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A GPS for an elderly gent!

I have an elderly like ten year old Garmin Quest GPS which I've not used for some time and its time to go modern. I have three requirements:

1. I would like a large screen.
2. I would like to be able to build a route on my computer and transfer it to the GPS.
3. I am very hard of hearing and if possible I would welcome an induction loop fitting for my hearing aid.

Comments

  • sussamb 813 Points
    Garmin models go up to 6" and in some cases 7", and allow transfer of routes from a PC. However I don't know of any GPS that allows an induction loop fitting.
  • BML 81 Points
    Many thanks but would you care to be more precise for a non technical person.
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    edited October 2015
    Are you looking for something specifically for automotive use, or a device that you could also take on a hike? I would say the modern equivalent of the Quest is the Montana 600. It has a nice bright 4 inch screen (your Quest has a 2.7 inch screen). Here is the product page on Garmin's site:

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/handhelds/montana-600/prod75226.html

    Sorry, I don't know what an induction loop is. But the Montana has a standard 1/8" earphone jack so perhaps there would be a plug-in accessory that you could use? If you want to use it in the car, you would also need one of the automotive mounts:

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod89574.html
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod97692.html

    And you would also need the City Navigator map:

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-road-maps/city-navigator-nt/city-navigator-north-america-nt/prod1456.html

    Note that Garmin charges list price if you purchase directly from them, so like anything else you need to shop around. You may be able to find a factory refurbished Montana. They carry the same warranty as new. But the total bundle will be over $500. Of course, I'm sure you paid much more than that for you Quest. :)

    There are many other versions of the Montana, some of them include a camera and/or pre-installed topo map (that isn't very good), but these are more expensive. There is also a newly released version that can receive additional satellites (GLONASS system). I don't know if it is actually shipping yet, but it's also more expensive.

    Now there are many models in the Garmin Nuvi automotive series that would be considerably cheaper and have even larger screens. I will leave it to someone else to suggest specific ones though. None of them offer a way to connect an external speaker or hearing device however, so you would be dependent on the built-in speaker. And they are really only designed for automotive use.
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