European Navigation Devices
June 8, 2005 11:05 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a portable GPS-type navigation device that has good road maps especially for southern France, Germany and Italy.

I see that a number of vendors (Garmin, Magellan, Navman) all sell European GPS navigation devices, but I can't find any indication as to the quality of the maps, especially outside of major metropolitan areas. Does anybody have any experience or advice?
posted by mosch to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
 
High recommendation for Garmin products, especially the etrex vista.
posted by mystyk at 12:12 PM on June 8, 2005


I've used the Garmin 60CS for a corporate program and it was very successful. You purchase the Europe software and load the countries you want.
posted by kdern at 1:04 PM on June 8, 2005


I believe Magellan is a French company, so I would hope their french maps are decent.

I have just installed a RoadMate 700 in my car. It comes with a 20 GB hard drive, loaded with US, Canadian and European data. Depending on whether you live in North America or Europe, one of the two is unlocked. You can buy an unlock key to open the rest. There is also a USB cable and a CF slot for future upgrades.
posted by b1tr0t at 5:38 PM on June 8, 2005


I have a Garmin IQue and love it. Haven't been in southern France with it, but have done Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, northern France, UK. Also now, South Africa. The portability is great, but you want the beanbag mount from Garmin. 3rd party mounting is less reliable.
posted by Goofyy at 10:29 PM on June 8, 2005


Oh, I should have said, the European maps are great, I've found few problems. South Africa has been updated since I got my maps, and have improved.
posted by Goofyy at 10:30 PM on June 8, 2005


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