GPS units that announce street names......

 

Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?

Thanks!

Prompts

The Street Pilot c340 anounces street names and prompts (turn left 300 feet) also. Under $200 I think.

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Zuma314

needs a second thought...

zuma314 wrote:

The Street Pilot c340 anounces street names and prompts (turn left 300 feet) also. Under $200 I think.

The Garmin StreetPilot c340 is an "unit to avoid", according to www.gpsmagazine.com/buyers_guide-units_to_avoid.php

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“There is always a solution; the only challenge is to find the best one”

Pharos

intentionalfun wrote:

Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?

Thanks!

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=us&catego...

I have no experience with this one, but it is under $100 and announces the street name.

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Rodney.. oditius.htc@gmail.com BMW Zumo 550 HTC Touch Pro - Garmin XT

Case closed!

Oditius wrote:
intentionalfun wrote:

Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?

Thanks!

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=us&catego...

I have no experience with this one, but it is under $100 and announces the street name.

Cannot beat this price!
The next cheaper "unit" would be yourself, loud reading the street names from a paper map...
As of taking you from point A to point B... that's another question.

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SiRF

Nuvi Addict wrote:
zuma314 wrote:

The Street Pilot c340 anounces street names and prompts (turn left 300 feet) also. Under $200 I think.

The Garmin StreetPilot c340 is an "unit to avoid", according to www.gpsmagazine.com/buyers_guide-units_to_avoid.php

Only because, like the other units, it lacks the latest SiRF III chipset. Doesn't make it a bad GPS unit. There are several great units on the "avoid list" that still work great.

Almost alike?

Nuvi Addict wrote:

Cannot beat this price!
The next cheaper "unit" would be yourself, loud reading the street names from a paper map...
As of taking you from point A to point B... that's another question.

http://gadgets.qj.net/Pharos-releases-new-Drive-GPS-250-and-...

SirfIII system and Navtaq maps. Same as my 660.

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The TomTom G0 720 reads

The TomTom G0 720 reads names of streets. I got mine for $349.

staples has some omnitech

staples has some omnitech unit with tts for 119.99 today sounds nice but i will never one anything but a garmin

Nuvi Addict wrote: zuma314

Nuvi Addict wrote:
zuma314 wrote:

The Street Pilot c340 anounces street names and prompts (turn left 300 feet) also. Under $200 I think.

The Garmin StreetPilot c340 is an "unit to avoid", according to www.gpsmagazine.com/buyers_guide-units_to_avoid.php

No problem for me with a c340, either locally or on the road.

User feedback at Amazon.com is/was very highly favorable for this unit. Which is why I bought it: users know more, and have a wider variety of experience, than magazine reviews, in my opinion."

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Ted in Ohio, c340, 1490T with lifetime maps

GPS units that announce street names......

I just got a Pharos 150 from Fry's Electronics. It was $150.00 with a $50.00 rebate. Best price so far this Christmas season. It has text to speech, meaning that it announces street names and tells you when and how to turn. You can also set it to tell you when you are exceeding the speed limit. This one is annoying so I turned it off after an hour or so.
It has over 1 million POI's but I can't find anywhere to upgrade the operating system which is MS ce 4.5. If anyone knows how to do that please email me at boblindas@gmail.com .
I have used it for 2 weeks now here in Mesa and except for my goof ups on giving it the correct info, it has been real accurate up to 10 feet or so of the destination. I guess we really have to do some of the work to find an office inside of a mall ourselves. Been very happy with this Pharos 150 so far.
Thanks Bob

No problem for me with a c340

I read that article too about the c340 and disagree with it .The only thing that concerns me is that it has been discontinued.Email to Garmin and reply back to me was they will still support with updates etc.I read article today that lots of 340's are still being purchased.I like the street names being announced on the c340 and hardly even look at the screen.I have used mine for lots of travel and have been well satisfied with the results.

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

cheap tts unit

I caution anyone about buying the cheapest gps you can find. remember " you get.......". I have a garmin 330 and 660, my son has a 340. All these garmin units provide great services. If $$$ is really a problem, I believe the garmin 340 is a great bargain at today's prices. Good luck!!

gusb

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augie billitier I2,c330,660

330 and 340 still great units

The Reasons they give for Avoiding the 330 and 340 are that they have Out dated maps ( both can be upgraded)
They also site the Outdated Non sirf III chipset. If you dont drive in NY city I dont think that is a problem either. I never lost Sat. coverage with my 330 even inside a School bus..2nd seat. I would think either of those units would be Far better than any of those No name brands..

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

cheapest gps you can find

I had a friend to buy a Cobra GPS at a good price and it didn't even have usb hookup or way to install custom poi's.That was one of the home shopping deals.For someone just starting out and not knowning the basic things they want the unit to do it can turn out to be a bad decision.One thing for sure saying the street name is a plus.

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

C340 has been great for me

The only time I have lost satellite reception has been in parking garages. If you are doing most of your driving in an area of all skyscrapers, it could cause some loss, but since it is discontinued, you can get them at great prices and they are still supported by Garmin.

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I plan to live forever. So far, so good.

If you look closely at the

If you look closely at the article they quote the same statement on each GPS unit. This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset.That covers a lot of units.My c340 came right out of the box in Sept with the new 2008 maps.The c330 according to what I read on this site is the one coming out with old maps.

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

Chicago Too

I was using my C340 in Chicago this weekend and we briefly lost reception once we got into downtown (at State St. and Jackson Blvd to be precise); luckily by that point I knew where I was going. But it could have been a serious problem if I hadn't. The question remains as to whether the SiRF would really provide much better results in skyscraper canyons, though. Anyone tried that?

Cheapest

I just got a Nextar and it tells you the street names along with how far to go. I like it for $199

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sgtboyd 2003 Bounder 35E 2003 Jepp Liberty

never tried, but...

gardibolt wrote:

I was using my C340 in Chicago this weekend and we briefly lost reception once we got into downtown (at State St. and Jackson Blvd to be precise); luckily by that point I knew where I was going. But it could have been a serious problem if I hadn't. The question remains as to whether the SiRF would really provide much better results in skyscraper canyons, though. Anyone tried that?

I have never compared a sirf to a non-sirf chipset receiver, however, with mine, I can get reception inside my house, best buy, and the woods.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Nope

gardibolt wrote:

I was using my C340 in Chicago this weekend and we briefly lost reception once we got into downtown (at State St. and Jackson Blvd to be precise); luckily by that point I knew where I was going. But it could have been a serious problem if I hadn't. The question remains as to whether the SiRF would really provide much better results in skyscraper canyons, though. Anyone tried that?

I went to the thanksgiving parade downtown. Went to look for a Walgreens, I found one by walking 4 blocks, 660 never got a signal. sad

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Rodney.. oditius.htc@gmail.com BMW Zumo 550 HTC Touch Pro - Garmin XT

Nope

Oditius wrote:
gardibolt wrote:

I was using my C340 in Chicago this weekend and we briefly lost reception once we got into downtown (at State St. and Jackson Blvd to be precise); luckily by that point I knew where I was going. But it could have been a serious problem if I hadn't. The question remains as to whether the SiRF would really provide much better results in skyscraper canyons, though. Anyone tried that?

I went to the thanksgiving parade downtown. Went to look for a Walgreens, I found one by walking 4 blocks, 660 never got a signal. sad

Does the 660 use the SiRF chip?

Yes, the 660 uses SiRF III.

Yes, the 660 uses SiRF III.

According to the Garmin

According to the Garmin website the 660 uses SiRF

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Nuvi 650 (SW 4.30; GPS SW 3.00) , GPSmap 60CSx (SW 3.50; GPS SW 3.00), GPS III Plus

Thanks

It sounds like the SiRF won't help in that situation then either. All hype, no substance, like so much in the world.

SiRF won't help

Makes you think if you purchased a external antenna for your GPS would it give you the same results as having unit with sirf chip.I was hoping I would not have to go through what I did with a computer.Every week something new that you just got to have and how much better it would be until the next week.

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

Well

gardibolt wrote:

It sounds like the SiRF won't help in that situation then either. All hype, no substance, like so much in the world.

I don't know about that. I've used my SiRF equipped 660 on several occasions in downtown NYC and always had a strong signal. No external antenna, either.

Wow--thanks for all the

Wow--thanks for all the helpful information! I really appreciate all the feedback!

Newer chip technology

I can say clearly that my 660 with the new chipset is more sensitive than my trusty StreetPilot 2610. The 660 will get satellite locks indoors and did not lose satellites on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge whereas my 2610 with the active external antenna (always connected to it) would completely lose the satellites.

The 660 seems to lock faster, and using the external antenna (the one time I tried it) didn't really enhance its performance.

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

This is junk. I bought one

The omnitech is junk. I bought one before Thanksgaving. It crash on me as soon as I enter my destination. I end up returned it the next day.

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www.HawaiianKing411.com

Text to Speech

intentionalfun wrote:

Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?

Thanks!

Rather than the "cheapest", why not go for the best unit I know of, which can be had now for $299. That would be the Nuvi 350. Had one - loved it!!

Joel

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Mio 230

intentionalfun wrote:

Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?

Thanks!

Mio 230, around $170, I thought I saw it for less than $150 but don't remember where

C340 Fan

I have purchased 3 of these, 2 for personal use and one as a gift. Have had no issues with not being able to receive signal.

ummm.....2 of them? one for

ummm.....2 of them? one for backup?

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -