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I've read that people are using these with no SIM card or data connection as a replacement for a dedicated GPS, specs are impressive and street price a little over $100. No personal experience with them though.
The cheap phone isn't a bad idea. But if you want to buy a used GPS, you could look for one of the old eTrex H series
The Vista has a compass and altimeter, the Legend does not. Both use the so-called high sensitivity gps chips (as compared to the regular eTrex Vista and Legend that had the older chipset).
Have not looked at pricing, but these are probably the cheapest models with decent chipsets. Of course, it's hard to say what to expect from an old model unit like this, it would be ideal to see it in person but that probably won't be possible. There were various things that broke on these old devices, such as rubber gaskets and switches.
Perhaps you will find good pricing on used Magellan units, they don't get much love. ;) I have a Magellan Triton 1500 that I never use anymore. It has the same SiRFStar chipset as the Garmin GPSMap 60csx which is still very popular (and ridiculously over priced in the used market), I also have one of those.
If you want something more modern, the eTrex 10 has the latest technology chips with GLONASS so you will receive more satellites. It has a monochrome screen and cannot load maps. Looks like Cabellas has it for $80. Perhaps you can find a factory refurb for less (Garmin refurbs have the same warranty as new).
- Capacitative touch screen,
There are quite a few current models, as well as refurbs with this option. Use the compare feature on Garmin's site
- Ability to plan your route.
AFAIK, all current models have this feature. Again, use the compare feature and look for "trip planner". Garmin's free Basecamp program allows you to do route planning on your computer.
- Offers alternative route without any intervention
Not quite sure if I understand. Units with traffic receivers (or traffic via smartphone link) have a preference option that I think will do what you want.
- Will NOT put on the highway for short distances like a mile or two
This has been a problem for awhile - also telling you to exit the highway, then re-enter. I believe this is related to map problems. It has probably improved but I doubt it's completely fixed.
- If you are going to drive on the same road for 30 miles, just say drive on the road for 50 miles
Same thing, I think it has to do with the map data and it is still a problem.
- An option of saving favorite route for certain address(es).
Any unit with the trip planner can do this
- I could use smartphone but I have very limited data on my plan
You seem to have a misconception here. The good navigation apps install the full map on your phone, just like a dedicated device. I have been using the Garmin StreetPilot app on my iPhone (not available on Android) and it's virtually the same as the Nuvi. Garmin has intentionally crippled it however, so you cannot import/export any data such as routes or favorites. The most recent update seems to have introduced some new bugs. I would not especially recommend it anymore.
I think the most promising app at this point is TomTom GO Mobile which runs on both iOS and Android. Here's the iOS version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tomtom-go-mobile/id884963367?mt=8
It runs will full features in free trial mode, but you can only drive 50 miles per month. You download maps and permanently install on your phone, so no data is used while driving (except small amounts if you use traffic and searches). One nice thing is that you get maps of the whole world.
They have a subscription model of $20/year (IIRC). You could go for a lot of years before equalling the cost of a new Garmin. Since it's free, see what you think...
That's good. In unix the single dot is "shorthand" for the current directory and the double dot means the parent directory. Don't try to delete those!
I would not worry too much about "bricking" the 60csx with a firmware update. It *could* happen but is very rare. IIRC, there was a firmware update to specifically fix this problem. But for starters you should find out what version firmware you are currently running. This can be done in the 60csx menus, but I don't recall exactly where, probably under "System".
It gets a little confusing because there are two different "flavors" of 60csx'es. Shortly before they discontinued it, Garmin switched to a different brand of chips. There is an archive of all the different versions here, but you will need a Windows machine to install them: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/gps60/
Check to see if you have the newest firmware, I also have a 60csx and recall a problem like this that was fixed with an update. I believe WebUpdater is used for the 60csx: http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp
However, since you mention the Mac, there was also an issue where hidden files on the card were causing something similar. These are files with names starting with a period that are not shown in the Finder. You can use terminal to delete them if you know how, I think there are also some apps for this.
JaVaWa has a free utility to specifically address the problem on the Mac, it deletes all the hidden files before ejecting the card. Elsewhere on his site, he mentions his programs are not compatible with Sierra however, so that could be a problem: http://www.javawa.nl/cleaneject_en.html