"Great GPS! I don't understand the complaints!"5.0 starson by Baby_Doc
Pros: Larger speaker with clear voice output.
Larger, brighter 5.0 inch touch screen.
Easy to use interface.
Uncluttered 3-D perpective maps -easy to use and follow.
Lane assist and junction views - very nice!
Blue tooth works.
Hotfix to satellites.
Cons: 3-D map does not show name of street upon which you are traveling.
Points of interest not visible on 3-D maps. In 2-D must zoom to 200 ft or less to see POI.
Takes a minimum of 2.5 hours to update maps. ONLY first update is free.
Summary: This is my first gps purchase. I, too, bought it on black Friday for $249 at Costco. At that price it is a good value. It works as it should. I love the big screen and clear voice directions. The blue tooth works great, too!
Some people have complained that they have had problems with connecting to satellites. I did not experience this except with the first cold startup of the unit. According to Garmin, during the first cold startup, the unit gathers data of the satellite positions that it then stores in an almanac for future use, enabling almost immediate connections when you turn on the gps the next time. The gathering and writing of that new almanac of satellite postions sometimes needs an open clear unobstructed view of the sky with the gps in a stationary position. This can take 5 minutes the first time you use the gps. This almanac should not need to be rebuilt often, unless you haven't used the gps for a long time, or you had flew to a distant location and then tried to use the gps again.