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Old 04-06-2010, 06:46 PM
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Just bought a 2009 Z4 30i with premium, ipod/usb & smartphone integration, but no navi--price was so good I figured I'd take some of the $ I saved and spend it on a decent aftermarket navi. any recommendations? I want something that will talk and at a minimum can take downloads from Google maps--full Internet connectivity would be even better.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:03 AM
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Just bought a 2009 Z4 30i with premium, ipod/usb & smartphone integration, but no navi--price was so good I figured I'd take some of the $ I saved and spend it on a decent aftermarket navi. any recommendations? I want something that will talk and at a minimum can take downloads from Google maps--full Internet connectivity would be even better.
TomTom is the way to go in my opinion. Before I bought my 10' X5, we used the TomTom in my Audi and wife's Mini. We loved it, she still uses it when needed.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:31 AM
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There are two map providers: Navteq and Tele Atlas. Tomtom owns Tele Atlas, while Garmin and Magellan use Navteq. You can see Tele Atlas maps on Google maps, and Navteq maps on their web site. I have been using a Tomtom device (XL330S) for a couple of years, and while I like the software the maps contain errors. Tele Atlas incorrectly maps the area around my home, and once tried to route me to Salt Lake City when I wanted to go from Barstow to Palm Springs without dropping into the LA basin. So I strongly prefer Navteq maps. I would look at a Garmin 755t as a good example of a device that uses Navteq maps and it is the model that I currently have. Like you, I already have Bluetooth and an iPod interface in my car. Garmin's higher spec'd models add those features and so would be redundant in my situation.

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Old 04-16-2010, 08:33 AM
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:24 AM
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any model # suggestions? I want to be able to browse my route, preferably (not essential but nice) have voice input, of course voice directions & lane guidance, real time traffic, Internet connection at a minimum for map updates. I think both the Garmin nuvi 1690 and Tom Tom go live 740 have everything. I think the Tom Tom looks nice, but $10/month for their data plan adds up fast.

I have the browse route function on my '03 accord and it's extremely useful! While driving a route, I can browse the map--I don't have to go into simulation mode or anything else, it's a very natural capability. From reading the website, the Garmin only has that capability when not guiding. Is that right? How about the tom tom?

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Congrats on the new roadster. Here's a nifty Garmin at a great price:

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One of the few out there that allow you to voice input directions.
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Do these garmins let you browse your route while you are driving?
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:02 AM
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Do these garmins let you browse your route while you are driving?
Yes.

You know, the manufacturers make their user guides available for download from their respective web sites. Personally, that's the approach I take with most of my product research, especially when I need detailed answers to specific questions. It's efficient.

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I absolutely love the alpine pndk3. Super easy to use and super accurate. In a close second id say the tom tom go 740 live
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:34 AM
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You know, the manufacturers make their user guides available for download from their respective web sites. Personally, that's the approach I take with most of my product research, especially when I need detailed answers to specific questions. It's efficient.
Thanks. I've been through their sites and browsed specs but it wasn't apparent from that level of research. Didn't think of downloading the manuals (Duh!). thanks
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Thanks I'm now also considering buying one, now your opinions are useful guys!
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