Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

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Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 01:55 PM

Just curious.
I could make a button on one of our webpages that would download all the festival and club fly locations to your TomTom device automatically.
It would work if you use the TomTom Home program to keep your TomTom up-to-date.

At least I think I can. But I'm not going to mess with it if nobody is using a TomTom. :-D

(and no, I don't mean knoted4ever-knoted4ever)

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Re: Anyone Using A TomTom GPS In Their Car?

Postby Jeff » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 03:59 PM

No TomTom here.

I use a Garmin.

(Did you see the Nuviphone that was just announced?)
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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 04:52 PM

Just googled it. The Nuviphone looks cool indeed.

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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Frodos Majik » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 07:18 PM

I still believe in old school, I use maps.
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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 07:31 PM

Me too, but I've been playing with a GPS. I may return this particular unit, but I do like the GPS.

But the GPS has many good points over maps.
The GPS has things that maps don't like restaurants and hotels, which can be useful on long drives, especially when the weather turns bad.
It also reminds you to turn (I sometimes miss a turn out of inattentiveness...)
And remember looking for a sporting goods store in Cincinnati? The GPS could have told us the nearest one and given us a phone number to call.
It's also helpful when your plans change.
And the more festivals I go to out of the area, the handier it is to have all the maps I need in a small package. (in the last few months I've been in Oregon, San Diego, Huntington Beach, Florida...)
It's also handy when an freeway offramp is closed and the google map didn't know and you need to find another way to get there. That happened to me the first time I went to Milwaukee. There were like 3 exits in a row that were closed and I went way off route. Fortunately I had my laptop and a gps connected to it at the time. That happened to me in Chicago once too and I found myself in an iffy neighborhood where I didn't really want to get out and ask directions.

And besides, I really like gadgets :-D

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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Frodos Majik » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 07:44 PM

True on all points Mike, I was just wondering what would be said about being ol' school. :up: :lol:

I have been thing the same thing too about all places traveling lately. I may even get one in the car in H.B. for Kite party. :wink: :wink:
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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 06 2008, 08:05 PM

I thought you guys didn't need a car in H.B.?
I'll drive you around town and I thought you had a ride in from the airport.

There's a lot to be said for Old School. Especially when the batteries run out :up:

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Re: Anyone Using A TomTom GPS In Their Car?

Postby brownssl » Thu, Feb 07 2008, 12:27 AM

i use a garmin 330 and l like it works great
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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Babbman » Thu, Feb 07 2008, 06:12 AM

No Tom Tom here, Mike Mike.

I use a garmin Nuvi

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Re: Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?

Postby Mike » Thu, Feb 07 2008, 09:51 AM

I chose the TomTom because it's based on linux and had a developers kit--I thought. But they don't support that anymore. I always like the ability to hack my gadgets. :-D
It has a dock to connect to a PC and they do allow easy upgrades to the firmware and maps, which is good. In fact it's already upgraded both for free.

However, there's some problems with the user interface of the device.
-Restaurants are not sorted by type
-If you list nearby points of interest, the list will only show 24 maximum. You can search if you know the approximate name of what you want though.
-You have to enter a city name before entering a street address. For example, if I know the street, but don't know if it's in Urbana or Champaign, I'm out of luck.

They are working with Google to make it easy to play with google maps and then copy the route to the TomTom. It's already doable, but takes a couple steps. It's pretty nice to be able to drag the google route around to get what you like and copy it the TomTom. I imagine that's doable with Garmin too? You can already click on a business entry on a google map and have it sent as a POI (point of interest) to the TomTom.
I love google maps and nice to be able to combine the two.

How does that compare with Garmin? Anyone know?

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Re: Anyone Using A TomTom GPS In Their Car?

Postby Knoted4ever » Fri, Feb 08 2008, 10:51 PM

"Anyone using a TomTom GPS in their car?"

Yes... it's me (and me in the rear view mirror) and a couple of old, worn-out maps.
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