[aprssig] Nuvi GPS blast

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Dec 13 08:36:57 CST 2009

While I thoroughly love my NUVI350 with Argent Systems interface cable for Mobile APRS applications, I saw this rant about the NUVI 500 from a highly respected hacker over on the Electric Vehicle sig.

He laments the overall DECLINE in usefulness of GPS units (NUVI as an example) as they are dumbed down to one-app fits all mentality.  He mentions the same useless attempts at Garmin customer service that Scott frquently mentinos.  THey are just too big to listen anymore to cusomers..

> The newer types of units have much better 
> radios and chipsets but have been so dumbed 
> down in other ways that they're not worth 
> the bother.  I have a long rant about this:
>  http://techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/random/nuvi.html
> ...the handheld ones designed for hiking, 
> which still have REAL BUTTONS, may be the 
> best sensible-features-per-buck way to
> go these days. 

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