"Competant GPS Unit not a 10 but NOT a 1 either."5.0 starson by webserf
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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.)