STRONG GPS Signal, LOTS of POI's, Text to Speech, Widescreen, etc
ABC keyboard instead of qwerty, doesnt say what side destination is on
I bought this unit 2 weeks ago from Costco for $150 w/ the coupon.... Regular price @ Costco is $199 which still isn't bad compared to $299 most other stores want. Despite what others have said, this is a fantastic unit, especially for the $. I had a Garmin C330 previously ... Read full review
I bought this unit 2 weeks ago from Costco for $150 w/ the coupon.... Regular price @ Costco is $199 which still isn't bad compared to $299 most other stores want. Despite what others have said, this is a fantastic unit, especially for the $. I had a Garmin C330 previously and this thing smokes it! I also have a Garmin Nuvi 200 I bought for my ball and chain The Mrs saw this unit in action and was immediately jealous! WIDESCREEN! The text to speech works great, doesn't sound like a robot like most others. This unit had BY FAR the strongest gps signal lock out of any GPS Ive ever used! I turned the mount upside down and I keep the unit in my cup holder, and it works great....Ive even used this in my house....try doing that with another unit....my Garmin will ask if Im inside a building and it doesn't work until I go outside. The touch screen is very responsive and the unit processes button selections very quickly. This has Navtech maps which have always seemed best in my opinion. The maps seem up to date....I live in the Phoenix area and there are many new roads and freeways not on my other units that ARE on this one! (someone complained about not being able to download new map updates....this is because this is a brand NEW model and there are NO updates available!) The minor gripes I have with this unit are as follows....1. who in their right mind would use an ABC keyboard layout in place of the Qwerty that were all familiar with?!?! (at least it automatically greys out letters that arent possible to use). 2. it is fancy enough to say " you are now arriving at Best Buy." but it doesn't say what side of the street the destination is on! This is not the end of the world, but most other inexpensive units have this. These are really the only cons I can think of at the moment....I was hesitant to buy a Magellan since Ive always used Garmin but I like this unit so much I just bought a Magellan Maestro 3200 for my parents! (I stole it from Best Buy today it came w/ a $30 bag/case and the whole bundle only cost me $129! (same interface, smaller screen, no text to speech but still a solid deal!) There are alot of people complaining about GPS systems not having Bluetooth or MP3 players or picture viewers?!?! WHO CARES!! YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! Talk about wanting a Filet Mignon on a Big Mac budget! There is no such thing as a perfect GPS unit...non of them are completely accurate all of the time but if you want a great unit at a great price, check out the 1412! Be thankful that its only $199 instead of $499 like a similar GPS would have cost just 1 year ago! Happy Travels!