As I mentioned earlier, our GPS died yesterday. It was a Garmin GPS (the model number escapes me at the moment) but it provided outstanding service for almost exactly 4 years. This morning, I replaced the device with a Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT device.
Naturally, I bought another Garmin device. Aside from the old one working so well, I used Garmin products back when I used to fly and I find them to be extremely dependable. And boy, have GPS’s come a long way in the last four years. This one has a number of cool features:
- It is a “flat” device, thin and with a bigger screen than the old GPS.
- It has that cool lane transition screen that shows you in detail which lane you need to be in on those complex interchanges.
- It shows you the speed limit in the area in which you are driving.
- It shows you the direction of the next turn right on the navigation screen. On my old GPS, I had to change to a different screen to see this.
One other really cool thing about this device: it came with free lifetime map upgrades and free lifetime traffic.
I already have it set up in the car, with the wiring behind the dashboard like the old GPS, and I’ve tested it out. It’s pretty cool.
It’s also nice to have been able to replace the broken one so quickly. We’ll give the new GPS a real test tomorrow when we drive home.
My Garmin is getting out of date, map wise, so instead of buying maps, I was thinking about getting a new Garmin…
Paul, keep an eye out for the models that include the lifetime free map updates. They are a little more pricey, but you more than make up the difference in those free updates.