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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-24-2005, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Cheap GPS with turn by turn, hmmmm...

http://www.garmin.com/products/spi2/
Looks pretty damn cool, and it also runs on 2 AA's, perfect for the bike. Found it as cheap as 200.00 new online. What do the GPS guru's think about it. They also have a color version for 100 bucks more. Does the b&w display have any disadvantages other than not looking fancy? Also, do these type of GPS units offer directions down to the city street level and options to avoid or opt. for highways. New to the whole GPS game and at this entry price it is real tempting especially for someone like me who always gets lost.

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Go with the B&W display, so much easier to read in bright sun! I have the 2610, a biatch to read in bright sun. The higher end units, have the capablities to offer direction to street level and the options to avoid certain roads, certain manoeuvres, detour out of a certain area, find the nearest gas station etc. A GPS will help get "un-lost", I have always used mine to navigate back after getting lost. The more advanced the GPS, the higher the price, the more features, the more distracted you'll be.

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Thanks Rick, I was kinda thinking the B&W was the way to go. I found it for 198.00 on Amazon with free shipping so I think I will go for it.

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I just got an email from gpscity.com in West Chicago, they had it for 259.99, 199.99 is a great price.

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That is a nice looking unit and the scroll wheel looks like it'd be easy to use with gloves. The only problem is that it doesn't mention anything about being weatherproof.
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That is a nice looking unit and the scroll wheel looks like it'd be easy to use with gloves. The only problem is that it doesn't mention anything about being weatherproof.
It's not waterproof, but for the price that's okay. I don't like riding in the rain anyhow. If it starts raining I can always toss it in a ziplock bag.

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Most units will handle the occasional rain shower.

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GPScity, was also taking in trades. I called them and they give me $90.00 for my Legend so I can upgrade to the Legend C.

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GPScity, was also taking in trades. I called them and they give me $90.00 for my Legend so I can upgrade to the Legend C.
I have the legend c - but why would you trade in the legend for another? Sell it, if anything. The color is good but it's still the same unit. IMO it's a lot better than luggin around those streetpilots with 6 hours of battery life. The legend c gets 36 hours on 2AA or unlimited battery life with the usb hookup.

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I have the legend c - but why would you trade in the legend for another? Sell it, if anything. The color is good but it's still the same unit. IMO it's a lot better than luggin around those streetpilots with 6 hours of battery life. The legend c gets 36 hours on 2AA or unlimited battery life with the usb hookup.
Huh Streetpilots don't have internal batteries Or at least the 2610 doesn't, just hardwire or use the smart cord. I have an old Magellan 2000, battery life was very good on that, it was a mono screen, once you add colour, kiss battery life goodbye.

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