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...that are thinking about adding a portable Nav device, what are your thoughts? Consumer reports says the top overall is the Garmin 3790T.

And for those that have installed portables, do you mount on dash, or use the portable device holder that came with the car...
 

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i was bummed at first that i didn't get nav but now i'm pretty happy that i didn't. i don't think the added cost is worth its usefulness. i have an old garmin 285wt that i mount with the device/accessory holder. works like a charm.
 

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i have a garmin 265wt that i got for ~$90 new. it works great!
 

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The Lexus NAV system is pretty good. The screen is large and it's not slow or hard to see. I have it in my IS 250. That being said I decided not to get NAV on the CT I ordered. I just couldn't justify the cost. I've updated the map DVD once on my IS 250 and it cost $250 for the DVD. I installed it myself to save money but that's still a lot of money just to update the map and get new POI listings.

Will be getting a Garmin 3760LMT. For $370 you get unlimited map updates and free traffic. You have to subscribe to XM radio to get traffic on the Lexus.

Google maps works well on my phone but it's not as good as a GPS NAV device. If someone doesn't have NAV in their car you can get by with Google maps as long as a passenger is looking up the location and telling you where to go.
 

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...that are thinking about adding a portable Nav device, what are your thoughts? Consumer reports says the top overall is the Garmin 3790T.

And for those that have installed portables, do you mount on dash, or use the portable device holder that came with the car...

I'm partial to the Garmin Nuvi GPS units that I have been using for years in the cars I have owned that didn't have factory Nav. I also have a Garmin Zumo designed for motorcycles that I use on my Gold Wing.

While I have factory Nav in my '09 Lexus ES, I opted for a CT200 without navigation because my Garmin Nuvi has what I feel are more and better features. For one, it allows you to make changes to the menu by touch without having to pull to the side of the road, or learn a new vocabulary so the voice command in factory Navs can understand what you want to do. Somewhere between 2006 and 2009, the auto manufacturers' legal departments dictated that the touch screen on factory Navs cannot be used if the car is underway. I have full touch access to the menu in my '06 MDX, which is one of the reasons I keep it around. It's also a great SUV. Under certain conditions, I also use the Nuvi on occasion in my '09 ES350 that has factory Nav. Unlike factory navigation units, the Garmin Nuvi speaks the names of streets instead of just telling you to turn right or left at the next street in so many miles or feet.

I decided to treat myself to a new Garmin Nuvi when I bought the CT and opted for the $152 (Amazon.com) Nuvi 1300LM as it came with lifetime map updates. The same unit without the lifetime updates can be had at Amazon for $100. But don't rely solely on my advice if you decide to buy a portable GPS. While I favor Garmin over TomTom and the other brands, Garmin makes numerous models of the Nuvi, some with free traffic updates that inform you of traffic tie-ups so you can find a detour, but these come at the cost of advertisements. I purchased a Nuvi last year that had that traffic update feature. The downside was that it came with a relatively long and thick power cable that did double duty as an antenna so the Nuvi can receive the updates over the air. As a consequence, I seldom used the feature and ran the Nuvi on its own built-in batteries if I needed it for less than four hours or so. But I kept the power cable in the car if the trip was longer than expected and needed to power and charge the Nuvi.

As for the CT holder, it works as well for a portable GPS unit like the Garmin Nuvi as it does for an iPhone or iPod Touch. As I pointed out in another thread, the holder stores perfectly in the front of the left door map pocket if you want to save room in the center console storage unit and the glove box.

Reference the photos below:

1: Garmin Nuvi 1300 (1300LM) 4.3 inch portable GPS
2. Garmin Nuvi mounted in the holder
3. iPod Touch in holder connected to audio system via audio cable
4. iPod Touch in holder with a USB cable connection
5. Holder stored in the front of the left door pocket

Hope this info is helpful.

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2009 Lexus ES350
2006 Acura MDX
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Google maps works well on my phone but it's not as good as a GPS NAV device. If someone doesn't have NAV in their car you can get by with Google maps as long as a passenger is looking up the location and telling you where to go.
Personally, I have good spacial memory. I can take one look at a map and know where I am and where I need to go. A voice-over nav system just makes things worse.
 

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Personally, I have good spacial memory. I can take one look at a map and know where I am and where I need to go. A voice-over nav system just makes things worse.
But can your "spacial memory" find an In-and-Out Burger that's a block or two off the main drag when you've got a case of the hungries? :D
 

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Personally, I have good spacial memory. I can take one look at a map and know where I am and where I need to go. A voice-over nav system just makes things worse.
I used to be the same, however with the navigation system now, I have gotten so dependent that if I don't have one, I feel lost figuratively and literally.

Droid's turn by turn navi is great I never had the need of buying another nav system. iPhones are nice but they need to catch up on that aspect.
 

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...my 07 MDX NAV proved invaluable on jaunts from SF to Santa Barbara or San Diego, not how to get there -- but where's the nearest Starbucks etc in next 20 miles. Not to mention once arrived to be able to pump in that nights restaurant recommendation or directions to X location, but above all: to have a view of traffic and especially upcoming problem areas. Saved me hours in the greater San Diego area last vacation coming back from a golf round. So one does not always have the luxury of pumping in info to Google maps, especially when moving.
My one requirement is no advertisements - i will pay extra to avoid. That and a clean mount with minimal cables is all i ask.
 

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After having several cars with factory navigation units, I got sick of the complexity and cost of them. So I got a TomTomXL540TM for under $200, and love it ! Free map upgrades forever and free traffic assist. The spoken directions it gives are so good that I rarely have to look at the screen....but when I do it is great, especially helpful on complex Interstate interchanges with its multiple lane view. One big advantage of aftermarket units is the ability to take it in the house and pre-program route(s) from the comfort of your chair. Nice to have it next to the PC so I can get all the addresses I will need to visit during a trip and store them in 'Favorites' for quick access later. I bought a weighted mount for it and leave it attached all the time. Just unplug from the power outlet and put it on the floor out of view when leaving the vehicle.
 

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I didn't get the factory nav either because my android phone has *awesome* turn-by-turn navigation. An in-dash nav system does look neater in the car, but I can't see installing them until they work at least as well as my phone.
 

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...that are thinking about adding a portable Nav device, what are your thoughts? Consumer reports says the top overall is the Garmin 3790T.

And for those that have installed portables, do you mount on dash, or use the portable device holder that came with the car...
For the Canadians here, I just saw in the latest Best Buy flyer (April 8-14), that they are selling the 3790T for $350.00, down from the regular $500.00. This model has the 3D building view and voice activation. The model without these 2 features is selling for $330 instead of $50.

These are the latest models - with I-Phone 4 like body, unlike the older, bulkier models.

I'm not sure if it comes with lifetime free map upgrades though.
 

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Has anyone put a GPS in the dash door where the factory unit is normally installed? The space seems to be taken up by the 12v outlet and not much can go in there. It seems they could have recessed the outlet better. I have a Garmin 1490 I was hoping to put in there but i can't close the door. I don't see much use for that space.
 
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