Pros Good sized screen, touch sensitive, Text to speech is excellent. Solid mount. Works every time,but takes a little getting used to.
Cons No user manual supplied...have to download it, via Acrobat.
Pros Bluetooth, Interface, Deep resources, Traffic!
Cons Nothing major
Summary I bought this unit for my wife. Let's stop right there for a second. My wife is not technologically inclined. She hates tech things. She's managed to use the GPS, the handsfree interface with her phone, the traffic updates, calculator, and even the link up to her radio for audio playback. That's really impressive. It speaks volumes about how committed Garmin is to the user experience.
The screen is crisp, bright, and easy to figure out. The 3D mapping is the best I've seen. I use a Pioneer with NavTraffic, and this unit is better at 1/4 the price.
Don't dismiss the extra features. We're in California, and there's a handsfree cell phone law. This unit marries to most cell phones, and can even send a radio signal on an FM frequency for amplification of calls.
Traffic reports come in over the car charger, and they seem pretty accurate.
Battery life is terrific. I can't find much wrong with the unit. The cell phone hookup could have better audio I suppose, but it does its job pretty darn well.
It's a good piece of technology, and worth the price (got this unit for under $300 dollar at CostCo on sale).
It's a buy.
Pros large touch screen, bright
Cons slow to tell you when a turn is coming
Summary My first GPS and a bit of a disappointment. Traveling at 65 mph on 3-4 lane roads it's not nice to tell me just a few seconds before I need to be in a certain lane. Also some of the routes it picks are nuts. I still haven't figured out it's logic in route selection changing fastest/shortest hasn't helped with some mysterious routes it's tried to send me on. I'm hopeful some system upgrade will help but I'm not expecting we'll see much improvement in this model unless enough people complain.
Pros This GPS works great everytime. I use this all the time. This unit has never let me down from Pa to FL many many many times! I
Cons Some times it has a hard time picking up signal in the house when I try to pre program my route. It does have all the normal signal limitations that every GPS has.
Summary All in all you can not go wrong with this unit for the money. Way better than any Tom Tom. Not to mention its really cool showing off your high end GPS. I wanted a high end gps with high end function but really couldnt afford it. This gps allowed me to have to have the best of both worlds.These had a big price tag when they came out, prices have really dropped. I paid under $200.00 and its been going strong for more than 3 years! I have used this in many big cities and never no problems. DC, ATL, MIA, HRB, all up and down the east coast from PA to FL. Love it Love it Love it!
"We love it!"on by park2009
Pros Extremely easy to use...voice clear and audible. Kept transmission signal very well in spite of where we were (forest and mountains). Trip recalculation was very quick.
Cons Key board a little cumbersome.
Summary We went camping in NC...it got us from SC to the NC mountains through the treacherous route 80, straight to the camp ground with pin point accuracy. We could not have asked for better results!