View Full Version : anyone have GPS?


Toby
05-14-2009, 11:23 PM
I wanna get one for my pops for his birthday and wondered if anyone had any recommendations and what not.

Skradgee
05-14-2009, 11:57 PM
Garmin

SlingeroGuitaro
05-15-2009, 12:04 AM
ive used tomtom and have dug it.

a friend of mine has an older garmin but he said the updates were expensive. tomtom has free updates

sppunk
05-15-2009, 07:08 AM
Garmin model xx5T for the win.

Pizza Club
05-15-2009, 09:08 AM
I have Tomtom on my phone and use my dad's Tomtom car unit and they are both pretty neat. When I was going to buy a car unit for myself, I believe the general consensus was Tomtom or Garmin.

sppunk
05-15-2009, 09:49 AM
It's based more on map usage than brand name. Navteq vs Telatlas. Navteq has consistently been rated more accurate. Garmin and Magellan use Magellan; TomTom uses Telatlas.

I also believe within North America Navteq has the advantage, whereas Telatlas maps Europe better.

YSEM
05-15-2009, 12:25 PM
i could totally use. do you know how often i get lost? a lot.
i waste insane amounts of gas. the first time i go anywhere i get so fucking lost. after that im all good. im getting better at navigating my way around.
i know arlington well. i know parts of dallas well. it's just going to and from that used to get me. i got lost going somewhere 15 minutes away last night. it was getting late so i turned around and went back home. wasted a quarter tank and i was just like 'shit, man'. i frustrate myself sometimes with that mess. i frustrate myself a lot actually. i shouldnt even be typing this. i should be up at school enrolling for summer courses. anything but here, y0. alright. i shou... nvm.

cork_soaker
05-15-2009, 01:33 PM
the guy at the store said this one was super reliable but i think he was full of shit. the battery compartment is jammed, plus it doesn't sit well on the dash. i'd recommend a newer model, tbh

http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/5/f7/5f7a00029d21b21ec47eef825292b43f-orig

D.
05-15-2009, 02:22 PM
Yeah, Garmin is awesome. I have that.

Trotskilicious
05-15-2009, 02:31 PM
I have a GPS i got for like 4 dollars that you can store in your glove compartment it's called a Map.

SlingeroGuitaro
05-15-2009, 03:31 PM
I think that's a 15 pointer right there

duovamp
05-15-2009, 03:58 PM
the guy at the store said this one was super reliable but i think he was full of shit. the battery compartment is jammed, plus it doesn't sit well on the dash. i'd recommend a newer model, tbh

http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/5/f7/5f7a00029d21b21ec47eef825292b43f-orig

Makes me glad I never upgraded from my astrolabe.

Brute Squad
05-15-2009, 05:45 PM
aGPS-enabled phone + Google Maps works great for me

Toby
05-15-2009, 06:29 PM
I have a GPS i got for like 4 dollars that you can store in your glove compartment it's called a Map.

My dad said he is to good to use maps.

yoshinobu's revenge
05-15-2009, 06:33 PM
I have a Garmin, it works fine and has been very helpful.

TBH I think any GPS >>>>>>>>>>> no GPS

Once you've had one you'll get used to it and probably won't want to change brands.

In short, it's kinda like cell phones.

wHATcOLOR
05-15-2009, 06:35 PM
cork_soaker, i tried the one you posted there but coudln't get it to work. do you have any suggestions for me? any ideas?

cork_soaker
05-15-2009, 06:45 PM
well i don't have my technicals manuals on hand and i'm not an expert but just going on previous experience from similar issues of this type

i think you have to take it apart

Tchocky
05-17-2009, 02:52 AM
I used a Magellan when I drove my friend to and from O'Hare a month ago. I liked it...pretty idiot proof with an easy-to-understand interface.

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 12:47 PM
TBH I think any GPS >>>>>>>>>>> no GPS

are you <i>fucking kidding me</I>

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 12:49 PM
i mean seriously, the GPS has to be one of the most useless pieces of expensive technology in an array of many. If you can't find your way around a map or use google before you go somewhere you're fucking hopeless.

sppunk
05-17-2009, 02:19 PM
Who the fuck can always plan their route before leaving? That's the stupiioest thing you've ever said.

You're probably the same fuckup who won't pay bills online because you want 'paper copies'.

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 02:27 PM
Naw. I pay bills online all the time.

GPS is a stupid luxury, just get over it already. If you can't plan a route before leaving then you have some kind of serious moron problem.

For example, yesterday I needed to get to the cable store to turn in a modem so I wouldn't get charged. I didn't know where it was so i looked it up on the internets. I saw where it was then I used my eyeballs to find it. I know, fucking primitive technology right. Oh and I used a map of San Antonio when I was in the car too. JESUS I NEED GPS SO BAD TO DO EVERYTHING FOR ME!!! IT'LL SAVE LIKE MAYBE FIVE MINUTES OF TIME!!! SWEET LORD LET ME COUGH UP 200 BUCKS PLUS A MONTHLY CHARGE TO SAVE FIVE MINUTES!!!!!!

wHATcOLOR
05-17-2009, 02:33 PM
i dont have one, but i can see how it provides a lot of flexibility. often people are coordinating with others and plans change at the last minute. it's not under your control and gps provides an easy way to find out where you need to go, especially with incomplete information

sppunk
05-17-2009, 03:15 PM
GPS' don't require monthly fees dude.

The Jesus
05-17-2009, 03:34 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/09/GeorgeStPierre.jpg/600px-GeorgeStPierre.jpg

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 03:55 PM
GPS' don't require monthly fees dude.

so what they still range from 200-500 bucks.

i'm sure that's gonna change too, the price on the system will drop and then they'll start charging people monthly to use the service.

it still does nothing I can't already do myself and adds nothing that top-line phones, which have <i>far</i> more utility, can't do already. Unless the computerized "turn right here" is very important to you.

barden
05-17-2009, 04:53 PM
i mean seriously, the A has to be one of the most useless pieces of expensive technology in an array of many. If you can't find your way around a map or use google before you go somewhere you're fucking hopeless.

no way dude they're handy as fuck.

barden
05-17-2009, 04:54 PM
i hate driving down a street trying to spot road signs while not annoying other traffic.

bardy
05-17-2009, 07:33 PM
sometimes I get them in rental cars when I travel for work.... but I wouldn't ever buy one... I like to memorize the directions of where I'm going before I get there. And if I don't know where I'm going I am usually knowledgeable enough to drive around until I find it (without getting hopelessly lost)

bardy
05-17-2009, 07:34 PM
in other news, the OTHER type of GPS are really annoying to use and I think about 90% of people who use them don't know how to properly use them. Give me the data in a real coordinate system you incompetent assholes.

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 10:36 PM
i hate driving down a street trying to spot road signs while not annoying other traffic.

like i said, hopeless

Toby
05-17-2009, 11:19 PM
My dads mind aint what it used to be since his brain tumour so I think a GPS would help him out greatly

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 11:20 PM
i'm not criticizing it as a gift, i don't mean to shit on you toby. Older people or those bitches that are chronically lost could use one of these things.

I just have a hard time understanding why young people today are such tech fetishists. I guess what set me off was GPS >>>>>>>>>>>>> No GPS like somehow it really does something miraculously incredible that pulling over and looking at a map for a 40 seconds couldn't do.

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 11:25 PM
when i saw OCA's name under viewing thread i also realize that GPS can be a tremendous boon for emergency vehicles.

Caine Walker
05-17-2009, 11:25 PM
No GPS like somehow it really does something miraculously incredible that pulling over and looking at a map for a 40 seconds couldn't do.

BUT ITS SO EASY OMG

Trotskilicious
05-17-2009, 11:28 PM
besides, like i said, you can get GPS on a smart phone which has far more utility. I'm sure shortly smart phones will even have that "turn left here" prompting that everybody loves so much.

so you gotta wonder, should i spend 200-500 bucks on redundant technology just because it's a status symbol and i'm a tech pervert?

Toby
05-18-2009, 12:04 AM
I am guilty of the high tech fetish, but I've been able to control myself lately by telling myself that I only WANT it, but really don't NEED it.

I've saved a lot of money since last year using this tactic.

Trotskilicious
05-18-2009, 12:33 AM
good on yer

mercurial
05-18-2009, 12:43 AM
get a lot of taxi drivers here using cheap GPS units as a substitute for actually learning the map. half the bloody time those things are wrong, and the other half they'll point you to main roads and arterial routes which end up being the long way round to where you're going.

one guy ended up in this big argument with me when i told him his GPS unit was wrong and that he should turn left at the corner, not 200m up the road. he was so incensed that i would dare to question his precious GPS directions he kicked me out of the cab ... saved me $20 on a fare though!

Trotskilicious
05-18-2009, 01:01 AM
i also notice that on google maps when tabulating the "fastest route" it cuts through streets with no concern for lights or traffic. Sure taking the freeway might be longer miles wise but you skip like 40 lights on your "shortest route" suggestion. I'm sure GPS systems are the same.

Just learn your city by driving stop being tools.