Re: OT - Rate your GPS?
posted at 9/30/2009 3:48 PM EDT
We have a Garmin Nuvi that replaced a Cobra. I've also used a Magellan (sp?) in a rental.
The Cobra beats them all hands down. The old one we had was difficult to enter data, but it's directions were 99% flawless, and the turns were identified well enough in advance to make the turn and know which turn for sure it was talking about. The newer ones are touch screen so they have no drawbacks as far as I know. I have to say, though, that's assuming they kept everything about the internal workings of the navigation system the same. I can't imagine they messed with perfection.
The Magellan stunk. It was too late on the draw with the next turn. It also calculated the distance to the next turn wrong. So, I kept having to take the next exit and turn around on the highway having picked the wrong entrance/direction. SO IRRITATING.
The Garmin is OK, but it doesn't seem to understand that you can turn LEFT into destinations. Instead, it almost always tells you to pass it and make a U-turn. I figured this out and compensate by turning left, of course. Not a big deal. But, my parents have one in Altoona, PA, and it oftentimes cannot find the town or street address. They also had a Cobra before this and it found everything you were looking for. I have also noticed it doesn't know about everything like the Cobra did, but in this area it doesn't seem to have as much difficulty. I like the touch screen and data entry, but when you enter a city for a point of interest, it makes you scroll through all the cities of that name in the US.
The Cobra allowed you to detour in a couple of ways. You could detour by choosing "avoid current road" or "avoid future road." The Garmin just has "Detour" which gets you off the current road. Not always what you want, but workable.
Cobra made CBs, by the way, and have been in the travel communication business for decades. It shows in the GPS units. I highly recommend the Cobra even though it's not well known. They don't advertise for some reason.Cobra NAV ONE
is the model I had, but these are the next generation. I wish I'd gotten this over the Garmin. They are nice big screens, too.