This has sorta been covered in other threads, but not by itself. I was talking to my coworker's bf and he gave her his c330 because he got a new car with a built in GPSr. I asked him which one he liked, and as I thought, he perferred his portable one. His main reason was because if he is moving, he can't do anything.
So for those that have/had built in and portable, which do you perfer?
I have to say portable because the built in one is stationary and only good for that car once u connect. while the portable can go in any cars yours or not.
However the built-in has a better reception and gets a signal a whole lot faster.
So the final thing is that if you like convenience then portable but if you have only one car and don't like to wait like 5 mins to connect to the sat. then built-in
But in a lot of other discussions I've seen with them, the built-ins are difficult to upgrade firmware on, and are not friendly at all to custom POI lists, and have that feature from the legal department that makes you have to stop do do anything with it.
If built-in is all one ever had, it's the "feline's sleepwear"....but to those who've had a portable device, going to a built-in is very limiting.
As long as I don't start up my nuvi anywhere else besides where I turned it off, I get reception immediately.
Hence, the built in one does the same. I am sure if you disabled the GPSr of the bulit in one, it would have the same problem.
My sister has a built in nav in her Volvo SUV, but prefers her Garmin portable units. She is on her second Garmin portable upgrade and claims it's all my fault. Both of the portables together have not cost what the built in nav cost as an option without considering the upgrade cost of the Volvo nav system.
built in shure looks alot nivcer but i fly almost every week for work and cary my whole car on the plane with me would be alot harder so ill stick with my portable
The OEM and built-in units certainly do look cooler and cleaner.
And they do some things that the small portable units do NOT do, such as voice commands.... now THAT is cool !
BUT.... I still prefer the portable unit for the following reasons:
It's Poartable! That's the idea. I only have to invest in ONE unit and I can share it with wifey-poo, daughter, relatives etc. Not to mention taking it on an airplane to my rental car and not having to rent a GPS fromo the car company. I can remove it form the car to deter theft too.
It's cheaper. By about 3-4 times. So I can throw it away after 5 years and buy the latest and greatest and STILL be ahead expense wise.
It's MUCH easier to upgrade and keep current. Carry it int house and hook it up. DONE !
There are more reasons... but those are some of the biggies.
This has sorta been covered in other threads, but not by itself. I was talking to my coworker's bf and he gave her his c330 because he got a new car with a built in GPSr. I asked him which one he liked, and as I thought, he preferred his portable one. His main reason was because if he is moving, he can't do anything.
So for those that have/had built in and portable, which do you prefer?
Three reasons why I wouldn't buy a car with a built in GPS, Can't move from car to car, the price of the option (they wanted $1600.00 for one in my Wife's Pontiac Vibe), and if something went wrong with it who would have the expertise in a dealership to repair it? The dealer I spoke to said they would have to pull it out of the car and send it in. There is probably a forth reason that I have never looked into. How much does it cost to update the maps?
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