Costo GPS

 

Hi,

As my moniker indicates, I no little re GPS. I see Costco sells the Magellan 1340 for $100 (and saw the thread here about it, very helpful) and the Garmen nuvi 1265 for $219.

As best as I can see, the Garmen is larger, bluetooth compatible and has lifetime traffic - those seem to be the primary differences - are there others.

Costco on the web has nuvi 275T for $200 - when I looked at Garmen's site, it seems almost same as 1260 (they don't show 1265, I supposed it is a Costo only product) except fr the size (smaller screen). The 1265 is larger still - 4.3 inches.

Any thoughts as to these would be appreciated. thanks much

While I don't know much about the newer

Magellans, the Garmin units have cornered the marketplace...and for good reason. They work well, are priced affordably and are e-z to operate. I just don't know how you could go wrong with Garmin.

Check Amazon too. They were giving away the 760 which is a super-premium unit.

Welcome aboard!

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noclues wrote:

Costco on the web has nuvi 275T for $200 - looks like it doesn't have traffic tho and has smaller screen.

Yes it does. As I understand that "T" stands for lifetime traffic. For $200 you can get a 7x0 series at Amazon or somewhere else.

EDIT
You changed your post after I posted a reply. My opinion still stands. For 200 bucks, (discontinued) 7x0 series may be a better buy. Btw, Nuvi 1265 doesn't exist.

Welcome aboard

When I was looking for my first unit one of the things that swayed me was looking ar replacing the maps when they were outdated. Some of the lower cost Magellans at that time were not upgradeable.

You are doing the right thing, investigating first. I would start with a lower cost unit and look to replacing it in about 18 months. By that time you should have a good idea of how you use a unit and what features are and are not important to you.

Some of the things that make a GPS so useable is the ability to customize it and have features and points of interest (POI) on it that are important to you. Look into how you load POI and the restrictions as to the way the files must be constructed.

Each brand has their strengths and weaknesses. Not a one of them is without problems. The key is if you can live with the issues and faults with the unit you select.

Welcome to the site, read and learn. Soon you will be contributing and offering guidance to other new users.

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will have to check re 1265,

will have to check re 1265, we were at Costco yesterday and wrote it down - also has 4.3 inches screen and 1260 is only 3.7.

I have found that Costco, Home Depot nd other mega stores sometimes negotiate for their own product, slightly different than another model, but not available elsewhere.

Walmart Online - GPS

You may also want to check Walmart.com for Garmin GPS units and they will take them back if you are unhappy. Prices are very competitive.

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You just might find you are right....

noclues wrote:

will have to check re 1265, we were at Costco yesterday and wrote it down - also has 4.3 inches screen and 1260 is only 3.7.

I have found that Costco, Home Depot nd other mega stores sometimes negotiate for their own product, slightly different than another model, but not available elsewhere.

Best Buy has a Nuvi 285W and now also show a refurbished 285WT. Those models do not show up on the Garmin site.

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chewbacca wrote: For 200

chewbacca wrote:

For 200 bucks, (discontinued) 7x0 series may be a better buy.

Curious re the comparision of this 760 with 1265 (or 1260). The 760 is far superior re entertainment - MP3, FM transmitter, audio books etc. And it has some advantages re GPS feature - more pixels, 10 routes, route optimations.

On the ohter hand, the 1265 has lifetime (FM) traffic free, unlike 760 if I understand correctly.

So are the other considerations to point to the 760. For a base unit, no traffic, the Magellan 1340 seems very good (not sure if I can upload new maps - it has a data card tho, so presumably yes). For traffic, lifeime, 1265 seems hard to beat for 219 (the 275T seems same, a tad cheaper and smaller screen). For entertainment, 760 is the best.

My interest runs more to traffic, not entertainment featuress, so curious if you folks would still suggest 760, and why?

thanks much for all your help, much appreciated.

Garmin

I would go with the Garmin, Amazon and Wal-mart are the best place to get one.

It's a matter of preference, really

noclues wrote:

Curious re the comparision of this 760 with 1265 (or 1260). The 760 is far superior re entertainment - MP3, FM transmitter, audio books etc. And it has some advantages re GPS feature - more pixels, 10 routes, route optimations.

My interest runs more to traffic, not entertainment featuress, so curious if you folks would still suggest 760, and why?

Between the two (1260 and 760), I like widescreen format. That's all. The rest of the extra features are almost useless anyway. Here's what I think of those features:

- Traffic report isn't accurate
- MP3/audiobooks sound volume is too soft
- FM transmitter too weak and unusable

If traffic is what matters most to you, certainly get a T model (lifetime traffic). Make sure that traffic report is available in your area.

IMHO: The Garmin interface

IMHO: The Garmin interface is the easiest in the market.

Good point, compare coverage between Navteq & Clear Channel

chewbacca wrote:

If traffic is what matters most to you, certainly get a T model (lifetime traffic). Make sure that traffic report is available in your area.

Good point the free Navteq traffic only provides real-time traffic conditions for 50 metropolitan markets in North America, including Toronto, Canada.

The Clear Channel $60 lifetime provides real-time traffic conditions for 95 metropolitan markets in North America.

I'm in Tucson which is now one of the 30 largest cities in the US but Navteq still doesn't have coverage here.

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my bad

Well, we found out that it is not the 1265, my apologies.

Apparenty costco has the 265WT for 219..

the magazine shows they will have the 765T for 279. That seems worth theextra $60?

thanks again,

I've always bought the

I've always bought the cheapest Garmin possible and have enjoyed this approach.

More expensive GPS units depreciate like a rock, while cheaper GPS gets the job done and save you money at the same time.

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Good Point

nuvic320 wrote:

I've always bought the cheapest Garmin possible and have enjoyed this approach.

More expensive GPS units depreciate like a rock, while cheaper GPS gets the job done and save you money at the same time.

Personally, I "need" the additional features ie: bluetooth, MP3 player, etc.

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Costco question for noclues

noclues wrote:

Well, we found out that it is not the 1265, my apologies.

Apparenty costco has the 265WT for 219..

the magazine shows they will have the 765T for 279. That seems worth theextra $60?

thanks again,

I don't see either of those two models available on the Costco.com site. What magazine are you are you seeing these units and these prices in? When you say "will have the 765T for 279, does it say when? I have never seen a price that low yet for the Nuvi 765T.
Please give us more details.

Thanks

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Garmin nüvi® 765T $279.99 After $50 OFF 8/17/09–9/06/09

Rayzers this is from the August Costco Magazine:

Garmin nüvi® 765T
4.3" Touchscreen GPS
$279.99 After $50 OFF
Valid 8/17/09–9/06/09 #427864
• Lane assist
• Free lifetime traffi c
• Voice-activated navigation
• Speaks street names
• Bluetooth® compatible

Costco.com only

Link:

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/200908/?u1=texter...

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Thanks rjrsw

rjrsw wrote:

Rayzers this is from the August Costco Magazine:

Garmin nüvi® 765T
4.3" Touchscreen GPS
$279.99 After $50 OFF
Valid 8/17/09–9/06/09 #427864
• Lane assist
• Free lifetime traffi c
• Voice-activated navigation
• Speaks street names
• Bluetooth® compatible

Costco.com only

Link:

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/200908/?u1=texter...

That certainly IS a much better price than I ever expected for the 765T. I think it was $650 or more when it first came out.

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You can walk a horse to water, but a pencil has to be led.

The 265wt is in the store,

The 265wt is in the store, not on web, other is listed per prior post. Have done some more research on these, still hard to say which is better.

GPS magazine.com rates the 765T as highest. One item is that the 765T has a better receiver, and thus is likely to work much better during storms and the like.

Some users don't like it tho, say it backtracks on some/many features of the 760. One fellow even returned it, and went back to 265wt - it has more levels of detail (5 v 3). http://www.poi-factory.com/node/19957

Interested in other views