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Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 31, 2008 09:28PM
OK, I don't know much about GPS. I did a little research online, I know some use NavTeq and some use TeleAtlas, I looked at the obvious features such as speech announcement (turn right in 400 feet vs turn right in 400 feet on Franklin St) and I think that's about it. I don't really care for MP3, Bluetooth, traffic, that-feature-you-never-used-but-you-paid-for, etc. I just want a basic GPS.

Tomorrow Staples has the Nuvi 200 for 150 and TomTomOne 130S for 200. Which one would you recommend for a GPS newbie like me?
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: graylocks
Date: May 31, 2008 10:38PM
i don't know about the individual features but in general, the reviewer at gpsmagazine.com seems to feel that the routing engine for the garmins is far superior to the one in TomToms.
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: carl
Date: May 31, 2008 10:53PM
I have never used the TomTom One, but have been very happy with my Garmin unit. I have a NUVi 660 and I really like the wide screen format and the speech announcement feature. As you made reference to the MP3, bluetooth, traffic updates (I don't live in a large city) are features I won't pay for next time.
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: Microman
Date: June 01, 2008 11:26AM
on my 660, never use the mp3

Traffic updates I use all the time, but get varied results sometimes positive, sometimes not.

Bluetooth, in Ca., will be required, in a month so that may be a way to go, but I dont keep the Garmin in the car all the time., so maybe not.
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: Michael
Date: June 01, 2008 11:37AM
I can't speak to the differences between the Garmin and TomTom, but I have a comment on the Garmin.

I have a Garmin 260 (the text-to-speech version of the 200). I previously had a c320 (no text-to-speech). I like the voice telling me the road name much more than I thought I would. Driving in downtown Atlanta, with short blocks, makes my 260 much easier to use than the c320.

It's the one upgrade in a gps that I would consider.
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: h linamen
Date: June 01, 2008 12:58PM
I have the Garmin Nuvi 200 wide and love it. Two thoughts... many folks don't find they need the wide, so the 200 you're looking at would be fine and tha's a great price. Also, the more expensive one that says street names are not needed. I much prefer mine that says turn left in 500 ft.... then just before the street "turn left now". One reviewer said many streets aren't marked with street signs anyway and most of time the driver is distracted trying to see a street sign to match with the spoken word.

AGAIN... that $150 for the Nuvi 200 is a good deal.

Here's an informative thread: [forums.macresource.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/01/2008 01:19PM by h linamen.
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Re: Garmin Nuvi 200 vs TomTom One 130S
Posted by: vision63
Date: June 01, 2008 02:05PM
Like H linamen, I have the Nuvi 200w too. I don't use it too much since I pretty much know where I'm going, but it's great for finding nearby businesses.

There is no question that the woman's voice is fairly sexy sounding (especially when she say's "destination". That's gotta count for something.
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