I had TomTom One 3rd edition. It died last week. I need to buy a new one. I have looked around for a few. Help me selecting one. I am leaning towards Garmin Nuvi 765T.
Is 'Free' traffic which comes with 765T (or any T model of Garmin) worth the extra cost ?
Is the MP3 player and FM tranmitter in 765T worth extra cost (how is quality of FM and player) ?
Is Lane Guidance worth the extra cost ?
Any other make/model which make comparable model but cheaper ?
Edit: Thanks for replies. I think I will not need traffic and FM transmitter. Thanks for providing feedback on these. I am now thinking 7" units as well. Any good 7" unit <300, a refurb/used will aslo do.
Have a look at the Garmin 265WT. It is at a sweet price and comes with blue-tooth. Once you compare you will find this model gives you the biggest bang for the buck.
Spend a little time to compare different units and decide which features are important to you. When I did my upgrade, I decided I wanted spoken street names and routing as the most important. I bought an 885T because of the price, and I've been very happy with the unit. And yes, the speech recognition does come in very handy. I use it about as much as touching the screen.
-Free traffic--check on Garmin's website to see how often you'll be in areas with traffic coverage. In Arizona for example, traffic is available only in Greater Phoenix and Greater Tucson with my Clearchannel FM traffic. In areas with no coverage, having a traffic feature will do nothing for you. Still, even though my nearest traffic coverage in 125 miles from home, I do travel to Phoenix now and then, so I did buy traffic and it works well.
-FM transmitter--almost every discussion of this feature shows it to be a last-resort answer to getting your nuvi's output to your auto's audio system. I predict you will not like or use this feature. (Much better if your auto has an AUX input plug is to run a cable from the nuvi output to the AUX.)
-As a nuvi 750 owner (with added FM ClearChannel traffic bought later), my thought right now on what to buy if my unit fails is to get a 755T. So your thought of getting a 765T seems a very good plan to me. And if you intend to keep the GPS for more than a couple years, go ahead and buy the numaps Lifetime maps for the nuvi, too.
I agree with everyone. You must look at what you really need. I have a Nuvi 680 and I have been very happy with it. I subscribed to the Traffic reporting because I drive in the greater Phoenix, AZ area and it helps me out a lot when there are traffics jams. I back what it says with a local FM radio channel to see if they are reporting the same condition. For the most part the traffic reporting is a little late getting to you and sometimes a little late taking it off. I have tried using th FM transmitter. I hate it. You are better off using an iPod or something else for listening to music. I don't use my GPS for that anymore. The blue tooth feature is great. I use it for hand free dialing for my cell phone while traveling down a freeway.
What is the use for "Lane Guidance"?
If you are driving can't you see which lane is the best one to be in? Is it worth paying more money for?
Like everyone seems to be saying, decide on a unit based on what features you will want to use.
Whatever you ultimately decide to buy, I would recommend shopping around and looking at a site like techbargains and search for garmin to maximize your spending. A few days ago you could get a refurbished 765T, for example, from newegg for 202 bucks shipped. Just decide what you want then keep your eyes open for a good price.
When comparing the 2XX series with others, one thing that many people overlook is the quick disconnect feature that is lost when you go with the bottom tier units.
The 265 has a USB-style power connector that has to be manually removed when removing the unit from the cradle. The 7XX and others are simply popped out and in, making it a very simple matter to remove those unit to stow when parking.
Is it worth buying 265WT instead of 265T. DOes the wide screan shows more map area or just the same map streached.
Perhaps one of the best web pages I have come across for this question!!!
A friend has a narrow screen model. As I recall, the wide screen model I have does show more of the map, but only in the horizontal direction. What I do remember is that mine has the option for a qwerty style keyboard and his was limited to the alphabet arranged in rows. I am partial to the qwerty format. It would be nice if Garmin listed some sample screen shots of each model along with their spec info so that you could see what other screens besides the map looks like in the different sizes. I also like the cradle quick disconnect of the 7xx line. Some if not all of the 2xx models don't offer that.
Some stores have demo models on display that should give you a better idea of the differences between standard and wide screen displays.
Geting TT 720 for a throwaway price.
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