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    Most of them are on sale tomorrow but I have no idea what the differences are or what to look for. He doesnt have a treo or anything. Something easy to read (eyes aren't what they used to be) with voice control would be nice. Hes a truck driver, and he likes gadgets, but he doesnt use a computer or anything. I can load maps from my pc, though. I would prefer to pay less than 100.00. In case anyone else is interested, I've listed all the ones I saw in the paper below. Oddly, I didn't see an ad from Best Buy in there. I'm in Ohio, btw.

    Radio Shack has:
    TomTom ONE 125 for 99.99
    TomTom ONE 1305 for 199.99

    Moov 500 for 149.99
    Moov 300 for 129.99

    Garmin Nuvi 250w for 169.99
    Garmin Nuvi 255w for 229.99

    Motorola TN20 for 149.99
    Motorola TN30 for 249.99

    The Andersons has a:
    Nextar x3-03 for 99.99

    Target has:
    Magellan Roadmate 1200 GPS for 99.99

    Walmart has:
    Garmin 3.5 Nuvi 200 GPS for 97.00

    Sears has:

    Tomtom 125 GPS for 99.99
    Magellan Roadmate 1412 for 149.99

    Krogers has:
    Garmin Nuvi 205w for 139.99

    PepBoys has:
    Magellan 3100 GPS (refurbished) 69.98
    TomTom One V3 (refurbished) 69.98
    tomtom One 125 99.98
    Garmin nuvi 205 99.98
    Garmin nuvi 205w 149.98
    Garmin nuvi 255w 199.98

    Meijers has:
    a Magellan Roadmate 1200 for 89.99

    HHgregg has several but they dont list the model numbers:
    tomtom One, Magellan Roadmate for 99.97
    Garmin nuvi portable gps 4.3 touch screen 149.97
    navigon portable GPS 199.97
    Magellan maestro gps w/3d landmarks 299.97
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    Broad generalisation:
    tomtoms are generally very good for novice users, very user friendly/robust
    Garmins tend to have more features but can be a more intimidating for new users..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT View Post
    Broad generalisation:
    tomtoms are generally very good for novice users, very user friendly/robust
    Garmins tend to have more features but can be a more intimidating for new users..
    I have both - a Garmin 250W for my wife because...ironically, it was easier to use - and I have a TomTom 730 with EU maps for myself.

    Personally, I like TomTom better for my Euro trips. They've improved quite a lot as well domestically. The traffic updates along with the zoom-in route stuff while I am in LA are huge bonuses. I also like TomTom's interface better because I can customize and see more information on screen than I can with the Garmin.

    But for simple GPS with largely local travel requirements, the Garmin's are quite nice. Both TomTom and Garmin offer map updates frequent enough that I'd also consider that when looking at GPS units. A lot of the cheaper units out there may not be able to update the maps (or claim that they will, but never do).
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    Thanks for the info! I am considering a Garmin. The reviews I've read comparing garmin, tomtom and magellan were from 2006-2007. At the time the Garmin got the best reviews for mapping with shortest route and/or drive time. The tomtom had the worse. I haven't seen anything recent though. I normally just print up something from mapquest or yahoo maps before I leave, but my brother likes gadgets and had been talking about them lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sukiyaki View Post
    Thanks for the info! I am considering a Garmin. The reviews I've read comparing garmin, tomtom and magellan were from 2006-2007. At the time the Garmin got the best reviews for mapping with shortest route and/or drive time. The tomtom had the worse. I haven't seen anything recent though. I normally just print up something from mapquest or yahoo maps before I leave, but my brother likes gadgets and had been talking about them lately.
    TomTom has improved dramatically as far as mapping and the newer units (at least the 730/930) have a "guaranteed map feature" as well as "map share" that are basically daily updates from TomTom users all over the globe with corrections.

    That said, in rereading your original post, I think the Garmin would likely be the best for your brother.
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    perhaps you've already bought one, but just in case, PC Mag posted a Black Friday GPS survey
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