Pros Gps reciever is great
Cons How do I get the reciever working with MS streets & Trips
Summary The reciever works great however the map software is useless. Unless you think GPS should get you within a 1/2 mile of your destination, take you on shortcuts that are 4-wheel drive trails, send you on roads that don't exist, take you 5-miles out of the way because a hywy exit that has been there for 30 years doesn't exist, or have you sitting at an intersection wondering what way to turn because the actual intersection in no way resembles the map and it doesn't matter because you are plotted a block away anyhow. DON'T BUY IT! I've never made so many U-Turns or 3-Point Turns in my life until I started using Delorme software. I'm just trying to figure out how to get the earthmate reciever to work with MS Streets & Trips. I can't get MS streets and trips to recognize the earthmate reciever. If anyone can help me on that e-mail me email@example.com I think I have to reset the baud rate but don't know where to do it.
Pros Inexpensive, OK GPS
Cons GPS turns on and off at will so you have to constantly pay attention to where you are. Does not track to mapped roadways, which is not a big deal in urban areas but if you are in an unfamiliar in town area it is really confusing. The maps cannot locate a
Pros Works well with my PC and has been very helpful in areas where I don't know my way around.
Cons Requires someone to operate it unless you set up voice operation. The battery power pack worked once and then needed repair. It was beyound the warranty so I did the repair myself. Switch is so cheaply made that it has to fail very soon and Delorme doe
Pros Easy to use and inexpensive
Cons Requires Laptop connection.
Summary We used Earthmate on a trip from SC to Oregon, and it was simply great! Only once did I need to look at another map, and this was for a tiny mountain road in NC. My daughter was surprised that we drove right up to her front door in West Linn. OR, with no extra help. And when we were almost there, a lady's voice came on to tell us
where to turn. It was soooo easy!!!
Cons Software is terrible...
Summary The unit will lock onto the satellite and hold it very well, but that is where the useful life of the Earthmate ends.
If you make a wrong turn, forget it, you are now lost. The software has no ability to automatically re-route you, and the "back on track" feature is worthless. Make a wrong turn, find a place to stop, re-set your entire route, and then maybe, just maybe you will find your way.
The software will have you on a major highway, it will have you exit, make four or five turns, and then get right back on the same highway that it had you exit.
The software refers to every road by the unpublished name of the road. Quite often that means taking an exit without knowing for sure it is the right one.
Often times the commands for which way to turn arrive after you have already had to make the decision. And even though the software shows you are going the wrong way, it will often times continue to direct you as if you are on the right road. So you will need to pay attention visually as well.
Any exit with an A or B will come out of the unit as take exit 17aaaaabbbbbb.
It will tell you to go north, when the exit is east and west. Or east when the exit is north and south, and so on.
Bear left or right means continue straight.
You should get the point, and not get the Earthmate, it is a long way from real world use.