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Sheldon Wolfe
Senior Member
Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 355
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 - 01:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm in the market for a GPS with Europe and US maps. It seems everyone I know has a Garmin, and they love them. Any Tom Tom owners out there? Any recommendations on what to get, what to avoid?
Steve Taylor
Senior Member
Username: steveatwi

Post Number: 17
Registered: 07-2008
Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 05:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I will join the Garmin lovers. I have a Nuvi that came with both North American and European maps. It's much more reasonable to buy the package than to add the European maps later. I am generally very impressed with how accurate the maps and navigation are.
Anne Whitacre, FCSI CCS
Senior Member
Username: awhitacre

Post Number: 894
Registered: 07-2002

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 01:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I have a TomTom but don't have any European maps on it, so I can't speak to that. I'm happy with the TomTom, though...
Dave Metzger
Senior Member
Username: davemetzger

Post Number: 335
Registered: 07-2001
Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 06:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We bought a Magellan 1470 in June, before a vacation prior to the CSI Convention (does not come loaded with European maps, just US, Canada, and Puerto Rico).

We're very pleased with it. It has a large (4.7 inch diagonal) screen, and the graphics are clear and easy to read. Look for a unit that speaks to you, very useful especially if you are driving alone. There are units available that have voice recognition and can respond to voice commends, but they are more expensive.
Richard Howard, AIA CSI CCS LEED-AP
Senior Member
Username: rick_howard

Post Number: 221
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 12:37 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I have an LG touchscreen phone from Verizon with their VZ Navigator application. They also have an international version. I got it just before a trip to NYC and found it to be a godsend. I put it on the dash of my rental car next to the speedometer so I could glance at the map and hear the voice directions.

It is great to be able to have it with me whether I am in a car or on foot. It can also locate businesses from the Yellow Pages, which is nice when you need a cup of coffee.
Russ Hinkle, AIA, CDT, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: rhinkle

Post Number: 66
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 09:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

My teenage son can not find the local store on his own. We bought him a $100 (on sale) Garmin at x-mas. We used it this spring for a vacation and I was suprised how much I liked it. Easy to find a store when you suddenly need something (were is the nearest Walmart)or tourist destinations (take the tour of the Jack Daniels distillary in Tenn). I was suprised at how even the inexpensive version had a lot of information and was easy to use. Kids even named it her "Bella". Its hard not to take back to it!
Russ Hinkle
James M. Sandoz, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: jsandoz

Post Number: 57
Registered: 06-2005

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 12:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I bought a car last May that has a built-in navigation system. It is amazing how accurate it is. It has even redirected me around traffic tie-ups. I don't know how it does that but, driving around the Houston area where traffic mishaps and emergency construction are a daily occurance, it sure comes in handy.

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