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Old 02-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bimmerdriver
Wow! How do you really feel about Garmin?

I've never experienced their customer support, but I've used Garmins in rented vehicles. I've always been pretty happy with them. I read a review of the latest Nuvi on GPS magazine and it was very positive.

Anyway, irrespective of whether it uses Garmin software or not, I'm interested to know whether a BB makes a good vehicle navigation system or whether it's better to get a dedicated unit. I'm also interested to know whether dynamically loaded maps works reliably and is cost effective.

It would seem that the BB 8800 has the potential to replace a dedicated unit, and that is what I'm really trying to verify.

Both JC and I love Telenav and I am pretty sure MrKyoo is a fan too. Garmin is clearly a leader in the GPS space. Remember that all of the providers are GUI's to the data services. See my page. The BB will give you advantanges of having when outside the car too. With built in its teh way to go. I will tell you that with Telenav I haven't had issues with the downloading of the maps. SPOT is too slow and BBMaps is generally ok. We will see what google does. Since they have enabled GPS for WM5 and Palm, I don't think we are far behind. What else can I answer - and my experience with Garmin is based on interaction I have with many BB software vendors. DataVault, Crypt, BBSpell and Rex are 120% awesome. Garmin is a negative.
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