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Im looking for a GPS unit excluding smartphone. Map and radar updates free for life. Voice commands to set my destination is pretty awesome. Other than that, I dont want anything else. Maybe thether with a smartphone to autoupdate its maps. Windshield compatible. Europe.

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I loved my tomtom, hate my newer magellan, people like their garmin nuvi's.  IMO, garmin or tomtom...screw the rest. 

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All I've had have been Garmins and really like them.  They should all come with lifetime maps, which means you should just buy the one with the features you want or last years closeouts with the features you want.  The 5 inch screen is really nice.

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I just finished reviewing the Navman MY450LMT. I highly recommend it - comes with free monthly updates for a lifetime, can pronounce landmarks like "Turn right after the McDonalds to X street", etc. It also accepts a voice command

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Where are you guys from? US units perform different than Europe ones in converage and quick GPS lockon

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Ive heard a lot of things about Garmins nuvi line being real good. I would get a low line one with voice input and lifetime radar and maps update....I really dont need much more.

Also, Ive heard GPS units modding. How is this world related with GPS car units?

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Looking at Garmin n

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I have no trust in Garmin after it kept insisting I drove a 2 hour longer route during my vacation to get there. Even after I would have to drive almost 2 hours to get back to that route it insisted I turn back, before finally relenting after I passed a bigger city.

TomTom which I bought one phone after the Garmin crap gave the right route right away on the way home.

Personally. So I would say TomTom far above Garmin, in addition to all the other things I didn like about Garmin. That's not to say TomTom is perfect and the best. Personally I miss my old Mio that got stolen. It was near perfect. Good routes, Thebes tunnel simulation, really fast satellite sync.

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I have no trust in Garmin after it kept insisting I drove a 2 hour longer route during my vacation to get there. Even after I would have to drive almost 2 hours to get back to that route it insisted I turn back, before finally relenting after I passed a bigger city.

TomTom which I bought one phone after the Garmin crap gave the right route right away on the way home.

Personally. So I would say TomTom far above Garmin, in addition to all the other things I didn like about Garmin. That's not to say TomTom is perfect and the best. Personally I miss my old Mio that got stolen. It was near perfect. Good routes, Thebes tunnel simulation, really fast satellite sync.

The current old TomTom I have did that too once. Wanted to send me thru a large highway to a large city to get to another highway, instead of taking a worst road to get to that other highway. There was a 30-40 min difference, so I ignored it and then after driving 30 mins on that worst road, it changed its mine and said to continue :p

Would you recommend a certain TomTom model with the features I have in mind? :) Thank you

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TomTom Go 825

TomTom Via 135

 

You can go with higher models in the current GO series if you choose, all depends on what other options you want.

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I just finished reviewing the Navman MY450LMT. I highly recommend it - comes with free monthly updates for a lifetime, can pronounce landmarks like "Turn right after the McDonalds to X street", etc. It also accepts a voice command

Is this recommendation based on use, or what you read?

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Tomtom and Garmin are my two favorite. Another option is to get a stereo unit with it built in if its for your car. Much more expensive but easier to use in the long run since you don't have to charge it or find a place to perch it on the dash.

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The Via 135 M Europe has voice command at 199

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I drive commercially and have tried (used) all the top rated stand alone GPS devices. I settled on a Garmin Nuvi 3790LMT, which might not be made any longer. I highly recommend this unit based on my use for more then a year and 80,000 miles. 

 

Like all GPS units they are NOT perfect. Sometimes picking shortest route might route you through a neighborhood. Remember all GPS's depend on satellites.

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I drive commercially and have tried (used) all the top rated stand alone GPS devices. I settled on a Garmin Nuvi 3790LMT, which might not be made any longer. I highly recommend this unit based on my use for more then a year and 80,000 miles. 

 

Like all GPS units they are NOT perfect. Sometimes picking shortest route might route you through a neighborhood. Remember all GPS's depend on satellites.

That's the exact same one I have and it works extremely well.  I'd highly recommend any of the Garmins that have the capacitive touch screens.  The old ones with the resistive screens were a nightmare.

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Yeah, its been discontinued. Very expensive though....

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Is this recommendation based on use, or what you read?

I'm still using it at the moment (and wrote my own review so I tested it quite a while)

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Smartphone GPS navigation has quickly grown into a robust product category with lots of options for consumers. Smartphones such as the iPhone, Palm, or various Android operating-system-powered models have sharp, clear displays with capacitive touchscreens.  They are ideal for palm-of-the-hand operation. However, their small fonts and menu systems are difficult to use at arm's length, as when mounted on a windshield or dash mount. It can be difficult to see and operate smartphone GPS while driving. Most GPS turn-by-turn navigation programs for smartphones are somewhat adapted to this type of use with larger fonts and buttons, but these are still smaller than those found on a typical dedicated GPS device. Some of the smartphones are expensive and inexpensive, you'll probabaly spend money. But it depends on the unit and the phone capacity.

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