in a high-end golf cart at the country club you will notice GPS everywhere. I haven't heard of anyone using it for scientific reasons so this is really neat to hear of another thing that GPS technology can do. Thanks for the response Zelo
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@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
yep! we use it for scientific purposes. it's actually common thing that is being used in the scientific world. it's really a very helpful gadget esp if we want to map out areas. cheers!
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
18 Jul 08
gps - illustration of GPS system
Hi Zelo I don't have a GPS but I sure would like one!! I sometimes go out of town to unfamiliar cities and I try to go to Mapquest and map out the driving instructions first and print them and take them with me. That helps alot! I think it would be alot easier to have a GPS in the car and just program it and go. I haven't priced any so I have no clue how much they are so I'd have to check that out first. Don't you have to subscribe to a service and pay a fee for that too? I'm not sure all the expense would allow me to have one, but you never know. lol Have a great day, Char
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Just as with anything else there are all different kinds of pricepoints and all kinds of features that come with a GPS... The most basic of which is put in an addess and the GPS shows you how to get there. Then there are those that have turn-by-turn navigation which means it speaks to you... "Turn right in 30 feet...". The next step up is to have voice where the navigation system actually says the street... "In 300 feet turn right; Main Street". That really helps when you are in a metro area and the streets are really close together. The next step is voice-activated GPS which is REALLY nice... and would go something like this: YOU: "GPS... find gas station" GPS: shows a list of gas stations in the area with numbers on them. YOU: Number 3 GPS: routes you to that gas station There also is the size of the screen. You can get a conventional sized screen or a wide-screen which is what I recommend. All GPS's come in all price points from $99 to $799 so that there is a GPS for everyone. There used to be GPS's that just had 2D technology... the map was flat... most all of them today use 3D technology although I don't know about the really inexpensive ones. Thanks for the response. Zelo
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hi Zelo, Thanks for the great explanation about GPSs. That has helped alot and I might even be able to afford one. Have a great day, Char
• United States
18 Jul 08
The hubby hasa tom tom. He drives truck. It is a truck drivers best friend!
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I bet that it is! Not knowing where you are going and going to places that you are not sure where they are... that is the greatest thing that a GPS can do for you. Truck drivers... all of them... should have GPSs. Thanks Zelo
@dynaweb (168)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I might be getting one. Have been resisting it for a while now, but GPS are really the future. I think I am getting a golf GPS first tho :D
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Marine GPS - Marine GPS unit from Magellen
Like I said in a previous post... GPS are not just for cars as a lot of people think. There are GPS for golf, hiking, marine... a whole host of different types of GPS systems are out there. You might want to consider a hand-held that has a cradle for the car so you can use it for the golf course and for the road (if such a thing exists... that would be pretty cool). Thanks for the response Zelo
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Yes, I do and so does my husband. We both have Garmins and they are wonderful. They came in really handy this year when we took a road trip from Florida to California. We could look up hotels and restaurants on the way. And for the kids that were crying about potty breaks it was great to find all the rest stops on the way! I highly recommend using a GPS for any trip because they are invaluable.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jul 08
You are not going to get any disagreement from me... there was some problems when there were roads overtop other roads (which I am sure you found in California) but other than that I have nothing but good things to say about GPS's. I saw Magellen GPS's at CompUSA for $99. That is just crazy... not as feature-driven of course but still will get you where you need to go. Thanks for the response. Zelo
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@rbailey83 (1400)
• Canada
18 Jul 08
i have a tomtom as well. I was making a trip from ontario to Colorado, but had to go to newbrunswick first, so i didn't want to take the chance of missing an exit and going hours out of my way only to have to backtract, so i bought the GPS and i love it, it has been useful many times since i bought it and i don't think i would ever go without a GPS again
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@Amanda81587 (3046)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I don't have a GPS but I want one so bad! I am horrible at driving on highways and I get lost easily I know I need one really bad! I know I will use it for everything lol.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I am sure that a GPS would be absolutely perfect for you. I don't know if I could go out without my GPS and am seriously thinking about upgrading to a better model than the one that I have now. Thanks for the response Zelo
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Apr 09
no, I do not own a gps system. I can see where they can be very useful though! I am not sure how comfortable I am with the device, personally.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
26 Apr 09
To be completely honest it is self-explanitory and really works well. I have had many people including my own brother say he didn't need one until he got one now he can't live without it. Just had someone today try to get to my fathers house (a nurser to care for my ailing grandfather noless) and didn't make it... I had to go get her. In those cases where people drive for a living it makes all the sense in the world. What I would do is to go to a place where there is a 100% return policy like Wal-Mart (and make sure GPS's are covered) and try it out to see if you like it. My wife and I have found restaurants, stores, and different places to go by using ours (we have two). So it's not just for getting lost Thanks Zelo
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
you know, I was looking at them this summer when I was doing a lot of traveling - and I could not figure out how you put the information into them... I mean how do you let it know where you want to go? I did not see any keyboard. I was too embarrassed to ask the store clerks. also, having one, would it tell "others" where you are - is your privacy at jeopardy? er - I guess what I am asking is "can big brother keep tabs on you through it?"
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
26 Apr 09
You could probably tell where the GPS is but if you don't register it and there is just a signal and no one knows who it belongs to then no, I don't think there is a privacy issue there. Thanks Zelo
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
yes.. my first gps receiver was the ipaq6515 pocket pc installed with destinator pn (w/ gcc maps)for on-road navigation and navio for off-road tracking and geocaching.. later on, i got a garmin etrex (yellow) and a garmin gpsmap 60csx, installed w/ gcc maps.. (i'm still waiting for a garmin philippines map) right now, i'm still looking for a gps real-time tracker or a data-logger so i can trace my car..
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Are there not smart phones out now that will actually do that? I am not sure or not there are so many different devices out on the market these days! Thanks Zelo
@Hayley_N (526)
• Argentina
20 Jul 08
A Garmin C330. I have had it for over a year and overall it has been worth every penny. Now I am getting a message to update for new roads and I am sure this will cost a pretty penny. The unit is easy to read and easy to use. Ninety-nine percent of the time it is right on target. Some roads may not be in use, so it will find another route and you don't have to download any info into the unit. The new one is C660 I think.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
20 Jul 08
To update roads with my tomtom it is $100 and they are offering $30 off right now (30%). That is just too much for me and if I am going to pay that kind of money for an upgrade I am just going to upgrade the whole thing or get a vehicle that already has a GPS installed in it Thanks for the response Zelo
@youless (98990)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Jul 08
In fact I like to have some friends like you:) As I am also interested in the digital stuff. I don't have a GPS but my husband said I should buy it because I am likely to be lost:) If one day I will consider to buy a new cellphne, be sure it will be a smartphone, too. But it must to have Wifi. As to GPS, it's better to be available, too:) I have quite a lot of smartphone and PDA games and softwares. If you want, I would like to share with you. I love China
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Yes some of the higher end cell phones have internet and also have GPS services with the phone. I have not used one so I don't know how good they are but it would be nice to have one device that does everything... phone, internet, and GPS. Thanks Zelo
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@youless (98990)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Apr 09
Hehe, actually this is my second time to respond to this discussion. I would like to update my information here. I have Samsung I900 now and it has GPS inside. It works so good. You know I am a person who doesn't know the direction or many roads. So I like to turn on the GPS for fun. I especially like the GPS software called Route 66 as everything is in good details:) Now whenever I go to visit a friend, I will mark down their GPS location so that I know how to go there next time:) I love China