Pros Fastes Recalculation, Very accurate and easiest to use. (JUST WONDERFUL)
Cons NO CONS AT THIS TIME.
Summary I have had the opportunity to checkout the following GPS products, The Initial GPS NAV/DVD, Garmin Street Pilot 2620, Magellan Roadmate 700, Lowrance Iway 500 and the Tom Tom Go 300 and 700. All of the above products are wonderful and have all their own little traits and hang-ups. As of now I have found nothing to complain about with the Garmin Street Pilot 2720. I have used this product now for 2 weeks and use it when I go to the store and the test has not failed me at all. This has the fastest Recalculation of all the above mentioned unites. The NEW text to speech is outstanding and never misses. I am going to North Carolina next week and cant wait to have this 2720 take us there. SO NICE AND SO AWSOME IS MY FINAL THOUGHT.
"Most people who have complaints with the StreetPilot don't know how to use GPS's!"on by mvaughan737
Pros Good screen picture, Audio speaker is clear, and concise. Inputting an address is easy compared to how it used to be several years ago.
Cons Road changes needs to be updated more frequently. But, this applies to ALL GPS's.
Summary This machine in my opinion works just fine. I used it on cross country trip from Indiana to California and it worked just great. I read all the complaints about how bad it is. These are complaints from people who do NOT know how to use a GPS. Yes, it doesn't give you much warning to your turn point if you are driving 100mph. But, if you drive at normal speeds, the warning is more than adequate. That doesn't even come close to being a problem. Yes, this unit has an external speaker and is a ***** to hardwire. But, this is a PORTABLE UNIT!!! It is not meant to be hardwired into your car. If you want a permanent GPS, then go buy a permanent GPS! I had NO signal problems except in the middle of downtown San Francisco. The buildings are so tall and close together, you lose sight of your satellites. You will have that problem with any GPS. Get away from the tall towers, and it regains instantly. Yes, there will be map discrepancies and POI's not exactly where they should be, but that is NOT the fault of the GPS!! That is the fault of the people that report the exact position of these POI's. My only complaint would be that they need to update the maps more frequently when major roads/highways are changed. Highway construction is continuous throughout the US, and I don't know who is responsible for that, but they lag about 3 years or so. If there is a major change to a road or freeway, it takes about 3 yrs to get the maps updated. Not Garmins fault I think. It is the people who provide the data to them. Overall, this machine works GREAT! It will get you to your destination. The color display is excellent, the voice commands are clear, concise and excellent! I created my own speedtrap POI's in town, that works excellent! People that have problems, are generally people who never used GPS's before. Remember people, this is a machine and has limitations. The only reason I gave it a 9 was because of the maps not being updated more frequently. But over all, it is an exceptional unit, easy to use and works GREAT!
"Horrible GPS ever"on by peterchan
Pros Clear voice
Cons It keeps telling you to keep left and turn right.
Summary This product is a waste of $1000 dollars. It has soooo many flaws that I couldn't believe this thing is worth my money. Here are some of the errors.
1. Keep left in 1km, turn right in 500 ft?
2. Keep left when I was in the 4 lanes and turn right in 2 seconds. ?
3. Signal is gone in downtown
4. Keep right next ahead. It doesn't always tell you turn right. So keep right.
5. It tells you arrive on right. When the building is on left.
6. So expensive. I just wasted $1177 dollars.
7. Doesn't have Postal Code/Zip code
8. Slow at informing turn left or turn right.
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Summary I gave this unit a 10, to compensate for those who bashed it. It is NOT a 1.
I have owned 5 other GPS units, and given my experience with this one, I would rate it a 7-8. That said, there are not enough improvements to warrant replacing a current 2610, if you have one already.
I have the latest firmware, and voice software, and use an external antenna, due to the location I mount the unit. Note, the internal antenna works fine as long as you have good exposure through the windshield.
This is true for ANY GPS.
• You can customize as many as 4 tabs with the information YOU want as opposed to the older 2620. Note the black tabs in the photo. You can have four like that as opposed to the green (large)directional tab. (voice prompting already tells you when/where to turn, so why leave it set up this way).
• much more sensitive and accurate touch screen, as well a better resolution display.
• Remote is handy when driving, but the joystick on the remote is hard to use if you have big fingers!
• Good prompting for turns even in areas of closely gridded streets. Unit guided me to Staples Center in LA, without a hitch. Those who know LA, are aware of the tight street configuration.
• This version does help the driver keep his/her eyes on the road by virtue of the newer voice prompting.
• 3D mode gives a feeling of being over your route, (as if in an airplane) Kinda cool, but you lose informational detail in this mode. 2D provides more map detail.
• Capable of routing multiple stops and picks the shortest route available for you.
Both the 2620 and this 2720, prompt for turns either at the same time, or within a few seconds of each other. Note I compared them side by side using the same destinations.
I can't speak for all the GPS units out there, but this unit is NOT bad, and does the job... at least here in Southern California.
In order to fully enjoy this unit, you MUST read the manual, to configure the unit to your liking. Don't buy it if your VCR still reads "12:00"
• I live in So California, and it has rarely let me down, although Garmin does a horrible job of keeping up with new street additions in growth areas.
• Utilizing as a map is cumbersome at best. Still, this is secondary to guidance which it does well.
• If you Edit a "favorite", it will erase the address. This is a very poor design as far as I am concerned and needs to be "addressed". For example if you find an address, and then rename it to say, "mom's house", the address will be lost and you are left with the coordinates, (useless in urban areas)
• Detail is good but I would like to see more street name detail around the curser.
• Using the map mode completely turns you around by facing it North Up, as opposed to Track Up. This is unacceptable.
• GPS status and satellite status is also North Up, and so Sun and Moon orientation is not right unless you mentally adjust for it. (not a big deal but the older unit gave the option for track up or north up.)
Pros Very accurate, easy to use, intuitive even for an idot, display is bright and does not wash out in sunlight.
Cons In most areas, you will have to pay a monthly subscription to get the live traffic updates.
Summary This unit definitely does NOT suck. Those users that rate it less than a 7 probably have a difficult time tying their sneakers in the morning and are a definite danger to society when around any piece of electronic equipment. This is by far and away the nicest unit that I have ever used. In my not so humble opinion, it is even better than the Magellan 760 because -- although they both have similar features -- the 2720 is easier to use and the display is much easier to read in direct sunlight. It blows the entire field of competition away ... the 760 being the only other unit that comes anywhere close. If you are looking for the very best and don't mind paying a few bucks more, then this is the unit for you. I rate it a 9 because my wife is the only 10 in this world. If the system allowed it, I'd rate it a 9.9. Nice job Garmin!
** Only forget about the optional Garmin GTM 10 FM TMC traffic receiver -- unless the subscription to the traffic reports is free, the GTM 10 ain't worth it.