Tom Tom VS. Garmin

 

I had bought a Tom Tom Go910 about 1.5 yrs ago. I traded it in for a Garmin 260w. Was that a mistake?

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I can't say from experience,

I can't say from experience, but many users went from T2s to Garmins and were happy that they did. Here are some points....

GPS satellite reception - T2 takes longer then garmin and tends to not loose signal as much (I read this from another site)

Power – the 260 will probably last longer on the battery.

Ease of use – Garmin (in my opinion) kills in this area. T2s take time to figure out, where the garmins are soooo easy to use.

Maps – Garmins tend to have better map sets

Points of Interest (POIs) – Garmins have a better set of POIs then the T2

Text To Speech (TTS) – Both have TTS, some say that T2 is better, some say that Garmin is better.

Display – T2s displays are harder to read in sunlight

Itinerary planning – TomTom910 has it, Garmin 260W doesn’t.

Hopes this helps. All in all, I would take the garmin over the t2

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Garmins all the way

I also had a TomTom and really had problems downing POI's. With the Garmin and this site, it's just a breeze to do.

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Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

Tom Tom vs Garmin

I done a lot of research and read on both tom tom boards and garmin boards where they had both and over all most liked the garmin. I on the other hand had a magellian and would not go back to it for anything. My 660 is so much nicer and friendler. Plus magellian disconturnied my gps support in 05

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

asian fire

you hit it on the nose.

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Asian Fire is right. I

Asian Fire is right. I looked at both Tom Tom and Garmin and although the Tom Tom's have lots of features they are not the easiest of units to get the hang of. The Nuvi 260 is very easy to use. It has it's little quirks but on the whole it is a lot more user friendly.

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Nuvi2797LMT,Nuvi1490LMT, Nuvi260,Ford Sync3 Navigation. Captain Cook was a Yorkshire man too.

Garmin all the way!

Garmin all the way!

Garmin

Garmin, but the other brands are getting pretty good, but they are not there yet.

Ray

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No matter where you are "Life is Worth Living".

T2 v s Garmin

I have a Garmn and my son has a TomTom. My Nuvi seem to fire up and navigate more quickly than his TomTom. Neither of us has used the other for any length of time, but I'm OK with that.

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Tom Tom VS. Garmin

From every thing I have read if Garmin is better than Tom Tom then it is too early to waste your money on a GPS unit. I am a service tech. in the twin city area. We service all of MN,WI and some of ND. With the latest Navteq update my Garmin is becoming unusable. There are major highways and intersections in this growing area that Garmin gets wrong, or is completely missing. The Mall of America has been there for over 10 years and it totally screws that area up all the time. If Garmin is the best there is then I don't now what the answer is.

Your right

tiffany wrote:

you hit it on the nose.

Tiffany you are absolutely right,Charley said "I can't say from experience" As a lot of people do, and where a lot of folks get there info from.

I am a firm believer, if you can actually make the comparativeness then by all means make it, if your reading it with out the knowledge of having the two units in hand, its hearsay and nothing more, just like most of what she was reading is.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

so, does

tom tom get it right?

You seem to be saying it's the hardware that is the problem with the mall of america instead of the software.

I suggest otherwise

Tom Tom VS. Garmin

No its not the hardware. My Garmin's gps is very accurate. when it says your 300 ft. from the next turn its right on. But if the mapping software it relies on which is supposed to be the best, couldn't tell me there was no more 35w bridge, then somethings wrong.

It's not TomTom v. Garmin - It's TeleAtlas v. Navteq

The issues with the Garmin mapping is Naveteq.

If you find errors with Garmin/Naveteq's maps - go here and report it:

http://mapreporter.navteq.com/dur-web-external/secured/submi...

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Tom Tom VS. Garmin

It is not my job as a consumer to find major highways such as hwy 212. It is Navteq's job, especially when they charge $79 for a useless update. Hudson street atlas gets it right every year for $17.

You can report it

And help make the next version of the map better for all, or whine.

Your choice.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

It's what you get used to

The people that I know are happy with their TomTom's and I like the Garmin. It's what I started with and that's what I'll stick with. If I had problems with Garmin I might try something else but really unsure.

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John_nuvi_

Choice of Options and Preference

I have an older Garmin (60CS) and a GO 930. I was happy with my Garmin but wanted a larger display for the car. I still use my 60CS for field work. So I was obviously familiar with Garmin and Navteq. That said, for me, the options the GO 930 had, especially the map update feature, made it the better choice.

As far as satellite acquisition goes, I usually have a solid fix within seconds of turning my unit on.

Although I don't have one, from what I've read, the Nuvis are good units too. I don't think you can go wrong with either, it's just a matter of what options are most important to you and personal preference.

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Shooter N32 39 W97 25 VIA 1535TM, Lexus built-in, TomTom Go

kch50428, NAVTEQ doesn't

kch50428, NAVTEQ doesn't update anything based on user submitted data in 99.99% of all cases. I have submitted data numerous times and 5 years later the same collapsed road is used to route me to my destination.

Back to the original question ... I just returned a brand new Garmin Nuvi 765T. It rebooted on its own 3 times within the first 2 days of use. The unit would lag/freeze while typing in names to search in the POIs. After searching the web, I discovered that my unit wasn't "broken." This is simply an inherent design flaw within this model. While I don't know if this speaks for the quality of all Garmin models, I can tell you that due to this coupled with the terrible customer service I received from Garmin regarding these problems, I won't ever buy another Garmin unit.

On a side note and to be fair, my Garmin 60CSx handheld unit, which i purchased a few years ago, is spectacular.

Do You Really Have To Ask?

Obviously it's Garmin..!! grin

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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I've owned both tomtom and

I've owned both tomtom and garmin and I prefer the Garmin for numerous resons:
better tech support
easier to find POI
when you finally reach a destination it tells you which side of the street its on
better display...couldn't see the tomtom in sunlight
better directions(most of the time)

Great choice to switch to Garmin

Most

Most people that make these remarks have never owned any thing other than Garmin, so how can they even be qualified to make these ridicules statements.

If you have never owned anything but one type GPSr of course it's the best, you really have nothing to compare it with.

It's like that brand loyal question! rolleyes

The people that have actually own both and have made a honest comparison my hat's of to you!

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

I agreed with Asianfire. But

I agreed with Asianfire. But Garmin also have some cons too mostly reboot problem but can be fit by update firmware.

And Garmin also missing an app for iPhone because they made a phone navigation by themself but seem not much people buying it.

Again, I would prefer Garmin over Tomtom.

Tom Tom VS. Garmin

kch50428 wrote:

The issues with the Garmin mapping is Naveteq.

Actually it is Garmin VS. TomTom

User interface
Quality of firmware updates
mapping algorithms
Cost

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Garmin

You will be quite happy with the Garmin. Good Luck!! grin

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D.H.

When I lived in Tennessee a

When I lived in Tennessee a few years ago I had both units. The Tom tom's mapping was wildly inaccurate while the Garmin was pretty spot on. At the time it was thought that the Navteq maps that Garmin used were much more accurate in certain area's and the ones Tom Tom (can't remember who made their maps)were better in other areas.

Isn't that kinda like Chevy

Isn't that kinda like Chevy vs. Ford trucks?

Or Coke vs. Pepsi?

I'm partial to Garmin, Chevy, and Coke, but that doesn't mean others are bad.

I'm sure both Chevy and Ford truck lovers would agree that if you're stuck on the side of the road and the rescue vehicle finally shows up, a Dodge can be a very fine truck. wink

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nüvi 750 & 760

I lean more towards Garmin.

I lean more towards Garmin. My wife has had a Garmin, and I purchased a TomTom. I took the TomTom back and got a Garmin instead after a week of use. My reasoning (this is simply subjective): the TomTom had too many things on the screen. It was too cluttered for my taste. Whereas the Garmin was simpler. Maybe it's just because I was used to my wife's.

It really comes down to...

There are so many more Garmin users than Tom Tom that it makes the difference. Just look at the community here a POI Factory - so many people stand ready for help and comment on any Garmin issue, whether you're a newbie or highly advanced. This makes a difference if you really want to get into the hobby of POIs.

To be sure, there is also a loyal Tom Tom community, only smaller.

dobs108

Garmin

It's Garmin all the way in my house.

Garmin vs. TomTom

USA #1 GARMIN
EUROPE #1 TomTom

I have 2 TomTom's and 2

I have 2 TomTom's and 2 Garmin GPS units.

I prefer the Garmin units hands down, but the TomTom's are handy for "disposable" GPS units... ie I leave them in the car, etc, don't care if they get stolen...

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http://www.poi-factory.com/node/21626 - red light cameras do not work

Most folks are brand-loyal

so it is hard to get an unbiased opinion. I've seen many times where people that have never owned another brand will claim their brand in the best.
In the end, most folks like the unit/brand they have, and will stick with it, unless something very compelling comes along to change their minds.

Navteq-May be someone should visit them

D3F wrote:

kch50428, NAVTEQ doesn't update anything based on user submitted data in 99.99% of all cases. I have submitted data numerous times and 5 years later the same collapsed road is used to route me to my destination.

Has anyone, especially POI Factory ever checked to see how Navteq handles user input. Maybe POI Factory should make a road trip sometime or find another way of discussing this with Navteq.

They have the benefit of being able to explain to Navteq that the impression is that Navteq is slow to respond and has a reputation that they do not make user requested changes.

If it's cost prohibitive for POI Factory to go, maybe, they could authorize a respected POI Factory contributor to visit Navteq on their behalf.

I think we would all love to see a bqalanced report on how Navteq operates.

I know that one of my suggestions has resulted in an actual change, and I have others that Navteq says will be changed. Unfortunately, there seems to be long delays in the process.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Garmin

I have generally read and heard the same as others have said. Garmin is better in the US and Tom Tom is better overseas

A friend wants to buy a Tom

A friend wants to buy a Tom Tom. I'm trying to talk him out of it and showed him this thread. I hope it helps.

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GPSmap76Cx handheld, Nuvi 2557LMT, Nuvfi 2598LMTHD

reporting

kch50428 wrote:

And help make the next version of the map better for all, or whine.

Your choice.

I did couple reports to both Garmin and Navteq over a year ago. And seems like they were ignored.
Problem is, that when you reporting, it gives you impression that it goes into black hole. Some people just stop bothering with it, when after a year there is still no change in map.

Try both

I have never been brand loyal I just go for the best product for my needs at the time.
The best way to compare is to buy both units and run them side by side.

My "experience" with both brands

Greetings from sunny French Riviera !

I own a Nüvi 205T, and never had a problem with it. Of course I'm supposed to understand such devices (from my technological background, which I'll describe in a couple lines), but it was my very first GPS.

I quickly understood how to register it, update maps, load new vehicle icons, load POIs such as radars and speed traps. I even managed to understand that I needed to use MapSource to add the European maps (Lifetime updates bought last year) on an SD card - and thanks to communities like this one, I think I could now be considered fluent in Garminish.

Our daughter took advantage of a double-order error and kept the second one for herself. She is far from my technological level, I usually need to explain things a gazillion times to her, before finally executing most tasks for her on her laptop, desktop, GSM, whatever.

But she did get the hang of her 205T very quickly as well. I even managed to teach her how she could change or add vehicle icons - trust me, you haven't met her yet.

Now a couple houses further from our place, we've got this guy who likes to claim he knows all there is to know about everything. He's recently retired, was working in an emergency service (hospital), but claims to be far more knowledgeable than I am in regards with PC. And my 20+ years of experience as a PC technician / trainer / functional architect / LAN administrator / Windows and Linux certified, all those details never stopped him from his Power Dance.

And that's fine by me - it's HIS life after all.

Now this guy, as I was saying, knew I had a Nüvi. So he bought a TT, with all European maps on it.

Like mine, in a way, except he doesn't get the life updates.

He also claims that radar POIs and the likes are only available for a fee - whereas we all know the facts, specially in this Fantastic community.

And he's never been able to tell me if he could update his vehicle icons. He doesn't see the need - I just seek the pleasure in doing it smile

And yet he's a true Knowitall, as so many people we all meet every day.

The bottom line, I'm not trying to bring this guy down. He throws great parties, even if he sometimes gets opinionated (and gets me on the same trend, which begets me dark looks from my beloved wife)

But from this experience of mine, I hope you'll agree with me when I say I have this gut feeling that Garmins are easier to use than TTs.

Oh, one last point, I really think a Nüvi is less bulky than his machine. Even when I add the sun mirror on mine (cost me all of $5, when I decided that the sun was sometimes making the screen less-than-optimal), I can easily keep it in my pocket when I step down from the car.

But that's just my opinion, of course - and I believe you were asking for just that ? So I hope my response will help you in some way smile

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)

Would this make you switch to Tom Tom?

Lifetime maps.

http://www.tomtom.com/news/category.php?ID=4&NID=949&Languag...

Concord, MA – March 29, 2010 – TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions, today announces the availability of a wide range of TomTom devices offering Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Traffic Updates. These new features empower users with the accuracy of TomTom’s most up-to-date maps, as well as real-time traffic information that helps them avoid traffic delays and other hassles on the road. At no extra cost, customers will receive these updates for the useful life of the device.

“The nation's roads are changing every day, so TomTom is proud to offer Lifetime Map Updates on our portable navigation devices,” said Tom Murray, vice president of market development for TomTom Inc. “This feature, in conjunction with TomTom’s Lifetime Traffic Updates, offers our customers the assurance that they will always have the industry’s most accurate maps and the real-time traffic information they need for hassle-free navigation.”

Lifetime Map Updates
TomTom’s Lifetime Map Updates feature allows users to keep their maps fresh by downloading, every few months, the industry's most accurate and up-to-date maps. The maps include one million more miles than competing maps and, in certified tests, rate highest in terms of quality and reliability. The road network changes on average 18 percent annually, so they are continually refreshed to include improvements across the entire road network and updates to Points of Interest.

Lifetime Traffic Updates
TomTom’s Lifetime Traffic Updates feature offers real-time insight into traffic events to help drivers avoid delays. The TomTom device receives the latest traffic information every three minutes, recalculates total drive time and suggests more efficient alternate routes if they are available.

All TomTom products featuring Lifetime Updates also include TomTom’s proprietary IQ Routes™ Technology and TomTom Map Share™. IQ Routes offers the most efficient routing for any time of day or day of week. This feature, combined with the real-time traffic information via Lifetime Traffic Updates, ensures the very best routing possible. Map Share allows users to make map improvements on their device and share these improvements with the TomTom community.

Availability and Price
Select TomTom devices across the TomTom XL and TomTom XXL product lines are now available with Lifetime Map Updates, Lifetime Traffic Updates or a combination of these features. Pricing starts at $199.95 MSRP and varies by model.

For more information, please visit: www.tomtom.com

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TomTom's bag

TomTom makes a nice C-shaped bean bag on which my Garmin 1490t wide screen proudly sits, happy as a clam.

Garmin/TomTom

CherylMASS wrote:

Lifetime maps.

http://www.tomtom.com/news/category.php?ID=4&NID=949&Languag...

Concord, MA – March 29, 2010 – TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions, today announces the availability of a wide range of TomTom devices offering Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Traffic Updates. These new features empower users with the accuracy of TomTom’s most up-to-date maps, as well as real-time traffic information that helps them avoid traffic delays and other hassles on the road. At no extra cost, customers will receive these updates for the useful life of the device.

“The nation's roads are changing every day, so TomTom is proud to offer Lifetime Map Updates on our portable navigation devices,” said Tom Murray, vice president of market development for TomTom Inc. “This feature, in conjunction with TomTom’s Lifetime Traffic Updates, offers our customers the assurance that they will always have the industry’s most accurate maps and the real-time traffic information they need for hassle-free navigation.”

Lifetime Map Updates
TomTom’s Lifetime Map Updates feature allows users to keep their maps fresh by downloading, every few months, the industry's most accurate and up-to-date maps. The maps include one million more miles than competing maps and, in certified tests, rate highest in terms of quality and reliability. The road network changes on average 18 percent annually, so they are continually refreshed to include improvements across the entire road network and updates to Points of Interest.

Lifetime Traffic Updates
TomTom’s Lifetime Traffic Updates feature offers real-time insight into traffic events to help drivers avoid delays. The TomTom device receives the latest traffic information every three minutes, recalculates total drive time and suggests more efficient alternate routes if they are available.

All TomTom products featuring Lifetime Updates also include TomTom’s proprietary IQ Routes™ Technology and TomTom Map Share™. IQ Routes offers the most efficient routing for any time of day or day of week. This feature, combined with the real-time traffic information via Lifetime Traffic Updates, ensures the very best routing possible. Map Share allows users to make map improvements on their device and share these improvements with the TomTom community.

Availability and Price
Select TomTom devices across the TomTom XL and TomTom XXL product lines are now available with Lifetime Map Updates, Lifetime Traffic Updates or a combination of these features. Pricing starts at $199.95 MSRP and varies by model.

For more information, please visit: www.tomtom.com

This should bring on some new customers.I was lookin at some of their models the other day and they do offer a lot of nice features for a good price.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Garmin/Tom Tom

There are many free maps out there for the Garmin, zero for the Tom Toms.

I'm talking about topo maps, and that was the deciding factor for me.

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I am a big Garmin fan.

I am a big Garmin fan. Mostly because they have been arround with gps's for a long time. I used to use them on boats. There are lots of people who really like the Tom Tom's though. Consumer Reports called them both good.

One thing

One thing no one ever mentions when comparing the new Nuvi models to the TomTom is the windshield mounting systems.

The Nuvi system has virtually not changed since it's introduction in late 2005 and works very well for most of us. On the other hand TomTom now uses what they call the "Fold & Go Easyport Windshield Suction Cup Mount".

The Easyport mount consists of a circular piece incorporated into the back of the TomTom device. This extra piece makes the device about 1 1/2 times thicker than the Nuvi and difficult to store in your shirt pocket. Around the outside of this piece are 3 springs that allow you to snap and hold the GPS inside a ring on the windshield mount. The mount is hinged so you can attach it to the windshield and then adjust the angle of the TomTom for best viewing.

I find the new mount easy enough to snap the GPS into and to find a good angle to view the screen but it did take some practice before I was comfortable that the TomTom wasn't going to come crashing to the floor. I did find an issue with the hinged windshield mounts however. The GPS ends up "hanging" from the circular holding ring which holds it fine but allows the GPS to shake as I travel over rough roads. At times the shaking is so bad I have trouble reading the map detail.

Overall I much prefer the Nuvi windshield mounting system to the new EasyPort mounts used by TomTom.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

Nuvi 255

All I know is that the past few months I have nothing but probs with my little 255. The touch screen has frozen (again) and after reading all the former posts about that, it seems that hot weather is the contributing factor. Hot weather? C'mon - why make a GPS unit that goes dead if placed on the dash? UGH. The fact that I'm TOTALLY directionally -challenged just makes it all the more frustrating.

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Wandering Kanook

Any suggestions on un-freezing the touchscreen on my 255?

I know peeps have had a lot of problems with this, and now I'm experiencing it. Nothing seems to work...

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Wandering Kanook

Hard reset.

Canadiant, try a hard reset if you haven't done so already. DorkusNimrod gives the procedure here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/26136.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

garmin vs tom tom

I'm also looking at switching to tom tom, I have had 4 garmin's over time the last one a nuvi 765T is back on it's way to garmin to be replaced, this is a replacement for a replacement, one of the one's with a bad screen, it also seemed to be temperature sensitive, the colder it was the harder to get what you hit to work, e.g. hit 'show maps' get 'where to', hit the down arrow and sometimes one of the favorites would be hit, sometimes it would be the letter, with the 3.9 upgrade and the hesitation on the second letter it was really annoying. so in about a week and a half I should know it I will be staying with garmin.

A minor TomTom vs. Garmin difference

t923347 wrote:

One thing no one ever mentions when comparing the new Nuvi models to the TomTom is the windshield mounting systems.

The Nuvi system has virtually not changed since it's introduction in late 2005 and works very well for most of us. On the other hand TomTom now uses what they call the "Fold & Go Easyport Windshield Suction Cup Mount".

The Easyport mount consists of a circular piece incorporated into the back of the TomTom device. This extra piece makes the device about 1 1/2 times thicker than the Nuvi and difficult to store in your shirt pocket. Around the outside of this piece are 3 springs that allow you to snap and hold the GPS inside a ring on the windshield mount. The mount is hinged so you can attach it to the windshield and then adjust the angle of the TomTom for best viewing...

As a Garmin owner, I'm torn by this one--the mount design that is. On the one hand, I think I might prefer the all-in-one mount of the TomTom because it should just be easier in theory.

In fact, I bought a TT as a gift for someone primarily because of the mount. That's because I was afraid of her willingness or due diligence to remove all traces of a GPS (like the Garmin mount) every time she leaves her car. I'm confident that she's smart enough (and I've warned her as well) to always take her GPS with her. With the TT then, problem solved.

However, the ease of operational use of a Garmin (and I only have a MIO to compare it to) is fairly intuitive and probably would have been better for a GPS neophyte. Even for me, customizations from POI files here is probably all I care to manage, so the TT's more customizable interface might be overkill for me.

But back to the mount. Many here have mentioned the clunkiness of using a bare-bones style mount where the power cord must be plugged into the back of the GPS and not the mount itself. The result being annoyed by the extra step. By now I'm just used to it so my level of expectation must be pretty low.

Still wish I could have an all-in-one mount though, with Garmin ease of use, and just as importantly, Garmin unit thin form factor for keeping in my pocket.

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garmin nuvi

I have no idea which nuvi I have, but it's horrible. The very first time I tried to use it, it had me in Kansas (I live in NJ). It always takes forever for the current maps to load. It always takes me a long way to get there. Once I was looking for a house in a neihghborhood, and it took me out of the neighborhood, and took me this long about way to bring me right back to the street that I was already on. I'm thinking about trying a tomtom now. I have 2 friends that have them, and both really like them.

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