"Not very good gps."on by juncman
Pros good screen, good sound, easy to use, very good build quality, user replacable battery, sd mem slot, can play videos, music, and photos, has hard drive.
Cons Does not display names of the streets on the streets. Only the street you are on at the top of the screen. Hard to see the screen during the day. (non-reflective coating is still very reflective), no
Summary I did not like this gps. As a gps it is very poor. Only 8 sats at a time, and not a very sensitive receiver. You only need 3 sats to navigate, but if the device can not see them, then you are lost! Even under some trees it lost the gps signal. Then it got stuck twice when it had a clear view if the sky. The device gives only the basic gps info. The name of the streets you are on is displayed, and some (very few) cross streets. I live in a Los Angeles suburb and this device lost the signal four times on a simple drive. Under trees, under overpasses, near large buildings and once it just froze. I had to reset it. The newer SF-III receivers will get a signal in your house, near a window, not at the window, but near it. This will loose the signal under a tree!
As a music player it is cool. Although the device has a 20 GB HD, you can only use 5GB and of that you can only use 1GB for videos. It will play MP3, no problem, and the stereo speakers are not bad, petty loud and clear.
I could not get videos to play. Canâ€™t give much of an opinion other than that.
Photo viewing was fine. High res pictures were blurry, but 320x240 (screen native res) they looked good.
The mount is good and strong. The device does not come with an AC adapter, but you can use any PSP usb/AC cable as a home charger.
My big pet-peeve is that the device will not show street names on the streets themselves, so you do not know what the streets around you are. The gps is just not very good. Keep shopping around for another one. This is my 7th gps so far in the search for an inexpensive $399.00 is the limit. So I will be waiting for the next sale.
Pros not darn thing...the bigest mistake I've ever made is throwing my money away on this product.
Cons I don't like that this product is still being sold. It's outdated, most places I want to go to are not on the map, and it's imposible to get a map update. It's cheaper to by a new gps...I'm buying a LG or tomtom.
Pros storing pictures,videos and mp3
Cons loses signal to much and freezes,you have to keep resetting it
Summary i bought this gps because it was on sale in Comp U.S.A. for $249 with $70 mail in rebate($179) when i bought it about a year ago,it kept on losing signal almost everywhere in Connecticut,so i went to JVC.com and purchase the external antenna for $40 with the shipping,it got a little more signal but still was losing it, also sometimes when i was typing the name of the street it used to freeze and i had to reset it by switching the button on the side of the gps off and on, and sometimes when it takes you to where your going it makes you do unnecessary turns for example if im going straight like 4 blocks it'll say make a left turn then make a right turn then make a right turn then make a left turn to bring me back to the same street,the only thing that i like was that it had mp3,i took it to Florida on vacation,i rented a car and was playing my music threw the stereo with a wireless fm transmitter,other than that i wouldn't purchase this gps again
Pros Great Price
Cons Poor screen vsibility in sunlight
Summary For the price this GPS is fine. After a lot of usage i found that there are two issues. The first is a very big issue which will leave you very frustrated. It does not announce the direction when you have to take an exit. Example if you have to take 95 North it just announces to take I-95. You are lost as to which one to
Pros Good GPS system, great music system
Cons Does not speak street name you are going to turn into
Summary I do not think the other reviewer understood
that when the street name is on a grey back
ground that indicates the street you are
ON. When the street name is on a white
background, that indicates the street you
are to turn into. Also, plugging it into
your USB port does NOT charge the unit.
It says so in the manual.
I do not have any other experience with
GPS systems, but if it is true that this
unit cannot pick up the GPS signal inside
my solid brick (140 year old brownstone).
But maybe it could with an external
antenna (not sure).
If you buy this unit for under $300 you will be wowed. I don't understand why the product is so cheap. Is there reliability
issues? But its a JVC.
I'm new to GPS so I can't compare it
against other products,
but I am a fairly demanding user. This is what I found. I'm
writing a detailed review, since many sites do not contain one.
Navigation is nice. You get the option of a 2D or 3D view.
In the 2D view you can choose to have any combination
of the categories (hotels, fastfood, gas etc.) of the 13 million
points of interest come up. The voice commands are quite useful
and are stated on time. There is the nice option of finding routes
to minimize tolls, use of highways etc. In about 4 hours of use
so far, it never got me lost.
The only negatives I could think of are:
a) that it would not announce the street names when prompted to turned into them. The street name
is put on the top of the screen, but even that is confusing since the DIRECTION is not put up. For instance, often on a HWY you will get two exits (i.e. North/South East/West) for the same road. This unit
does not distinguish (on the screen) from Central Ave West
and Central Avenue East. I did not find this an option since the
GPS is fairly accurate but it could be for very close together
b) This is a minor quibble, it was very good at taking you directly
to a location. For instance it routed me to the drop of location
of our location airport (not to the back of it like some other GPS
are reported to). However, for resteraunts, it did not tell me what
side of the street the resteraunt was on. For backstreets this is
not a problem, but for wide streets it can be.
c) When it loses the GPS signal, it will still show you progressing
on the screen based on your previous velocity. This works great
on highways, but not so good on back streets.
The reason I bought this is because of the music system.
With 5GB of storage for MP3s and an audio output that
can be plugged into your car stereo head unit's input this
is going to be great for putting books on tape and a whole
bunch of music. I can report that when playing music,
the music is put on low while the announcements on
directions to take are made. The sound quality is good
even with the built-in speakers. Unfortunately, there is no
way to rearrange the songs into folders once they are on
the GPS system. Instead you need to put them in folders
on your PC and these will be copied over to the GPS.
The GUI is intuitive but I think there are a few bugs, which
I'm trying to work through (none of these make the unit
I was a bit concerned about only having 8 channels instead of
12 and I found
that if the unit sits in your lap (while driving) that it OFTEN looses
the GPS signal. However, when I mounted it on my dashboard near
the windscreen I did not have any problems at all in over 3 hours
of driving. It always have at least 5 satellites. I note that JVC
sell an antenna which could improve performance if you
do not want to mount it on your dash.
I was surprised to see when you plug in the USB cable
it does NOT charge the unit. But since the battery last for
about 4 hours this should not be an issue if you want to
use it predominantly in your car.
The unit is the same dimensions as most other GPS
systems but is thicker (about 2 inches) but does fit into
your jeans pocket (barely).