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Arinoth April 13, 2012 09:12 AM

GPS advice needed
My parents are looking for a new GPS and I was wondering what people think are the best ones out there.


I have the Garmin 225w, 4X3 (approx). I'd like to keep the same size as it would fit the case I already have. They have discontinued this GPS. Probably around 150$ with life time maps, and maybe traffic updates. Not sure if I can get those two features at that price. No real rush, would like to take it to Europe, so I might need one that shows the coordinates as some hotels will give you that to find them. I know I'll have to pay to download European maps.

That's what I have to work with.

Jake_HT April 13, 2012 09:15 AM

I find garmins algorithm works better than mcgellan and tomtom, so personally I'd stick with garmin. Although for some reason they still don't do it as good as google maps/navigation for android, but if you're in the city it works fine anyways, in the country it'll send you on dirt roads and stuff :blarg:

As for features/prices I have no idea!

Canadian tire usually has good GPS sales, should be able to get something decent for $150 these days

EDIT: I know I said garmin, but here's a nice tomtom on sale with lifetime maps for $150, although it's 5"
TomTom 1505M Automotive GPS | Canadian Tire

grinder April 13, 2012 11:52 AM

Garmin, no question. Costco usually sells them at a good price with built in blue tooth and lifetime map updates. Once you use a Garmin, the TomTom's and others simply don't compare.

stoanee April 13, 2012 12:10 PM

Garmin for sure. Hope your parents are aware that GPS units are never 100% reliable in their directions, they are best used in conjunction with a good paper map.

Arinoth April 13, 2012 01:05 PM

They are quite aware, my Dad always has a map and a paper route planned out (even if it's just from CAA).

dustin1706 April 13, 2012 07:10 PM

Another vote for garmin. Definitely the most user friendly interface, and Costco usually has a good deal on a few models.

Arinoth April 15, 2012 04:30 AM

So garmin it is again, just need to narrow down the models. Thanks guys

clshades April 15, 2012 09:17 AM

I got a garmin with the free life time updates. Updates vary in price from 30-50 bux so you might wanna take that into consideration.

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