Now that the holiday gift-giving season is approaching (aka Xmas - I’m not afraid of saying the word! ), I have decided to help my wife join the 20th century, and instead of pre-printing Google Maps directions or resorting to the old-style printed on paper Thomas Brothers maps, the mainstays of Los Angeles directions for many years, I’m thinking of getting her a small portable GPS unit, that will be used in her car most of the time, but will probably be transferred to my car on occasion.
This will be mostly used for So. Cal. freeway driving and city/suburb directions, though it it worked in the rest of the country or for our summer vacation trips (e.g. Canada, Western Europe) that would be even better.
I hear lots of good things about Garmin (sample recent SDMB discussion on GPS systems) but my work colleague who has a TomTom says it’s cheaper, you get map updates for free, and her TomTom gave her good directions when she overshot the mark and had to double back.