"All it needs is a free update and you have the best GPS"5.0 starson by DolphPen
Pros: Easy to use, looks great on & off, easy to take off mount to put away,
Cons: Poor battery life, needs update, have to type out full name of street
Summary: It is Sony quality at it's best. The widescreen is awesome, extra big screen means extra big numbers/letters for entering addresses for a guy like me who has fat fingers. I hate trying to hit 'A' but hitting 'S' instead. I used to have a Garmin and bought this for the same price Garmin wanted for an update on an old crappy model. It hs TTS (text to speech) and is pretty good at prouncing the names correctly. This U73T is very easy to use, works like other GPS units out there. When you buy it, it will have firmware 1.0 on it, which is why it's slow and crappy like some people complain about. To fix that you need to go to Sony's website (Canada or US) and get a free update, as of Jan 2009, version 3.02 is already out, so you can understand why version 1.0 would suck.
I also like how to put the unit on the mount on the windshield it's a simple click on and to remove there's a button at the bottom of the GPS to easily remove it. I hated how garmin had the double holder, which to take off required two hands and the free of ripping the whole unit off your windshield every time you take it off. For me and easy one hand on/off like this Sony (and I assume all use this) is a big feature for me because I don't like it on the windshield while parked or at home, as I don't like to advertise my $200 toy for thieves to come get.
Yes the battery life is bad but honestly how long do you every have this kind of GPS out of your car. I had it on for 2 hours before it died which is fine for me. My ONE major complain comapred to the garmin is it doesn't guess places. For instance if on the garmin I am searching for a Best Buy, I start typing Best Buy and by the time I get to BEST it pops to a screen with everything starting with 'BEST' close to me. WHile on the SONY I have to type the full 'BEST BUY' and then search. But that does make it more specifc to what you're looking for, so you don't get 'BEST Meats, Best Toys, Best...etc'
Overall I highly reccemond this to anyone who wants a quality GPS backed by the Best name in electronics/: Sony