"great gps-me thinks some reviewers too tough"4.5 starson by yankeechess
Pros: accurate, usually chooses shortest route, has all the streets i've needed so far, short and sweet directions, no drawnout street names, fast redirect if u get off route, very responsive and easy to it
Cons: when trying to type in cities or street names, it often doesn't allow u use of many letters, sometimes the voice command activation is too sensitive. just small gripes.
Summary: I sometimes wonder what reviewers are looking for in a gps. I almost didn't buy this unit because of some negative reviews. For instance, some reviewers said that many streets are not listed and this unit has directed me to shortest routes using many obscure streets and roads. Never had it not locate a street i needed. If u get off course, it does very quick re-routes with ease. When i was going up I95 through the DC area, it was directing me to a easier but longer route than i wanted, so i aborted by exiting I295 into the city which is a complicated maze that i have no knowledge of and could have easily got lost. So i rerouted back south towards I95 & I495 which is where i wanted to exit to Tyson Corners. Now the one glich was that it would not let me type in Tyson Corners, so I had it route me back to Tampa and it easily routed me through the local streets, got me back on the freeway and back to where i needed to go with absolutely no problem. U just have to make sure your paying attention to all the street and highway signs, but the routing of the gps was perfect. If u get off route and it is having trouble finding a street to reroute u back, it will say "take next legal U-turn" kind of funny, but it works. On the way down, it was trying to route me the the Pa Turnpike, but i knew a slightly faster way. It kept trying to get me to turn around and get on the turnpike for a couple of miles, finally resorting to "take next legal u-turn, before it finally gave up and rerouted me the way i wanted to go. I am amazed at how quickly it does reroutes. Never got lost once all the way down to Tampa from the Syracuse, ny area and back. beats stopping and looking at maps for sure. And this was my first ever experience using this great gps. Another great feature is the AAA POI. When i got down to the Georgia area, i wanted to stop and get a round of golf in, so I used the POI and it easily located nearby golf courses for me including phone numbers so i could call to check rates and tee times and it easily routed me to the course i chose with absolutely no gliches. I have yet to master the voice command, but really have had no need of it so far. I haven't used the Traffic Alert yet, but the times i would of needed it, I wasn't near areas where it is available as it seems to accomidate a few major cities at this point. The screen is bright and easy to view no matter what time of day of night. The gps is fairly easy to navigate and easy to use although a bit confusing sometimes especially if your in a hurry. If u are a reasonably patient person u will have little trouble with this unit. I'm not tech savy, so am not able to get into more nitty details, but assume i am the type of person you'd want to do a review--new to gps with no experience--if i can do it anyone can. Have only limitted experience messing around with my brother's tomtom one, but wow, this seems so much more advance and better. I'd say hands over tomtom. When i was first in the market for a gps, Megallan was almost at the bottom of my list as Garmin and others seemed to garnish better reviews. At the last minute i saw the new Megallan 4250, and the reviewer said that if u want to save money and can live with the small screen (4250 is 4.3" vs. the 3250 3.5")the units are identical otherwise, including voice command, AAA POI and Traffic Alert. But the price of the 3250 was considerably lower. I picked up my 3250 on ebay for $210 including shipping, a lot cheaper than the 4250. my brother's tomtom is a 4.3 screen, but i liked this size better, as i could take it out of the car and fit it into my pocket with ease. One of my few gripes was the windshield mount which didn't seem to work well, but i really weasn't palnning to use it. I bought a generic articulating vent mount to keep less visible if i happen to leave it in the car. I haven't had the unit freeze up on me yet, although it sometimes is slow to boot up from off. But it finds signals with no problems unless your underground i guess. Have had no trouble so far even under bridges. When i was down in the Tampa area, it got me around everywhere with no problems. I golf a lot and it got me to my courses with no problem. I noticed one of the grips was that this unit said the street names and highways longated: for instance, it would say interstate highway 95, but it just says I95 so Megallan must have fixed this in a software update if this was a problem at all. I would strongly recommend this unit if u can live with the 3.5 screen. Very accurate, responsive and fun to use.