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    I've finally decided to join in and get a GPS. Anybody have any suggestions/recommendations?
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    4.5" is better than 3.5" because it gives a broader view of the route ahead when there are turns.

    Get one that talks the street names, not just "turn right here".

    Personally I liked the Garmin better during my hunt. It has a built in contrast control for those bright sunny days out on The Banks. TomTom did not.

    Best Buy had the 760 for $269 over the holidays. Don't know what it is today. It has blue tooth capability that will transfer chats through the radio. Otherwise the 255W should suffice. It was $219 who knows what those prices are now.

    All check out Circuit City, big discounts since they are closing, but may not have any left. Another is Office Depot. I don't know if they are down by you, but they're closing too and have 30-40% off NIB.
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    Thanks -- so other than the blue tooth/radio chat thing (which I don't need), the 255 is just as good as the 760?
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    760 also has an SD Card slot that will play MP3s and an option to buy the traffic pack. That is an uplink that will identify traffic patterns ahead and route you a detour if the traffic dictates a fast route. A lifetime connection was selling for $120 back in /Dec. You can also load photos on that card and look at them on the screen. I haven't seen a need for any of the extras.
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    Well, let's see. Already have an iPod, iPhone, and Sirius radio so I don't need MP3s. And traffic? I don't have any of that where I live.

    But thanks again for your help, I picked up one this evening and I sent you a PM already...
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    Don't know about those particular models, but I do agree with endorsing Garmin.

    I got my wife one and it's been fantastic. Not a single complaint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    760 also has an SD Card slot that will play MP3s and an option to buy the traffic pack. That is an uplink that will identify traffic patterns ahead and route you a detour if the traffic dictates a fast route. A lifetime connection was selling for $120 back in /Dec. You can also load photos on that card and look at them on the screen. I haven't seen a need for any of the extras.
    That's why I got my wife the more basic one. No need for anything but an SD slot for when we download map updates.

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    Now that you are in the GPS club, a word of warning about a quirk in the system. If you are going out of state and not real familiar with the route, make sure you get a map when you rent the car. Give it a check before you head out so you ahve an idea of the route you want. The GPS seeks the fastest route which it determines to be the shortest in mileage, but may not actually be the fastest in time.

    For example I was going to Purdue from Indianapolis Airport and the car I rented didn't have a map, so I had to trust the GPS. There is an interstate that runs out toward Purdue turn that takes you into West Lafayette. My GPS told me to turn onto an intersecting highway about 20 miles out. While the highway ran straight into campus, it had a lot of traffic lights and cost me about 15 minutes of travel time. It wasn't a big deal, but I'd rather have stayed on the interstate.

    Also, it doesn't discount dirt roads. I was out in West Virginia boonies, the GPS and the car map agreed on the route. Apparently neither knew that 5 miles into this one road, it turns into a dirt road which couldn't be driven by car. I was turning around when a farmer came out of a barn, started laughing and shaking his head. "Gotcha yerself a GPS don'tch ya." He said he has 2-3 people a day doing the same U turn.

    If you know there is a better route, don't hesitate to take it, the GPS will recalculate the route after a few minutes. (Though I swear the little lady inside is really PO'd she has to recalculate.)
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    yeah, I was following someone with a GPS on Saturday between NC State, a local high school tourney, and then on to Dook. It did take us the most "direct" route mileage wise but it took forever, we went right through the middle of a town and I knew it would have been better to stick to the interstate even though it was an extra 8-10 miles.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the route it tries to send me going to school tomorrow.
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