Pros Large screen; text to speech
Cons It gives absolutely incorrect directions. It says to get on I-94/I-80 on the right side of Torrence ave, when it was moved to the left five years ago. It told me to turn down a dark dead end street rather than the expressway one block further.
Summary The voice map told me to exit the expressway (I-80), drive through a town for four miles and get on another expressway I-394 and merge onto I-57 and then to I-80! Why? Another time, it repeatedly told me to exit the expressway several exits and cities too soon. When I refused to get on I-80 East to head to Chicago on the right side of Torrence and instead got on 80/94 West on the left side of Torrence, it told me to exit at every point for miles. When I did exit to get toll money and then started to get back on, it told me to make a U-turn, so I could drive to the opposite end of town and get on 394 which would then take me back to I-80.
It tells me to go four blocks north of my home and then back south, and finally, it tells me to pass my house and enter from the street behind it rather than in front of it. It lead me down a dark, dead end street when the expressway I need was one block further. When I visited my daughter at college, it literally had me pass the expressway entrance and head to the other end of town to take it there - and no, I am not mistaken - it was the same expressway. I nearly threw the thing out the window so many times in frustration before I finally returned it three weeks later. Customer service was disinterested in the extreme geographical mistakes in their mapping routes and to add insult to injury, they even put out a note on their website that they couldn't honor the 20 dollar rebates so don't try to cash them. It is much safer to have nothing, rather than have this defective product.
Pros Screen size, ease of use
Cons Outdated maps. Don't really care for the text recognition, only allows you to put in certain characters and if you don't know the exact street - you are stuck!
Summary Points of interest for our area are outdated, some as much as three years and we just bought this system. Website not very helpful, cannot find out how to update maps. Cannot believe this GPS system has NO Harely Davidson dealers. Very dissapointed in the Points of Interest, cannot find many things in our own area!
Pros -Big, bright screen
-Very user friendly (touch screen, computer help w/street names)
-Text to speech works well (wide volume range, next turn announced far enough in advance)
-Maps are current (even shows outlines of parks/hospitals/bodies of water)
Cons -Short battery life (not really a problem, because the car charger is included and can be connected during use)
-POI list could be more comprehensive (once again, not that big of a deal...just input an address/POI that's near where you're going)
Summary Maybe the unit has outdated maps for other areas, but it has worked perfect for me in the Cincinnati/N. KY area and when traveling to Indianapolis. This thing has features that you can only find in $400-$500 units! It really is a great buy, and I wish there were more reviews to stir up some buzz. Don't be afraid to purchase just because it's not a name-brand device. It does more than you'll ever need in a GPS.
Pros For the most part, it got me where I wanted to go.
Cons Outdated maps. Outdated speed limits. Randomly turned the voice off. Got stuck in a loop. Did not find "nearest" points-of-interest readily.
Summary Bought it because I was in a city that doesn't have a grid layout. Started out fine. Then, after being told to go "5.5 miles," the voice turned itself off. I discovered this after going 7 or so miles. Then I got stuck in a loop where it had me going around the same block. On the way home, it tried to advise me to skip toll booths in Illinois ("Stay left!" "Stay left!" when it was required to go right to pay the toll.) It had me get into the local lane after being in the express lane, and I could've easily stayed in the express lane. The speed limits posted do not always match the speed limit that the GPS shows. (Real speed limits were higher so no tickets.) It did not always find the nearest location of a chain store, instead sending me across town. I didn't "need" a GPS to get home so it was more to try it out, and it's not worth what I paid. I could've done better with a map.
I've had it 2 days and it will go back tomorrow.
"I LOVE THIS GPS"on by GREGBAUGHER
Pros TAKES ME WHERE I AM GOING, REMEMBERS ADDRESSES I HAVE PUT IN SO I DON'T HAVE TO IMPUT THEM AGAIN WHEN GOING BACK, I LIKE BETTER THAN MY MIO. VERY EASY & SIMPLE TO USE. ALSO HAS A LOUD SPEAKER, VERY EASY TO HEAR EVEN W/ RADIO ON. I WOULD RECOMMEND.
Cons TAKES ABOUT 2 - 3 MINUETS TO FIND SATELLITE SIGNEL OTHER THAN THAT I LOVE IT
Summary SCREEN ALOWS YOU TO ZOOM IN & OUT, HELPS YOU LOCATE OTHER LAND MARKS WHEN CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE. WONDERFUL UNIT, WORKS WELL & I AM HAPPY WITH MINE.
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VERY LOW PRICE.