questionsmy wife's garmin crapped out after 18 months…

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j5 j5

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Stop kidding yourself and go get the Nexus.

No rational argument will trump the "because I want one" argument, and as a recent defector from an iPhone to an Android phone, you won't be sorry you did.

At least, after a few days of getting used to the new thing. I hated the Android phone initially, but I'm loving it now.

Do it. You know you want to.

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I've been very happy with three Garmin units that I have had for years. Two of them are old refurbs from Woot and are still going strong. I can't remember where I got my third one (I don't think it was Woot but it's possible). This third one is occasionally flaky, but continues to serve me well. Any chance you are having power supply issues rather than actual unit failure? I agree that $140 is too much to fix it. Replacement with the Nexus seems like a good idea.

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@durkzilla: I don't want to hijack the question, but why did you switch from the iPhone? I'm about to buy new equipment due to the dismantling of the Nextel system and I have been frustrated by my (ancient) Android/Nextel phone and thinking of switching to iPhone.

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@nortonsark: I have a 1490 and it's stuck in a reboot loop. None of the online methods do anything and I've even had it apart to pull the battery. No love.

j5 j5
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@nortonsark: My company makes a product that works with both Apple and Android devices - I had to choose between dumping my iPhone or dumping my iPad so I can do demos on both platforms.

I got the latest and greatest Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S III) on Verizon Wireless.

Good stuff: Removable battery, MicroSDHC slot, removable SIM card, big screen, super thin and light, excellent sound quality on the phone, desktop widgets, stream videos from my phone to my TV via wifi.

Bad stuff: WiFi strength is worse than iPhone, doesn't automatically switch to strongest network, ringtones suck, no visual voicemail without an extra fee, have to repurchase all those apps, but not all apps are on Android.

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As much as I don't use my Garmin anymore since I now use my iPhone as my GPS (using Navigon's App for full GPS functionality, and Waze for fun road-munching), if you bought the Garmin less than 2 years ago, and you paid by credit card, you should check whether your card policy includes warranty doubling of up to a year on top of the manufacturer's warranty.
My $600 fancy Garmin with North American and European maps and traffic and more completely stopped holding a charge after about a year and a half, and the company told me that I would have to get it serviced myself at for a hefty charge. I contacted my card company and they approved me to go ahead and get the repair done at whatever Garmin was asking, pay Garmin with the same credit card, and then they reimbursed me the entire repair cost off my next credit card bill...
You might end up wanting to get a new mobile phone regardless, but at least you wouldn't be throwing away a perfectly good piece of GPS technology.
Good luck!
-=C=-

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The only time I've ever used a dedicated GPS was in a rental car. Otherwise, I've been using phones for GPS for years and I've never regretted it (though I'll grant you that some GPS apps can leave something to be desired, especially when you don't have a data connection).

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I don't have to travel much, so I've never used a GPS. I just check Google maps when I need to go somewhere unfamiliar.

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@curtise: The credit card extended warranty idea is really great advice. Hopefully @j5 could get his Garmin fixed and get the Nexus too!

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I FINALLY got the spouse to dump her dying Tom Tom and dead Palm early this year for a Galaxy S phone, and, as much as she depended on those 2 devices(especially the Palm), after a very short learning period she's never looked back.
There's absolutely no reason (for the majority of people) to own a separate device. Yes, there are special cases, but you WANT the Nexus and it makes sense.

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@nortonsark: @curtise:
Looks like I'm covered!
Woo hoo!
Oh!
I mean blast it all, now I don't (have an excuse to) get an N7!

Thanks for the tips!

j5 j5