Out With The Old, In With The New

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My Magellan Roadmate 760 GPS Receiver was giving me trouble for the past few days. The connectors that supplies power to the unit kept coming loose. I couldn’t find where the loose parts were but it was driving me crazy. When I plugged the unit in, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I would need to disconnect the unit and try it again. Most of the time, things work after two or three tries. However, it progressively got longer and longer. Rather than take a chance on the unit never turning on, I decided to get a replacement unit, just in case.

The GPS I got was the Garmin nüvi 360. The 360 is basically the same as as the Garmin nüvi 350 but with a Bluetooth receiver so you can connect your cell phone to it for hands free calls. The nüvi is way smaller than the Magellan GPS. The 350 is barely bigger than a pack of playing cards. Despites the small size, the nüvi 360 is extremely powerful, has a 3.5″ color display (just a bit smaller than the Magellan 3.75″) and packs a ton of extra features, like a MP3 player.

My favorite feature of the Garmin nüvi 360 is it’s battery powered and fits in your pocket. That allows me to program all my destinations into the unit while at home and call them up in the car. A car power adapter is included. Without external power, the 360 can last up to eight hours on its rechargeable battery.

I purchased the unit at Futureshop in Markham, Ontario for $599.00 plus taxes. Then I get home to check the TTZ Media price index and see that I could have got it for a lot less. Oh well. I can always use it, review it, and then return it after I get back to Vancouver. 😈


40 thoughts on “Out With The Old, In With The New”

  1. GPS with Bluetooth and an mp3 player, eh — sounds like a pretty nifty toy alright. Let’s hope this one doesn’t go cuckoo anytime soon LOL.

    1. Dave says:

      lol, let’s hope not!

    2. Kumiko says:

      Does it drive for you as well?

      1. For a few bucks more, I’d be happy to chauffeur John around myself (I’d accept the old GPS as a down payment, too). 😈

        1. Jonix says:

          :mrgreen: good one articlechecker :mrgreen:

          john is pure evil 😈 (return the gps after return…evil…)

    3. Derrich says:

      For awhile, the Nuvi was the Top GPS sold on Amazon. Pretty cool “toy”.

  2. Matthew says:

    John… Is this the first time you have had to pay for a gadget 😀 I would have thought you could have given a contact a call and they would have shipped it for free.

    1. Dave says:

      He needed one right away though!

  3. Simonne says:

    There’s no doubt you’ll return it. You’re so evil, after all! 👿

  4. uncle sha says:

    You can actually return the product? so ‘evil’ 👿

    A return no cost policy? … here, once sold, it’s considered not returnable. Unless it has defect from factory

    This GPS however looks much cooler

    1. Yeah, that actually happens — I don’t think a lot of the vendors appreciate it (Futureshop, be nice now), but return and exchange policies do allow it.

      1. Matthew says:

        Flexible returns policies have been around in England a while now. When I was working in a shop the customer would scream and shout, but they would not get a refund. Then a US company purchased the company I worked for and suddenly a 10 day return policy was put in place with no questions asked. The only time we would not refund was if something was damaged. But, they would call the company support number and they would tell us we had to refund it anyway.

        It was open for abuse but we generally didnt see that much more items returned.

        1. Jeff Kee says:

          Overall, a flexible return policy encourages more sales, so at the end the figures make up for the losses of “open box” re-sales, in which case the vendor loses money.

          When you think of the degree of retail markup on some products, it’s not surprising. Overall those policies do help consumers.

          There are a few major computer outlets in Vancouver… Futureshop, Londondrugs, and then there’s ATIC.

          Atic is the nerdy lil computer shop where they have shit for cheaper, but because their return/exchange policies can be a hassle, i never go there. I’d rather pay extra at Futureshop or London Drugs and know that I can return or exchange it without a hassle if there’s a problem.

    2. Dave says:

      In Canada, futureshop has a 30 day no questions asked return policy (except on opened software). So you can literally buy a 60 inch plasma tv, use it for a month and then bring it back and say : I don’t like it.

      Now that I think about it, I think futureshop just recently changed the policy to 15 days on certain items.

      1. Jeff Kee says:

        It’s always been 14 days for computers, lcd monitors etc. And TVs too i think.

        1. Jonix says:

          In europe is the same thing. 14 days trial period.

  5. blabWire says:

    What are your plans for the old unit? Looks like a good idea for a new contest. “Win John Chow’s broken GPS unit!”

    blabEditor

    1. Dave says:

      That’s a good idea there, BlabWire 🙂

    2. uncle sha says:

      Winner then sell it on ebay “Bid for John Chow’s broken GPS unit! – Get a piece of evil 👿 “

  6. Marc says:

    That’s a pretty cool looking gadget. I’ve been a little skeptical of those GPS units, but I like the visual interface on that one. The 3/4 view looks quite nice.

  7. Dave says:

    If you do a lot of traveling in unfamiliar areas, a GPS unit is invaluable!

    1. Especially when no one around speaks any English and you’ve been passing the same street corner one too many times — yes, a GPS device could be a traveler’s best friend.

  8. gotta love the GPS

  9. Haven’t tried an in car gps.

  10. Amanda says:

    I want a car GPS however I always test it out to see how good it is and see if they can find the name of the road my work is on since no gps picks it up its so weird.

  11. Martin says:

    well that was a really bad buy John, you could have it from Amazon for $459 including shipping and there will be many other retailers who offer it even cheaper for sure. but hey, you obviously get money for spending some extra 😈

    1. $459 — is that overnight shipping? I think John needed/wanted the GPS like ASAP…hence the evil plan of simply returning the thing after he’s done with it LOL.

  12. Simonne says:

    Hey, John, you could offer it as a prize for one of your contests here. You can imagine how many people would struggle to get it.

  13. Richard Cai says:

    My friend bought a GPS when he drove to New York. Without GPS he will be completely lost in big apple. It’s a great help. I plan to have one.

  14. Sucker says:

    I’ve started using the Garmin GPS units (Nuvi and StreetPilot) recently too. Great stuff and customer support has been excellent.

    1. Yeah, great customer support — for any product or service — is a definite bonus.

  15. Simonne says:

    I never felt the need of a GPS. I’m always lost, but this is because I don’t focus when driving. I’d rather buy myself a driver with GPS 🙂

  16. ricardo says:

    Hey John, we got the same unit.

    unfortunately it doesnt seem that this thing does support alot of routes which are from portugal 🙁

    anyway, dont get lost in toronto! :mrgreen:

  17. James says:

    Now i am thinking it might be a good time to get a GPS. 😈

    1. Matt Jones says:

      Its always a good time to get a GPS! (if you have the cash) :mrgreen:

  18. Matt Jones says:

    I’ve never used a GPS… 😥

  19. Paul. says:

    I just got Windows Streets and Trips for my laptop. It came with the GPS locator. It’s pretty cool. Not bad for $130.

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