I don't think you'll get an answer here... It's not that simple. What you need to know...
1. What model you wan depends on the features you wand and the amount you are willing to pay. There is a model feature comparison capability on the Garmin site.
2. Garmins use a proprietary operating system. You can't simply add features by updating firmware if you are unhappy with what you purchsed so you might want to consider doing some reasearch.
3. Garmins also don't provide for a great deal of user customization.
Last edited by Tiger; 22nd October 2012 at 13:58. Reason: added stuff
Newer Tomtoms give the user NO CONTROL over the file system. In fact, you can't even see it. The pure Linux units appear as a network, which you cannot access on a PC or Mac. If you like to customize your GPS, the XXL series offers no bluetooth connectivity, but are pretty good entry level units. Here's the skinny on longevity. Garmins typically are disabled through flawed updates or USB ports lifted off the logic board because of a poor right angle design. This is especially true of newer, heavier Garmin models. The Nuvi 1490 saw an epidemic of USB port lifts. Tomtom screens, mounts (which causes falls and damaged screens), and occasionally bad ram chips are its weak points. Its USB connector is much better designed. If the entry level TomTom units had a SD slot like the Garmins 2x5w series do, it would be a huge plus. As it is, older Tomtoms are maxed out at either 1gb or 2gb (a few XXLs had 4gb on board to hold two maps). As map sizes grow more bloated, you will have to load sectional maps of the US: north or south, etc., or use the maps with less detail. You will find map imperfections on either platform.
Sorry for crashing this thread, but I'm a newbie and didn't know where in the Garmin section to but this quistion:
Is it possible to get Garmin running on af 7" SatNav unit running WINCE6.0 (600Mhz, 800x480 resolution)?
you never know unless to try...
goto Mobile XT/PC sub-forum
Posted the following thread in TomTom section but nobody wanted to reply. I guess everyone is in love with there TT's and don't want to consider a different unit. So interested in hearing from Garmin owners especially those that have used both the TT and Garmin as to which valued priced Garmin (with an Sd slot) to get.
New Device - would you still get TT or something else
Okay my old TT one V2 is getting a little old and while it has served me well the screen touch is not as responsive any longer the suction cup attachment is cracked and I am going to have to eventually get something different.
Recently my sister joined us in Florida with her Garmin Nuvi 50 and I updated the map for her on a micro sd card. It was a lot simpler than the process I go through with my TT getting newer Navcores and patching maps. I also liked the way it worked after playing with it a bit. The only thing I disliked was it didn't give a specific turn instruction at the moment you had to turn as my TT does. I found when there were several streets close together and if I couldn't see the name I was guessing which was the correct one and in busy traffic I don't like to be watching the GPS screen.
So what are other thoughts if they were updating a unit, what Garmin would you buy especially value priced?
Last edited by goldberry; 8th March 2013 at 14:09. Reason: moved so deleted reference to this thread
I prefer mapsource, mainly just because I learned to load maps on my etrex with it. They both work, thoughGarmin has two different mapping software packages where you can view, edit and play with your maps, routes, and POIs: (1) MapSource (2) BaseCamp. They also have WebUpdater that updates your unit's firmware. They're both available for PC and Mac.