Accurate, inexpensive, reliable, accurate text to speech (TTS) voice guided turn by turn directions that speak street names, useful POI directory
difficult to use the software provided to entre new POIs
I was comparing the Garmin Nuvi 360 with the 3225, and used both for a little while before finally deciding to keep the Magellan 3225 (which ended up costing less than half the price of the 360). I like how simple the 3225 was to use. I used the 3225 ... Read full review
I was comparing the Garmin Nuvi 360 with the 3225, and used both for a little while before finally deciding to keep the Magellan 3225 (which ended up costing less than half the price of the 360). I like how simple the 3225 was to use. I used the 3225 to drive up to Gravenhurst Ontario (Muskoka cottage country) from Ottawa using smaller highways and it always tells you which highway you are on and which is the next one you are turning on and the direction you will be turning to prepare yourself well in advance. The 3225 gives you clear audible and visual arrow warnings/directions 3km and then 1km before having to make any turns. Enter the address and the 3225 gives you four options on arriving there using shortest distance, fastest route, most/least use of freeways as well as the option to avoid using toll roads.
With the Garmin, you had to go through a serious of screens to find the main options page every time to select shortest distance or fastest route, which is a pain. Also, the 3225 intelligently blacks out street names and addresses that do not exist (Garmin does not). Also the Garmin 360 just said turn in i.e. 10 KM (or whatever distance) but did not tell you in which direction until the very last moment, which left me hanging until the very last moment, when sometimes, it was too late to get into the proper lane. The Garmin does audibly say left/right turn, as soon as you finish making the previous turn, but by then, it would be too early to remember if the next turn was minutes away and you would have to take your eyes off the road and press the next turn page, which is dangerous. The Garmin 360 does have dictionary, MP3s and a host of other fluffy items, such as customizing the car view on the map, but misses some good solid features that the Magellan 3225 has at half the price. The Garmin also has an annoying antenna that you have to open and close after each use, while the 3225 does not. Even if both were the same price, hands down, I would go with the 3225 based on ease of use and functions. Amazing value.
Good job Magellan...