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What satnav do you use in the states?

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    ...and I'm fine with answers from those of you who live there since you may have an even better idea !

    I have a Garmin GPS which I use 99% of the time in the states and 1% if we're going somewhere in DW's car. So, USA much more important use.

    Thing is, it's a good few years old and has one of those old screens on it where you have to press quite hard to select anything rather than the new screens which are like cell phones... very little light touch required.

    I've never really liked it. It does the job but I find it slow and annoying. Slow to pick up satellites, slow to calculate, slow to use etc.

    Thing is, looking around at reviews is awkward. Most of them comment on UK performance rather than US and then talk about features Im not that interested in really. I want accuracy more than anything.

    So what GPS's have you used? Any that are known to work really well in Orlando?
     
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    I too use a Garmin and find it to be ok Keith.
    [Apart from when I returned home after one trip and forgot to reset it and it calculated my distance to a destination near to where I live to be several thousand miles away! :lol:]
     
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    I have a Garmin. I bought it in 2009 or so? I've come to hate it. I have to actually bang on the stupid thing to enter an address. With the updates it's so slow that it is beyond frustrating. Regardless of the settings I have it on, it takes me in the most stupid round about ways ever. :unsure:

    I would like a newer one, and have been doing a bit of research but not made any sort of decision yet. Tomtoms are coming up high on the list though…

    Google navigator on my smartphone is better than my gps. :(
     
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    Too funny because recently I was in the UK using it and hit "home".. .home was preset to a certain villa and it just locked up for hours trying to route me :lol:
     
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    See that's my experience too....
     
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    Chris wants a new one, his Garmin is older than yours Keith.

    He's been looking but hasn't seen anything he likes the look of. He wants to stick with Garmin as he likes to be able to get the free lifetime updates.

    What model did he tell Sue to get you Terry :unsure:
     
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    Unless we are using the onboard satnav in my car (which I depend on like oxygen) we use google maps on our iPhones. It's the most accurate we've found...and is always handy.
     
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    We've used our Garmin there several times and it's been absolutely fine.
     
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    What model is it Vikki?
     
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    I have a Magellan. However, on a trip to Delaware one time, Donna entered the address we were going to on her cell phone, while I used the Magellan. We went my way going and her way coming back and it was MUCH shorter.
     
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    yeah I must admit, everyone in the office is trying to convince me that google on the phone works a lot better, is free and just sitting there.

    I kinda like to have the phone free for other stuff but I may have to change my thinking (or just take a phone specially for nav :)
     
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    It's one of the nuvi ones I think. Never had a problem with it.
     
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    They changed you see.. prior to a certain date they used a resistance screen which was very hard to press... the newer ones use a screen like a cell phone where you can touch very lightly. It makes a huge difference
     
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    Oh yes, I know exactly the type you're referring to...my first two or three satnavs were like that...bothersome on a good day, downright dangerous at times because it would cause such a distraction.

    Is it possible to use, say Helen's for nav, while leaving yours free for "other stuff" as you said?
     
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    yeah for sure :yes: I have loads of spare phones, as you know, I'm a collector :) so if the best way really is to use a cell phone I'll do that. Nokia allow you to download all the maps in advance so you dont even need a data connection (which can be a problem for uk roamers in the states)
     
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    I use my phone. Or sometimes I still use the old fashioned way and actually look at a map. I prefer the latter
     
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    Mine is a nuvi 2475 Wen.
    It now spends most of its life in my wedding car, assisting in locating the bride`s addresses ! I must get another one soon for my other Beauford now that she is up and running.
     
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    Mine's the 1370 bought a good few years ago and I'm sure if any of you had it, you wouldn't like it either :lol: I think I probably bought it just before they improved the touch screen :(
     
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    We have one older than that Keith. The battery failed one year when we were over there, we just couldn't charge it, I think we actually used Tink's a few times when we went somewhere different :unsure:

    So the unit has had a new battery and then last year we got a new traffic sensor lead and charger and a new holder :lol:

    Chris wants a new one but until he sees something he likes and has everything he wants, he's not prepared to buy one. You know what he's like.

    He uses Google maps in the UK though and he's quite impressed with it.
     
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    Our is the old version too, Keith. Sometimes I just want to bang it on the dash because it's so hard to get information entered into the screen. Ugh.
     
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