Summary: I have owned several TomToms over the years. But everyone told me the Garmin was a much better unit. So I bought this one. I found it much harder to use. Did not like the interface they use. Seemed harder to program. Many people use and love this brand of GPS. It just did not work out for me!
Summary: Refurbished unit works well, lifetime map a major bonus. Display is customizable with some nice features. So far all good. Only drawback is the lack of an actual address book, it only has saved places as a reference. Addresses cannot be entered,revised or synced via its PC software, which is a major drawback.
A GPS is great, amazing technology, updates included.
13 June 2013
Summary: We bought the GPS for vacation in South Dakota, bum place to get lost. Like the large touch screen and font size for reading, less distracting. Lifetime updates is the clincher for buying the Garmin. Don't like not having a printed manual to keep in the car, other than the simple get started manual, to explanin features. You don't always have access to a computer to connect with Garmin and look things up.
Summary: we have an older garmin & we purchased this one rather than pay for map and traffic updates. we use it for lots of road trips & find that most of the avoidances just do not work as intended. therefore, we just deselect all avoidances, which makes that feature useless. the large screen is great, as is the lane assist. the greatest disappointment is the amount of time it takes to recover if we detour.
Summary: The first unit I took home had a problem. I returned it the next day for an exchange. The second unit works great - no difference than a brand new unit that is sold for $70 more. For $130 one gets the life time map update. I love it. BTW the traffic alert is good but not as accurate all the time.