Garmin vs. Tom Tom

 

Hi,

Which is a better GPS System?

Garmin or Tom Tom when it comes to customized POI?

Ummm..Errrr. Uhhhj...

I can't provide a comparison for you.

I'm certain each manufacture has some specific tricks / functions that are exclusively theirs.

Which are more or less desireable, is a matter of personal preference.

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Garmin

Newer TomToms don't like custom POIs smile

You can't set up warnings, so no use for things like speed camera files.

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I own both...

the Garmin is easier to load ever since TT changed their system due to some lawsuit (IIRC). However, the TT allows for a more customizable experience in that you can create custom icons both for a group and individual icons. All you have to do to customize the icon is select your picture, save it as a .bmp file and name it the same as your POI...so:

__POI.ov2
__POI.bmp

I use the double underscore "__" because I found it properly spaces the bigger icons (up to 42x42) in the menu...can't explain why.

Ted

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well yes you can

just thought I'd change this so it didn't look like a total peanut posting the same thing twice

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well; yes you can BUT

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Newer TomToms don't like custom POIs
You can't set up warnings, so no use for things like speed camera files

They moved the menu choice, it was too convenient before

It's not even in the same new place on different models, so you have to look for it

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Can't really compare (sorry)

Can't really compare (sorry) but Garmin has always been super easy to use for POI's.

Can you?

almostbob wrote:
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Newer TomToms don't like custom POIs
You can't set up warnings, so no use for things like speed camera files

They moved the menu choice, it was too convenient before

It's not even in the same new place on different models, so you have to look for it

Maybe I wasn't specific enough. TomTom speed cameras work, I was talking about user installed speed camera files from sites like this. I'm told that warnings for those cannot be set. If they can be please let me know how as I know a few folks who would love to be able to do so smile

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I have 11

very old and very new
lifetime maps you see

you can still set proximity warnings for any poi
the menus are not intuitive, nor are they duplicated between models
via 45 has proximity warnings in the manage poi menu
via 55 has proximity warnings in the display menu, under pois to display on screen

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Maybe changed it again then ...

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pain in the proverbial

butt

The linnnk is dated 2010, my last purchase is a tomtom via, 2014, using the new browser based system to update poi, through mydrive connect

If its been moved, removed, or hidden again,
will be going Garmin
I got messed around having to find it the first half-ddozen times
I hope any new software update does not kill off the alerts I already have

creating poi alerts with tomtom mydrive Via 55 start 25, other models may be different

for poi My_poi.ov2,

create an ogg sound file My_poi.ogg
mine just have a ding,
name and case must be identical
through mydrive,
"manage community content"
"add POI"

then

"manage community content"
"ADD Alert sounds"
browse to the My_poi.ogg file
upload it
alerts activated, can change distances in device menu

Manage Community Content you STILL need to use your default PC browser on an IP address that links to your TomTom device. The link to this address is in the MDC control panel (NOT the MDC browser page itself), the one with the cogwheel for the MDC settings, found in the reporting area on Windows Task Bar when MDC is running.

hope it helps

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grrrr

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hope it helps

hope it WORKS too

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had both units

ive had both tomtom and garmin . I like garmin much better for file transfers . another peeve for me was how long it took for tomtom to find satellites .
mike

Experience Varies

mrpkd wrote:

ive had both tomtom and garmin . I like garmin much better for file transfers . another peeve for me was how long it took for tomtom to find satellites .
mike

In my experience, TomTom finds satellites very quickly IF you use it frequently, or if you connect it to your computer once every week or two to allow it to download a very small file that updates the current positions of GPS satellites. IIRC, the file is even named GPSFIX.

If you don't do that, your GPS has to search widely for the positions, which are constantly drifting slowly from the expected positions, and it takes longer for the TomTom to figure out your location.

- Tom -

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Custom POI's

Why does new Tom Tom not allow any custom POI's?

You need ...

.. to ask TT that one smile

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custom poi

shekharsingh wrote:

Why does new Tom Tom not allow any custom POI's?

for tomtom Home software, the poi in .ov2 format, and the icon in .bmp format are copied to the \map folder in explorer
for tomtom MydriveConnect software rightclick the tray icon and click the community content link

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