again for the great advice! I could not be happier with my Garmin
Nuvi GPS. I used it on a 6,000+ km roadtrip in December and it was
indispensable! We drove from Vancouver to Toronto for Christmas via
the US and part of the way back (an accident in Minnesota cut the
roadtrip short and despite extensive damage to the car, the Nuvi survived
and still works well).
voice directions were fantastic and the ease of use was great. It
was useful right out of the box without even reading the instructions.
It was pretty rare for the Nuvi to make a mistake and I had only one
case of lock-up which was quickly fixed by turning it on and off.
The Nuvi helped us find everything from gas stations to coffee. The
POI's pre-installed on the unit are very comprehensive and the maps
were dead accurate. Even in Yellowstone National Park, the roads were
perfectly mapped. In adverse weather or at night, the unit was accurate
enough to give an indication of upcoming sharp turns well before we
got there. In terms of utility for planning, the Nuvi gave very accurate
arrival time predictions so we could plan where to eat, where to stay
and what to do. Our dog really appreciated the ability to enter such
vague points of interests as 'park' so we could stop and play along
set off on this trip without even having a plan. This would not have
been possible without the Nuvi. Once we determined what time we wanted
to stop, we would simply find a wi-fi connection, look up a hotel
at that destination, book it online and then enter the address in
the Nuvi. The Nuvi would deliver us right there. On some occasions,
we simply decided that we wanted to stop when we had arrived somewhere
interesting and we used the Nuvi to locate nearby hotels in seconds.
This approached worked great for everything from food to pet stores!
Imagine how useful it can be when driving for 10 hours a day to just
enter "Tim Horton's" and up pops a list of locations right around
the corner or 100's of kilometers away (when we were in Montana, we
entered 'Starbuck's' and after a minute of searching, the Nuvi returned
an address in Calgary - now that's thorough!)! It was also invaluable
on Christmas Eve at 4:45pm when looking to buy those last couple of
gifts and being able to enter "Best Buy" to see if one was close enough
to get to in time! Even in use everyday, I am now constantly discovering
new short-cuts by deliberately 'getting lost' and using the Nuvi to
find the best detour to the destination. The accuracy of the unit
is great and the ease of use and functionality is tops. I would recommend
the Nuvi without hesitation to anyone thinking about a roadtrip -
regardless of the length. As silly as it sounds, the Nuvi actually
added a new degree of fun to the trip. My wife and I are complete
opposites when it comes to directions and the Nuvi made it possible
for both of us to get the info we wanted in the way we like to receive
it (I like the visual of a map, she liked the verbal of the voice
the way we wanted to be able to use an automotive GPS, I am so glad
I decided to call GPS Central because I was given advice that changed
my mind on the unit I was initially going to buy and I am so happy
I took the time to ask! This kind of one-on-one service was not available
at my local 'big box' retailer. Add to the that the lowest prices
and the excellent overall service and I can't imagine why someone
would buy a GPS anywhere else.
you have to drive - get a Nuvi. If you are getting a Nuvi - call GPS
Central! That is my advice!"