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  1.    #1  
    what gps bundle is better i see that the tom tom is $50 more

    also do they work well with centro
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    "what gps bundle is better i see that the tom tom is $50 more

    also do they work well with centro"

    famousdrummer82: I have only used tomtom 6 on my 650. It worked well. I got a Centro and finally transferred tomtom to it using the 680 patch. With the patch it also works well.

    I've always heard that the Navteq maps used by Garmin are more accurate for US locations. I haven't read or heard if Garmin 10 can be used with a Centro. Although a quick search found Garmin mobile XT may work with the Centro. ( http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/notag/pal...tor-314236.php )
  3.    #3  
    so the tom tom works with the centro with the patch ok well do you liike it an also im thinking i just might get a gps nav for the car but i like the idea of it on my phone but im wondering how it looks and if it works just as good as a normal one
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    oh and i was reading more about the new garmin xt an that sounds like its going to be really good but i can never find anything about anything working with centro and the garmin xt isnt out yet but it might be worth the wait does anyone kno of a good website or something where i can figure this out ahhh lol
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    you can download their program and see if it works with centro. I can't see why not

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/do...=010-00579-00&

    The support files contain help and voices.
  6. #6  
    Honestly, I do not see any value in using your centro as a GPS. The cost of buying a dedicated GPS device is the same as purchasing the software and additional hardware in order to use your centro as a GPS. Until Palm decides to add GPS functionality to their future devices, I do not see the value. Go buy a separate GPS that does what is supposed to do well. The centro does Phone/Pim and entertainment well in a small form factor.
  7.    #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by noochs View Post
    Honestly, I do not see any value in using your centro as a GPS. The cost of buying a dedicated GPS device is the same as purchasing the software and additional hardware in order to use your centro as a GPS. Until Palm decides to add GPS functionality to their future devices, I do not see the value. Go buy a separate GPS that does what is supposed to do well. The centro does Phone/Pim and entertainment well in a small form factor.
    exactly what i was thinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdrummer82 View Post
    exactly what i was thinking
    Can someone tell me why I need external GPS receiver? Centro comes with GPS 'enabled' right? If so why external receiver? can't TT or Garmin doesn't work with built-in 'GPS' on centro?

    Is GPS enabled and 'Location On' one and same??


    KG.
    (I'm an infant in technology)
  9. #9  
    When I purchased my navagational system this summer, I orginally was looking at the TomTom, but reviews and features took me to purchase Garmin.

    My Garmin does not have bluetooth, but it does have a Book Reader, Picture Viewer, MP3 player, and more importantly: directions street turn by street turn feature using the street name. Comes in handy so instead of saying "Make a Right," it says "Make a Right at Main Street."

    The Garmin 360 is bluetooth capatible:

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=6291

    Amazon.com review:

    http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Pocket-...bosnation0e-20

    P.S. I used a GPS forum to answer questions both before and after I made my Ebay Garmin purchase:

    http://www.gpsreview.net/forums/index.php
    Last edited by GeekyMom; 11/23/2007 at 09:27 AM.
    "Everyday is a Gift, A Blessing, An Opportunity!" - GM

    Phone history: Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo Centro, Pixi, Centro again, 800w, Treo 755p, Palm Pre
  10. #10  
    Quote Originally Posted by famousdrummer82 View Post
    what gps bundle is better i see that the tom tom is $50 more

    also do they work well with centro

    You can get the TomTom bundle on sale for today and tomorrow for $149 at:

    http://store.palm.com/product/index...._GPS_LearnMore
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    Treo 300 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> Treo 700p
  11. #11  
    I've used them both. I'm a long time user of TomTom on a Treo 650 (since 2004). For it's time, it was the best available, and the user interface is still very nice.

    TomTom (and it's map provider TeleAtlas) are European companies. I've heard that they have very good European map coverage, but I live in the US.

    For the US, the TomTom maps are sub-par. TomTom's routing is OK, but also not the best. And the latest TomTom (v6) is slow as molasses. It's a cross-platform app and now clearly designed for 500Mhz pocketPC devices.

    When I bought a stand-alone GPS for my car, I went with a Garmin, and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. The maps are great -- they use the same Navteq maps that all the car companies use in their own navigation systems (the ones that cost thousands of dollars). The user interface is great, and the routing is good as well.

    I just upgraded my Treo 650 to a Centro and decided to buy Garmin Mobile XT for it. I've only used it a few times (I only use it when I travel), but so far it's been flawless and behaves just like my stand-alone Garmin (except it has a few more "gadget lover" features than my "dumbed-down" stand-alone box). The user interface is fast and well organized, the routing works great, and -- did I mention how good the maps are? :-)

    I got it for $130 from TigerGPS.

    http://www.tigergps.com/garminmobile10.html

    You should be aware that the older versions of the Garmin Palm app got a reputation for being unstable. The current version seems stable to me, and I've never seen it crash, but it's probably worth investigating before you buy.

    I've definitely seen the TomTom app crash a few times, but I've used it over a much longer time period than the Garmin app, so it's not a fair comparison.

    Just FYI, Fry's has the stand-alone Garmin c530 on sale for $179, which is a killer price. The c5 series has a high-sensitivity SIRF III receiver (which you definitely want, no matter what software you choose). This is the same unit I have in my car, and it's the best!

    http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4948541

    -Dan
  12. #12  
    I've had both TomTom and Garmin 10. Get a Garmin Nuvi. Save yourself some trouble. Get a better/Faster standalone device. The Nuvi isn't much bigger then an add-on GPS for the Treo/Centro.
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    "The Garmin nuvi 200w 4.3" Widescreen Portable GPS, model no. 010-00656-10, fell to $214.99 at West Marine. With free shipping, that's $5 under last week's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. Features include a 4.3" wide touch-screen LCD, maps for the US and Puerto Rico, Secure Digital card slot, 3D maps, up to five hours of battery life, voice prompts, and more."

    http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,198820,459118
  14. #14  
    Quote Originally Posted by dzenc View Post
    "The Garmin nuvi 200w 4.3" Widescreen Portable GPS, model no. 010-00656-10, fell to $214.99 at West Marine. With free shipping, that's $5 under last week's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. Features include a 4.3" wide touch-screen LCD, maps for the US and Puerto Rico, Secure Digital card slot, 3D maps, up to five hours of battery life, voice prompts, and more."

    http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,198820,459118
    I came real close to getting this GPS from Garmin, but, although it has voice promps, it does not say the street name. I really want one that says the street names. I think the lowest Garmin that does this is the Nuvi 350.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH59 View Post
    I came real close to getting this GPS from Garmin, but, although it has voice promps, it does not say the street name. I really want one that says the street names. I think the lowest Garmin that does this is the Nuvi 350.
    Garmin Nüvi 260 has Text to Speech.
  16. #16  
    I'm definitely looking to get one for the centro now. Afa a standalone check eBay. I found new Nuvi 660's that retail for $700 there for $400. That one has the works including FM and BT.
  17. #17  
    The stand alone GPS units are obviously better GPS units than the Tom Tom or Garmin systems that work with the Centro, Treo or other PDA phones. By the same token, the iPod is a better media player than a Centro. The Sony Clie is a better PDA. And there are a hundred cell phones that are better than a Centro. Same thing applies to alarm clocks, electronic dictionaries, checkbooks, cameras, voice recorders, etc. You can always find a single function stand alone device that works better than your Centro for that one function. In my opinion the whole point of getting any PDA phone is to have as many of the personal digital device functions you use as possible integrated into one device. For me, in addition to not having to carry multiple devices, the biggest convenience factor associated with one device is not having to carry multiple data cables and power cords (and struggling to keep everything charged).

    Having said that, you need to decide, for your purposes is it better to have a stand alone GPS (that probably stays in the car all most of the time) or one that you carry with you all the time? The stand alone unit will be more expensive, more functional and probably won't go with you when you leave the car.

    In regards to why you need a separate GPS receiver rather than the one built into the Treo or Palm, the simple answer is that Palm does not make the internal GPS functions available to 3rd parties. Other reasons you don't want to rely on that anyway are (1) you may not want the GPS receiver in the same location as your phone - the GPS needs a clear view of the sky and (2) the internal GPS is an "Assisted GPS" that requires cell tower communication and thus won't work outside of your provider's service area, whereas an external GPS works anywhere in the world 24/7 as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

    If you decide that you are interested in a GPS unit to go with your Treo/Centro (I have a Treo 755p), I'm satisfied with the Garmin Mobile 10. The latest version of the software (4.00.30) seems to be stable and functional. If you have a data plan on your phone, then you'll also have free access to on-line services - traffic, weather, hotel prices and gas prices. The main weakness of the Garmin Mobile 10 system is that it doesn't annunciate street names. But for $130 (that's for the GPS receiver AND whole US and Canada map DVD AND free access to the online services), it's quite a deal. I haven't used a TomTom so I can't comment on the relative merits of the TomTom vs. Garmin systems.

    By the way, oronzous is quite right, you can download the Garmin software and test it on your system, but without the map DVD or GPS receiver, you'll only see how stable it is on your system, you won't get much of a feel for how well it does or doesn't work for you.
  18. #18  
    I agree with Bobodobo, which is why I originally got all the software for my Treos.

    The problem is that a bluetooth GPS for the Palm Treo/Centro requires a separate device with a charger. So, then you might as well get a stand-alone device that is slightly bigger with a charger.

    The stand-alone isn't much more expensive for the same functionality either. You can get Garmin Nuvi 200 from bestbuy.com for $169. A little more then Garmin Mobile 10. The Garmin Nuvi 200 is basically the same functionality as Garmin mobile 10 device + the Garmin software for the Treo/Centro. It is faster, has a bigger screen, and has better battery life.

    Being able to do multiple things on the PDA phone is great. Most of the time this is one thing at a time, though. I try to do as much as I can on mine. The problem is that there are many times when you want to talk on the phone and drive. So.. if you use a bluetooth headset, you are out of luck, because on the Treo/Centro, if you use the GPS, the bluetooth headset doesn't work.

    Also.. there is the problem of when you are driving and using the Treo/Centro as a GPS. There are a bunch of turns coming up, and you don't know there area. So you really need the GPS. You get a phone call and that causes the Treo/Centro to switch to the phone app. You either have to ignore the call and quickly get back to the GPS and hope you don't miss the turn, or pull over and take the call. Then start the GPS up again when you are done.

    No problems like that with a separate GPS unit.

    I guess it just depends on what you need. I thought the functionality was cool, but usability wasn't really that great for me compared to a standalone.
  19. #19  
    I'm confused, which Garmin works with the Centro, the XT or the 10 or do both work but one works better?
  20. #20  
    I believe Mobile 10 is the name of the GPS unit itself and Mobile XT is the name of the software. In this context, we are all talking about the same thing.

    The package I linked to above (from TigerGPS) is a bundle including a Mobile 10 GPS, Mobile XT software, and City Navigator NT maps.

    Garmin also makes a different GPS unit called the Mobile 20 which includes a mounting bracket for the PDA.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=139&pID=10901
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