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Bringing your own Magellan/Tom Tom

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Sam in Ut, Mar 31, 2013.

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  1. Sam in Ut

    Sam in Ut High-Roller

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    Anyone tried to bring your own portable navigational (like Megellans or Tom Tom's) devise for your rental car? Any prohibitions from the rental companies?
     
  2. Joe

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    No problems at all. They don't know and I don't know if they would even care if they did.
     
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  3. mckevin32

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    Everywhere I go. It's typically on the dash before I leave the lot. No worries at all.
     
  4. 21wins

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    I too bring my Garmin all the time.

    I have it preset for most stops I'll make in Vegas.

    As others said mine is on the dash when leaving the parking garage at the rental facility.
     
  5. Busyman

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    I'm surprised folks still use navigations systems.

    My phone does everything a nav system does but better.

    Google maps gives the latest maps cuz it gets it from the cloud. Add to that, traffic is pretty darn accurate. I avoided a number of backups in Vegas.

    I live in the DC area also which has the 2nd worst traffic in the nation and I use my phone. My nav system is in a box. I brought it couple times way back on trips and don't bother anymore.

    Basically, if you have an Android phone (and I think IOS phone) you have a nav system in your pocket. By a nice bracket and call it a day. The damn things give voice turn by turn directions too (I tend to just use "the map" tho).

    ....and I have lowly Droid 3. God forbid you have a BIGGER phone.
     
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    I used my Android the last time as well. It really helped me avoid the backups on the Strip, as well as going to and from the airport rental center via I-15.

    If you do use your phone just make sure to do so in a safe, hands-free method. If law enforcement sees you holding your phone they will stop you. It's never fun getting a ticket on a vacation.
     
  7. Julie888

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    No issues with bringing your own GPS. It's worth it.

    It was a relatively new Garmin but it didn't recognize the changes because of Terminal 3. By the time we realized where it was taking us, we just followed the route. No point starting the trip being stressed by a little technology. Downloaded the latest maps so will see what happens next time.
     
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    Julie, I had the exact same experience at the airport with my Garmin. Even though I have a pretty good working knowledge of Las Vegas, I would have a hard time finding some of the more out of the way places. Love having it on our trips.
     
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    App

    What App do you use to get driving directions with voice ? Bob
     
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    I use iphone app called MotionX Drive
    Has voice turn by turn and more.
     
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    Not everyone has a phone that can do GPS. And your iPhone can do live traffic because the new GPS units on the market offer it too.
     
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    I usually use my cell phone, but I have brought my GPS a couple of times when I was going to have an extended rental car trip with lots of stops.
     
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    Phones are great if you have unlimited data. But a lot of ppl don't anymore. GPS units are practically given away these days. I just bought a 4.5" Magellan with lifetime maps and lifetime traffic updates for $110.
     
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    This is a prime example^^.

    Phones get info from the cloud and thus are always updated.
     
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    What phone are you talking about?

    Any Android phone has it built in. I used it on my Droid 2 years ago.

    I get POIs also.
     
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    You don't need unlimited data. I have unlimited data and find I barely approach 1GB every month. I use Google Maps every day to and from work in the DC area.

    Nav systems were great awhile ago but I can't see a reason for them anymore except for the most niche market.

    Also if one has a smartphone, they are obsolete.
     
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    Some of would rather be stuck in the 90s and not be slaves to our phones. For a person like me who barely uses even basic phone functions, it doesn't make sense to pay unnecessary money to be tied to the internet. I update my GPS when I need to travel somewhere and I haven't had an issue because I wasn't linked to the cloud.
     
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    A lot of days there's no clouds until late afternoon, so then what are you supposed to do?
     
  19. Busyman

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    That makes perfect sense. That, nowadays, is a niche market.

    I can see GPSs going down in sales tho'. Good point, however.
     
  20. Sam in Ut

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    Thanks all for the valuable input. I too have the I phone 5 but a brand new user, so I plan on bringing my Magellan. By the looks of this thread, there won't be any problems ... Thanks for sharing.
     
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