While I do rarely use my stand alone GPS device, it does have one major advantage over google maps. My Garmin has the ability to search for food, gas, or whatever along my current route. This is very helpful when you are looking for a place to stop somewhere down the road. A google maps search only shows you what is around you at that moment. Finding places in the distance requires scrolling which can be tough if you are driving alone. I wish google would incorporate thus feature in maps.