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GPS Choices?

  • 1.  GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 13:32
    I'm curious what GPS choices colleagues have made, recommendations, reasons why, good or bad experiences?
    Thank you!

    Ed Sutton
    (980) 254-7413

  • 2.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 13:37
    Edited by David Brown 11-09-2017 13:36
    Waze- Crowd sourced and has saved me many times in bad traffic.


    David Brown
    Dallas TX

  • 3.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 13:44
    I used to use Garmin with few problems with the exception of plugging it in, wires dangling, punching everything in.... I now just use the maps app in my iPhone.  It syncs with my calendar app and all I have to do is click on the address in the calendar and away we go!  Also, when I start to enter an address in iCal, it gives me options that enter the address for me.  Super quick and easy.


    Christopher D. Purdy R.P.T.
    Registered Piano Technician
    School of Music, Ohio University
    Rm. 311, Robt. Glidden Hall
    Athens, OH  45701
    Office (740) 593-4230
    Cell    (740) 590-3842
    fax      (740) 593-1429

  • 4.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 13:46
    Been using Gazelle for a couple years which syncs up nicely with Google maps on my android. 

    Gary Bruce
    Registered Piano Technician

  • 5.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 13:55
    I agree with Chris. Apple maps has worked exceptionally for me. Very easy to use, and the AI routes around traffic well.

    Last year I had the opportunity to train in the Cunningham Piano Factory with a group from my school. The time was great, and I learned much, including which GPS worked the best. Because of the size of the group, we had to take four cars from the hotel to the factory. All had different GPS's to my memory. The guy with the Apple Maps GPS always got there at least two minutes faster than the next guy, and routinely about 15 minutes faster than the last guy. Apple Maps routed him a different route each day, and it was the fastest.

    So that's what I've used for the past year and a half. Happy camper. But, that's what I've come to expect from Apple. (Sorry Galaxy fans)

    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services

  • 6.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 17:03
    Since 95% of all street names are Hawaiian words, and since all GPS voices make such a mess of the Hawaiian language, I use a trusted good old paper map book.

    Willem "Wim" Blees, RPT
    Mililani, HI 96789

  • 7.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-09-2017 20:09
    I use a Garmin. It has capability for voice commands. I don't have to punch anything in. I can ask it to find a place, go to a recent address, find an address, and a lot of other features by voice only. With Bluetooth it will pick up your phone calls, so no hands. It's an older model, and I did upgrade it last year. Yeah, there's wires and plugs into the dash and all that. I don't like to burden my phone for GPS. It runs down the battery so I have to plug it in to charge as I drive. Then if there's a phone call, the GPS goes away.
    The speaker in the Garmin unit is nice and loud (not like the phone). My old 4s iPhone will do gps too, but I prefer the Garmin. And you get a choice of voices. I used double stick tape to mount it in the instrument cluster, and the screen is easy to see. I like one device/one function, so my eggs aren't all in one basket.
    Paul McCloud
    San Diego

  • 8.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-10-2017 08:50
    I will only use a GPS if I absolutely have to because of not knowing the area. But, I try to use it simply to get the route into my head and then turn it off asap, following the route from memory. Or, just look at Google maps, see where I am and where I want to go without having it tell me.


    Because RELIANCE on a GPS telling you where to go is fundamentally different from making your own directional decisions. Research has shown that the same area of the brain used in this is the same area affected by forms of dementia. Making that inactive by turning the decision making over to the machine is not in my best interests IMO.

    I use it as a tool...not a crutch, much as Wim uses the old style maps.


    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH

  • 9.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-10-2017 08:58
    Excellent point, Peter!

    I was at a gathering recently when a young man who was reading riddles off his smart phone exclaimed, "I've got a million of these!!!" I pointed out that what we actually have is what's between our ears, and "in our muscles," not what's in some external device. Having studied musical styles that have historically existed only as oral traditions, it is clear how amazing--and how vital--our memories are… if only we use them.


    Alan Eder, RPT
    Herb Alpert School of Music
    California Institute of the Arts
    Valencia, CA

  • 10.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-10-2017 11:48
    I have both Google Maps and Waze on my phone, and I use them both constantly. The number one reason why is the horrible traffic here in Los Angeles. For the most part I know where I'm going, but both Google Maps and Waze monitor traffic in real time and change the directions they provide based on traffic flow. That's information I can't bring up from personal memory. And traffic news on the radio is useless because it's not only incomplete but it can be as much as 30 minutes old by the time it hits the air. On the other hand, because I basically know where I'm going already, if either app suggest a route that is one I don't want to take, I go my way. The app always catches up to me eventually and after a short while we're back in sync.

    The number two reason I use them is because I have many customers that live up in the hills with lots of twisty roads and many turns on to many narrow roads to get to them. I'm not about to pull over every couple of minutes to check my map to see what the next turn is going to be when I have another car behind me. The apps also come in handy for bringing me back out of those hills back on to familiar streets.

    Sometimes, when I know the route is straight forward, I'll open the app just to check traffic. Knowing that in advance helps a lot in planning leave and arrival times.

    I can't imagine having to drive the streets of LA, today, without the assistance from Google Maps and Waze. They are both serious stress relievers.

    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA

  • 11.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-10-2017 12:05

    I would do similarly. Just to emphasize, there is a difference between using it as a tool... and becoming DEPENDENT on it. I used the term RELIANCE before...DEPENDENCE is more like what I meant.

    Another thing I do is to use Google maps to look up the location and then jot the directions down on my 3x5 card (Yikes! Are you serious? Yes!) and use that to drive from. I feel my mind is more actively engaged that way. Perhaps I'm just fooling myself but that's how I see it right now.

    I know people who literally cannot go anywhere (other than the simplest places nearby) without consulting their GPS. And they CANNOT read a map. Don't know how. Call me old fashioned, but I don't see that as an advantage in life, rather a (electronically induced) disability (that can be overcome with effort).

    Is this similar to my viewpoint on ETD usage? Yes...I'm perfectly fine using it as a tool to accomplish a specific end, but personally I don't want to become dependent on it.

    This is just a viewpoint and I do not criticize anyone who thinks differently.


    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH

  • 12.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-10-2017 14:26
    Similar to what others mentioned, I use my android. I like it because when a contact is created, I tap there address and go. Plus it's connected to the calender. I got a free app that displays the upcoming jobs on the front screen in order.
    Caveman likes it too!

  • 13.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-11-2017 11:47
    I'm very happy with a Garmin GPS with Lifetime map updates that I bought three years ago. Several months later I bought a new car with a built-in GPS but I don't use it. The reason: as far as I'm aware, any waypoints/destinations I enter in it can not be exported for backup or transferred to another GPS. Sell the car and my waypoint for  my piano customers go with it, and I start over. With the Garmin I can easily backup my customer waypoints to my computer and import them into another Garmin. The Garmin Expressed computer application makes this very easy.

    When I bought the Garmin, I bought their Garmin Portable Friction Mount, which makes it very easy to unplug the unit and move it to another car.

    David Bauguess
    Grand Junction CO

  • 14.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-11-2017 14:30
    My 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee came with a built in GPS. Chrysler's own design. It came with 2015 maps installed and Chrysler has never updated them. They are now almost four years out of date. I went out and purchased a Garmin Nuvi with lifetime maps. It is far superior to Chrysler's piece of junk. They have no intention of ever updating the maps.

    Terry Beckingham RPT (retired)

  • 15.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-15-2017 14:07
    They want you to buy a whole new vehicle. Not just simply updated maps. How silly would that be? ! ! 😅🤣😆😢😣😆


    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH

  • 16.  RE: GPS Choices?

    Posted 11-15-2017 17:27
    That's really silly, especially now that I had a stroke 3 weeks ago and my driver's license has been cancelled.Don't know if I will ever get it back. Terry Beckingham