"I'm very happy so far!"4.5 starson by Pianoman54
Pros: Very easy to use, and many nice navigation functions, without all the extra needless "fluff" that many other companies offer.
Cons: I wish the voice was just a tiny bit louder, that's about it!
Summary: I've had my Pharos Drive 250 for about 3 weeks now, and being a "nerd", have put it through quite a few tests. After quite a bit of internet research, I decided to purchase the Pharos Drive 250 for the price, simplicity, and the fact that it came pre-loaded with maps of the USA and Canada. I read a ton of reviews at many sites, for many different GPS units. After reading many varying opinions concerning any single particular unit, I came to the conclusion that most people seem to expect their GPS unit to do absolutely all of the work, and that they shouldn't have to read up, or know really anything about the unit they purchase. I've been around technology all of my life, and this just isn't true. Every new "toy" you purchase will always work best for you, if you are patient to take the time to learn a little about it for your own personal needs! The Drive 250 usually takes about a minute to acquire the satellites when I first power it up (outdoors or in the car), and then it updates about once every second while I'm driving. It has amazed me by finding shortcuts that I never knew about, even close to my home! It has found just about every address I've entered into the unit with great accuracy so far, and also politely informs you at the end that "You have reached your destination..., your destination is on the left (or right)". Sure, it has a bit of a computerized voice, and doesn't perfectly pronounce every word phonetically correct, but it has not been a problem for me at all, because the street and road signs are always right there for you to look at after hearing the directions! Also, instead of mounting it on my windshield, I mounted it on my dash with a little square of velcro on the back of the unit. It is covering the display and clock for my radio, but I'm still able to utilize all the buttons, and also load and remove CD's, and I don't have to worry about it dropping and breaking. I love it there, because it's out of the way, and looks very cool in "real time" to glance at while you're driving down the road. It kind of looks like you are in a plane looking down at all the roads, and moves exactly how the roads look in real life! I'm sure this would also be a very handy function if you happened to be driving on a very foggy, rainy or snowy night, to let you know ahead of time which way the road is going to bend, and also for approaching intersections. The only few snafus I encountered were with my home address, and a few rural addresses. Even so, the Drive 250 still brought me within the distance of a house or 2 for these locations. If you want real accuracy, I suggest you try what I did after reaching these locations. I took my "stylus", and touched the spot where the GPS unit was showing me to be at the end of the journey. This opens up a little prompt that asks you to "Save as a Favorite", "Starting Point"....ect. When you save this point as a "Favorite" and give it a name (Bob's Home...ect), it actually uses a latitude and longitude number to remember the location, and is very accurate! I did this on July 4th for a family picnic at a local park, and whenever I go back there, the Drive 250 informs me when I'm at the actual parking space I was in on July 4th! I can't wait to see how well this works when I take it hiking with me! I'm in a band, and we travel to out of state gigs, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the Drive 250 works for me on the road! By the way..., I'm glad it doesn't have all of those stupid features you don't really need anyway. First of all, I have a radio and a CD player, and I have a headset for my cell phone (to keep my hands on the wheel). Lastly, when you're driving, why in the world would anyone be watching videos or looking at photos!!?? Come on now...., seriously, are you kidding me!!??