Pros Easy to Use and Customize, Waterproof
Cons Speaker built into cigar lighter power plug
Summary Third Garmin GPS I have owned (and still use all of them). This one is out of the box easy to use. East to customize screen to display the information I want to see. The ability to touch the screen to input commands and to move the map by touching it and moving your finger is very nice. Beanbag base makes it a snap to move to another vechicle. One of my uses is on a motorcycle and it is the perfect size, waterproof and allows for eyes straight ahead riding. Garmin has an easy to wire harness which allows me to plug my helmet speakers directly to the 2720. A special locking mount is also easy and safe to use and unclip for storage in my saddlebags when not in use. The screen is the brightest ever and has automatic dimm/bright feature photocell which makes it so much easier to view than most competitive GPS units. No software to load it comes preloaded with all detail maps for U.S. and Canada. Also easy to customize map details and how they appear. Only GPS I know of with remote control making it fun for passagers to use. Has optional traffic receiver for certain large city automatic traffic accident or area avoidance notification and detour routing. Comes standard with manual detour input should you decide to leave current route and wish the 2720 to reroute you. Comes with about 6 million points of intersts, hotels, food, fuel, museums, attractions, etc. Makes it easy to find your favorites no matter where you are. Contains an additional 750 MB of storage for future special purpoase use such as dowloadable Points of Interest software to add future thousands of special points of interests. Downloadable choice of other computer voices. The computer calculated estimated time of arrival information is very accurate which makes it easy to ensure on time arrivals. In summary based upon real life use of GPS devices I highly recommend the Garmin 2720.
"Very Fine Product"on by Bosco
Pros Many configuration options; crystal-clear viewing; Quick GPS Signal
Cons Insufficient product manual
Summary I use the StreetPilot almost ever day. It rarely makes a mistake. I had another brand before this one and it used to almost always direct me down one-way streets in the wrong direction in New York City. Also it would be impossible, I suppose, to get a more legible screen. The software is very good. I noticed with great relief that the on-screen addresses contain telephone numbers of business establishments. I'd certainly recommend this devise.Updated
Note that the Garmin 2720 received very high ratings from PC Magazine and Popular Science.
Pros Feature Rich
Cons Needs Better Text To Speech
Summary Don't take my word for it! A lot of the "reviews/user opinions" were written very early in the production life of the 2720 (released in late spring/summer of 2005. I have owned the SP 2720 since March, 2006 (the firmware/software version is now at 6.00). This unit (if you do not need or want MP3, or Blue Tooth connectivity) is, in my opinion, the best out there. Some of the concerns were that the user interface had been "dumbed" down; since this was my first GPS unit, I had no previous reference point, but I have since learned that I can perform mostly all of the route planning aids and other things that the classic GPS's can do (I have yet to find anything that I can't do by knowing the machine and finding a 'work-around' if need be) using the included Mapsource CD and my computer! I have not had any of the freeze ups or other problems that I had previously read about.
If I could make one suggestion it would be to soften up the Text to Speech voice and give it a warmer sound, even though I have no trouble understanding it. It is feature rich (from a navigation/route planning standpoint). I'd buy it again!!
Pros It arrived
Cons I actually paid for it
Summary Real waste of time and money. This unit does not even have a speaker. You have to use real large 12 v adapter plug with speaker, and speaker is not a ear level. Cannot hard wire unit without buying speakers or having professioanl installed to car sys. Unit not user friendly, hard to set start point if not current location.
Unit redraw and calc extremely slow on high map detail. Even on high detail, most address are not listed, you have to pick on close to requested street number.
Looks like other positive posts are from Garmin employees.
Do not waste your money or time
Pros Easy to read screen, removable mount
Cons Some POI's outdated, occaisional wrong directions
Summary My 67 Year old Grandfather bought this and found it really easy to use and entertaining ("recalculating") He cannot see or hear very well and is not very tech saavy and was concerned about this, he found the unit easy to use, easily readable touch-screen, loud enough for him, auto backlight adjustment. VERY SATISFIED!!! Bought at best buy for $999 and tech was very helpful. Also by the way I don't work for Garmin, I am a 17 year old junior in high school...