Yes, a GPS device is still a good gift idea!

 

Kool!

I know I definitely prefer my Zumo 665 over my Blackberry or LG Ally. Trying to see (or hear) either of them while driving and I'd crash for sure.

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Harley BOOM, Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, 2015 Harley Ultra Limited

You got that right!

Total agreement. I have an Android tablet and although Google Maps is nice on a large screen, the areas where I lost data rendered the thing useless. Also, I'm not crazy about Big Brother logging all my POI searches, location, or speeds that I'm traveling at either! I will always prefer a standalone PND. I just hope they don't go away due to the phone app fans!

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Apps with maps?

Preroll wrote:

Total agreement. I have an Android tablet and although Google Maps is nice on a large screen, the areas where I lost data rendered the thing useless. Also, I'm not crazy about Big Brother logging all my POI searches, location, or speeds that I'm traveling at either! I will always prefer a standalone PND. I just hope they don't go away due to the phone app fans!

Don't they have some phone/tablet navigation apps with maps included? Seems like that would cure the 'out in the country with no cell signal' syndrome.

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johnc wrote:
Preroll wrote:

Total agreement. I have an Android tablet and although Google Maps is nice on a large screen, the areas where I lost data rendered the thing useless. Also, I'm not crazy about Big Brother logging all my POI searches, location, or speeds that I'm traveling at either! I will always prefer a standalone PND. I just hope they don't go away due to the phone app fans!

Don't they have some phone/tablet navigation apps with maps included? Seems like that would cure the 'out in the country with no cell signal' syndrome.

Yes they do.

wouldnt

I would not say a work if I got another GPS unit for xmas!

Still I think the reality is...

Just my opinion, but I think the writing is on the wall. I feel that the reality is that standalone GPS devices are becoming more and more like commodity appliances than a meaningful long-term gadgets. On another thread -- it was asked why Garmin discontinued the MP3 player -- I think part of the logic is simply that. Reduce features and increase functionality because at the end of the day, its going to more and more a niche market with strong overlap with phones and tablets.

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Dont get me wrong, I still like, and use my 765t, ass phones are getting better and better, I find myself increasingly using my adnroid phone for navigation. If my 765t holds up another year or so, I think this will be the last GPS I will ever buy.

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Unless you are the lead sled dog, the view never changes. I is retard... every day is Saturday! I still own the StreetPilot c340, and the Garmin Nuvi 765t, but upgraded to the NO "recalculating", 3590 LMT.

Huh?

groundhog wrote:

...ass phones...

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I think they meant "as phones". grin

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

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No I think he meant "ass phones"

Motorola is coming out with a smartphone for people who have trained theirs to take calls.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

well

camerabob wrote:
groundhog wrote:

...ass phones...

there is such a thing as butt dialing so it would stand to reason that it is being done on ass phones.

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"In order to be old and wise, one first must have been young and stupid."

Oh Ya!!!

Box Car wrote:
camerabob wrote:
groundhog wrote:

...ass phones...

there is such a thing as butt dialing so it would stand to reason that it is being done on ass phones.

LOL!!!! laugh out loud

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Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2350LMT

I'm debating getting a

I'm debating getting a standalone PND for my in-laws, who are much older and don't have the patience to learn smart phones.

They have outdated GPS in their cars, which cost far too much to update the data. So a standalone GPS might make sense.

But the vast majority of folks I know prefer a smart phone because they don't have to carry two separate devices.

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

@nuvic320 the debate is over xmas is sunday

I think you answered you own question, they are old and feeble (like me) and learning a smart phone for an old person is not easy, how they managed to have the patience and build this country is mind boggling.

Now seriously, you can’t give them a smart phone unless you are willing to pick up the monthly tab for the data plan, they are also familiar with a PND even if theirs is outdated, so IMO a PND is a “smart” choice.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

Standalone PND

nuvic320 wrote:

I'm debating getting a standalone PND for my in-laws, who are much older and don't have the patience to learn smart phones.

They have outdated GPS in their cars, which cost far too much to update the data. So a standalone GPS might make sense.

But the vast majority of folks I know prefer a smart phone because they don't have to carry two separate devices.

I just purchased a new standalone PND for my parents to replace their soon to be outdated one and they don't use smartphones and most likely won't in the future. For me, I just replaced mine with a new unit and I have a Iphone but don't want the GPS on it as it's a small screen and no easy place to put it without getting distracted to look at the screen.

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Garmin SP 2730 and Nuvi 760

I agree that dedicated GPS units may become a niche market, but.

I agree that the dedicated GPS units may become a niche market, but I like having a dedicated unit that is not dependant on phone service since I can travel overseas with it which would involve having a compatable phone service in the countries visited. Not a problem with the stand-alone GPS.

Also, since I found this thread under the "Yes, a GPS device is still a good gift Idea" heading, I wanted to share my positive experience buying a remanufactured 1490T from Compusa a year or so ago. I was wary about the quality/reliability of a remanufactured unit, but it was flawless cosmetically and operationaly. The bluetooth was buggy, but I attribute that to a crappy cell phone I had at the time.

dang

flaco wrote:

I think you answered you own question, they are old and feeble (like me) and learning a smart phone for an old person is not easy, how they managed to have the patience and build this country is mind boggling.

Now seriously, you can’t give them a smart phone unless you are willing to pick up the monthly tab for the data plan, they are also familiar with a PND even if theirs is outdated, so IMO a PND is a “smart” choice.

I resemble that remark, I'm old and feeble.

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@BobDee

Hey you old and feeble man, I was waiting for you to vote me for General Maintainer 2011 but nooh you had to come and vote for yourself… That’s OK now I know who my friends are…

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV