Do you use a GPS?

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Do you use a GPS?

  1. Yes, all the time.

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  2. Sometimes

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  3. Only when in unfamiliar place

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    42.5%
  4. No, never.

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    22.5%
  1. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    With cities growing ever larger and larger, are you finding yourself using a GPS to keep yourself from getting lost?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    I keep one in my glove box, but I only use it when I'm either travelling long distance (to stay on schedule too) or when I'm going somewhere I'm not familiar with.
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    #3
    I have a Garmin on my windshield and have the wire running through the dashboard to power, so that it isn't unsightly and looks nice. But I rarely ever turn it on, unless I am going somewhere unfamiliar.
     
  4. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    #4
    I travel a lot for work and always have my Garmin Nuvi in my suitcase when heading to an unfamiliar destination.
     
  5. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    With my iPhone, I feel there is no need for a dedicated GPS.
     
  6. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    #6
    I have a map. GPSes fail at taking quick routes in New Zealand. :mad:
     
  7. firestarter macrumors 603

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    #7
    Yes, I use it quite a lot.

    I live and drive in London. There's plenty of small winding streets and one way systems, so having a GPS just keeps things stress free.

    On short routes I know well I don't use it, but for longer trips (1 hour+) I'll always use it. If nothing else, it's useful to warn about speed cameras and to give me an ETA at my destination.
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    #8
    Agreed. Since I got my iPhone and TomTom app, I haven't used my Magellan GPS.
     
  9. kiwiruss macrumors newbie

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  10. steviem macrumors 68020

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    #10
    iPhone and Navigon for me too when I rent a car. No reason to pay silly money for their GPS when I have a perfectly good app for that!

    When I do use it, I use it for trips I've made less than 3 times (except for going up to Vermont, I forget a couple of turns once I get off of the Taconic). But once I've made a trip a few times and it's saved up there, I rarely need GPS.
     
  11. Benguitar Guest

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    #11
    Sometimes I use the Navigation GPS in my Android.
     
  12. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    #12
    I have the European map set on my Tom Tom, it's been one of the best buys ever. I also have NAVIGON from T mobile on my iPhone.
     
  13. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Only when traveling to new places. Got a dandy TomTom on Black Friday with lifetime maps/traffic alerts. The speed camera indicators are nice too.
     
  14. yg17 macrumors G5

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    #14
    I have a Garmin and I rarely use it to navigate me within St. Louis (although it's always turned on when I'm driving, the traffic reports are nice) but I use it whenever I'm in a different city
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i only ever need a gps when i'm away from home, but i don't even use it much then and i only use the built in maps app on my iPhone when i do need directions. if i'm out of town i'll get directions on my computer and a quick once-over is usually enough to get me by. i've always found the dash units distracting and annoying so i'm glad i have no real need for one.
     
  16. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Never. I have the analog version, a map. And I consult Google Maps.

    I always make it my business to know where I am going before I leave.
     
  17. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    #17
    Have a standalone Garmin GPS.

    I use it when I'm going to new places.
     
  18. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Nope. Rarely travel to anywhere unfamiliiar, and when we are it gets looked up on Google maps.
     
  19. senseless macrumors 68000

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    Hint: If you're buying a new car, spring for the factory large screen GPS. They're so much easier to see and hear.
     
  20. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    #20
    I tried using a GPS, I really did. The problem is that they are never updated enough for me, even with the user made corrections to maps.
    It creates problems in the long run.

    If I'm really lost I just use google maps on my iPhone, or call 411.
     
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    #21
    I have been using some type of gps navigation for years.
    Itbwas a garmine until ingots an android phone but I only really used it on longer trips. Now I use my phone if I am not sure where someplace is.

    Very handy for finding how to get to a place.
     
  22. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    #22
    I use it occasionally, mostly if I'm going somewhere in a city that I'm unfamiliar with. But anywhere else I don't, for long trips I'll use a paper map plus google maps I don't own a GPS besides my iPhone.
     
  23. shinji macrumors 65816

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    #23
    Even if you know where you're going, the traffic features can be pretty handy when they're actually accurate.

    I use the Navigon app on my phone.
     
  24. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I use the Navigon app on my iPhone about once a month or more. I use it a lot to find stores and restaurants (along with Google Maps and one of the apps for finding things).
     
  25. BreakGuy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #25
    I only use a GPS when I'm traveling to or in an unfamiliar place.

    I live in a small city so I know my way around - if for some reason I get lost, all I have to do is drive towards the ocean and I've found my bearing again.
     

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