May 26, 2007

Review of GPS Reviews by

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 ONE
  • TomTom ONE XL
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO 920/920T


  • Mio C230
  • Mio C220
  • Mio C520
  • Mio C320
  • Mio H610
  • Mio C310X


  • Magellan Maestro 3100/3140
  • Magellan RoadMate 2000


  • Navigon 2100
  • Nextar C-3
  • Via Michelin X-930
  • V7 MyGuide Navigator 1000
  • Jensen NVX227
  • Delphi NAV-200
  • Bushnell NAV500
  • Lowrance iWay 350
  • Cobra NAVONE 4500

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    Posted by Scott Martin at May 26, 2007 11:20 AM
  • Recent Comments

    How would you compare Magellan Maestro 4250 to Garmin nuvi 680 ?

    Posted by: Su Sha at February 27, 2008 9:26 PM

    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, 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.



    Posted by: Glenn at December 26, 2007 11:41 PM

    Do you have any opinion of the Pharos 150 on sale at New Egg? It is $149 with a $50 rebate. I am traveling to Europe next spring and being able to affordably add those maps to my GPS is important to me.

    Posted by: Darrel at November 24, 2007 8:10 AM

    What do you know about the Maxx Digital PN3000 Explorer I for $99 at Office Depot?

    Sorry - not familiar with it.


    Posted by: Jim at November 23, 2007 5:45 PM
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