For the last several months, I've been driving with a Garmin Streetpilot c340 GPS unit in my car. I first experienced the utility of this GPS when visiting Taiwan back in November. On the last day of the trip (a Saturday), my host picked me up in his car and had a multilingual C340 that he used to navigate the area.
I was impressed with the size, speed, accuracy, and functionality. It didn't take long before I decided it'd be far better than the navigation software I occasionally used on my iPAQ PDA. I've had it roughly two months and am still relatively pleased.
- excellent screen
- easy to move into a second vehicle using the suction cup mount
- internal battery that keep the unit working if you unplug it
- voice navigation pronounces most names correctly (even in California)
- satellite acquisition time is generally quick
- USB connection and software to upgrade maps
- route re-calculation is snappy
- it's easy to store favorite location
- many ways to find a destination (by name, address, intersection, etc.)
- arrival time estimates are surprisingly good
- it occasionally chooses bad routes for destinations I've driven to using it before
- finding a business name in its database has been hit or miss in my experience
- the traffic service costs extra (I don't have it)
there's no way to see an overview of a route before you begin driving it
- it always crashes at one spot in Berkeley
In summary, it's a great GPS for most city driving. If you've ever used the GPS systems built into some rental cars, it'll take almost no time to get started with the Garmin c340.
Posted by jzawodn at January 31, 2006 07:18 AM