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kfredericks' date=' step up to the mic please.

 

Keith got one for his wife, and they use it all of the time. I swear if they lose it they'll end up in Panama the next time they travel to my house.[/quote']

 

LOL, panama is nice this time of year though, no? Seriously though, i think they're a great idea, i think i'd be more inclined to go places if the GPS units are as simple to operate as they appear

 

Paging ballmeat.

 

He just had one installed in his 4runner.

 

Is it me or does "Paging ballmeat" sound hilarious? Anyway, looking fwd to hearing how it works in the 4runner

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I highly recommend one. I have the factory-installed one for my Nissan Quest. Not having a particularly well-developed sense of direction, it's been one of those "how did I ever live without it?" things. I never feel lost anymore.

 

I have no experience with the portable kind, either the handheld or dashmounted kind, though.

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I must say I used to have a 2004 Acura TL and I badly wanted the TL w/NAV. I do a lot of traveling and thought I would get use out of it. A lot of people, who actually have never had one, told me it was a waste. For once I am glad I didn't listen, I absolutely love the Nav. I traded in the TL for a 4-runner and missed the Nav so much that I just had the Kenwood Excelon installed and I couldn't be more happy. With the Kenwood I can play DVD's, CD-R's, MP3's, DTS, etc....Oh, and even Xbox or Game Cube. I also got Sirius radio installed with the separate Nav unit. The separate Nav is convenient so you don't have to keep taking out the Nav DVD everytime you want to watch or listen to a audio/video DVD/CD. It also has an iPod interface but apparently it doesn't pick up more than 10 play lists from the iPod. I only have 2 play lists so it doesn't present a problem. I love the Nav I have and I paid about $2400 installed. It all depends on what you want to spend but I beleive the Kenwood is one of the best in the market right now.

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I highly recommend one. I have the factory-installed one for my Nissan Quest. Not having a particularly well-developed sense of direction' date=' it's been one of those "how did I ever live without it?" things. I never feel lost anymore.

 

I have no experience with the portable kind, either the handheld or dashmounted kind, though.[/quote']

 

I totally agree. It is like the cell phone, once you have it you can't live without it.

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I had an Alpine nav system in my 2001 Expedition but removed it awhile ago to make room for the DVD player. I plan to put it back in at some point as it was very convenient when traveling to shows, but now that I'm out of car audio I just travel back and forth to work :)

 

I do recommend getting an aftermarket one that runs on DVDs like the Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, etc. as they're very easy to use. Another option which I'm actually looking into now is Drivesoft which does just about anything you could imagine and is in one small footprint package.

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The indecision I always have when I've looked at them is this:

 

a) Dedicated SatNav device

B) GPS card + Laptop + Autoroute

c) GPS plugin for a PDA + Software

 

My friend has option C, which is quite nice; I'm mostly tempted to the Laptop solution, though.

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Our GPS saved JTello's wedding. Last Sunday, 20 minutes before the ceremony, JTello tells me he left the programs and toast glasses back at the hotel, which is 15-20 minutes away. I enlisted JASON to go to the hotel and get the materials. But he was flying blind. He had no idea where the hotel was, and we were in the middle of no where it seemed. No time. The ceremony was postponed until he would return. So I set him up with our GPS, routed it to the hotel, and he was there and back before we knew it. JTello and his WIFE own it all to our GPS.

 

I have the Garmin Ique Palm-based PDA. It was about $430 when we got it a while back - what a steal that was! Those in-car ones are way more expensive than the portable ones, and those ones would have done us no good during the above wedding crisis. The portable ones can be taken with you, in any car, while hiking, boating, or whatever.

 

It is so amazing, that I ended up buying stock in the company. My stock has nearly doubled since, as Garmin is totally kicking ass, and for good reason. EVERYONE will have these in one configuration or another. My wife is a Sales rep who must travel all over the place, and she is crippled without it.

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Yep, Keith saved our wedding with his fantastic GPS machine!

 

I imagine that all of our guests would have dropped dead simultaneously if they didn?t have event programs in hand describing who the bride and groom were. Oh the horror! :eek

 

And if the guests somehow survived the wedding without the programs, they surely would have imploded at the site of my new wife and I toasting with regular wine glasses! :thud

Thank you Mr. Super Wedding Saver GPS Man, you are a true American hero!

 

Please everyone help end world tragedies and global famine, ? go buy a GPS for your family immediately!

 

Oh, and make sure it?s a Garmin GPS, so Keith?s stock rise. We all need to reward him for his wedding day heroics and bravery.

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Can anyone suggest what kinds of features i should be looking for while trying to pick a unit?

Well, for in-car I am less knowledgeble. I'd say it is important that there is a convienient way of updating your map data. My bias from using a PDA-based one requires the suggestion that it be able to sync with a computer or PDA to access your contacts. Otherwise, like with cellphones, you'll have to duplicate effort when filling the address book.

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What map software are you using with your PDA? I dont' have a palm so i was thinking of something like a garmin unit or a tomtom unit
You're not talking to me, right? The Garmin product is an all-in-one unit, without options for choosing your software. The new Ique uses the latest PocketPC OS instead of palm, which seems to make sense given where palm seems to be heading.
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