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

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BuyDig has Garmin DriveSmart 65 Premium GPS w/ Lifetime Maps/Traffic (Factory Refurbished) on sale for $114.99. Shipping is free.

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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
Warranty
  • Includes 1-year manufacturer refurbished warranty w/ purchase

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  • Purchase this unit today and save $45 Off (28.13% Savings) from the original listing price of $159.99
  • This product is a factory refurbished unit; in working condition
  • Limit of 3 per order
  • Usually ships the same or the next business days
  • Offer valid through January 23, 2021 or while promotion/pricing last
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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.
That won't work for a lot of people - myself included. I need access to my phone, as a phone, during my drives. Many people need a dedicated GPS, a larger screen, etc.
oh shiz here we go again...

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How and how often do these get updates? Like, when it says "Lifetime Maps" does that mean consistent updates?
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How and how often do these get updates? Like, when it says "Lifetime Maps" does that mean consistent updates?



been a while since i updated mine, but usually it was twice a year. april and october or something?
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With 5g matured, years from now, you'll have 1 device as hotspot and can cancel internet to home, reduce cable channel cost.
Can not wait for Charter to go under!
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How and how often do these get updates? Like, when it says "Lifetime Maps" does that mean consistent updates?
Essentially, anytime you hook up your unit to your computer it will check for an update to both firmware and new map data. So as long as the company stays in business you'll have up to date maps as long as YOU keep it updated. To my knowledge it's not rolled out on a schedule.

This unit also has built in WiFi so theoretically you don't even have to hook it up to your computer anymore.
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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.
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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.
oh shiz here we go again...
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Can I disable the Alexa part? Maybe if I turn bluetooth off?
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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.
From my understanding, some phone's gps are very reliant on cellular data to triangulate your location so in remote areas where there is no signal, you may not get accurate data. Some of the higher end phones do have gps chips in them, but may be less sensitive than dedicated gps units. Other downside is that using gps on your phone drains battery really quickly so if it is your main phone, battery degradation becomes a real issue.
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just use your iPhone
That won't work for a lot of people - myself included. I need access to my phone, as a phone, during my drives. Many people need a dedicated GPS, a larger screen, etc.
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How and how often do these get updates? Like, when it says "Lifetime Maps" does that mean consistent updates?
I believe that they do map updates every 3 months. I had my old garmin gps and the maps never fail to update.
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