Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

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Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#1 Post by Redstorm » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:46 pm

It's no secret that Garmin makes some of the best GPS units around. But with 27 different nüvi models to choose from, figuring out which one is right for you can be difficult. Want text-to-speech but don't care about Bluetooth? Want a wide screen but not text-to-speech? Traffic? Lane Guidance? Choice, choices, choices!

Here's a decision tree that walks you through the nüvi jungle, and helps you buy the right nüvi with just the features you care about:
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#2 Post by Noah » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:00 pm

Wow, this is very helpful.

Here's in chart format: http://gpstracklog.typepad.com/gps_comp ... chart.html
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#3 Post by twinhills » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:23 pm

fantastic! extremely useful for a dummy in gps like me. many thanks!

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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#4 Post by gogogps » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:34 pm

Very good.. You may need to purchase according to your requirements and needs. Maybe you can survey and walk in to the Garmin Sales Office to test around.:P
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#5 Post by SOSweet » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:04 pm

The graph is very useful but if can include the price (approx.) of the set will be perfect. :thumbsup:
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#6 Post by Shaekey » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:27 am

I can't seems to find information under specifications for each model (in http://www.garmin.com website) on capability for track log. If my criteria is to choose the most basic model (or cheapest model) with track log capability, then which of the Nuvi series should I buy?

I read some of the threads in this forum but I'm getting contradicting information regarding this feature. For example, some mentioned Nuvi 205 doesn't have track log capability but I also read a post that say it does but there's certain setting to enable this (something like no map loaded, not attached to road, etc. if I'm not mistaken).

I would love to get a unit with this feature so I can contribute to the community this way, plus it's nice to map small kampung road whenever I go balik kampung or travel to other remote areas. But I prefer not to buy high end model with so many other features that's useless and can't be used here in Malaysia (thus end up paying more for features that I can never use). So I'm wondering if there's mid range model that has this track log capability but without the other high end features that's useless locally.

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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#7 Post by wan_casper » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:28 pm

i'm sorry...
what is track log capability?
what is it mean?

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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#8 Post by 9W2CBL » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:42 pm

Answer by Garmin - HERE
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#9 Post by jasonlee » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:06 pm

Shaekey wrote:For example, some mentioned Nuvi 205 doesn't have track log capability but I also read a post that say it does but there's certain setting to enable this (something like no map loaded, not attached to road, etc. if I'm not mistaken).
The Nuvi 205 is the cheapest model available today since the Nuvi 200 was discontinued. Instead of a 'Track Log' feature, it has a native 'Trip Log' feature which does almost the same thing except that you cannot select the level of detail for the Trip Log (1-sec logs are not possible) and you cannot stop the Trip Log. It starts automatically every time you switch your unit on and stops only when you switch off. The only option you have is to either show or hide the trace made. Can be a dangerous thing as whoever gets hold of your GPS will know exactly where you have been.
wan_casper wrote: what is track log capability?
what is it mean?
In addition to the link provided by Bro 9W2CBL, the following additional info on Track Logs may be of interest to you. Track Logs are simply just electronic recordings of your location, time, speed, heading, leg length (the distance between 2 track-points) and elevation. More expensive models allow you to choose the frequency of the track points:
1. by time interval (e.g. 1-sec logs) or
2. by distance intervals (e.g every 10m or even 1m) or
3. by Auto or Intelligent mode which works on the change of heading (the Nuvi 205's Trip Log works in this mode and a track point is triggered when there is a change in heading of 5-7 degrees or more.)

If you are lucky enough to be able to buy a Nuvi 2x0 or 2x0W with the correct HWID, you can enable a hidden 1-sec track log feature without having to pay the price for the high-end models. Read HERE to find out how.
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Re: Which Garmin GPS To Buy?

#10 Post by limshiyun » Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:45 pm

Anyone can pls tell me what does it mean by 'Garmin AP Set' ? What is the different between 'AP' and 'Original'? :-? As what I know, AP Set is more cheaper than Original Set.I ask the seller but no answer until now. :cry: Thks in advance.

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