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Review of the Garmin StreetPilot

Jun 20, 2008
The Garmin StreetPilot c320 is the beginner's GPS unit. If you are new to GPS devices or simply find it difficult to use technology, then a great GPS car unit for you would be the StreetPilot. It is surprisingly easy to use. Keying in your destination or other data is simple, and the GPS unit lacks some of the more advance features of more complicated models, making it easy for those new to GPS.

However, if you are looking for the latest GPS technology with all the whizz bang features of advanced models, then this shouldn't be your first choice. StreetPilot has produced an easy to use and functional car GPS with the basic features you should expect from a modern car navigator. And yet, you don't need to expect the operating difficulties that some of other units have. You can pretty much use it straight out of the box, with only a small amount of time required to learn how to operate it.

It has to be remembered that this GPS device is a car navigator. This device comes with a built in speaker and one of the best audio and routing directions. It is currently using Garmin's version of Naqteq road maps. The c340 allows the user to key in 3rd party provided CSV files with locations of speed cameras, school zones, and other traffic hazards.

The StreetPilot comes with a rechargeable battery pack with can be charged using the mini-USB holder that is standard with the device. The battery will last up to 8 hours.

The screen may be described as a screen with medium brightness. The user interface is akin to other Garmin units which use a touch screen for data input. But it contains only two controls other than the touchscreen. These are the ON/OFF push button and the "sliding fingertip" volume control.

Users utilize the USB interface to load maps and to upload or download any required data from the device. However, if you remove the SD card and use a memory card writer, the maps should load much faster. Map loading times may not be an issue for non-technological GPS users.

As with most modern day GPS devices, the StreetPilot is free of the inaccuracy problems that have plagued older GPS models. The CtiySelect function allows a user to track the road that they are traveling along and the CS/CN feature makes sure that the streets name is display well ahead of the car reaching the turn.

A Garmin StreetPilot is an easy to use and cheap GPS unit that any one who is a beginner with GPS or technology could use with ease.
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