"Just received my Roadmate 2000 yesterday and I'm very impressed with it's many features."on by carnut108
Pros Very easy to use, great audio and 3D video graffics.
Cons Did not come with detailed instructions, CD not included but note said it would be out soon
Summary This is my first GPS and you get a lot of bang for the buck. I paid $350, which is $50 off of the MSRP of $400. The touch screen is easy to use, and intuitive. Good volume, bright picture and many features that, up to now, have cost much more. It even comes with a mounting bracket and 12 car charger/power supply. Apparently the hardware come out before the instructional software. There is a basic Quick Reference book that gets you started and a notice insert that says a detailed CD will be released soon. The 2000 is the base model and the first of three models to be released. It also has an SD slot for future updates. I used it extensively today and it worked flawlessly.
Pros Sleek stylish design
Cons Nothing yet
Summary I bought this for 2006 Thanks giving on 24th in costco. I immediately openened and installed in the parking lot itself (So easy and quick to install). It took me home from there.It surprised me showing a new route too. Its quck in recalculating the map. Good satellite pick up. Know what? I am not using the supplied mounts. I put it on the dashboard right above the steering wheel. It just hides the RPM meter. But why would u need RPM in normal circumstances! Later I atteched the machine to the glass with reclosable sticker (the ones used to fasten shoes and cloths). Perfect fitting!
One thing I might say here. It sounds a bell so accurately when a turn comes. So you wont miss a turn. Anyway u are at the freedom to purposefully miss turns! Night view too is excellent! Mail me to firstname.lastname@example.org if u want to know more.Updated
Its back is sleek when compared with its competitor's cone sheped back.Updated
No. it doesn't.
The whole point of a GPS navigation is you must be care-free while driving. It is like some person sitting with map next to you and giving directions. Suppose he says "Take right turn on 4th st". What will you do? He is shifting some of his responsibility to you. You must look for which is 4th street.
If it is dark and you dont have a street sign, you may again ask him if the next street is 4th street.
But this GPS system shows your path on the 3D map in pink color and it gives the following alerts:
1.Direction of next turn (left symbol or right symbol or freeway merge/exit symbol)
2.Remaining distance to next turn from where you are
3.Name of the current St. and name of the street which you need to proceed with
1."(Left/Right/Free way exit/ Free way entrance) in x mile(s)"
2. "Proceed to take (Left/Right/Free way exit/ Free way entrance)" when u approach the turn/exit
3. "Take (Left/Right/Free way exit/ Free way entrance) [and followed by a keep to the (right/left)]" when you are in 0.1 mile
4. A bell sound as you reached the turn
Do u still need the street name to be spelled?
Pros Accurate. pick up signal quickly. fairly slim
Cons 3 hour battery. windows CE as OS
Summary I got this as a black friday deal. If you just need a basic GPS without all those fancy functions as MP3, image viewer, etc, this is exactly what you should buy. It pick up signal, route and re-route very quickly. Compared to other product in the same price range (Garmin c330), it is pretty slim and portable.
I've heard people talking about two cons before I bought it. #1, after a while, you have to reset the unit. It uses windows CE. once you turn off the power, it actually turns into sleep mode instead of really shutting down. If you treat a PC this way, probably you will have to re-boot the PC every several days as well. #2, sometimes, it could ask you to turn right, then make a U-turn instead of asking you to turn left at the first place. It happens to me only when I am off the main road, eg, in the parking lot of a shopping mall. So, both cons are minor issue at least for me.
I use it to nevigate in mid-size city area. and it is very accurate so far. I like it
Pros Easy to use, Nice screen! Good voice quality
Cons Maps are so so!
Summary I got mine yesterday 08/24/2007. I updated it online before i used it. Its a nice unit for the money very user freindly! The maps are so so! I dont live in a big city and some of the streets around my area where either not on the map or showed the street not comming threw just ending. Which those street have been completed 2 years ago!!! I am still deciding weather to keep it or take it back. In a urban city i guess it would work very well. But in a rural area with new subdivisions and new streets its not good! Also the points of interest. Some of the resturants that where built over a year ago for example Arby's in Nixa, Mo where not even on the POI. Like i said in a rural area its SO SO! I am if'y about it. I hope i helped someone.
Pros build quality, ease of use
Cons route choice, crashing, lack of POI
Summary To start off with I am very familiar with GPS technology. Previously I was using a Dell Axim loaded up with Routis 2004 and Mapopolis connected to a Bluetooth GPS. That solution was stolen out of my car so it was time for a new GPS.
This time around I just wanted a basic GPS with a decent POI database preferably based on Navteq maps.
For those people that complain about missing addresses or nonexistent streets blame Navquest or Telenav. Only blame the Device if the manufacturer never releases map updates.
After one day of use I already ran into problems.
First the Pros: Decent windshield mount, robust design (can take a fall), easy to figure out, voice quality, GPS acquisition is pretty fast.
Now the Complaints:
Only 1.3 million POI's compared to 6 million among the competitors. Route choice seemed odd it repeatedly tried to make me take a u-turn to head back through city streets instead going to the close by Toll Highway ( I realize you can select more or less highways I choose fastest route)Once I got on the highway it kept telling me to get off the road to once again travel through city streets.
With in 15 minutes of its first use it crashed on me luckily it rebooted and asked to continue on the route but that is not a good omen to begin with.
Maps are uninspired and I am not a fan of the layout (personal preference).
I have decided to return this after a day of use and go with the Garmin Nuvi 350 (Different price range but I am getting it for the same price as the roadmate)