Pros scroll wheel is easy to use / has "most recent via point" lookup /
Cons cannot import/export via points (waypoints) to PC
Summary Nice unit for the beginner, in which what this is unit geared towards. I have no complaints other than a couple of minor software features that, maybe with any luck, Garmin will implement these into future unit software updates. 1) You cannot import or export the via points (waypoints) to the pc for saving or editing. the included software only installs map sets. fortunately I have a MapSource CD from my still current Emap unit and this allows importing and exporting to my i3. It's nice to be able to export your waypoints to the pc and view all your waypoints on the software map and either rename them or delete as needed. 2)Since there is no "delete all waypoints" option on the unit itself, the only way to delete waypoints is one at a time. very time consuming if you have a lot like me (468). I travel often and my Emap unit had all the waypoints currently in it. I was able to import all my waypoints to my new i3 but I accidentally imported waypoints from a year ago and had to either 1: delete them all a re-import the correct ones or 2:compare the saved waypoints from a year ago to the recently saved waypoints from a week ago them add the difference to my i3 (I chose to compare/add), try to delete almost 500 waypoints from this unit with the scroll wheel, it'll take many hours. I emailed support and informed them of my disappointment and pleaded for them to add a "delete all" option for future unit software updates. This option shouldn't only be available on the more advanced units but we'll see. I like the unit very much other than being able to not scroll the map screen and the waypoint issues. (I still like calling them waypoints instead of via points....).
Pros Easy to read, hear and use.
Cons sometimes had to scroll to find correct street name
Summary Great inexpensive GPS. Only problem we found is that it didn't always recognize the street name but we could scroll through a list and pick those it didn't find the first time.
Pros Most of the time gets you where you need to go
Cons Takes too long to get a signal
Summary The Good:
1) Very user friendly
2) Memorizes the last 20 addresses you went to.
3) Lets you memorize your favorite addresses
4) Yellow Pages on the go. Lets you find business while on the road (i.e. Fuel stations)
1) Takes about 20 or 30 seconds to get a satellite signal.
2) If your car is in door it doesn’t get the satellite signal at all.
3) If you get to far from big metropolitan areas it may lose it sense if direction (isn't that why we got a GPS?) and get you lost.
4) If using with batteries they don't last very long.
5) Have been using it for 10 months now and the female plug that connects both power and data is already broken.
6) The mount that comes with StreetPilot i3 will not stick to your windshield (very unsafe) so you will need to buy a new mount if you don’t want it to fall off while you are driving.
Pros Cost effective; clear screen; audible voice prompt.
Cons Hmmmmmmm, I cannot think of any
Summary I got this system and was immediately charmed by it. Voice prompts was audible. I actually set mine to 3 -a mid level. In the car, the screen doesn't look so small anymore. I guarantee you will not miss bigger screens.
A touch screen would have been nice. You will not miss it though. I guarantee it.
My dashboard sticker refuses to stick to my dashboard though (windshield attachments are illegal in california). I don't know if its the cold weather and if others have this problem. I will consider getting a secondary dashboard attachment.
"Great Product!"on by LRK0317
Pros Does what it should do for a great price!
Cons Holds limited maps
Summary I am a first-time user of any type of GPS system. I was able to use the i3 as soon as I took it out of the box, without having to consult much of the quick start guide or the operator's manual.
The removable memory card that comes with the i3 unit holds only a few states of maps, but that works well for most trips. I have 6 Midwestern states loaded on mine at this time.
I appreciate the Points of Interests that are loaded with the maps, such as restaraunts, stores, theaters, etc.
The screen size does not need to be any larger than what it is. The size of the unit is great for portability and for placement on the windshield without distraction.
The unit recalculates the route when you "stray" off course or choose to go a different way. The audio directions are concise and clear.
For a low-priced, high-quality unit, the Garmin i3 is an excellent choice.