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Garmin DriveSmart 65 Premium GPS w/ Lifetime Maps/Traffic (Factory Refurbished) EXPIRED

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About the Product
  • Premium GPS navigator w/ 6.95" high resolution display
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Lifetime Maps/Traffic
  • Alexa-Enabled to create to-do lists, news, weather, traffic, and control smart home devices, play music & more
  • Garmin voice control for direction, points of interest, routes and more
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  • Garmin DriveSmart 65 Premium GPS w/ Lifetime Maps/Traffic (Factory Refurbished)
  • Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
  • Traffic Reciever/Vehicle Power Cable
  • USB Cable
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  • Includes 1-year manufacturer refurbished warranty w/ purchase
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I typically use Google Maps or Waze on my work or personal smartphone for navigation, but I own one of these lifetime traffic and maps units. I keep it in the glovebox of my car. You'd be surprised at how useful this can be if you lose/damage your phone, or if you end up in a region without cellular service and have no idea where you are. One of these saved my bacon when I was deep in the Adirondacks and there was no cellular service to speak of.

(Smartphones have smaller GPS antennas that can take longer to attain a lock; normally the reason they lock much faster is because they get Assisted GPS information via the cellular network, which doesn't help if you're not in cellular service.)

Many GPS apps incl. Google Maps will only offline select regions, which can leave you with your pants down if you don't offline the area in advance. (Again, exceptions apply; HERE WeGo allows you to offline the entirety of the US (with some other countries as part of the North American package).

These devices still have their place, even if smartphone navigation has advantages in everyday use.

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Years ago I had one of these dedicated units with lifetime traffic -- until I got my iPhone. Especially with offline Google maps on phones, these dedicated units are now obsolete and somewhat of a target for those wanting to smash & grab.
Offline google map on phones won't tell you how to get back on the right track if you miss a turn. Then you have to turn the cellular data back (assuming you had it off to save data in the first place) which can be somewhat dangerous while driving if you don't have a passenger to help you.

Smash & grab don't happen that often anymore involving GPS. Thieves are only getting a few bucks for stolen GPS, it's almost more trouble and risk to steal a GPS. Besides I always put away GPS before leaving the car, though I should really do the same for my radar detector which is worth at least 3-5 times.
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How and how often do these get updates? Like, when it says "Lifetime Maps" does that mean consistent updates?
So far seems to be 2-3 times a year, nothing compared to google maps/waze.

On the plus side though, the navigation is reasonably quick, the voice commands aren't as intuitive as Google but work, and the screen is excellent with high brightness and low glare and no issues with touch input.

The use case for this would be someone with an older car that doesn't want to upgrade their head unit and have a very small screen smartphone and want this 7" size permanently installed.

Can also be used with an expensive but effective wireless camera called the BT40.
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Offline google map on phones won't tell you how to get back on the right track if you miss a turn.
Wrong. Stop spreading misinformation.
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Quote from chi :
Years ago I had one of these dedicated units with lifetime traffic -- until I got my iPhone. Especially with offline Google maps on phones, these dedicated units are now obsolete and somewhat of a target for those wanting to smash & grab.
This is pretty laughable....thanks for the laugh
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wow i can control smart home devices with this? but why
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wow i can control smart home devices with this? but why
Turn on the lights and unlock the door when you pull in to the driveway? Take a video when thieves steal it? Just brainstorming......
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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is this really better than a cheap phone and google maps? I haven't used my Garmin GPS for at least 5 years, especially after google allowed offline maps.
In my area google on the phone does not show my speed so I like it for the warnings when I go over the speed limit.

Just touching your phone while driving can get you a ticket here, but I've never heard of anyone getting a ticket for using a gps.

When traveling I like garmin's "junction view" for picking the right lane.

With the garmin for navigation my kid can be doing pokemon go for me when we are out and about.

In the past traffic was laughable but these days the HD traffic is as good as googles.

When looking for the best route I'll use both my phone and the garmin. More info is more better......
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been a while since i updated mine, but usually it was twice a year. april and october or something?
Garmin usually offers map updates.about every three months.
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If you guys know how to build your own source, Check out OSMAND+. I was able to build the full version and get all the full version's features. Maps are free and it is a really nice navigation software. It does take a lot of space, but if you have a large microsd, you can put the map data there. The only downside of building your own source, is any updates, you will have to rebuild and do yourself. I just stick to stable versions and call it a day. Good backup even if I rarely use it.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is this really better than a cheap phone and google maps? I haven't used my Garmin GPS for at least 5 years, especially after google allowed offline maps.

There was a time I preferred my Garmin over using my phone but they are much closer in operation and navigating ability now. I am comparing to Google Maps. Apple still sucks for navigation. What a Garmin is good for is long road trips. You can buy more permanent mounts for them and hard wire it into your car as well plus some models let you add a backup camera. What I don't like is that Garmin uploads all of your searches when you update the maps unless you erase them before hand... this includes your saved searches. I guess this is still better than Google which doesn't even give you that ability. I also hate how Garmin wants you to rate every place you go .I know personally when I do use my phone for navigation that sometimes I forget it in the car. I would much rather forget a $100 Garmin then my phone.
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Hi. Hope everyone is having a good 2021 so far.. my core question is my Garmin with lifetime maps/traffic seems to always route me quite differently than my google maps.. I love the standalone part of the Garmin but I find the routing to usually be a longer route or less optimal to my human brain. Is there a Garmin product that uses the Google map backbone or standalone gps built on google (to be clear, not my phone.. uses GPS chip/maps on device).. basically I want a stand alone GPS using Google maps (not relying on cellular data).. Or maybe a hack to the Garmin to use google maps logic? lol
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Quote from Ducman69 :
Wrong. Stop spreading misinformation.
If you have cellular data turned off, it won't guide you back to the right direction.
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For those saying just use phone, I was driving across British Columbia and through the wilderness, the phone map just stopped working, was totally lost with no idea where or how to get out, remembered my old Garmin in the trunk, removed it and voila that thing steered me out and easy.
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Just received mine for $109 without Alexa, should I return and buy this instead? How's buydig return policy?
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