Good cheap GPS?

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  1. Flooded
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    Can anyone suggest some good GPS devices that doesn't cost a arm and a leg. I want to put one in my truck seeing I will be traveling back in forth the places im not filmilar with. Anyone have any experence with any GPS devices? Also I have a truck and I don't know how to install it in so maybe a portable?(I'm not sure?)

    Edit: also I don't want to pay a monthly fee is its possible.
     
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  3. Costello

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    Depends what you mean by "cheap".

    I'll tell you my own experience and I invite you to draw your own conclusion from it.
    A while ago I bought a cheap-ass USB GPS, intended for PC, made in China or Taiwan (does it really make a difference.. you know what I mean).
    It does work. I still have it, and it still works.
    But hell, what a pain in the ass! It'll take at least 5 minutes to heat up - that's if you're lucky. If you're not it might just not pick up any signal. It also goes crazy when you're in a city with buildings messing up the signal..
    And there's the fact that it's for PC. You have to own a GPS navigation software of some sort. You can pirate them so it's fine but don't expect miracles - there arent many good ones for PC. Also, since it's for PC it means you have to use a laptop and I swear it's annoying to use a laptop as a GPS in a car, believe me I tried. Even an EEE PC.

    So, my own conclusions are: I wouldn't buy a GPS device for PC. I'd get a standalone GPS thingy with built in maps and stuff.
    On the other hand, it was a very cheap solution. Only cost me $80 (of course that's if you already have a laptop).
    Standalone GPS devices are a lot more expensive I'm afraid.
     
  4. Flooded
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    I think I am going to to with the TomTom One 3rd Edition (unless someone knows of a better one around the same price 100 USD)
    http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php...ory=0&Lid=4

    Comes with maps in it and free map updates and you can download updates from other users or TomTom approved ones. And its only 100 USD @ buy.com.
     
  5. Jax

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    TomTom is the best brand of GPs on the market.

    My dad has a TomTom One XL (the only difference from the one you mentioned is a bigger screen, and has maps for 2 countries, Portugal and Spain)
     
  6. arctic_flame

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  7. fischju

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    That is awesome.
     
  8. Costello

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    It runs Windows CE so it's more a PocketPC than a PC, I think. It looks awesome indeed!
     
  9. Flooded
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    Does anyone know if TomTom updates are free? (maps/softwareupdate/etc)
     
  10. arctic_flame

    arctic_flame GBAtemp ATMEGA8 Fan

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    Yes and no...

    *cough* torrent *cough*
     
  11. SavageWaffle

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    TomTom= Todays best GPS maker/company.
    No maps are NOT free.
     
  12. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

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    Get that TomTom 3rd ed...
    I had a Navcon for a several months, very cheap, very basic, no touch screen, etc...
    The points of interest database SUCKED!
    I grew to hate it. When I bought the tomtom I felt guilty giving that piece of crap navcon away.

    You get free updates in the way of getting user supplied map corrections and POI's. I think you have a year to update your map proper, but I'm not sure. I know the first map update is free though.
    The interface is great, the maps are great, it plays well with a Mac thank goodness, and it's just nifty.
    The only bad point is that the battery life is only a couple hours, which is no problem if it's in your car plugged up obviously.

    I love mine, don't leave home without it.
     
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