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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2019, 07:57:05 PM »

But then again, if you have a GPS made before 2010 the maps are probably out of date and the manufacturer has stopped supporting it. This is likely why I had an email from TomTom telling me that my older device can no longer be updated and would I please click here for a 20% discount off a shiny new device.

All things considered, $150-$200 is a small price to pay for not fighting paper maps. Especially when you consider that the first GPS I bought cost me well over 1000 and didn't have on-board route planning   :o
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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2019, 01:04:13 AM »

But then again, if you have a GPS made before 2010 the maps are probably out of date.....

I loved my 1st old GPS device. That was a giant leap forward in navigation technology. But nothing lasts forever. Now-a-days... I just use my phone. I even have an app... that tracks every bicycle ride I take and keeps a detailed log. AND... I can still use the phone while it's running/logging.
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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2019, 12:15:53 PM »

It'll be interesting to see what happens, if anything.  I have a 2008 Jeep Commander at my other place (with only 18,000 mi!) with built in nav that's never been updated but works fine for where it's used. Not a big deal if it doesn't since I usually use my phone anyway.
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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2019, 02:54:04 PM »

It'll be interesting to see what happens, if anything.  I have a 2008 Jeep Commander...... with built in nav

I worked with a guy years ago.... who had a factory installed car phone that was no longer serviceable. Some of us "keep" our cars and others see them more as consumables. My Ford connects (BT) to my phone.... but I am sure even that will only last 2 or 3 phone generations. In the past.... young drivers would have a new audio system installed in cars to replace the factory (inferior) audio. AND.... in the 1950's... my Dad bought a new car, but chose to NOT get the factory AC. And instead drove to Sears and had a cheaper and yet better AC unit bolted in.

But even our mobile phones are only expected to last so long. As we get older... a decade doesn't seem like such a long time. But for high tech.... 10 years is forever.
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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2019, 07:59:07 PM »

Some of us "keep" our cars and others see them more as consumables.

I recently upgraded my 1995 Explorer "hiking car" to a 2005.  It has lots of new features, such as a CD player.  (My daily driver is a '79 280ZX.)

After reading this I am concerned about my Magellan 210 GPS.  It is pretty old now, but it has many routes stored in it that I use to lead hikes into the back country.  I do have a newer GPS, but its color screen is almost impossible to see in the bright sun we usually have out here.

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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 10:19:45 AM »

A phone and a GPS are not the same thing.  If you need to know where the nearest coffee shop is, your phone is probably a better choice.  Anything outside of "the grid" would be better served with a real GPS.  I've tried to use a phone when hunting in BFE and guess what...no data therefore no GPS.  Don't be fooled by people who have no clue.  Some technology is still needed even when it's more than 6 months old.
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Re: GPS issue
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 11:41:01 PM »

Anything outside of "the grid" would be better served with a real GPS.

Not necessarily as there are GPS apps that do work without an internet connection.
My biggest issue with using a phone as a GPS is that every single time you're approaching a turn in an area you're not familiar with the phone will ring, blank the screen and force you to miss your turn thereby initiating an 18 minute detour because you headed north instead of south.

Yup, a dedicated GPS for me every time thanks.
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