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Old 17 Sep 2006, 03:08 pm
Body Roll
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Default I there a GPS that just work?

Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
rebooted daily after
hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
those
are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
$500-600 for some unreliable
piece of junk.
Not interested in extra functionality.
Thanks.

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Old 17 Sep 2006, 03:22 pm
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"Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
> rebooted daily after
> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
> those
> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
> $500-600 for some unreliable
> piece of junk.


My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest I
got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.

The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
27xx series.


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Old 17 Sep 2006, 06:43 pm
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Seth wrote:
> "Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1158523711.923284.43990@i3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
>> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
>> rebooted daily after
>> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
>> those
>> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
>> $500-600 for some unreliable
>> piece of junk.

>
> My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest I
> got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
>
> The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
> 27xx series.
>
>

I have had good experience with the Garmin C340.
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Old 17 Sep 2006, 06:44 pm
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Seth wrote:
> "Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1158523711.923284.43990@i3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
>> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
>> rebooted daily after
>> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
>> those
>> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
>> $500-600 for some unreliable
>> piece of junk.

>
> My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest I
> got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
>
> The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
> 27xx series.


I'll second that. Have had several Garmins over the past few years and
the 2610 is my favorite. Have the Quest as well to take on trips
(flying to destination and renting car) and haven't had a problem with it.

Another nice feature is that Garmin just lowered their price of the map
DVD upgrades to $75 and that's for TWO units, not just one. $75/yr and
I'm assured of having the most recent mapset for both the 2610 and the
Quest.

I've always had good luck purchasing my Garmin's through www.gpscity.com

Standard disclaimer: No financial interest. Just happy with the prices
and service of this company.

Nice thing about the 2610 is that it will fit quite nicely in the
storage console beneath the radio on my 2006 Accord EX. Now, all I have
to do is figure out how to remove some of the trim so I can drill a hole
in there to run the external antenna and power cable to it.

Don't suppose you've done that yet, have you, Seth?
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Old 17 Sep 2006, 06:50 pm
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"Unquestionably Confused" <puzzled2@ameritech.net> wrote in message
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> Seth wrote:
>> "Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1158523711.923284.43990@i3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
>>> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
>>> rebooted daily after
>>> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
>>> those
>>> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
>>> $500-600 for some unreliable
>>> piece of junk.

>>
>> My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest
>> I got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
>>
>> The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
>> 27xx series.

>
> I'll second that. Have had several Garmins over the past few years and
> the 2610 is my favorite. Have the Quest as well to take on trips (flying
> to destination and renting car) and haven't had a problem with it.
>
> Another nice feature is that Garmin just lowered their price of the map
> DVD upgrades to $75 and that's for TWO units, not just one. $75/yr and
> I'm assured of having the most recent mapset for both the 2610 and the
> Quest.
>
> I've always had good luck purchasing my Garmin's through www.gpscity.com
>
> Standard disclaimer: No financial interest. Just happy with the prices
> and service of this company.
>
> Nice thing about the 2610 is that it will fit quite nicely in the storage
> console beneath the radio on my 2006 Accord EX. Now, all I have to do is
> figure out how to remove some of the trim so I can drill a hole in there
> to run the external antenna and power cable to it.
>
> Don't suppose you've done that yet, have you, Seth?


No. A) I use the area below my radio for assorted "crap" so it would be too
crowded and B) I move mine back and forth from my car to motorcycle too
often. Would make it inconvenient.

My wife's van I have to use an external antenna (and an external EZPass)
because of her windshield, so I might make a more permanent mounting for it
someday.

I've never bought from GPSCity as the prices always seem quite high. Almost
$100 cheaper at Amazon. IN fact, as of this posting they have a bundle of a
2610 with a 2GB CF card for $605 where GPSCity is $620 for the GPS alone.


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Old 18 Sep 2006, 01:22 am
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Seth wrote:
> "Unquestionably Confused" <puzzled2@ameritech.net> wrote in message
> news:_5lPg.2379$vJ2.505@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com ...
> > Seth wrote:
> >> "Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
> >> news:1158523711.923284.43990@i3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
> >>> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
> >>> rebooted daily after
> >>> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look like
> >>> those
> >>> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
> >>> $500-600 for some unreliable
> >>> piece of junk.
> >>
> >> My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest
> >> I got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
> >>
> >> The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
> >> 27xx series.

> >

Reviews for 2610 on pricegrabber seem to be good. No so for 2720.
For 2820 There are no reviews!!!
What's the deal with the beanie bag and mounting business?
What are the mounting options?

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Old 18 Sep 2006, 04:46 am
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"Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> Seth wrote:
>> "Unquestionably Confused" <puzzled2@ameritech.net> wrote in message
>> news:_5lPg.2379$vJ2.505@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com ...
>> > Seth wrote:
>> >> "Body Roll" <aglyport@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:1158523711.923284.43990@i3g2000cwc.googlegrou ps.com...
>> >>> Did anyone find any standalone gps that works and does not have to be
>> >>> rebooted daily after
>> >>> hangs? I've been reading reviews on Roadmates and it does not look
>> >>> like
>> >>> those
>> >>> are bullteproof. I don't have any gps yet and would hate to pay
>> >>> $500-600 for some unreliable
>> >>> piece of junk.
>> >>
>> >> My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The
>> >> Quest
>> >> I got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
>> >>
>> >> The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by
>> >> the
>> >> 27xx series.
>> >

> Reviews for 2610 on pricegrabber seem to be good. No so for 2720.
> For 2820 There are no reviews!!!
> What's the deal with the beanie bag and mounting business?


Works pretty well. Stays on the dash of my '01 Accord except during HARD
aceleration (slides a little) and always stays on the dash of my wife's van.
Also comes with a moutning cup that's held on with double stick tape.

> What are the mounting options?


I use the Garmin motorcycle mounting bracket on my bike.


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Old 18 Sep 2006, 07:31 am
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Body Roll wrote:

> Reviews for 2610 on pricegrabber seem to be good. No so for 2720.
> For 2820 There are no reviews!!!
> What's the deal with the beanie bag and mounting business?
> What are the mounting options?


The unit ships with the bean bag mount and a extra quick release mount
with adhesive backing.

Bean bag's been my choice thus far. I find it's quite stable sitting on
the dash or on the seat. Bag fits just about any contour you're likely
to set it on and the base is a non-skid, soft foam material that keeps
it in place even when taking corners at speed.

In the first car I used it in, I had a stalk mounted on the side of the
center console (made for cellular phone handset) and just affixed the
extra quick release to it. Worked great for adjusting the angle for
optimum viewing.

I purchased the optional hardwire connectors so as to avoid using the
cigarette lighter plug. Also picked up and mounted a good external
antenna for mine.

Haven't moved this from my old Buick to the Accord yet but will do so
shortly. Using the external antenna I was able to just set the GPS on
the hump under the dash. While not the best angle of view (in the dash
would be nice) it was pretty good. The 2610 comes with a IR remote
control allowing me to manage all functions without bending over to
actually touch the unit.



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Old 18 Sep 2006, 11:08 am
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Unquestionably Confused wrote:
> Body Roll wrote:
>
> > Reviews for 2610 on pricegrabber seem to be good. No so for 2720.
> > For 2820 There are no reviews!!!
> > What's the deal with the beanie bag and mounting business?
> > What are the mounting options?

>
> The unit ships with the bean bag mount and a extra quick release mount
> with adhesive backing.
>
> Bean bag's been my choice thus far. I find it's quite stable sitting on
> the dash or on the seat. Bag fits just about any contour you're likely
> to set it on and the base is a non-skid, soft foam material that keeps
> it in place even when taking corners at speed.


Does it stay in place when you drift the car?
>
> In the first car I used it in, I had a stalk mounted on the side of the
> center console (made for cellular phone handset) and just affixed the
> extra quick release to it. Worked great for adjusting the angle for
> optimum viewing.
>
> I purchased the optional hardwire connectors so as to avoid using the
> cigarette lighter plug. Also picked up and mounted a good external
> antenna for mine.
>

Where did external antenna go? Windshield?
Also how does the speed of the unit compare to the hard drive based
ones?
What are the two most annoying things about 2610?

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Old 18 Sep 2006, 11:41 am
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Body Roll, wrote the following at or about 9/18/2006 11:08 AM:
> Does it stay in place when you drift the car?


Never tried it. I doubt it just as I doubt it would remain in place in
a rollover. So use the self-adhesive mount and anchor it that way.

>> I purchased the optional hardwire connectors so as to avoid using the
>> cigarette lighter plug. Also picked up and mounted a good external
>> antenna for mine.
>>

> Where did external antenna go? Windshield?


You can place them just about anywhere that gives a good view of the
sky. It doesn't take much. If I use it or the Quest in my Corvette in
the winter when I have the hard top in place, it just sits on the seat.
The fibreglass is transparent to the satellite signal.

On my Park Avenue, I hid the external antenna completely - just as I
will do on the Accord. I checked out the rear package shelf and found
that it was constructed of plastic rather than metal. I found a spot
that gave a good view of the sky, took a piece of duct tape to test the
location and confirmed that it worked well there. I then put a liberal
amount of RTV compound on the puck, stuck it in place and put more duct
tape on it to hold it until the RTV cured. Bingo! Routinely get
accuracy readings of +/- 7 feet.

> Also how does the speed of the unit compare to the hard drive based
> ones?


Since the data is stored on compact flash memory, the transfer should be
quicker than hard drive based. In any case the processor of the GPS is
the limiting factor as for speed. I use a high speed 2 gig compact
flash card which allows me to have the entire continental US, HI, AK,
and Canadian Provinces loaded at all times. When it first boots up, it
takes maybe 15 seconds longer to read the maps than it formerly did but
it's really a non-issue. Once the unit's warmed up and has acquired the
satellites, it takes maybe 10 seconds to plot a course to a urban
location 65 miles distant to my present position.

> What are the two most annoying things about 2610?


1. That I didn't buy one of these sooner

2. See number 1



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