New Garmin?

 

Looking to buy my daughter a Garmin. Please recommend a good one for the least amount of money.
Thanks

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Alan-Garmin c340

Make list

Make a list of what she really needs.

For instance, I would not buy a Garmin without Text to Speech. The reason being that you won't have to look at the screen to verify that it's the correct street to turn on.

Commuters will insist on "Traffic".

Go to: https://buy.garmin.com/

There are comparison charts you can use.

The lowest price I saw listed was about $149 (Nuvi 42LM [lifetime maps]), but that's full retail. You can easily beat that price elsewhere. Try Newegg, Amazon and Wal-Mart online.

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Metricman Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gar

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Garmin-nuvi-30LM-3.5-Portable-GPS-...

The title shows New Garmin, but there are some refurbished units very reasonably priced. Also, I bought a used Garmin Nuvi 350 a year ago for about $40. As the other poster indicated, determine her needs first. Many people only need something to get them from Point A to Point B. A new or refurbished Garmin for under $100 will be just fine for that.

GPS for a daughter

I would go with a new Garmin for ease of use and reliability. There are some "bells & whistles" that are a must, like:

Lifetime Maps
Spoken directions

Don't go cheap and skip on the lifetime maps! Spoken turn directions will help avoid distractions & accidents. Here is an older new model at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-4-3-Inch-Portable-Navigator-Lif...

Small and ships for about $100 - Good Luck

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alanrobin1 wrote: Looking to

alanrobin1 wrote:

Looking to buy my daughter a Garmin. Please recommend a good one for the least amount of money.
Thanks

That's like saying what kind of car should I buy?

What features are you looking for, and on what budget?

I agree get the lifetime

I agree get the lifetime maps. For safety, it might be worth getting one that has Bluetooth and keeps her from using the phone in her car. GPS units can be purchased pretty reasonably now. The LM40 is probably the cheapest unit with lifetime maps and a decent basic GPS
http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-4-3-Inch-Portable-Navigator-Lif...

I also agree. Lifetime maps

I also agree. Lifetime maps and spoken directions are a must!

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Beechcreek

Don't forget about POIs

If you live in an area that is saturated with Red Light and Speed Cameras, make sure the unit will accept Custom POIs.
The Garmin Nuvi 40LM can be found under $100 at times at Best Buy. The Nuvi 50LM is also close in price. MAKE SURE the model is 40LM or 50LM; I picked up a Nuvi 40, thinking it was the same, and it didn't have the Lifetime Maps. (It was $10 less than the 40 LM, returned it immediately).

not sure LM is worth it

I have it on the 2350 LMT, but even with the latest map, it's missing so much, like malls that were created 10 years ago, if it's missing on a March 2013 map, what's the likelihood it will suddenly appear on an update?

Say you skip the LM and save $30, and get a 54 for $139.99. You can spend the difference and get a 1 yr. subscription to the cyclops.

It's up to the individual, but definitely the wise man spends less, rather than more. GPS is GPS, no need to spend more than $169.99.

The other thing is how many of us drive to Canada? Seriously? That's $10 more.

LM is a must..For some.

Our recent trip was 4000 miles, mostly on 2 lane highways. I had 2011.40 and 2013.40 Nuvis mounted side by side. I was impressed with the speed limit availability of the latest update. That resulted in ETA being slightly more accurate...Also a newer roundabout was displayed. Yeah!

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Spend the time

There are many good choices. Whatever you get her please have her spend the time to get familiar with its complete operation in the driveway. I know of a young girl that died because she was fumbleing with gps and went off the road into a deep ditch.

Bluetooth and traffic not reliable for me

I own a Garmin nevi 265w. It has bluetooth and traffic. I haven't been real pleased with either. The bluetooth sounds like your in a tunnel with an echo at the other end. I ended up switching to a different hands free device. The traffic feature for me, either tells me "traffic ahead" when the road is clear, or at the last minute when it is obvious to the driver. No rhyme or reason to it. Originally purchased this model for the bluetooth feature. Also you need to have the GPS plugged into power to get the traffic feature which can be a pain sometimes.

good advice

That's good advice from all. Thanks

New Garmin?

Thanks everyone for advise. Been away and just read all the new posts.

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Alan-Garmin c340

Suggest keep it real basic

Suggest keep it real basic and simple for her. Suggest an older Nuvi 1490T, if you can find a new one. Tested and works fine with traffic and BT. Forget about map updates; rather have root canal than deal with garmin's flakey software.

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Michael J. Moonitz Massapequa, NY C340, N650, N660, N1490T, N2797 LMT, NuviCam

Have to disagree

mmoonitz wrote:

Suggest keep it real basic and simple for her. Suggest an older Nuvi 1490T, if you can find a new one. Tested and works fine with traffic and BT. Forget about map updates; rather have root canal than deal with garmin's flakey software.

I feel that lifetime maps are ESSENTIAL. I realize several people have had problems with the new Garmin Express but I suspect that the bugs will be fixed before the next map update. Besides Map updater still works fine.

Check the Navteq coverage map to see if traffic is in your area. It is not in my area and I have not found it all that helpful when I drive through areas where it is active.

Lifetime maps are a

Lifetime maps are a necessity.

Especially when the current

Especially when the current maps are wrong in the first place.

Avoid 3790

I have liked its operation but it locked up like the software was in a loop. Garmin replaced it out of warrenty which was nice but now I don't trust it.

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

Another alternative

Since you are asking this in the Garmin forum, I assume that you have a Garmin yourself. If that is the case, there are advantages to staying with Garmin. However, based upon some of the comments above, you may also want to look at the offerings from TomTom.

I agree that a unit with Bluetooth connection to a phone has potential safety advantages, especially for a young person. The remarks about the poor sound from Garmin are at variance with my personal experience with my TomTom GO LIVE 1435, which has excellent sound when used with my phone - both for the incoming speech and the outgoing speech. (Frankly, I expected poor sound, and was very pleasantly surprised.)

I don't have a Garmin, so I am not sure that the comments others posted above about poor sound apply to all of their units, but it is something I would investigate if I were in your shoes.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

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XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 620

Text to Speech

metricman wrote:

Make a list of what she really needs.

For instance, I would not buy a Garmin without Text to Speech. The reason being that you won't have to look at the screen to verify that it's the correct street to turn on.

My wife and I just purchased a previously owned Garmin Nuvi 360, which has the Text to Speech. I had thought about purchasing a Garmin without that feature, because it was cheaper, but the wife insisted on that feature, because of experience with rental cars on travel trips with her job and the usefulness of the Text to Speech specifying street names. After experiencing the Nuvi 360 with that feature, I've come to the conclusion that the Text to Speech belongs to the "must have" category for me in a meaningful GPS device.

No

sydric wrote:

Lifetime maps are a necessity.

Debatable. If you live in an area or region where new roads aren't being built regularly, I can't imagine the need for lifetime maps. I have them, yes, but it's been rare that I've noticed any updates that affected me. Years ago, I reported an error in the local map to NavTeq. Still hasn't been updated.

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GPS's are for traveling in areas you don't know, so LT updates are required, IMHO. Mine is invaluable for my work, and the latest data is required.

If you don't travel, why do you need a GPS?

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

Using your GPS

Sixeye wrote:
sydric wrote:

Lifetime maps are a necessity.

Debatable. If you live in an area or region where new roads aren't being built regularly, I can't imagine the need for lifetime maps. I have them, yes, but it's been rare that I've noticed any updates that affected me. Years ago, I reported an error in the local map to NavTeq. Still hasn't been updated.

Where my GPS has been the most benefit to me is on trips and vacation. I know what is going on in my area. But, out-of-town is where I would like for my maps to be the most current. It cost me $69 which I think has been well worth the cost.