Review of GPS Reviews by GPSLodge.com
This Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would offer a quick listing of the hands on reviews that I have done here at GPSLodge. Thought you might want to take a look at some of the units you may be considering. I have personally tested all of these. Generally I use the units for at least 2 weeks while taking weekend trips commuting or running test routes.
Sure I have my favorites, but that might not suit what you need in the way of price, or features. Anyway, I will still say that I like the Garmin Nuvi 660 the best out of all the GPS units I have used. The price has come down dramatically and is only around $600 at this writing. So while it’s a premium priced unit on the market, and it's an excellent unit worth consideration.
Update - more additions 11/18
Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270
Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W
Garmin Nuvi 360
Garmin Nuvi 660
Garmin Nuvi 680
Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770
Garmin StreetPilot C330
Garmin StreetPilot C340
Garmin StreetPilot C550
TomTom TomTom ONE
TomTom ONE XL
TomTom GO 720
TomTom GO 920/920T
Magellan Magellan Maestro 3100/3140
Magellan RoadMate 2000
Via Michelin X-930
V7 MyGuide Navigator 1000
Lowrance iWay 350
Cobra NAVONE 4500
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Posted by Scott Martin at May 26, 2007 11:20 AM
I just picked up the Pharos 150 at Fry's Electronics for $149 and a $50 MIR. I live about 20 miles away from the store. It got me home with the best route I usually take (there's really just 2 possibilities) and I found the spoken voice navigation worked just fine. So, far, I've added a few addresses and the interface seems fairly intutive. In fact, I made my choice after browsing through the manual online and getting a good idea of how it worked. So far, so good. I'm not sure about the European maps though, you should contact pharos at www.pharosgps.com, either write them or call them. I called today and tech support answered the phone after being on hold about 3 minutes.
One thing that I don't like.... the SD card slot is covered with a sticker that says Warranty Void if Removed.
It's a windows 4.2 device (which I like), although my 64 bit vista laptop wouldn't recognize it. I'll have to do some more playing with it. At any rate, I took a quick look at the sticker and it wasn't on too well. A few seconds under the blow dryer and it came off without complaint. Under the sticker was a small metal cover for the SD slot. Once in my laptop, I could get into some configuration files and possibly tweak some settings. It's interesting that there is a folder for the TMC service, but I don't know if it will work if turned on or not. Another question for pharos tech.
At any rate, those are the open box/first 20 miles driving impression. I'm happy. I should add this is my first car based GPS. Also, I live in a fairly new subdivision and the map had my address, looking into the config files, the NAVTEQ(another plus in my book) based maps look like they came from Q4 2006. Since this is a recent device, I was hoping they would be more current. Also, I don't know if it's possible to update the maps in place, that would a) probably be pretty easy, and b) pharos may have to do it/support it.
I know your post was a month ago, but I hope this helps you or another possible new user.
What do you know about the Maxx Digital PN3000 Explorer I for $99 at Office Depot?
Sorry - not familiar with it.