Chris…..I have to ask. Does Amy hear this beeping noise also? I’m thinking this is your own internal "Roadfood alarm" going off!
Map reading is already a lost art, I am like you, I love to pull out my map and spread it out and just imagine the possibilities.
I have use GPS for several years while fishing out in the gulf, it has come in handy when the motor would not fire up.
Last year I rented a car that had the gps service in it. I put in my destination and started off, Everytime I went some where it didn’t like the thing would get mad at me.
"Make a U turn at the safest place" "Turn Around" "Recalculating"
Give me my maps and a copy of rf and let me explore.
Oh yes, and ours has bluetooth and will even dial a restaurant # for us…and we talk hands free through our Magellan too!!!! Science fiction!
I love that everyone has named their GPS! Ours is a Garmin Nuvi 260, and we’ve named her Natasha. She’s had a few hiccups, and demands that we do u-turns when we don’t go the route she wants us to, but generally she’s very reliable and recalculates and adjusts our routes. I was also a nonbeliever for GPS, but my husband got it for his trips with his band, and solo gigs, so he doesn’t have to read maps and drive at the same time. The best part is that it has local places as well as chains, and it includes the phone numbers, so it’s very easy to find something ahead of time, at your destination or on the way, and call ahead to see if they’re going to be open.
We have a Magellan named Minerva.
This device has saved us tons of time and frustration being lost in unfamiliar towns.
But, we have started having some trouble with the maps, in Pensacola, FL first, then a little town called Monmouth, IL.
We have also found some of the restaurants listed on there to be out of business.
Overall, it’s great, and I just think we need an updated version or updated maps, which they don’t seem to have for our model.
I got the TeleNav system with my new AT&T cell phone and am thrilled with it.
Only regret, is that as far as I know, the RF Points of Interests file won’t work with it.
Davydd,you gave a thorough review of all our features too. I can add we trust her(haven’t given her a name yet) to get us anywhere. When we’re in the boondocks,so often, it’s funny to hear her say the names of such minor little roads…"Lower Pig-pen Road"….I’m old enough to think all this a science-fiction miracle….but I’ll take it. We’ve eaten in some great out of the way places,thanks to that girl behind our GPS voice!!!!
It’s so much more relaxing to drive with a GPS; you don’t have to obsess unnecessarily about being late, because it’ll tell you your ETA. If you get lost it routes you home.
I’ve been a much happier driver ever since I’ve had one.
I’ve been using GPS since the ’80s for fishing, but I’ve never found any need to use it for anything else — although I do take one with me when hunting certain areas, just in case.
We have been using the Roadfood POI for insiders for about 6 months now and it has proven invaluable! One of the most interesting features that just appeared when we updated the POIs in December is a little siren that alerts you when you are getting near a Roadfood destination. We were driving around through Arizona wondering why the GPS would just start beeping madly every now and again. Eventually our powers of deduction led us to the conclusion that the POI is designed to sound a "Roadfood alarm" whenever you are nearing a location…even if you haven’t programmed the address as your destination! Nothing like this has ever happened for any other location we were scouting, so it must be a special RF feature! It makes the beeping much more tolerable knowing that it means great RF is around the corner! [:p]
My wife bought me a Magellan 4000 unit for Christmas. We used it for the first time several weeks ago on a trip to Edisto Beach, SC. It worked absolutely great, it took us right into the driveway of the resort we were staying at. We used it for our day trip into Charleston and found all the places we were looking for. My wife calls ours "Chatty Cathy".
There is so much information you can get off of a GPS. It keeps track of miles driven as well as miles to go to your next destination. It even tracks your speed better than your auto’s speedometer. It also tracks your hours driving, your average speed, hours stopped, etc. Since it has voice commands you don’t even have to watch it. It tells you where to turn and gives you a warning in advance when a turn is coming up so you can move over in the proper lane. The main view is a 3D view of your route with your direction always up, but you can switch to north oriented map mode and track that way. In map mode you can scroll with your finger to follow your future destination to verify it is taking the route you think you are going as well as show you some surprise shortcuts of the kind you may not figure out on a road map such as a county highway. Basically it is better than any old fashion AAA triptik and probably will route you the same way Mapquest or Google Maps will. You can enter and save destinations. I hope the travel, resort, and restaurant industry gets wise and starts publishing real street addresses because that is the surest way to find your destination.
The GPS is a hoot. I love it when I decide to take another route or pull off into a rest stop or gas station. It panics and shouts "recalculating" to get you back on destination. If you hit a detour it usually will recalculate your detour that follows the actual detour that you can check and follow on the map mode so they aren’t so mysterious. Ours has a female voice so we call her Dory after the fish in Nemo.
I thought the same way until I tried one.
The "map" part is okay on these things, but their real value is helping you to find places services you may have a hard time finding with a map. For example, traveling a ways from home, I wanted to get cash at an ATM, but didn’t want to pay the service charge tacked on when I use a bank other than my own. My GPS allowed me to find a branch of MY bank. Not going to do that with a map!
You can do the same thing with gas stations, rest stops, and other points of interest. I still like to look at a paper map when planning a journey, but these things are very useful!
Tonybad…I see what you mean>I checked the roadfood insider sight…what a great service for roadfooders!!!
NYNM, give it a try…a voice telling and showing you your moves and warning you a 1/2 mile ahead of turns is so much safer than trying to read a map….and far more fullproof.My Magellan has NEVER steered me wrong yet
Personally, I don’t think I’d ever get a GPS.
I really enjoy maps and I enjoy driving/navigating. I like to see the big picture and maybe make some discoveries along the way.
I even worry that map reading will be a lost skill(and perhaps others) as we get mre and more software "guided" in life…
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.