Pros Unbelievable detail, ability to find the nearest gas or lodging and provide phone numbers so you can check for room availability without getting off the highway.
Cons Absurd price of map updates, given the high initial price already paid. The great beanbag mount needs a tackier underside for more grip.
Summary I am impressed by the many capabilities of this product. Yes it can produce some less than optimum routings, and it will occasionally try to send you the wrong way on a one way street, or via a dead end street. However the positives far outweigh the negatives. The map updates amount to highway robbery (pun intended) When one pays $700 to $900 for a tool, the blades should not cost $150. As a result, I haven't upgraded for two years. Cut the cost by 90% and I'll upgrade every time. Provide a 5-year upgrade subscription for $150, and far more owners would "join". Instead the high cost generates ill will, and drives customers away.
Pros Easy to use interface and solid construction and auto rerouting
Cons Poor maps, no expansion, costly maps and updates
Summary I was excited to get this GPS after taking long trips using either my Magellan color handheld or my PDA with Delorme software. It was nice to have all the maps on one unit without having to connect to a computer every time. That is the greatest bennefit to this device. It has all of the USA in one unit. There is no need to connect to a computer. The autoreroute feature is nice. On my Magellan Meridian I had to manually tell it to reroute.
Now for the bad. The maps are not very accurate. The unit could not find my home even though it has been here for over 30 years. Garmin tech support was able to confirm this issue. I have read other people have had this problem. I told tech suppor that after spending $750 I should be able to trust the unit to tell me where to go. Here are just a few of the errors within in a mile of my house:
Service Merchandise store closed 5 years ago - still listed as there and open
Black Eyed Pea franchise was owned by someone linked to Al Queda and closed just after 9-11-01 and is still listed as open.
Wal-Mart built 5 years ago isn't shown
Wal-Mart built 4 years ago isn't shown
Resturant that closed 5 years ago still shown.
Bank built 6 years ago not shown
None of the homes on my street can be found.
Outback Steakhouse built 10 years ago not shown
Walgreens pharmacy shown but CVS across the street not shown even though built at same time.
These are just a few (yes there are more) errors within 1 square mile of my house. I asked Garmin tech support how could I trust a device when I am 1000 miles from home when I can't even trust it 1 mile from home.
Also, some people have talked about PDA GPS systems. I have one and it is not perfect either plus it is a hassle to load the maps you want cause a PDA won't allow you to load a large region.
Honestly the best option is a notebook comptuer and bluetooth GPS. The maps are cheaper and more up to date. But this option is not as portable.
I am stuck with the Garmin cause I can't return it but I definitely will not depend on it solely. Garmin needs to publish a more reasonable map update.
Pros Dependable and easy to use
Cons Time for an update to the maps
Summary Easy to transfer between vehicles.
Excellent and stable base - not a window mount.
Very readable in all light levels.
Would have gotten a "10" if they updated maps yearly.
Recalculations when necessary are quick.
Operating system updates are easily performed.
Pros I spend 30,000 miles a year on the road and getting to places on location and on time is critical. I first received my Garmin StreetPilot 2620 at the start of the week. Since then I have put traveled 1400 miles between Madison, WI through the Upper Pennin
Cons The bean-bag mount isn't very pretty. There needs to be mute button on the remote control. There should be an easier way to zoom in and out of the maps. It would be nice if there was audio when using it via AC power in the office or house. The unit only r
Pros I have had 2 other GPS units in the last 3 years. My very last one was the Garmin Ique and the one before was another Garmin product. Now I was looking for something with the entire US maps preloaded on it, and since I had already tried the Garmin produ