"Piece of junk"1.5 starson by krthomson
Pros: Screen is nice
Cons: POI database is crap
Summary: This unit has a nice, easy to read screen, but the POI database is pathetic.
I am a contractor. This morning, I was sitting in a HD parking lot and it told me I was 5.3 mi from the closest HD. I was less than 1/2 mi from a Carolina Lumber, and it was sending me more than 6 mi away, to a point that I KNOW there was no Carolina Lumber. I have been sitting in front of a restaurant that it tells me doesn't exist.
I used a Cobra for several years (my wife bought me this POS at Christmas). The Cobra was very accurate, and was cheaper than the Garmin. If I didn't have a conscience, I would try to trade the guy I sold my Cobra to and get mine back. It was not 100% accurate, but it is 10 times better than this POS.
BTW, Garmin seems to want you to buy POI databases from 3rd party reps (which I have done, but they are no better ...) Do yourself a favor, buy the Cobra. Their screen may be smaller, but the database is MUCH more accurate.
(I HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH EITHER COBRA OR GARMIN. THIS IS A POST BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE USING BOTH THE COBRA AND GARMIN GPS UNITS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS.)Updated
This unit comes with a very poor POI database. On three different occasions it has sent me to Home Depot stores in the middle of residential neighbor hoods. I stored the address of one of my frequent suppliers, while sitting in the parking lot. The next time I used this unit it sent me 5 blocks away. It finds VERY FEW home improvement stores other than HD or Lowes. My wife bought the database update for her Garmin (for $70.00), as it looked much better than the original, I tried to load it to mine. It won't let me. I have to spend another $70.00 to get a semi-accurate database. This unit is only 6 mo old. All in all, I'll never own another Garmin product.