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Posted: 04/04/12 12:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hated Garmin they just would not hold up bought a tom tom and still working good for the last three years


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Posted: 04/04/12 03:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rkentzel wrote:

hated Garmin they just would not hold up bought a tom tom and still working good for the last three years


Our 7 year old Garmin Street Pilot 2610 is still working. Maps are out of date, though.

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DavidP wrote:

Kalusniak wrote:

I love my Garmin. Had it for about 5 years and it rarely makes a mistake.


X2 I purchased the lifetime updates from Garmin several years ago and update it twice a year. I too like the Garmin.


I have had my Garmin for close to two years and just bought the lifetime updates. When I first got it there was a mistaken around where I lived and put in a feedback to Garmin on it and on the last update was pleasantly surprised that the error was in fact fixed to reflect an accurate display. I'm sure Tom Tom has a similar program and you have to understand they can't be 100% accurate all the time an all need our help when we find inaccuracies in their routes/etc.

Only downside is that with my 1490T you have to be diligent when following the directions locally since it doesn't account for towing, but that is not that big of an issue, just something you have to be aware of.

I really like the ability of the additional storage via a micro SD card (I have an 8GB installed in mine) and the flexibility of storing large POI files and routes that it offers. I will do a lot of my trip planning using MAPSOURCE and then down load that onto my Garmin.

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A while back one of the "Gear head" magazines "GPS MAG" put a Garmin, A Magallin and a Tom-Tom up against each other for 3 different routes, all 3 were ask to route all 3 trips.

In each case the driver using the Garmin had an easier trip, arrived first and turned RIGHT into the parking lot.

Tom Tom was the worst and the turn into the lot was LEFT,

Magallen casme in 2nd in all 3 trips.


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I just bought the garmin 1450 on amazon. so far it seem easy to operate.also felt the price was good at $120. with free shipping

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wa8yxm wrote:

A while back one of the "Gear head" magazines "GPS MAG" put a Garmin, A Magallin and a Tom-Tom up against each other for 3 different routes, all 3 were ask to route all 3 trips.

In each case the driver using the Garmin had an easier trip, arrived first and turned RIGHT into the parking lot.

Tom Tom was the worst and the turn into the lot was LEFT,

Magallen casme in 2nd in all 3 trips.

I always have a jaundice eye for those kind of articles because if a writer works hard enough he can rig and come up with routes to back his view. For instance, Tom Tom knows what street I live on and how to get there but Garmin doesn't. That's a little pet peeve that's bugged me with Garmin for years. Other than that both seem OK and both don't work all that well in metro areas as they don't route very well taking in regard real things like stop signs, stop lights and prevailing traffic that can alter your time drastically.


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I have the Garmin Nuvi 1450 for my truck and the camper now. This is the second Garmin I've owned. Gave my older one to my wife for her car. We have never had any problems with either one. The 1450 has lifetime updates and has a bigger wide screen with no glare problems. It picks up well (even in my home office) and does not have to be in the windshield area.
I have a bracket that holds it lower under the radio and it works fine there.

I like the turning lane lane feature on the 1450. It tells you which lane you need to be in ahead of time (not just a right or left turn) which is real handy (++++) when I'm in the camper on a multi-lane highway in traffic. The big screen is also nice as I don't need my reading glasses to see the details. There is a newer model out now so you should be able to find a 1450 for around $120 now if you hurry.

I had a Tom Tom once. A map is better.


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I am definitely a Garmin fan. Bought my first Garmin- a GPS75 - around 1992. Have owned several since for both Marine and Auto/RV use. I have heard many complaints with regard to routing but most are the direct result of programmed user "avoidances/preferences". In my own case, I was returning to Ontario from Flint,MI and the Garmin tried to route me to Eastern upstate New You to cross into Canada -a distance of about 600 miles out of the way. Couple of days later I realized that I had set "Avoid Toll Roads" and the NY crossing was the first bridge without a toll so the dummy was in the driver's seat that day!!

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Unless you are comparing similar Garmins to Tom Toms, with similar models, features, etc, this thread is a total waste of time. Sure some of the newer Garmins will out perform on older Tom Tom, and vice-versa. I have three Tom Toms and have been well pleased with them. Can't speak to the Garmins or Magellans or whatever other brands there are cause I have had no reason to try them out.


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I had a Tom Tom about three years ago (gift). The map and routes it gave were not accurate. Left turn instead of right, etc. Nothing to do with models or older/newer. I found their database to not be even close in accuracy to what the Garmins have. Never had those problems in the same areas even with an older cheap Garmin that only had the original update.

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