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If money is no object, which GPS do you get?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Detroit, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Detroit

    Detroit Total Noob

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    Why? What about the next step or two down?
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  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS Supporter

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    The implied assumption in your query is that we all have the same GPS requirements. I may be going out on a limb with this but I don't think that's the case.
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  3. worwig

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    I gave up on dedicated GPS units. I would just find a better way to waterproof my smartphone.
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  4. windypoint

    windypoint Been here awhile

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    If money is no object, hire a local to show you around.
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  5. Sethro303

    Sethro303 Master of Disaster

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    That's along the same lines I was thinking. But, if money was truly no object I wouldn't need a gps, because Beyoncé would sing the directions to me from my chase helicopter. :rofl
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  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Money no object? Why only one, then?

    My favorite's still the Montana.
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  7. Sethro303

    Sethro303 Master of Disaster

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    I use a Garmin GPS MAP 62 CSX. It isn't the best for multi day touring on the roadway, but I have found it very useful off road.
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  8. Cattledog1969

    Cattledog1969 Been here awhile

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    Hey I'm in the market for a devoted GPS unit too. I've seen the Garmin 60csx in action and it lead us on a 180 mile long dual sport route on the Six Days of Michigan last summer. The guy that owns it swears by it, says its great, but you cant get them new anymore. I was reading about the Garmin Zumo 660, but then I came across the Garmin Monterra using the Android OS and water proof and the usual bike mounting gear. I've used my Motorala Razor Maxx HD as a navigator and a trip meter and it seems to work OK. But its not water proof and its also my primary form of electronic communications so I don't want to trash it in the rain, dust and mud or worse. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you can open and use GPX files in some kind of App on a phone device and get around the country side turn by turn following someone else's home made route.
    If a phone type of device could be used as effective as a devoted GPS unit then why would anyone purchase a true GPS ?
    Sending GPX files to a device and following the route on the screen is what I'm looking to do. Any suggestions for me???
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  9. GRBTA

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    I tried my iPhone and it didn't work for me. It navigates ok, but I kept loosing cell towers in remote places. I like the devoted GPS unit because I have found it easier to navigate, plan routes and follow tracks, etc. In my experience they also load easier. I use a Montana 650 and I really like it. Hope this helps.
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  10. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    The Garmin Monterra looks promising and although probably not the most expensive it is not cheap. Takes the Montana to a new level with the Android OS.
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  11. Emmbeedee

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    There's no such thing as a 62CSX. It's probably a 62S.
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  12. Emmbeedee

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    The Monterra is NOT the Montana taken to a new level. It's quite a different beast altogether. I'd be sorely missing a lot about my Montana if I had sold it to get a Monterra.

    I have both but still prefer my Montana.
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  13. Albie

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    I like how you think. :clap
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  14. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Really?????? You mean you don't know you can get APPS for your iPhone that let you load maps locally on your iPhone so you don't NEED cell service?
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  15. Cattledog1969

    Cattledog1969 Been here awhile

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    I just remembered, I have Garmin Base Camp loaded on to my PC at home and I cant help but notice how hokey and poor the graphics and resolution are. Is it going to look this bad on the actual device itself??
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  16. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    I'm curious what you would miss between the two?
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    I stand corrected, I went and looked at it and it is a 62S :doh

    I tried my iPhone with the Motion-X GPS app, and it works very well. Motion X is one app that allows you to store the map tiles locally and does not require cellular signal to operate. But, I like to keep my phone charged for emergencies and prefer a standalone GPS, though the phone is loaded identically to the GPS for redundancy.
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  18. Emmbeedee

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    I'd miss the shortcuts and profiles. The Monterra has profiles, but they're nowhere near as useful.

    I find the map screen a lot easier to see on the Montana.

    And one of my favourite maps can't be displayed on the Monterra - it shows up in the map list but I just don't ever see the detail I see from that same map on the Montana.
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  19. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS Supporter

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    I assume you reported this to the Monterra Team?
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  20. Emmbeedee

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    Oh yes.
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