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Sell my Garmin after I get the Droid X?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Uker, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Uker

    Uker Well-Known Member
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    So should I sell my Garmin GPS after I get my Droid X? Is Google maps better than the Garmin?

    1. Is there a dedicated "Use GPS satellites" mode with Google maps? Is this mode faster than going through the Verizon satellite?

    Any other ideas?
     

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  2. bexier

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    Well I used a Garmin the other day and got within .5 miles from the address I was supposed to get to.

    I had to switch to google maps - navigation to get the rest of the way.

    The best part about Navigation over Garmin is once you reach your destination you get a Google maps Street view picture of the place where you landed - Unless of course it's a dirt road.
     
  3. verdegallardo

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    I think you'll find the GPS on the X more than adequate and will stop using the garmin :) I think it's better than my portable Magellan and my built in unit in my fx35.
     
  4. JubbaTheHutt

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    I'll be handing down my TomTom One to whomever wants it in my family. Nothing beats Google Maps as far as I'm concerned...not to mention a GPS service that is essentially "free".
     
  5. verdegallardo

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    That's a great point. Happens to me all the time with my dedicated gps units. Once I got the EVO and started using it, I fell in love!
     
  6. rushmore

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    I bought my wife a Garmin for a present. We used it going to Gatlinburg and the Garmin did not account for route changes due to roadwork, but Navigator in Google maps did. You have to pay about the same price of a good Android phone to get the same function from a GPS only device.

    We returned the Garmin to BB.
     
  7. shadowangel

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    Will Google maps Navigation continue to work in areas where there is no 3g, wifi, or phone service?
     
  8. Vihzel

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    It works simply by GPS I believe.
     
  9. Birdman2004

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    Same. I'll be giving my Garmin to my mum mum mum mum mum mommmy mommy mommy mommy mommy mom mom mom mom mom mom mama mama mama mama mama. :D
     
  10. bexier

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    I was in a pretty remote area in Iowa when the GPS was terrible and the Phone kicked butt, and I was still getting a 3G sig from Sprint. So Unfortunately I can not answer for sure.
     
  11. SFWB

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    The Droid navigation would have to really impress me to get me to stop using my Garmin. I've got a nuvi 650 with lifetime traffic and map updates. I also download POI's for red light cameras and speed cameras monthly. It has never let me down.

    In my experience, most people's navigation issues with portable GPS units are due to having outdated maps.
     
  12. ctxx24

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    I would say if you use it on a everyday basis no....other then that yeah...
     
  13. Uker

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    Does Google Maps go directly to the GPS satellite or does it take a stop at the Verizon satellite first.

    Can you bypass the Verizon satellite? If so, can you still use the cell phone for phone calls - i.e. use two different satellites at once?
     
  14. chaosman

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    A lot of misinformation in this thread.

    The maps are not stored on the phone therefore you need somewhat of an active data connection to get it running but it uses GPS and aGPS to route. Cant just use GPS by itself.

    Also you can dump your garmin if you want. think about it google maps is always gonna be up to date since its pulling from online where the maps on your garmin could be a year old and even when they do come out with 2011 maps the data is usually from 6 months ago
     
  15. shadowangel

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    See, that's what I thought. In that case...there are PLENTY of places I go where there is no service on a phone but I would need my GPS. So I can't ditch my gps.
     
  16. pirahna

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    There's a app for that. :D

    Mapdroyd, just down load the maps you are going to need if you will be away from 3G service.
     
  17. JazzMat

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    I agree. I have a nuvi 655T with lifetime traffic and 4-times per year map updates. The traffic receiver itself is worth keeping the Garmin. Can't count the number of times it's saved me from getting stuck in massive traffic jams. Plus, I think I'd miss that sweet female british voice telling me where to go. ;)

    But I'll take advantage of the X's google maps when I'm a pedestrian in an unfamiliar city. It'll surely be less clumsy than the Garmin to use in that capacity.
     
  18. RadYOacTiVe

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    I have a Garmin and almost never use it now that I have GPS on my phone for the occasional time I need it.

    If you are in sales or some other reason you do a lot of driving that requires GPS, I would suggest keeping the Garmin and you will have your phone free to send texts!
     
  19. kayst

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    How do you navigate using the Mapdroyd downloaded maps? What I mean is, do you still use Google nav and it loads the mapdroyd downloaded maps, or do you use mapdroyd to navigate, or do you just look at the downloaded maps?
     
  20. Uker

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    So... you can't use the Droid X GPS and phone at the same time?
     
  21. ctxx24

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    Yes you can, i was using my gps on my inc and it kept spitting out directions while i was trying to talk....
     
  22. ylexot

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    There is no Verizon satellite.
     
  23. ylexot

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    BTW, my understanding (don't know for certain because I haven't tried it) is that the navigator will store the route on the phone when it is created so that it can continue without an active data connection. However, if you deviate from the planned route without a data connection, it is lost.
     
  24. rushmore

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    That is the point. You have to pay several hundred bucks (service and device) to get a more dynamic GPS device as far as current road conditions.

    If you already have a larger screen Android device, why bother?
     
  25. SFWB

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    Umm, isn't the whole point of this thread about already HAVING said other device?

    There's no way I'd go buy something else now. I am just saying it would take alot to get me off what I am already using...
     

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