From: Noddy on 2 Apr 2010 07:14
"D Walford" <dwalford(a)internode.on.net> wrote in message
> I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped it but so far I've
> never done any damage so I don't know why you think they aren't durable,
Mainly because I've known 4 people who had Garmins that lasted less than a
year before they were broken or fucked, and that put me off buying one. Even
looking at the things in the shop they looked cheap and flimsy compared to
others (and in particular the TomTom).
From: Clocky on 2 Apr 2010 09:04
> "D Walford" <dwalford(a)internode.on.net> wrote in message
>> I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped it but so far
>> I've never done any damage so I don't know why you think they aren't
> Mainly because I've known 4 people who had Garmins that lasted less
> than a year before they were broken or fucked, and that put me off
> buying one. Even looking at the things in the shop they looked cheap
> and flimsy compared to others (and in particular the TomTom).
When I was working at DSE for a bit a few years ago (yeah yeah I know) we
sold the Garmin units but to me they looked and operated like they were
aimed at the cheap and nasty end of the market. We had quite a few returned
for credit where the customer upgraded to a Tom Tom or even Navman, happy to
From: Kev on 2 Apr 2010 13:02
D Walford wrote:
> Free from where?
> It cost me about $100.00 to upgrade mine, I looked on the net but
> couldn't find any free maps.
latest maps for most GPS
Garmin is up to 2010.30
From: Doug Jewell on 2 Apr 2010 10:22
> spoken street names (the most bizarre being that it can't pronounce the word
> "national" when referring to a "national highway" for example, and has to
> spell it out which can be annoying).
It's because the maps have it spelt with capitals NATIONAL
and STATE, so it tries to spell it. Every map update I hope
for a fix but it never seems to come. I tried to fix it
with the mapshare function for my most common ones, but the
national highways seem to be stored separate from the
regular streetnames. I only have the 140, and that would be
about my only gripe with it.
What is the difference between a duck?
From: Kev on 2 Apr 2010 10:34
> Mainly because I've known 4 people who had Garmins that lasted less than a
> year before they were broken or fucked,
What were they doing, trowing them at brick walls???
I've got Garmin and always used Garmin, always been good with no problems
plenty of people I know have Garmin and never have problems
How can they look cheap and flimsy?, they are just a screen inside a
plastic case, just like all the others
My Nuvi can be used for offroad with the Garmin Topo and 4WD tracks
maps(down to 5 metre contours on the Topo overlay and over million klms
of roads and tracks Australia wide)
and then I can add the Blue Chart marine maps and use it in the boat
I have a 3.5inch Voxson unit too, runs Windows CE5
when I Trashed the the OS I found out it's a rebadged Binatone Carerra
a reflash with Binatone firmware and it's up and running again with IGO
I like the IGO software better than anything else out there because
there are so many different skins available that open up a lot more
options so you get a whole lot more out of the unit than just navigation