Do you use a Car Gps system or just your phone ?

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    Dec 19, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    So recently got my license and I tend to have a really really bad sense of direction ,so I don't know whether to get a GPS or just to use Google maps on my phone .....

    its roughly around $125 + plus for the GPS whereas with the phone all i would have to get is a phone holder which is $23 and data usage (Not on a phone plan ,so just phone credit ).

    GPS or Phone ?
    what do you use?
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    phone. less is more.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
    If you're going to use a GPS every time you get in your car, get a dedicated GPS.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    The bitch on my phone tells me where to go and 9 times out of 10, she's accurate.
  • zalcland

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    Dec 19, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    I use my phone. Its convenient!
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    Dec 19, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    As long as the phone does the job I'd stick with it.

    But when you buy a car be sure and get one with a built in navi system. They're easier to use because of the big screen that's built in to the dashboard. I don't know if the phone ones do this but with some car navi systems you can control it with voice commands (probably demonstrating what an old fart I am by not knowing).
  • tckrguys

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    Dec 19, 2013 8:48 PM GMT
    I recently purchased a new vehicle and did NOT get the navi in it simply because I couldn't justify the almost $700 for it. My phone with Waze works perfect for my uses, although the lady is a bit abrupt.

    Just my apple to the pile.
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    Dec 19, 2013 8:50 PM GMT
    You should either

    A) spend an extra $2000 for factory installed option GPS that you'll use 10 times in five years.
    B) spend $200 on a smart phone and another $700/year to activate it
    C) learn your way around town and then purchase $7 worth of Verizon navigate on your dumb phone for the one week a year you're out of town and might actually use it.
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    Dec 19, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    I use Mapquest because I enjoy getting lost now and then. You never know with MapQuest.
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saiddon't own a smart phone so obviously, that means the midget has to look it up on the interwebs through bing maps and try to remember the directions while traveling. kind of used to doing that anyway because that's what i had to do back in the day having to find out certain spots.

    You can print those out, you know.
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    I used an older Nextar GPS before then I switched to my 2 android phones! They have a Tomtom GPS 2013 and Google Navigation automatically installed on there, so I've been using my phone Gps for the last 3 yrs now.
  • LJay

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    Dec 19, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    I use maps or ask for directions. It gets me where I want to go without any charges.
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    GPS with lifetime updates and traffic (kinda standard now, anyway). DON'T mount it to your windshield--knuckleheads will see the mount as an invitation to break in. Get a weighted base that you can plop on the dash. Easy, out of the way quickly, and the screen is usually a lot bigger than your phone.
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    Dec 19, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    I have dedicated in-dash nav. If I had a rental without one I'd use a smartphone app but, presumably, only if I could mount it on the dash during use because a voice without a large, bright real time map isn't enough for me.
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    Dec 19, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    GPS built in to the car, phone not really ideal to use in the car.
  • hebrewman

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    Dec 19, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    none of the above. i rely on my sense of direction, google maps prior to departing, and, a regular paper map. what can i say, i'm old school. i also use paper charts on the boat in conjunction to the electronics.
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    Dec 19, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    Car GPS cuz my phone sucks icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 19, 2013 11:47 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIf you're going to use a GPS every time you get in your car, get a dedicated GPS.


    Agreed. If you use it regularly, spend the money on a specialized device.

    For one thing, you don't have to worry about battery life on the specialized device.

    The specialized device has safety benefits, too - it's more difficult to fiddle with the phone; the Garmin (or whatever) has a layout and workflow specifically designed for a person who is using it while driving (although it will probably warn you not to do that).

    Entry-level should be fine unless you're a professional driver.
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    Dec 20, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
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    not the exact one that i have but you get the idea
  • isuflyboy

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    Dec 20, 2013 12:45 AM GMT
    I have a new cts so I use the cars GPS whenever I drive it, and then other times when I'm in my solara I just put the directions on lie tooth and listen to them through the car

  • Dec 20, 2013 12:57 AM GMT
    Phone for voice directions, iPad for maps. I changed Siri to British, he's more pleasant.
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    Dec 20, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I still use my TomTom GPS when I go to new places. But, when I can afford a decent phone, I'll use it instead (just more convenient).
  • Beeftastic

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    Dec 20, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    I've used TomTom and Navigon on my phone. When you use those you don't use any data charges. I think I prefer TomTom.
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    GPS in the car. The phone has other functions to perform, I prefer a dedicated device for this purpose.
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    Dec 20, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    I mostly just wander around lost until eventually I stumble across it by accident.