Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
I consider a GPS to be a personal choice which makes it hard to tell anyone what the best one is for them. Plus, my opinions are based on 2 year old research, things may have improved since. I bought a MIO C520 for many reasons. My biggest decisions were the refresh speed, touchscreen and widescreen. A lot of devices are slow as hell with their screen refreshes which would drive me nuts. So Every time you pan the screen you have that hesitation. Not with the Mio, it's instant, no hesitation at all. The Garmin Nuvi line was the only other GPS line that compared speed wise. TomTom, Magellan, and all other Garmin lines were slow and annoying. The MIO is a newer company in Europe, so it lacks some of the refinement Garmin has developed over the years. The MIO can play mp3's and videos also. My main reason for a GPS was simply to know my location, not necessarily for route calculations, but I've relied on it more and more and it hasn't let me down. Although it's routing can seem odd at times (Some of that refinement I mentioned). All the companies have newer lines now, so I would need to refresh my research in order to recommend anything current. My best suggestion is to get hands on with as many as you can at the local stores. You'll find out real quick which ones are crap and then narrow down the remaining for further examination and then eliminate the options 1 by 1 until you find your perfect match.