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Old 03-30-2012, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey all - I'm looking for a <$50 garmin thing to help me locate local addresses I get phoned in for work. lots of new housing developments. any suggestions?
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If they are new housing developments, don't bother getting an old one unless its updated...

A One-time Map Update (in canada) retails at 49.99, and its 89.99 for lifetime map updates.

You'll very likely need one if its a 260W. At the 50$ price range, you'll need to get one used... I don't know of any current models that low.


This is the Garmin 40LM....

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Best feature is it has lifetime maps for free. 50... 50+90$ = the same as buying this guy new, instead of buying a used one. :P

But if its not in the budget, try to find someone selling an updated one cheap.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you need it for new developments you are mostly SOL. It takes over a year to get added to maps, mapquest, and google for the most part.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Harb is on the money, there.

As far as map updates, I've been using third party updates religiously. They're available, they're cowdsourced, and they're good.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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..How new are the sub-divisions Thumper? Like, "last week" new or "past few years?"..
mostly last year -- btw: thanks for all the ideas guys.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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All the young pups at work, who grew up with the internet, think I'm a troglodyte for carrying one of these. Never need to change the batteries, and guaranteed to work even on cloudy days and in tunnels.


I personally hate GPS devices, finding them too distracting, and often wrong. I'm pretty quick with a paper map. However, I got my wife a refurb Garmin Nuvi through Amazon last year, for around $70. She loves it...she even added the "Australian male voice" (hmmmm...) for the voice directions. It came preloaded with the previous years maps, and a ticket for one free download of the most current software. W also had the option to buy the lifetime maps for around $100.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hard to beat an atlas...

Unless you have a smartphone with google maps. That is the best gps device I have used yet, I like it more than any dash based unit I've ever had to use, works better than most if not all in dash units. Unless I'm on a boat gm is my go to for navigation.

Also I live in a backwater province that never seems to have updated information. I know a lot of people who have been led down roads that led to nowhere, even people who have got onto fireroads that took them far far away from their destination. Google is pretty good with keeping the streets up to date, you just need to remember that it's not 100% and will never beat a real map.

As a side note, folding maps/charts is another skill lost to technology.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I haver a TomTom One I havent used in two years. Want it?
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Hard to beat an atlas...

Unless you have a smartphone with google maps. That is the best gps device I have used yet, I like it more than any dash based unit I've ever had to use, works better than most if not all in dash units. Unless I'm on a boat gm is my go to for navigation.

Also I live in a backwater province that never seems to have updated information. I know a lot of people who have been led down roads that led to nowhere, even people who have got onto fireroads that took them far far away from their destination. Google is pretty good with keeping the streets up to date, you just need to remember that it's not 100% and will never beat a real map.

As a side note, folding maps/charts is another skill lost to technology.
It's really easy to beat an atlas. It's called "A gps is faster." And also sometimes known as "A gps has more updated maps."
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Have you considered OnStar? Im a pizza delivery driver this is what I use... its constantly being updated and I have yet to have them tell me they couldnt find the address, even in brand new subdivisions.
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