"Great GPS - Loaded Features in Stylish Form"4.5 starson by Orbitalint
Pros: Great UI, Capacitive Touch Screen, Magnetic Docking System, Free Non Ad-based Traffic, Bluetooth, Lifetime Maps
Cons: Lack of Integration with Software / on Website (for right now)
Summary: I recently bought a new car and was looking for an upgrade to both GPS and provide bluetooth connectivity to my phone. I live in a state that prohibits use of a cell phone in the car while driving unless its hands-free. I debated between an aftermarket stereo with those features or a standalone GPS. From everything I heard, GPS on aftermarket units was abysmal or poorly implemented and would have cost at least twice as much as a stand-alone gps. I found this unit with an amazon discount for 240 and haven't regretted the purchase since.
The GPS is great. High quality graphics, text-to-speech road names and pretty much most of the features you would expect from a high-end GPS unit. I also enjoy the magnetic docking station and charging unit. Makes for extremely easy mounting. The UI is intuitive, routes are calculated extremely fast and the touch screen is very accurate. The form factor on this unit is also extremely nice.
One thing to note. I shied away from Garmin because of numerous reviews of ad-based traffic support. Ads to location specific places come up while you are driving and as reviewers have noted, unless you disable the traffic, you get them and it obstructs the view while navigating. The highly touted Garmin Nuvi 3790T sounds like a great unit but at almost $100 more and ad-based traffic, I couldn't justify the purchase. Why am I paying additional money to have ads while I drive?
Bluetooth integration is great, speakerphone works great, contacts synced and I can get texts read to me while driving.
One detractor for me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of software/web support at the moment. As many people know, Tomtom has a number of voices that you can download from the web as well as logging POI's and uploading them to the unit. Unfortunately, they have yet to implement this. Its not a deal breaker for me because those were more luxury features than required features for me and I felt like many people were making a huge deal over something that doesn't really relate to how it performs as a GPS.
Additionally, the concern of a lack of SD card slot and using up all the memory on updates seems unfounded. Map updates, in my experience, overwrite previous ones and do not take up additional space. I found that the maps barely take up 1/2 of the 4GB on the unit. Though for someone looking for a more multimedia GPS unit that plays mp3's or transmits via FM to your stereo, you should look elsewhere. I have a line in and USB on my car and find FM transmitters to sound like garbage comparatively, so I really have no use for such features.
Overall, great product for what I needed and at a great price!