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  • Back on topic: Few niggles about Tomtom. I wish the clear route button was available on the Quick Menu or on first menu page. Yep, I agree. However, you do not need to clear the route before you Navigate to another location.
  • Based on your comments, I think you'd do well with the 340S. I let my son use my GO930 for awhile, then bought him a 340S for Christmas and he really likes it.
  • There is a free third party app for TomTom call "Tripmaster" that displays average speed to the nearest tenth. However, because it is a .csv file, the trip log can be imported into Excel and then you can display it to the nearest 1/100th.
  • As alanb wrote, it depends on how congested the FM traffic is where you live. I live in Fort Worth, TX, not the biggest metroplex in the US, but the FM traffic is crowded enough that I can rarely get a clean signal (I have a GO 930). However, when…
  • Ultimately, I'm torn between the TomTom 730, the Garmin Nuvi 765, and 885. IQ Routes is why I'm probably going to get the TomTom, even though I'm coming from a Garmin (Nuvi 200).( I have always been impressed with how accurate my ETE's are with IQ r…
  • I've had my GO 930 for over 2 years and, while not perfect, I have been very satisfied with it. As my trip from Fort Worth, TX to Norman, OK (~200 miles) today reminded me, IQ routes are great for normal traffic patterns, but they are not a substit…
  • MapSource has a column labeled "Area" under "Tracks". That will give a "rough" area due to the accuracy limitations of the GPSr. I would not recommend using it as a substitute for a true survey.
  • The TomTom GO720/730s will do all five. I ahve seen a factory re-furb for around $150.
  • Does it happen when it is plugged in (either to the car or to a computer) or just when you try to run it off of the battery?
  • It is unfortunate that you feel you had such a bad experience with a GPS. However, a GPS, like a map, is just a tool. If you can find you way with a map, it is because you have learned how to use it. I've navigated cars, ships and airplanes for m…
  • While I don't deny my GO930 sometimes gets washed out, it has not been that big a deal for me. I would not let that alone deter you from getting a TomTom you prefer its features over the Garmin units.
  • It is difficult to say which unit will be better not know your specific needs. That said, I bought an XL340S for my son for Christmas and he loves it.
  • As far as I've been able to figure out, it is not an option. If you have voice enabled when you are playing music, the voice directions will cut out the music. If you just want to listen to music, you can disable the voice.
  • They could sell internet POI search. They could sell advertising to retail and restaurant chains so that their POIs showed on the screen while other POIs could only be searched for through the menus. Isn't this just taking what MapQuest already doe…
  • Me too, phew! 8)
  • I bought my GO 930 and an XL340S for my son from Amazon. Originally, I bought a GO 730, but decided I wanted the European maps as well. I had no problems with the return. All of the units I got were new. You can also get refurbished units if you…
  • I'm not aware of any GPS unit that has a "must stop at place". My guess would be because that would be based on the user's personal preferences. However, some GPS units will let you set up "alerts" for different categories of places of interest (P…
  • - Second, I learn how little time speeding saves you in urban areas. If I drive "flow of traffic" speed, I usually hit Tomtom's eta exactly. If I drive as fast as I possibly can, I usually hit congestion or a stoplight, and rarely beat Tomtom's et…
  • An interesting marketing spin......it seems that TT is referring to mapshare changes but even that is inaccurate in that mapshares are only good for 1 year post map purchase. I have read this before, and thought that I would lose my mapshare updates…
  • 1) Do you find the screen brightness of the Google phone sufficient when driving facing the bright sun 2) Do you think the screen size of the google phone is easier or harder for a bi-focal 40+ or 50+ year old to read compared to 4.3" regular GPS 3)…
  • I bought an XL340S for my son for Christmas. I deleted the two foriegn voices, and updated the map to 8.40 without any problems. There was over 100 MB free left, but I don't remember the exact amount.
  • Based on Boyd's latest remarks, it sounds like Garmin has a good idea, but needs to tweak the implementation. BTW, how does the fuel cost work? Do you enter your car's average MPG somewhere?
  • I'm not aware of any GPSr's that do that, but I'd sure like to have that feature on my GO 930.
  • I heartily agree with Tim. I rarely see an initial ETA off by more than two minutes with my GO 930. Most of the time, I like the routes it picks; it has even taught me a few shortcuts in my hometown I didn't know. :lol:
  • My first use of a GPS in a car was a unit I borrowed from someone in Nov 99. I don't remember the model or make, but I do remember it was a receiever connected to my laptop. I was in the front passenger seat and set the receiver on the dashboard a…
  • That's disappointing (not that I would sell it anyway), but my GPSMAP 60CS is not even listed! :(
  • I've seen lane guidance quite a bit in the D/FW area with my GO 930 and both the 835 and 840 maps.
  • For Canada, where I have complained long and hard about no ALG anywhere except for four exits in the Maritimes, the 840 map now shows at least half a dozen locations in the Greater Toronto area. Hey, they're making progress dhn! :lol:
  • You might look at the Garmin GPSMap 60CSX or Oregon series handheld units, depending upon what you want and how much you want to spend.
  • Sometimes, I will find that my 930 has lost a full charge after a few hours of sitting in the car (disconnected). Other times, it will hold the charge overnight and still have a good amount of green bar showing in the battery charge icon. I have n…
  • And as I found out the last time I did some field work, it does not like ATVs. :roll: However, I did not notice any extra battery drain...I got a full day's use on a set of batteries even while using the electronic compass.
  • I get lane advisories in the DFW area, and have gotten them in San Antonio as well.
  • Obviously you need a bigger car... :wink:
  • There is a term for that, in case you were wondering. It is called "building footprints". Where do I find that?
  • Not unless it has a hidden on/off command. 8.40 looks like the previous versions. All buildings are shown with a very shallow vertical relief, regardless of their actual vertical size.
  • MVL (or anyone else :)) , does the more recent firmware updates seem to have resolved the mysterious reboots or devices turning on by themselves? I haven't noticed nearly the level of complaints as earlier this year. My 930 still occassionally turns…
  • That's fascinating... site tells me that my HP iPAQ 310 is worth $67 (sounds about right), my Nuvi 5000 is worth $200 (seems generous), my Magellan Maestro 5310 is worth $0 (ouch!) and they've never heard of the 60csx or Nuvi 205. Nor a 60cs :roll:
  • I have used my 930 in pedestrian mode in Europe and it at best it is good as showing you where you are on a map. I would check where I was and where I wanted to go, turn it off, then check again a little later. I have tried walking around with it …
  • Curious as to where in Pisa the unit showed your destination point. When we were there a couple of years ago, parking was horrendous (we were there in August) and we had to park some distance away and take a shuttle to the actual location of the To…
  • I have a 60CS (older version of the 60CSx) and use it in the field either in my pocket or clipped to my belt. It does not have the SiRF chip so it takes awhile to initially lock in. However, once it does, I have not had a problem keeping a good lo…
  • I'm on a trip to Europe now. I went from the Bologna airport to Pisa (to see the tower of course) and I was only off two minutes from the original estimated time enroute using my GO 930. I don't have traffic, but the IQ Routes are pretty accurate.
  • While I personnaly have not used any Trimbles, I have done field work with others who have. I don't know the model they used, but they could only see text and numbers on their hand unit. They had to download everything to a computer in order to vi…
  • You can always download free poi listings from places like www.poi-factory.com. Even TomTom Home has a lot of free poi lists you can download.
  • Just with a GPS sitting here on my desk, which albeit isn't a good location to get a good signal will vary the altitude reading by a couple of hundred feet over the course of an hour. Certainly outdoors experience will be better than that-- but you …
  • You might try going to a big box store and trying out the two to see which one you prefer. IMO, either would suit your purposes. I had my reasons for choosing a TT, but the Garmin is also a good unit.
  • Hey, that's a positive knowledge! I connected my GPSmap60CS to my laptop via a USB cable So let's make sure we're on the same page... You mean, it was an old good old [laptop USB] -> [GPS mini USB] cable, not some fancy Garmin proprietary USB-&g…
  • I connected my GPSmap60CS to my laptop via a USB cable for a project a few years ago that involved plotting various points along country roads. It was easy to set up. Since I was using the laptop for plotting more than navigating, it worked OK. I…
  • Very informative Tim. How about adding that to GPS 101?
  • Lemme guess from your username/handle people (possible targets)? "Shooter" is the nickname for a Catapult Officer on an aircraft carrier; a job I held in a previous life (I'm retired Navy, but still have to work).
  • And be prepared to spend some time learning how to use them. At least from what I have observed of the folks I've worked with who use the professional grade Trimbles, they are not the simplest GPSrs around.