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Jan 11, 2012 (9:55 am)
The PND makers (portable navigation devices) could be in big trouble if people keep buying big screen smart phones.
I played with one of these over the weekend, and the 4.65" screen is HUGE and simply brilliant. No other way to describe it.
Makes iPhone looks small. We compared side-by-side, his kid has a 4S.
Didn't have Siri, but the GPS feature looked quite good.
First time I've played with both, and I'd pick the Nexus by a wide margin. The novelty of Siri would wear off fast. That big screen you would enjoy for years.
#2213 of 2355 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Jan 11, 2012 (10:08 am)
Well, when you live in PARADISE, why go anywhere?
#2214 of 2355 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [slorenzen]
Jan 11, 2012 (12:26 pm)
Funny you should say that. The lady that takes care of our place when we are on vacation, schedules her vacation from her Federal job to coincide. She just loves to come up to the quiet of our place and relax for a week. Away from the noise and smells of the city. From our patio we can see Mt San Jacinto 63 miles North and from our garden area you can see Pt Loma, Coronado and the ocean. We have considered doing a vacation swap with someone in an area we would like to vacation. The only place we really like as much as our home is Hilo Hawaii.
#2215 of 2355 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [gagrice]
Jan 11, 2012 (1:40 pm)
Ever been to Cottage Grove?
Summers are WONDERFUL!
Winter, eh, not so much...
#2216 of 2355 Re: Windows GPS phone app on sale [slorenzen]
Jan 11, 2012 (3:10 pm)
I like a lot of Central Oregon. I have gone through Cottage Grove. Never spent any time there. Have relatives in Medford and Scio. My son and daughter in law would like to move out of Alaska. They like Oregon as they have friends living somewhere out of Portland. I may be spending more time up your way.
#2217 of 2355 Re: Heads Up Display [s852]
Feb 05, 2012 (12:12 am)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your idea! I have a Grand Prix with heads up display and have to start looking for another car and am just annoyed that I'm having a hard time finding a car or SUV with HUD. Not only do I LOVE my HUD for the usual things that it displays on the windshield, but to have navigation would be incredible!! You seriously NEVER have to take your eyes off the road when you have HUD. Hopefully somebody sees your post and institutes it! Also, if anyone knows of HUD-Heads up display in any new cars or SUV...please let me know. Thanks!
Mar 03, 2012 (6:48 am)
How does a GPS get live traffic information? Does it require a cellphone?
#2219 of 2355 Re: Live traffic [imidazol97]
Mar 03, 2012 (7:41 am)
I believe it is an FM station in selected areas that broadcasts the road info. So your GPS has to be equipped.
I am wondering how good smartphones are as a GPS. I am getting mixed reviews. They do not seem to be as good as a standalone GPS. They do offer up to date POI information. And best gas prices with a Gas Buddy App. That is not worth $80 a month to me. I am not ready to give up my free Cell service on the Sprint Pioneer phone.
#2220 of 2355 Re: Live traffic [gagrice]
Mar 03, 2012 (8:53 am)
Thanks. I"m looking for a GPS that has lifetime maps and having traffic would be nice.
I had seen a good price on NewEgg for TOMTOM 1405TM with both. I currently have two TomTom XL 330 series.
I'd like something under $100 so anyone with a good working T&M suggestion, I'd like to hear it. I notice reading reviews of the 1405TM that it changed routes while enroute for people, probably because of traffic and Time-of-day choices. They also mentioned the map update didn't work right and required calling TomTom customer service. I've found them very good like my Cincinnati Bell landline service. But I really don't want to have that hassle every 3 mon or so for an update.
Can traffic modification after route is planned be turned off?
#2221 of 2355 Re: Live traffic [gagrice]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 03, 2012 (9:22 am)
I use my smartphone as a GPS and it's pretty darn good as long as you rely more on the audio than the visual, because of a) smaller screen and b) difficulty in bright sunlight. I think in the past year it only made two outright errors--that is, didn't know about detours, etc.
I mounted mine down low near the console to keep it out of bright sun, and I plug it into the car's audio system through the iPod jack. I don't think I've ever had it drop out on me.
One thing I often do with it is, even if I already know my route, I put it on mute and watch the screen to warn me how many miles to my turn-off---this is handy because I'm often dueling with big rigs on SF highways and they tend to line up tight on the right to exit from one major artery to another. So if you want too long, you aren't getting off on that exit without taking your life into your hands.
it also shows traffic tie-ups with a red line (if you select this feature) and you can also grap it and talk to it and ask for a gas station or a Starbuck's, BUT...BUT...you have to cancel previous navigation--it can't do two things at once.
Can any NAV system do two things at once? I don't know