Sunday, January 06, 2008

GPS revisited

I've had a chance to drive with my wife's Garmin c340 GPS and have to amend my previous comments.

The Good
  • Estimated Arrival Time - This feature is surprisingly accurate, and is a great feature for calling ahead when meeting people or for making restaurant reservations.
  • This unit provides actual speed in the map mode. A good way to check the calibration of your speedometer or for use on a boat.
  • The Garmin does find some short cuts I didn't know about.
The Bad
  • The Garmin is programmed with a preference for major highways. Interstate, US, and state highways are the preferred routes over local and county roads and highways, so it doesn't always pick the most efficient route.
  • It is still a girlie device.

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