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Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:19:28 AM »
I want/need one, and really can't afford a high dollar one.  Anyone have any experience with GPS units that cost a bill and a half or less?  Thanks.
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 04:40:34 PM »
I think an used PDA with an integrated GPS is the cheapest GPS you could get...
Cons:
- battery doesn't last very long
- fragile
Pros:
- you can test different software on it and buy the best one
- more options in the gps software
- you can use the pda for other things: ebooks, videos, music etc
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 05:18:22 PM »
That is hard to say.  Alot depends on what you are looking for.  The higher end you go, the more it has.  I ended up with a Magellan 500.  For the price it had SO MUCH more than the Garmins in my price range.  I would check out the Magellan line.  They have alot more options. 
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 05:21:04 PM »
I use the Garman etrex heres one on Amazon

 Garmin eTrex - GPS receiver - personal    
   
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Buy new: $460.43 $209.00    4 Used & new from $209.00

I bought mine a few years ago and I didnt give that much for it new. I dont go on vacation without it. Ask Bigblue I showed it to him and we used it as we traveled around Cape Breton.  It works very well but the instructions are a bit much.   gen165.gif
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 12:27:43 PM »
your in luck.

I HAVE TONS.  not kidding tons of research into it. and this is the one i'm going to buy but i don't have the money

Garmin eTrex Vista  - no more then $160 i've seen new ones down to $130


http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-eTrex-Vista-Handheld-Navigator/dp/B000058BCR/ref=sr_1_1/103-0788828-3595003?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1190136265&sr=1-1
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 12:43:34 PM »
I've used a couple different GPS systems.  The E-trex is by far the easiest to use and the cheapest.  I highly recommend it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 07:00:28 PM »
I can get an Etrex at Wal Mart for $99 and at Amazon for $91 (with free shipping).  That may be the way I go.  I only need a basic unit.
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 08:05:15 PM »
Are you going to take up geocaching? ???
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 10:18:23 PM »
Nope, I'm going to use it for my "Survivorman Lite" trip, which has been put off till this December.

I'm now thinking of going with the Garmin Etrex Legend, which is $124 from Amazon, with free shipping.
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007, 02:03:47 AM »
I ordered the basic Etrex from Amazon, $93.88 with free shipping.
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2007, 06:20:21 AM »
Your going to love it.  One thing to remember.  To get a good signal you need open sky.  The less obstructions to block the satellite signals, the better.  Trees can be a problem even.  Also you might have problems in a narrow valley with steep hills to block the signal. 
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2007, 05:22:18 PM »
after you test it out let me know how good it is.  and if you could get some close up pics of the interface would be awsome because i can't find any.

i just what to see how good the display is before i actuly buy one.

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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2007, 03:07:40 PM »
Amazon came through in a hurry: ordered it early Thursday morning, got it today (Sat.) with free shipping.


So far I like it.  Took me one minute to figure out how to set a waypoint and find my way back to it.

I don't have a digicam, but you can find pics of the interface at Amazon.
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2007, 04:49:57 PM »
Anyone have a magellan explorist 500 LE? what do you think of it? what price range is it in?
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2007, 09:26:48 AM »
If I buy these from amazon or any shop outside my country - am I going to have maps for Romania in it?
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2007, 09:45:36 AM »
If I buy these from amazon or any shop outside my country - am I going to have maps for Romania in it?

i don't think you would. even where i live i would have to download and upload the maps to the gps unit.
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« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2007, 05:09:04 PM »
My Etrex even works INSIDE my house.  Surprising.
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2007, 07:04:56 PM »
Anyone have a magellan explorist 500 LE? what do you think of it? what price range is it in?

I have it.  I like it alot....navigation (on screen) took some getting used to. It came with the topo software.  What I like about it compared to other brands at the same price.  It came with color screen.  Larger screen.  It could take a SD card.   Over all, it is great.  I use it for geocaching and bush time.  I store all kinds of stuff on it.  I paid under $250.00 for it, but I am not sure exactly.  You can PM me if you have any other questions. 
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Re: Recommend me a good GPS for $150 or less (please).
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2007, 03:25:32 PM »
Try finding a referbished one
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