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Posted: 10/20/2012 4:36:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 4:48:32 PM EST by Deej86]
Thinking of picking up a GPS for my mom, something that's easy to use. When she and I go somewhere and I need to use GPS, I just use my phone, but I want her to have something that she can use to get to places in unfamiliar areas, like impromptu trips to Walmart. Reason I ask about TomToms are that my sister and brother in law have one but it got us lost in East St. Louis.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 4:50:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/20/2012 4:52:21 AM EST by StagArmslower]
I have Magellan 3030-LMwith lifetime maps update for a year and using it daily. I run TomTom in the same time and TomTom sends me in

oposite direction sometimes. In some parts of the Downtown Magellan can't enter some numeric streets when entered into rout planning

I used Magellan in St Louis and it work great there
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 4:51:29 AM EST
The wifes TomTom is pretty reliable. Have never been sent in the wrong direction with it.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 4:54:40 AM EST
I had a TomTom but I haven't used it in probably two years, as I now use my phone.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 4:56:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/20/2012 4:57:49 AM EST by starfishprime754]
I have a 3 year old tom tom that has had no map updates and loves to send me in the wrong direction sometimes (ie: country dirt roads that are locked up or do not exist). Use my phone now (Samsung GS3) mostly. If I was going to get a GPS unit, I would make sure it has free unlimited map updates.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 4:59:17 AM EST
Wife's seems to work pretty good getting you close.

The gas station feature iffy. Thought we were going to get jacked or killed on our trip to Cali.

San Bernardino finaly found a gas station. I was driving a rented 12 SS Camaro, had just lit a smoke found a station, had wife pump the gas. Engine running, ready to bolt , fuck that place.

Wife was a bit pissed , but I asked her " If anything bad happened, you gonna run over the rats?"
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:03:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/20/2012 5:05:49 AM EST by Deej86]
Maybe for kicks and giggles I'll get her the Top Gear GPS unit] GPS unit.

Have anyone heard good things about Magellan GPS units?
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:03:30 AM EST
i have a tomtom xl340m that i have had for 2 years its great. make sure you get an M model thats life time map updates.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:07:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:11:22 AM EST
I have two Garmins that get used daily, no complaints at all.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:13:19 AM EST
I don't think I would buy another because most cars have them now . I do have one and I use it almost every time I go out.The Tom Tom is what I have and it works well and for your mother once you set your home in if you are out and want to go home you just hit the button.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:20:04 AM EST
I use a GPS all the time, here is my outlook on them:

TomTom = Soccer mom GPS unit, it's cute and has funny bubbly features that a 13 year old girl would like.

Magellan = I had one of these, and it just up and quit on me one day for no reason. Could never get it restarted which sucked because I was in the middle of West Virginia. I called the Tech line for help, they said I needed to send it in to get it repaired. End story it was tossed at a rest area.

Garmin = I've been using them almost daily for 4 years, great units, easy to use and even the cheap units at Walmart tend to work very well. The one I have has live traffic on it which tells me if traffic is going to be bad before I get to it.

If your mom is just going to use it for casual use and doesn't need a lot of technical detail, the TomTom should be fine for what she needs. I personally will never buy another Magellan for a variety of reasons, and I really like the Garmin units.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 5:26:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By LessThanZero:


If your mom is just going to use it for casual use and doesn't need a lot of technical detail, the TomTom should be fine for what she needs. I personally will never buy another Magellan for a variety of reasons, and I really like the Garmin units.


It's gonna be for casual use(ie, need to find some whacky in and out subdivision street for a garage sale or to find unfamiliar areas, or for our trip to Savannah next year, or for the times she doesn't Yahoo map something and she wants to know where something is close to where she is.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 7:46:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By AbleArcher:
I had a TomTom but I haven't used it in probably two years, as I now use my phone.


I used a Garmin prior to my phone. Now that I have an HTX OneX, I sold the Garmin and use Google navigation which is free (250kb of data per trip mapped on average) and always up to date.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 7:48:59 AM EST
Garmin with lifetime traffic and maps.

Amazon usually has the best prices.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 7:52:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/20/2012 7:53:03 AM EST by 0612Devil]
Have been using a tomtom car gps on my motorcycle and it's survived so far. It's bern doused in gasine, rain etc.. And hasn't skipped a beat.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 7:53:26 AM EST
Comes free with every iPhone 5.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 7:55:14 AM EST
I'd look at the Garmin 1450LMT it's the unit that I have and love it, it also comes with free lifetime map updates AND traffic updates. About 140 bucks on amazon and the 5 inch screen is nice and big.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:00:15 AM EST
I've had Tom Toms and garmins. IMO, tom toms are garbage and not even in the same league as garmin. My tom tom was very slow to acquire satellite signal. Sometimes it would take up to five minutes or longer to acquire signal. And the user interface isn't very user friendly. I wouldn't exactly call it easy to navigate through the menus.

Get as much garmin as you can afford or are willing to spend. You won't be sorry.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:06:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By Subnet:
Comes free with every iPhone 5.


If you want to come over and teach my mom how to use an iiPhone 5, you can be my guest. I was trying to tell her how to use the volume rocker and it wasn't working out ofr her.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:07:53 AM EST
I use a TomTom in the Jeep sometimes, works great except for the annoying beeping when you go over the posted speed limit.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:08:21 AM EST
My wife is a home nurse and uses her Garmin Nuvi every day. Its 5 years old and runs like a top.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:10:12 AM EST
Had a Garmin, got old.


Got a good deal on a TomTom.


Used it for a month and bought another Garmin.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:12:50 AM EST
I've never had any trouble with Garmin. Can't comment on the others, because I've never used them.

Oh, and my phone works extremely well.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:15:30 AM EST
Both my Garmins are decent units . I've had TomToms in rentals that I just didnt like , very annoying .

One of my Garmins is about 4 years old , the other almost 5 .......a few things that sort of make me want to update , but I tolerate the goofiness in rural areas . Probably will get a new one next year with free lifetime maps , jus cuz.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:16:52 AM EST
I use Garmin, since I already know how to use them, they are what I get.

Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:16:58 AM EST
Garmin Nuvi.......

Tom Tom seems to me to be less user friendly.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:33:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By timpryor:
I'd look at the Garmin 1450LMT it's the unit that I have and love it, it also comes with free lifetime map updates AND traffic updates. About 140 bucks on amazon and the 5 inch screen is nice and big.


This. I have the same unit and love it. It took us to Florida and back without a hitch. Lifetime maps are great. I was a former TomTom user and in my opinion they are decent but the Garmin is better. On the go updating and recalculation are faster and more precise, the maps are also a lot more clear and easier to use. I got mine on Craigslist for 40 bucks so I can't complain too much....
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:39:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By timpryor:
I'd look at the Garmin 1450LMT it's the unit that I have and love it, it also comes with free lifetime map updates AND traffic updates. About 140 bucks on amazon and the 5 inch screen is nice and big.


This the model I have. Works great. I had an older Garmin and it did just fine, but to upgrade the maps, the newer 1450 with lifetime maps and traffic was a much better deal.
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:43:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By colt0208:
Originally Posted By timpryor:
I'd look at the Garmin 1450LMT it's the unit that I have and love it, it also comes with free lifetime map updates AND traffic updates. About 140 bucks on amazon and the 5 inch screen is nice and big.


This. I have the same unit and love it. It took us to Florida and back without a hitch. Lifetime maps are great. I was a former TomTom user and in my opinion they are decent but the Garmin is better. On the go updating and recalculation are faster and more precise, the maps are also a lot more clear and easier to use. I got mine on Craigslist for 40 bucks so I can't complain too much....


plus mine sounds like Yoda and the car is an X-wing
Link Posted: 10/20/2012 9:03:25 AM EST


I love tom toms! And cymbals, and snares, and kick drums, and...
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:49:45 PM EST
Gonna pick up a Garmin nuvi 50 at Radio Shack tomorrow for $99
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:06:53 PM EST
For all intents and purposes when you're talking GPS units if Garmin makes one Garmin is your best bet.

Better market saturation, better user community, better support.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:08:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Gonna pick up a Garmin nuvi 50 at Radio Shack tomorrow for $99

Tell me more about this...
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:10:51 PM EST
It's what Apple "updated" it's maps with instead of keeping google maps. . I'll never use a Tom Tom with that disaster.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:13:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hedonist:

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Gonna pick up a Garmin nuvi 50 at Radio Shack tomorrow for $99

Tell me more about this...


http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12252540
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:13:26 PM EST
I had a Magellen GPS and was very dissapointed with the tech support. Garmin on the other hand is excellent, anytime I send htem a email they promptly respond.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:14:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By FredMan:
For all intents and purposes when you're talking GPS units if Garmin makes one Garmin is your best bet.

Better market saturation, better user community, better support.


Tomtom told my sister to drive into a mountain.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:18:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By Hedonist:

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Gonna pick up a Garmin nuvi 50 at Radio Shack tomorrow for $99

Tell me more about this...


http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12252540

The link doesn't work, but when I use that product number I see a Nuvi 40 for $95 - is that the one?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:23:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hedonist:

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By Hedonist:

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Gonna pick up a Garmin nuvi 50 at Radio Shack tomorrow for $99

Tell me more about this...


http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12252540

The link doesn't work, but when I use that product number I see a Nuvi 40 for $95 - is that the one?

Yes. IPad posting noob
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:24:21 PM EST

That's what she gets for setting it to "fastest route".

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:27:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 5:29:42 PM EST by HiramRanger]
Originally Posted By Subnet:
Comes free with every iPhone 5.


I'm a big fan of the free Waze app. I like receiving feedback from other users about accidents, broken down vehicles, delays, and speed traps.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 1:43:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 1:47:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By AbleArcher:
I had a TomTom but I haven't used it in probably two years, as I now use my phone.


mine is collecting dust. Iphone or Ipad does the job
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 4:37:48 AM EST
Grabbed the $99 Nuvi 50LM.
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