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    Default Current GPS with coordinate navigation and POI-loading

    Yes, some will Jedi-sense that I'm a geocacher.

    My current Garmin Nuvi 2545 is all but dead (keeps crashing at random points) and looking in stores at the new ranges of both Garmin and TomTom they seem to match my in-car naviagation in the sense that you can't enter GPS coordinates directly anymore. Many of the places I want to go to don't even have an address so I either need the POI as reference point, or the ability to enter the coordinates directly.

    Any suggestions to models I could take a look at?

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    Try to hard reset nuvi, you should be able to enter coords in nuvi. Tapping on map you get the selected point position and info, or in app. menu you have coords button.
    For geocaching you should look for outdoor devices like Oregon or etrex.

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    Why couldn't you use SP on android for geo-caching? Using phone to snap a photo with geo-coord embeded is convenient as well.

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    Phone batteries don't last that long using GPS.
    Outdoors transflective displays are made to be seen in sunlight and with sunglasses and you can use it with gloves.
    GPS outdoor units are far more robust than a phone.
    A dedicated handheld has better accuracy. (under forest canopy for example: no question the Garmin is far more accurate).
    A Garmin handheld offers some interesting features like sight ní go. Units with 3-axis electronic compass can be used when idle or moving at low speeds, Glonass/waas support are also a plus for better precision.
    3-axis compass is also tilt compensated, meaning the device can be held in any position and will still give a compass reading.
    Most GPS receivers in phones work not nearly as good as stand-alone GPS devices. Usually, one wouldn't notice this because phones use assisted GPS, but you can make a test:
    You can test how well your phone works by downloading the app GPS Status & Toolbox, disable all data connections (Wifi and mobile), reset the AGPS data using that app, restart the phone and then get the GPS position. You will notice that it is very slow. After the phone got a first fix, try to close all apps using GPS, wait a few minutes and try to get the position again. Do the same but restart the phone. This should give you a realistic estimation of how well your phone will serve you without an internet connection, for example when gsm is not available in the mountains.
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    Okay, I need to elaborate on my question We have a Garmin Oregon unit for the actual geocaching. What I'm looking for here is an in-car unit, say to drive me from home to the parking lot, with the comforts of lane-indicator, speech etc.

    Catymag, if I understand your remark correctly, the Garmin units like the 2659 should have this functionality, so if it doesn't show in the menu someone has messed with it? I can always try to reset the demo model in the store.

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    From main screen, press 'Where To?' > 'Personalise' > 'Search Tools' > 'Coordinates'. That will add its icon to the search menu.You can do the same to add 'Junctions' and 'Towns' and also Shortcuts for 'Favourite Search', 'Category' and 'Saved Place' if you want. That's from 2/3xx7 but i'm sure 2xx9 is same or very similar.
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    I thought so as well, but the store employee said Garmin had gone TomTom's way and removed the option from the latest series of navigation systems. And since I couldn't find it in the menu.. but I'll go take another look, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catymag View Post
    Phone batteries don't last that long using GPS.
    Outdoors transflective displays are made to be seen in sunlight and with sunglasses and you can use it with gloves.
    GPS outdoor units are far more robust than a phone.
    A dedicated handheld has better accuracy. (under forest canopy for example: no question the Garmin is far more accurate).
    A Garmin handheld offers some interesting features like sight ní go. Units with 3-axis electronic compass can be used when idle or moving at low speeds, Glonass/waas support are also a plus for better precision.
    3-axis compass is also tilt compensated, meaning the device can be held in any position and will still give a compass reading.
    Most GPS receivers in phones work not nearly as good as stand-alone GPS devices. Usually, one wouldn't notice this because phones use assisted GPS, but you can make a test:
    You can test how well your phone works by downloading the app GPS Status & Toolbox, disable all data connections (Wifi and mobile), reset the AGPS data using that app, restart the phone and then get the GPS position. You will notice that it is very slow. After the phone got a first fix, try to close all apps using GPS, wait a few minutes and try to get the position again. Do the same but restart the phone. This should give you a realistic estimation of how well your phone will serve you without an internet connection, for example when gsm is not available in the mountains.
    I can't argued against battery battery nor screen. My only dedicated unit Nuvi765 couldn't even hold a charge after more than 5 min; so I can't speak for it. But I know for sure that the compass in my Moto-G works just as well as any GPS unit. Most (if not all) android device have GPS receiver (some better than others) because it's so cheap to put chipset in SOC. This is stand alone GPS via SiRF chip and not assisted GPS via cell tower triangulation. I also use my android phone as offline nav and doesn't activate nor depend on wifi and it has been no problem. All GPS receiver in stand-alone unit or phone follow protocol when doing position lock. The time it takes depend on how accurate your current clock is. Handheld unit might use multiple channels to get faster fix. I did a test with Moto-G and cold reboot to lock is less than 5-10 secs after starting app with no data nor wifi connection. It takes much less when just restarting the app. The only thing that changes between the phone is how sensitive the receivers are. The Moto-G can lock indoor while a lesser phone couldn't. If the clock on the phone drift or set wrong, then the lock is much longer. But if you got the money, why not get a dedicated unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryslinger View Post
    I thought so as well, but the store employee said Garmin had gone TomTom's way and removed the option from the latest series of navigation systems. And since I couldn't find it in the menu.. but I'll go take another look, thanks!
    Tell Garmin store man to look at the manual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catymag View Post
    Tell Garmin store man to look at the manual!
    Stole my thunder as usual Caty!

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    Specifically, tell him to read P4 of the manual:
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