I agree with most everybody on these boards. I just bought my new 660 in January and it had more features than I needed. (I don’t listen to mp3s; talk on my cell while driving; listen to books being read to me; and I do my traveling research before leaving home.) Like a lot on these boards I wish my nuvi had more features such as automatically filling my gas tank when I pull into a gas station or, better yet, teleporting me and my car to our final destination and telling me where the next traffic tie ups are going to occur. Right now I only use it for guiding me to my final destination and interesting places en-route. Had my latest GPSr offered more enhanced features when I bought it I would gladly have paid for them. But now that I’ve already bought two units I think I’m entitled to free upgrades and maps for life.
How dare those greedy little capitalists! Trying to make a profit off US! Let’s show them. Just don’t buy another GPS unit until it has everything conceivable and is offered free to everybody with overnight S/H included in the base price.
Now, does anybody know where I can obtain the latest golf club technology free?
I am sitting here ROTFLMAO!! Well said! I was thinking the same thing about my 24 year old BMW motorcycle. Why didn't BMW offer to update my bike with all the great features they included on the new models a couple of years after my bike was built, and continue to update up until today (and at no cost, I might add)? It would have been great to get the new water cooled engine, and the sleek new electronics, ABS, and the nifty styling. How dare them not think about me...the existing customer.
I guess the adage you can't please everyone is true. Wonder what the next gripe will be...
...teleporting me and my car to our final destination and telling me where the next traffic tie ups are going to occur...
You forgot to mention shield to protect you and your car from danger...and phaser/photon torpedo...
Not to mention, a built-in ATM so you don't even have to look for one and stop by...
You guys are missing the point. Many of Garmin's loyal customers are loyal customers in part because they have provided minor software enhancements/updates for free. Apparently Tom Tom still does it.
I would never expect them to provide major enhancements, after all they are in the business of maximizing shareholder value, but small things like a QWERTY keyboard, I would think they could handle. Even for a small fee, I would pay that.
It could be a result of the market maturing somewhat. How much farther can they go with capabilities? It's similar with digital cameras. The new ones are not that much different from the previous ones because they are just running out of novel features. So I guess that means there is less to give away.
But all that being said, I really like my 660, I think it's a great GPS and I have no intention of replacing it with a 7xx, even if they don't do any updates on the 660. Now when the 8xx comes out with live satellite traffic feed that actually works and real-time weather radar overlays, it's upgrade city for me (and I won't complain about it).
However, some of the stuff people are asking for/expecting are not minor enhancements.
Now when the 8xx comes out with live satellite traffic feed that actually works and real-time weather radar overlays, it's upgrade city for me (and I won't complain about it).
Your cell phone will be able to do that before your GPS will...developers are working on using the phone's ability to locate you, and deliver location-based services upon your request.
Somebody is missing the point and I won’t point a finger at anybody. Honda started in the U.S. with, I believe, the accord. Now they have the Civic, CR-V, Element, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, and S2000. Do they all have the same features? How about the same price points? Maybe the same targeted customer bases? I really don’t think so. Maybe their customers are loyal because their brochures are “slicker” than the other guy’s. I really don’t care. What is…..is! Isn’t Garmin allowed to proceed in the direction they choose?
People buy their brands and models based upon, I hope, an informed selection process. If bad decisions are made, why blame Garmin? If Garmin isn’t doing what they did last year, good for them. I hope it is in the name of progress. Every prospective customer has the freedom of choice and that is good. If we don’t like what is offered, we can go elsewhere.
Lets try and keep these boards clean and educate people as to what is available to them now and how they can use it…not what they would have received in the past.
. . . I agree. Some of that stuff is out there and it is not reasonable to expect it be incorporated into the 6xx. But a little arrow in the 'next turn' box would be nice. . . .
Well there is obviously some disagreement here, but what the heck. That's what makes the world go round.
I think we all agree that we like our GPS'. I don't regret getting the 660 for a minute. Yes, there are a few things I would like to have or be different, but in the grand scheme of things. . . I'll live!
Who needs GPS anyway? I just pay some guy to walk in front of me with a lantern guiding the way! As far as upgrading, I just hire a new person!
Spot on! But you'd think the upgraded model would at least come with two candles.
I'd be satisfied if Garmin would step up and fix a nuvi 350/360 linebreak display problem with custom POIs. We told them about it back in Feb 2007, they acknowledge they had a problem, we even gave them a solution, and that's where it ended. Garmin has made updates since then, but didn't address this problem. Where are you, Garmin?
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