"A whole bundle of features, but nothing works!"0.5 starson by knight_2004
Pros: Bluetooth, Highway Speed, Current Speed, Speed warning, Elevation, millions of POI, Day/Night backlight, text-to-speech, hands-free calling, multi-media (MP3, Video, Picure viewer,) etc., etc. A WHOLE BUNDLE OF FEATURES....
Cons: Non of the above features works or works well.
Summary: I bought this GPS thinking it was what I was looking for. I mainly needed a GPS with bluetooth.
I have used GPS's in for the past 5 years. (Garmin, Magellan, Apline, Cobra, generic names, etc.) I am not new to GPS's, but this GPS unit will certainly make you look like an idiot.
Non of the above features works or works well. Here we go. This is an actual experience.
Bluetooth never recognized my phone(s)
Highway speed worked for the first 6 hours, then stopped. I searched everywhere to enable it at no avail. Of course, the speed warning won't work as well.
Day/Night backlight is a pain. It always was set to daylight. You have to set it manually to night-time everytime you start your car. The screen is so bright, it kills your concentration on the road. It has only 3 degrees of brightness (low, med, high) you need to set it on low (still very bright) each time it has to restart. Like when you stop for gas.
Text-to-speech worked once or twice, then in most areas did not pronounce the street names.
Multi-Media is a joke. A real big joke. I thought I'd throw my MP3 player. Well, not so soon; you need to remove the SD card (which originally came with the unit) and insert your card. Well, the GPS gives an error message rightaway, and stops working. It turns out that all the maps and applications are on the orig. SD card, and it needs to be in the unit at all times. If you remove the SD card, then the unit acts as an MP3 player ONLY. (completely useless)
Another big issue which made me return the unit is this: You need to enter the destination address or a previous destination each time you turn off/on the unit. For example, you stop for coffee/gas; you start the car, then Mr. GPS has forgotten everything. Either you go to previous destinations and choose the last one, or re-enter everything again.
This unit is supposed to be filled with POI (points of interests) Interestingly, it gives the brand of the gas-stations on the road, name and icon. But, try to choose one of these. It is always locked to the last one you have chosen. There is a gas station a couple of miles ahead of me, and the GPS wants me to drive 7 miles and return 7 miles to the last gas station that I had mistakenly chosen. 14 miles, and there is a gas station just close by.
On the good side, when this unit works (as a GPS), it works well, just until you turn off your car. It acquires the GPS signal very quickly, and it is very accurate. That was good enough for me, but you need to choose the previous destination each time you restart your car. I return it to the store, and they has a big sale. I told him, I won't buy it for $10.
It looks like the programmers had everything you need in the unit, but they had a hard time connecting the wires and the code. It could be a very good unit, but needs reprogramming from scratch.