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: Portable GPS Units

12-18-2005, 07:48 AM
I'm looking at replacing my old Garmin emap with a more modern GPS unit that's in color & with a bigger screen that is easier to read & with voice prompts instead of a "beep".

I've been looking at the Garmin Steet Pilots & Tomtom units, and I'd like to know what others think of them. Of course, I'd get the US Database that comes with the unit, but I'm also looking for availability of Western Europe Databases for trips over there. From what I've been able to tell, the Tomtom European Database is about half the cost of the Garmin. Also, Tomtom is Macintosh compatable, whereas Garmin I believe is not.

I was also looking at a Palm E2/Tomtom Combination for about $400 at an Airport Wireless store at Newark Airport Terminal "C". I would also get 10% off that price as an employee at the airport. What do you think of these PDA/GPS Receiver combos instead of a dedicated GPS Unit. My current PDA is a Palm m515, which I don't believe is compatable with any GPS Receivers, but I haven't looked into that.

Thanks for any info.

12-18-2005, 03:05 PM
There is a GPS system for the Palm m500 series, but it is not "portable." Here is a link: http://store.luluusa.com/nagpsforpam5.html

If you are looking for a PDA GPS, I would consider one of the Garmin iQue units. The Garmin iQue M4 is nice beccause it uses a very sensitive GPS receiver by SiRF. I recently purchased the Garmin nuvi 350 portable GPS and I highly recommend it. It has the SiRF chipset and is vey accurate. It also has "Text To Speech (TTS)" voice commands that speaks the street name instead of just saying "Turn in 500 feet". As for a Garmin dealer, check out http://www.store.yahoo.net/arnottwholesalegpssystems/index.html for the best prices.

If you are doing GPS research, www.gpspassion.com is a great resource.

Hope this helps...JL