Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007:
We are looking at GPS systems and was wondering if any of you have any that are good? The price range amazes me and we just want something that will get us around (correctly) and find local restaurants where we travel, etc.
My dh bought something online, not quite sure what the name of it is. He downloaded software onto his PDA and he never leaves home without it. It's come in handy so many times. I'll ask him when he gets home.
I think ours is a Cobra?? Not sure, but we LOVE it. Easy to use and we can take it from car to car.
If you guys don't mind sharing...how much were they? Vicki, can you enter addresses in the device while in the house?
We have 3 - one in dh's car (part of it), one little one that he uses when jogging or bike riding and a bigger one that we use to go on hikes and such with the kids. For the life of me, I cannot figure the thing out, but dh and the kids can.
A fun thing to do as a family with them is to go geocaching. http://www.geocaching.com/
it's kind of like going on a treasure hunt and the kids all got a kick out of it, and it makes hiking a little more fun for them. We have a magellan (that's the big one, size of a remote). I don't know what the little one is.
We have a magellen also I think, we use it for geocaching We actually just ordered a second one because we don't share well with 5 of us! They cost a minimum of 100 dollars, I think we spend 200 on one and the other was an award for a work thing.
Yes, I can enter things in the house. We have 2 adaptors for it. One for the cig lighter in the car and then a regular outlet one also. I am thinking it was about 300.00, but I can't swear on that. Worth every penny we paid though, how ever many pennies that was. LOL
Ours were about $300-$350 each, we have a magellan meridian gold, and a garmin edge. The garmin edge is the one dh uses for running or cycling and the other one is the one we use for geocaching.
Mio $150.00 DH loves his.
DH just got back from a business trip and his boss has a Garmin. DH did most of the driving and said it was 95%+ accurate. In the DC area, *it* got very confused with service roads. DH found you have to pay more attention to what is on the screen as opposed to what the voice tells you to do, i.e. the screen would read 95 to 4-95 west, but the voice tells you to go right, when in actuality you should go left. Very confusing.
The satellite loses reception in tunnels, at one point on the interstate it started telling him *go left, go right*, repeatedly for 5 minutes or so. It told him to take a particular bridge to go out to Long Island; the AAA trip tik gave a different bridge, as did DH's instinct as he is from Long Island. He did what the GPS told him to do and it added time to his trip.
I guess like everything, there are pros and cons!
We have Garmin and we love it. We use it in the boat and on long distance driving trips.