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Jul. 2nd, 2007

08:56 pm - GPS Navigation? nüvi or not nüvi, that is the question

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Date:July 3rd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh... that was you. :-)

I'll take your datum into account.
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Date:July 4th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Just to confuse things, I've been happy with my Garmin. But it's a generation old now (Streetpilot 2620) and things have changed a good bit recently. Garmin is going towards a smaller form factor altogether.

A few features you may want to consider: I like the synthesized voice ability to read street names (not just say left and right), the larger screen size, and the ability to carry a nation wide map internally (if you don't travel much you may not care, but shifting files in and out and worrying about megabytes open is just so 1998). I think the interface beats Magellan with a big gnarly stick, but this could simply be a matter of which I learned first. You may want to look at the availability and cost of European maps if you hope to travel a bit; map packs can be expensive ($100).

As for bad things to look for, my first Garmin's touch screen failed after about 2.5 hard years in the car, which is not so impressive for what was a $1300 unit at purchase (it was my 'gold watch' when I left my last job). The remote control is pretty useless. Works great, but has no purpose in life at all. Unless you touch screen fails. A battery backup would be very nice, my gps currently turns off when the power socket goes dead, such as when starting the car. This is very annoying at times, but something the small form factor units seem to have addressed.

Overall, an auto gps is massively useful. I just don't get lost anymore. Like a dishwasher, I view it as a way to purchase a few more minutes to add to my day.
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Date:July 4th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Smaller form-factor is nice, if the reduction in size is surround, not screen. :)

I don't know if the 660 and 680 read street names. I'll see if I can trawl around to figure that out. [trawled a little] Ok, so https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=213&pID=8579 suggests that it does say street names and exit names and stuff.

The screen size of yours according to the PDF specs for it is, by my calculation, 3.7" diagonal (it gives it as 3.3" x 1.7"), compared to, I believe 4.3" diagonal on the 660 and 680.

660 and 680 both contain nationwide maps.

I haven't looked into maps for other areas, but that is a good point. I figure I'll look into Europe and Japan at least. [looked around a bit] Hm. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=8579 doesn't make it look like Japan info is even available (boo!) and there's so many different European things available that I have no idea what I'd need. Oy. Expensive. The prices seem a lot worse than the $100 you mentioned.

Regarding lifetime of touch screen, that's not something I think I can judge without getting it and seeing what happens, unfortunately.

Regarding battery backup, the unit apparently has a battery that lasts "up to 7 hours". This means that it shouldn't have the problem yours has with cutting out when you start the car, and it means I can put it in my pocket and take it with me and use it while walking around if I wish.

Aaaanyhow... still pondering.
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