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    Has there Been a GPS Thread Lately?

    My wife wants to break down, give in to the mainstream, and buy a GPS. As much as I love technology and do what I can to keep up, for some reason I can't stand GPS units, I loath them, and I carry around PAPER map books in my car which I will pull over and page through if I need to get somewhere. I will use Google 411 from my cell phone if I need an address. She is already lost enough in her own neighborhood of 31 years, so what will happen to her brain if a GPS tells her to drive into a lake and she does? My friend uses his to get back and forth from work, even though he knows how to get there and he does it every day. Ugh, the thoughts of the potential of her getting a GPS makes me sick.

    Anyway...

    I haven't researched GPS units since circa 2001 when they were expensive and they were only used for geocaching.

    So, what is out there now, what does the FOOniverse recommend, and do you still buy the unit and subscribe (re-buy, yearly) to current maps like the days of old?

    No, I am not going to Google this. The fact I am asking in the first place out of courtesy of my wife is a huge step here for me...



    Bleh..........

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    Garmin Nuvi. Subscribe? No. I can deal with imperfection.

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    Huh, let me throw this into a different direction already.

    I was playing with my phone, and my phone already has VZ Navigator on it (Verizon, of course).

    Should I just have her use that and pay the $2.99/day or $9.99/month? Do I just call a Verizon rep and subscribe to it? I want to know before she calls Verizon and gets talked into $100's of services she doesn't need...

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    Forget it, this thread has become completely pointless.

    Let's talk about something else.

    It's raining, very humid, and very warm, relatively speaking. Just the way I like it.

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    One less device, but one more reoccurring cost. I went with the former. It also works when there is no cell signal. I'm not sure how well these GPS-Assist devices work in that event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Forget it, this thread has become completely pointless.

    Let's talk about something else.

    It's raining, very humid, and very warm, relatively speaking. Just the way I like it.
    Let me guess. You are a species of mold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    It also works when there is no cell signal. I'm not sure how well these GPS-Assist devices work in that event.
    Ah-ha, good point. That crossed my mind, too.

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    GPS navigation systems are death to personal navigation skills.

    Also, the girlfriend's has tried to cause literal death to me on multiple occasions. One time I asked it to find me coffee during a long road trip. It said it found a Starbucks and directed me several miles out of my way down a gravel road to a run-down building surrounded by concertina wire with piles of metal junk strewn about the yard. I'm not joking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamlucky13 View Post
    GPS navigation systems are death to personal navigation skills.
    I navigated 50 miles of unblazed wilderness with only a map and a compass. My companions did bring GPS units, but I was never aware of them taking them out of their packs. I was once convinced, as you are, that these were among the most useless devices.

    At the same time, I live in fear of my daughters getting lost while driving. My youngest has it as I type this. I take it on trips. In fact, the last time I flew into Portland, it was instrumental in finding a good Thai place near Wilsonville. In order to navigate a drive to Florida while avoiding DC, I just took I81 past West Virginia and only then turned the device on.

    GPS technology has it's uses, IMHO.

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    +1 on Garmin Nuvi, cheap, dependable. If you want more freedom and customization, then go with navigon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    GPS technology has it's uses, IMHO.
    They are useful, no doubt, but I truly think people get too much in the habit of relying on them. I've had it happen to me where I follow the GPS where I'm going and can't figure out how to get home again without it, where as I'm much more attentive when I figure out the route myself.

    Plus I haven't forgiven it for the Starbucks incident.
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    For my fellow Luddites.

    Usually, though, I'll map it out on Google Maps and write down waypoints on a piece of paper. Last time I did this I lost the directions before coming back and ended up lost in a fantastic neighbourhood of which I was previously unaware - and of which I am now a resident

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