Recommendation for a friend.

 

I have a friend who has been hired by the U.S. Census bureau to do Census work in a fairly rural area of Georgia. The maps for the area are really poor and he is considering his first GPS unit.

He does not have a lot of $ to spend on a unit, and I suggested he check out a Nuvi 650, which I have, because I found a refurbished one on sale on Amazon (http://goo.gl/LXXV) for only $165.

Being advised of the very specific type of work for which he wants this unit and the financial constraints involved, if anyone can suggest an inexpensive unit that would serve his needs, it would be extremely helpful.

Thanks so very much,

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Nuvi 3790T w. Lifetime Maps/Macintosh OS Lion/iPhone 4/iPad 1

755T

For only $15 more ($179.99), he could go with the nuvi 755T. This would give him the capability to plan, optimize and save multipoint routes which might be handy in this application.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Nuvi 255w

There are so many models of the Garmin Nuvi line to recommend. However, I would suggest the Garmin Nuvi 255W. It is a wide screen format and will have the latest maps installed or available to download. If he does not need to plan specific routes then this model will be a good affordable choice. I know you will many other suggestions.

http://reviews.cnet.com/car-gps-navigation/garmin-nuvi-255w/...

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JG - Nuvi 2460

755T

I second that. It's packed with features, including multiple (up to 10) routes.

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

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You indicated that he will be using the gps in a rural area. So before he spends any money he should check the maps online to ensure there is full coverage in the area. www.navteq.com

As far as a recommended unit, he can just pick up a 255 for around $100.

also recommend the 755T

I have the 765T because I wanted and use the mp3 player

but for this use, you won't need that

and even if the routing and optimization feature does not immediately seem to be of great value, once some experience is gained and it is fully utilized, it is a great feature for now or in the future.

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— (Garmin nuvi 765T) — "people who say money can't buy happiness, don't know where to shop"

MP3

Jim8650 ... not sure if it is what you meant, but your post makes it sound like the 755T doesn't have MP3 while the 765T does. That is not correct. All the 7x5T models have the MP3 media player. The only difference between the 755T and 765T is the Bluetooth feature on the 765T.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

vote for 255w

i agree about the 255w for price/value.bang for the buck.
mike

GPS Recommendations

Many thanks to all of you. I have passed all your suggestions along. That 255W does indeed seem like an extremely reasonable choice indeed!

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Nuvi 3790T w. Lifetime Maps/Macintosh OS Lion/iPhone 4/iPad 1

thanks for the correction

alandb wrote:

Jim8650 ... not sure if it is what you meant, but your post makes it sound like the 755T doesn't have MP3 while the 765T does. That is not correct. All the 7x5T models have the MP3 media player. The only difference between the 755T and 765T is the Bluetooth feature on the 765T.

I was indeed incorrect in my recollection

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— (Garmin nuvi 765T) — "people who say money can't buy happiness, don't know where to shop"

GPS

Check out Amazon.com they had the 855 for under $200.00 with free shipping.

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Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

Recommendation for a friend.

jck4550 noted in his post that:

If he does not need to plan specific routes then this model will be a good affordable choice. I know you will many other suggestions.

GPS terminology continues to elude me. To me PLANNING a route would mean to plan a route from point a to point b to point c and so forth. Am I correct here?

I know my Nuvi 650 will not allow me to do this. I would have to enter the addresses to which I wanted to drive as Favorites, then drive to #1, make my stop, then go to Where To > Favorites > and tap on my next saved Favorite and so on.

Do I have this straight?

Thanks.

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Nuvi 3790T w. Lifetime Maps/Macintosh OS Lion/iPhone 4/iPad 1

Multipoint routing

Speed3, your understanding of multipoint routing is basically correct. Note that most of the newer nuvi's allow multipoint routing by inserting multiple via points between your start and stop. However, the lower end models (2xx, 12xx, 13xx) do not allow you to save the route and recall it later, reorder and optimize the via points, etc. The higher end nuvi's (465, 5xx, 7xx, 8xx, 14xx, 1690, 5000) allow you to create or import up to 10 routes and save them. You can then select a saved route from the Where To menu, edit, optimize and recalculate, etc.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Thats pretty much it.You

Thats pretty much it.You could also make a custom poi file for all your stops and put in a subfolder and call it for example Cross Country Trip.Still would have to do one at a time.The advantage would be when you touch on that category it would display up to the 50 closest to you.I set up a vacation plan for this summer using this method.

Some models you can also do category with favorites and get the same results as the custom poi with subfolder.

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

Where is rural area of Georgia where he plans to do the census?

Speed3 wrote:

I have a friend who has been hired by the U.S. Census bureau to do Census work in a fairly rural area of Georgia. The maps for the area are really poor and he is considering his first GPS unit.

He does not have a lot of $ to spend on a unit, and I suggested he check out a Nuvi 650, which I have, because I found a refurbished one on sale on Amazon (http://goo.gl/LXXV) for only $165.

Being advised of the very specific type of work for which he wants this unit and the financial constraints involved, if anyone can suggest an inexpensive unit that would serve his needs, it would be extremely helpful.

Thanks so very much,

If your friend has street addresses of each Census location, he can add 1,000 addresses at a time to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocoder/ and get the geo coordinates to create a POI file.

If your friend does not have street addresses of each Census location, he can post a request at http://www.poi-factory.com/node/14024 (what poi's would you like to see on here.) and request a POI be developed for his rural area of Georgia. It might be possible to get the GEO coordinates of many of the homes in the area via Google Satellite view. I'd be happy to help out.

If you post the rural area of Georgia where he plans to do the census and how he plans to use the GPS to do that, I can check my Garmin 350 to see what kind of map it has for that area and whether it might be usable for the type of work for which he wants this unit (

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Vince Nuvi 350

Recommendation for a friend.

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Many thanks for the three responses to my post about my less-than-perfect grasp of GPS terminology and for the suggestions contained in those answers.

All very helpful and I'll pass the along to my pal.

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Nuvi 3790T w. Lifetime Maps/Macintosh OS Lion/iPhone 4/iPad 1

thanks guys. found this

thanks guys. found this thread VERY useful