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#4806134 - 07/05/18 07:08 PM Do people still use non phone GPS machines?
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 547
Loc: Washington for now
i was cleaning out some old stuff and stumbled on to my old tom tom. have not used it in years as my phone is my main GPS now. Seeing that almost everyone has a smart phone now with gps, is there even still a market for tom tom and garmins?

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#4806138 - 07/05/18 07:11 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3607
Loc: New England
Russian Air Force:



US military would have spent around $200k . Russia a Garmin and broccoli rubber band.

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#4806142 - 07/05/18 07:14 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
Al Offline


Registered: 06/08/02
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Loc: Elizabethtown, Pa
Stick a fork in them they are done. Some old geezers will continue to use them but not enough to support a market.
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#4806146 - 07/05/18 07:18 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32772
Loc: ME
I pay for data so will put the GPS on, sometimes for amusement, sometimes for actual navigation. Also sometimes I don't get a great data signal.

I still print out Google Maps directions on paper!

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#4806148 - 07/05/18 07:21 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
I use them. I am surprised the prices for new units have not come down. I need a new one, they do offer lifetime updates now.
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#4806161 - 07/05/18 07:31 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Around town I use my phone.

On a road trip I use the Garmin for 2 reasons.

1. Signal. If I'm up in the mountains, I don't want to miss a turn or get lost.

2. Data. I've got 10gb of data but don't want to eat up a massive amount for no reason at all.
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#4806164 - 07/05/18 07:35 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
123Saab Offline


Registered: 10/27/10
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If your phone has built in GPS it uses very little if any data....and most phones do have GPS.

https://ting.com/blog/how-much-data-does-google-maps-use/
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#4806165 - 07/05/18 07:35 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: spasm3]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I use them. I am surprised the prices for new units have not come down. I need a new one, they do offer lifetime updates now.


There's something like "Open-street-maps" that supplies public domain improved maps compiled for popular devices. I made my wife's Garmin Canada-capable for a trip she took. The suppliers know this exists and need other reasons to market.

I got my dad a garmin dash cam/ GPS that adds forward collision alert warnings. Basically to geek out on gadgetry.

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#4806166 - 07/05/18 07:35 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
Chris142 Offline


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My phone is not accurate enough for geocaching. My magellin gets me within 3 ft.
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#4806168 - 07/05/18 07:41 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
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Loc: South Florida
Try to drive around the great smokey mountains with a phone based GPS. There are hundreds of square miles with no cell towers at all. You will have zero maps the entire time, and a functionally useless GPS. The old fashioned GPS will work fine. I have a prepared mindset, so I keep a spare in the glove box at all times. its a backup to the car GPS, which is a backup to the phone GPS.
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#4806170 - 07/05/18 07:43 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: madRiver]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5722
Loc: South Florida
Originally Posted By: madRiver
Russian Air Force: US military would have spent around $200k . Russia a Garmin and broccoli rubber band.


God I hope the Russians plan is to use a Garmin GPS .... LMFAO.

Perhaps they forgot WHO built the GPS system, and who has the switch and can turn it off for military purposes at any time.

So keep doing what you are doing Russia. LMFAO!!
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#4806173 - 07/05/18 07:46 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3025
Loc: USA
I use one mounted in a RAM mount on my motorcycle. The resistive touch screen lets me control it with motorcycle gloves on, and I don't lose much if it falls off or gets stolen. If I were using my $700 iPhone for a GPS, losing it while on the road would be BAD.

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#4806178 - 07/05/18 07:51 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: bubbatime]
123Saab Offline


Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1694
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Try to drive around the great smokey mountains with a phone based GPS. There are hundreds of square miles with no cell towers at all. You will have zero maps the entire time, and a functionally useless GPS. The old fashioned GPS will work fine. I have a prepared mindset, so I keep a spare in the glove box at all times. its a backup to the car GPS, which is a backup to the phone GPS.


If your phone has a GPS chip it will not have any issues as long as it can see a satellite.
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#4806181 - 07/05/18 07:51 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: WhyMe]
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My best friend still uses a paper map haha :P
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#4806182 - 07/05/18 07:52 PM Re: Do people still use non phone GPS machines? [Re: bubbatime]
jhellwig Offline


Registered: 07/01/13
Posts: 1567
Loc: Ottumwa, Iowa
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Originally Posted By: madRiver
Russian Air Force: US military would have spent around $200k . Russia a Garmin and broccoli rubber band.


God I hope the Russians plan is to use a Garmin GPS .... LMFAO.

Perhaps they forgot WHO built the GPS system, and who has the switch and can turn it off for military purposes at any time.

So keep doing what you are doing Russia. LMFAO!!


GLONASS <---- Look it up.


Edited by jhellwig (07/05/18 07:54 PM)
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