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  1. I'm in need for some help on the route searching for the Quest II unit. Got to check out my new GPSr this weekend and I am pretty disappointed with it.


    Does anyone know how to search a place without using street address?


    For example. I live in LA. I was trying to search the best route goitng to the Grove (a shopping area/theatre complex). However, every search options are for "Find near me" and I'm nowhere near The Grove; or I would have to punch in the street address for search, which I don't have. Anyone knows how to get around this problem???


    I got to say... the interface design is just poor...

  2. can anyone explain the difference between quest 1 and quest 2?


    I have been reading descriptions and they seem quite similar (other than the price)




    You can find everything about Quest and Quest II (well, almost) here:




    If you need info on GPS.... this is a very useful link:





    As far as map loading, Quest II is relatively slow. It can be a pain to calculate route while driving side streets. However, I think the additional 140MB is usefulfor additional map upload, which is more important in my opinion. I read somewhere that you can speed up Quest II if you uncheck states/area you don't use often

  3. I went through the same thing last week. I was looking for somewhat of a hybrid unit that has voice-prompt mobile navigation ability (good on the road), that also does well for outdoor usage (geocaching). I did quite a bit of research and the common voice for such hybrid just simple, does not exist, at least to the level I want.


    However, I believe the Garmin Quest II (which is what I got) is the cloest thing on the market right now. So far, I have only been using it in my car and I'm mildly impressed (after getting used to my friend's navi in his Acura, my level of expectation is extremely high). It does take a bit of time to aquire satellite signals. I have not been able to test the unit outdoor yet.


    If you need further info on the Quest I/II unit. let me know

  4. I have my mount in the lower left hand corner of the windshield. It doesn't obstruct my vision and is easy to deal with. I do NOT leave the GPSr in the truck when I'm not using it or when I go into a restaurant, etc. It's a big fat "steal me" sign.


    According to the law all of the Garfield figures, Baby on Board signs, etc. that you see stuck onto widows are illegal. I don't think it is enforced unless you are obviously obstructing your vision for driving and mirror usage. That doesn't mean you can't be ticketed for it.


    That is exactly what I'm doing... the lower left corner of the windshield. But it's a pain since the mount needs to charged in for voice prompt.


    I don't leave my unit on the mount when I leave either. BUT, if the mount is visible on the windshield, don't you think that's a pretty big "steal me" sign as well?

  5. Actually, I would recommend creating a cache of your own and put a few of those in the cache as reward. Name it appropriately so peolpe know what they expect to find. If you want, give the history on how you located these coins and put a disclaimer. That case, they are warned.

  6. Quick question: For Quest II, it doesn't seem like it comes with A/C adapter. How does it charge???? Do I need to buy a charger separately???

    The Quest2 does not come with an AC charger. It has an internal battery with a 20/30 hour charge. It charges automatically when you plug your windshield mount into the cig lighter. I've nver had a need for the AC charger. They are available for about $40.00 or so, but I don't think you'll have a need to buy one.


    Go for it!! You won't be sorry.


    Thanks. I probably will :laughing: I just hate having to charge it in the car.

  7. I have a Quest1, I have loaded into it right now, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, parts of Wyoming and parts of western canada.

    I was just short of filling the memory.

    I use it for geocaching (in and out of the car) Work, I deliver freight to all those states and use it to look up addresses and can not imagine work without it.

    VERY rugged unit.

    I would get the Quest1 just because you get the map disc with it and can use it with another GPS unit.


    Thanks for the suggestion. What version of the software does it come with?

  8. The Quest I comes with City Select vs7 (not NT) Those maps are the exact same as the Quest2 except that the Map segemets are smaller then they are in NT. Example is Southern California comes in 2 halves for the whole state in the NT but in City Select the state is divided up into almost county size portions.


    That allows you to load just those portions you will be driving in. One of the fellows in my office has the QuestI and he has most of Southern Calif loaded into his QuestI. Of course my Quest2 has all of North America, and Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii loaded. Garmin sent me the DVD free because I already have the software on my Quest2, I just needed it to make my routes on my PC. They have a great Tech Support Group!!!


    If you don't do much long distance driving the QuestI is a nice unit!


    I see. I live in SoCa so that is a good thing to know! I still want to have all the maps loaded onto the unit though if I do decide to purchase a Quest I

  9. I have a Quest2 and a Garmin 60C. I use the Quest2 to direct me to the cache then use the 60c to locate the cash.


    I like the Quest2 but it does have a flaw that drives me crazy. It is sometimes very slow to redraw the maps. Sometimes I come up to a turn and the map is still redrawing.


    The voice prompts are very clear and loud, easy to understand. If you get the Quest2 call Garmin Tech Support and they will mail you the City Select NT vs7 for free. You will then be able to plan routes on your computer (much easier) then transfer them to your Quest2. The Quest2 does not have a compass.


    All in all, I'm happy with it, I think having the handheld gives me the complete package though for geocaching.



    Very interesting. Thank you! I reiad an article saying that the delayed in mapping is caused by the extra memory.


    Yeah, I'm not sure if Quest I have a compass or not... I guess it does show Lat/Lon since people have used it for caching....


    Why would they send you the software for free? Because it is preloaded onto the unit?


    I also wonder if Quest I comes with an earlier version of City Select...

  10. I have been looking to purchase a GPS unit that is fantastic in voice-prompt command in mobile navigation, also does a good job in geocaching. After some researching, I realized that such hybrid simple don't exist (at least not at the level I want). My favorite mobile navi is still the NuVi 350 though... LOVE the screen and the interface. Very user friendly. Too bad it's not waterproofed, nor give out lal/lon positioning, and short battery life.


    I have come to terms that th Garmin Quests and Quest2 would be my best choice for such expeditions. The price difference bewteen the 2 units is about $250.




    1. Quest has 115MB internal memory, while Quest2 has 140MB. BUT, Quest comes with City Select DVD, while Quest2 has it preloaded to the unit. My assumption is that the 140MB is included with the preloaded software?


    2. How much memory do the maps take? I read an article that one of the users downloaded 4-5 states of data and it was about 100MB? I thoguht the entire north america map was uploaded.


    3. I know Quest2 shows Lat/Lon and otehr positioning format. Does Quest do the same thing?


    4. Feedback on eitehr units on the road and for geocaching?



  11. I have the same question as well. Looking for a good GPS auto navi unit is just not easy, especially one that gives longitude and latitude. I much rather only carry one unit around. The NuVi seems like a GREAT unit for mobile navi but it's not suitable for geocaching... This is rather frustrating...


    Also, how realiable is PDA GPS? I found minimal info on how good that works out. Suggestions from anyone in terms of choices, cost, capabiility and usability?


    Thanks in advanced from a newbie

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