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Guys / Gals,

I'm looking to buy a new GPS for under $300. I've owned one so far. It's a tomtom base model and works ok for the most part. I don't like two things about it. It's slow to find it's position after being turned on and it's doesn't have a good way to balance distance vs shortest drive time. It seems to want to go to either extreme. Not a deal breaker IMO.. just anoying..

I really only want to add one feature as we buy a new one. And that's Bluetooth communication with both our phones.

I was looking at the TomTom GO 630 I think this one is nice and can be bought new for around $150 But I see quite a number of comments about the bluetooth not working properly.

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personally I get all mine threw costco usually have cheap prices online. I like the Garmens better then tom tom i think they navigate better.

whats the benifit of having it connect to a phone?
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here blue tooth connect it says on it and $199

Costco - Hot Buy Garmin nüvi® 285W 4.3" Touchscreen GPS
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whats the benifit of having it connect to a phone?


Hands free phone usage. The tom tom has a FMtransmitter too. So I can play the 6GB worth of music I have on my blackberry through the cars radio. If a call comes in.. the music stops and I can talk on the phone completely hands free. I hang up and the music resumes.

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here blue tooth connect it says on it and $199

Costco - Hot Buy Garmin nüvi® 285W 4.3" Touchscreen GPS
X2 both me and my dad got one from Costco. They have the best return policy around, check them out.
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I would go with a garmin also, ive always been happy with there products, mainly cause when your in the mountains you have to put alot of trust into your unit to get you back home safety, but I always carry a map and compass also...
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Hands free phone usage. The tom tom has a FMtransmitter too. So I can play the 6GB worth of music I have on my blackberry through the cars radio. If a call comes in.. the music stops and I can talk on the phone completely hands free. I hang up and the music resumes.

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the garmin i just posted is just like mine and it also has an FM transmitter. you didnt comment on it. did you even look? its in your price range and they are nice. you can also put an SD card in it and play music and photos i have done that before
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I love my Garmin unit, its got me home when I've had no idea where I am. Haha, its about 2 years old but still works great!

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My TomTom works good but my next GPS will be a garmin. The one stone posted would be a great GPS for the price your willing to spend.
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Another vote for the Garmin here. I have a nuvi 550 and a nuvi 265 that have been fantastic. The nuvi 285 that is posted I demoed and man the Bluetooth works nice.
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I just bought a Garmin nuvi 255w and am very happy. Bluetooth isn't necessary just buy a headset for your phone save yourself a lot.
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I love my garmin nuvi 260W. Get a garmin, get a widescreen.
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I've found the handsfree blootooth feature not very useful. I have a Garmin 265WT and it connects to my phone easily, but other callers complain of because of the wind/road noise the mic pics up. Just my experience with the handsfree feature.

The navigation, though, is excellent with the widescreen.
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I got my daughter the nuvi 1300T.
It is slim line wide screen w/auto traffic updates and spoken directions.
Nice unit she likes it.
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