"Ok but not great - many faults"3.5 starson by rnamro
Pros: Nice maps with good details. interface is well designed and user friendly.
Cons: many of the Exit numbers are incorrect. Often the map shows you driving off road, even though you are on the raod. points of interest are limited and many are out of date (wrong number).
Summary: I bought the software with the GPS antenna and went on a 2 week trip around the country crossing about 11 states.
I guess this trip really put the software to a comprehensive test.
At was easy to plan a route for the trip, the user interface was good and mostly user friendly.
It definitely saved our butts many times from being lost.
on the other hand, i am a programmer by profession and tend to have a critical eye for software, the following is my critique:
- Once a route is drawn and the GPS pane is active, the map does not allow you to select a location on the map to view points of interest around it; first you must disable the GPS pane then go back to do this.
- On many occasions, the high way exit number the driving directions were instructing us to take was the wrong number, this was really frustrating because you know how it is when you miss your exit or take the wrong one.
- on some occasions the map would show us driving off road while we are on the high way, it was funny at first but it became a problem when you are trying to watch where you are on the road to figure out the next turn, besides, it caused us to loose trust in the software directions during those times.
- on many occasions, the software caused the laptop to freeze or generate a microsoft error that needed to be reported, of course on the road i rarely had a wi-fi spot and even if you click "Report" it behaved as if it did report it when you know the report did not go any where.
over all, i think it is OK but i say this with out knowing how it compares to other products, so be diligent and do your shopping...