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post #1 of 15 Old 09-05-2008, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best GPS for $200

The title says it all. What is the best GPS out there for about $200?

Mainly I would like the following:
Be able to see it while driving
Be able to tell me my actual speed.
It would be nice if it showed me my position on a map as I'm driving
Suggest alternate routes
Tell me where and when to turn

I still am sort of old school and still use a compass and/or a paper map guys so I don't know much about them but I see where they can be useful.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-05-2008, 02:33 PM
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$200 won't go very far.

You want handheld or vehicle? Handheld usually requires buying additional software to get autorouting and they have smaller screens. Vehicle GPS have better screens, but less likely to have forest roads, etc.

Then when you are talking only $200.... well... good luck.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-05-2008, 03:00 PM
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I've had the early 3.5" version of this for several years. Served me well. Simple and no problems. All the features I want but I'd very much like the larger screen of this one.

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Wow... newegg has some great GPS prices. I can't believe the drop in prices since a year ago when I was looking.

My biggest complaint about most units was their screen regeneration. Many had annoying delays as you pan around with the touchscreen. Nuvi and MIO stood above the rest and were basically instant response. Nuvi's can get expensive, hell, anything Garmin can get expensive with adapters and stuff not coming standard. The MIO c520 was finally my choice. It's not for everyone, but it's reasonably priced, large screen and fast. The new Moove software series is quite different though and I haven't tested it's speed.

I plan to get a Delorme pn-40 for my off-road/biking/hiking needs if the prices are somewhat reasonable. The pn-20 was their first handheld and all the mistakes made are being corrected in the pn-40. Faster, better graphics, correct all the bugs, etc..
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-07-2008, 09:40 AM
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I picked up a Garmin 2610 off ebay for $139.00...they can sell for as high as $800.00.

You must keep in mind the technology is changing at light speed so what ever you buy today is obsolete by the time you get it on your bike.

The 2610 is easy to use, water proof and seems to be working ok. Bought a ram mounting set up, which including the GPS probabaly cost about $250.00 after all the shipping and handling.

Paper has one as well. Check his thread, as he has photos.

Good luck...

ps: you will find out you KLR speedo is off...about 8 miles per hour at higher speeds.

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I just noticed PepBoys ad today that had refurbished Magellan 3100 for like $90.
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I really liked my Garmin Quest. No maybe not a lot of memory, but would hold more than enough maps to get me where I wanted to go. Refurbished off of Ebay for @ $125.00

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-08-2008, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'll look at the two Garmins as well as the one Big Iron suggested in a little more detail and figure out which one is best for me.

I read a review on the link that BigIron gave and it said that Costco has that one for around $140.

I like the "waterproofness" of the garmin. I also like the big screen of the one BigIron suggested.

Thanks guys for the help. I know $200 isn't all that much. But at the same time I don't want top of the line because they cost a bunch and in 6 months are worth next to nothing.

I once spent $3,500 on a great computer........only to have better ones come out 6 months later that were half the price I paid. I learned my lesson.
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You can't really look at it that way with a GPS unit. They aren't like computers where you have to keep up with mainstream for compatibility reasons and such. What GPS you buy now will continue to do what it does until it blows up. And better isn't always better. In 16 years of being in the computer business I have NEVER seen a more powerfull computer come out 6 months later and be half the price of it's predecessor, but I'll have to take your word for it I guess. Even so, better is deceiving because most people will never see the difference between a 1.2 and a 1.8 chip or an additional 512 of ram.

I have yet to see this situation with GPS units. The new ones will always be more expensive because the technology is seems to always be new. Unless you compare the top model of last year with the lower model of this year. Lower models tend to contain older already developed features. So I can see how the model you buy last year is now a different model, but $100 cheaper this year, but it's comparable features and not any better. And the model that is better is most likely $100+ more expensive then what you paid last year. Even so a GPS can only do so much and that last year model will still do what it did without any loss of functionality. Heck, you can already pretty much get everything possible on a GPS. MP3, Video, Camera... it's all available. The only thing really left is chip speed which will always be progressing and you'll never keep up. Delorme pn-40 is the first, I believe, to introduce dual chips which allows one for GPS and the other for map generation. This makes it capable of streaming aerial images as you drive and sat connection is really quick. Of course, it's a handheld, but it does have the ability to autoroute using TOPO.

One new thing that is starting to happen is Internet Access. This will revolution GPS. However, it's without question that it's all about the service fees and I'm not interested in another $20/month fee so that feature is irrelevant to me.

Anyway, you are far better off getting a GPS with the features you want now and not getting caught up in irrelevant gimics of future devices.

Unless, of course, you simply prefer to keep up with the latest and greatest. But, if that was the case, you wouldn't be looking for a $200 unit.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-08-2008, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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I agree.

btw It was a GateWay for $3500. I think it had 750mhz speed. At the time I got all the bells and whistles with it. The fancy speakers stopped working after a year.

Right now an e-machine will run circles around it for $500. Add a video card to the e-machine and it is a bargin.
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