Summary: I previously had a Tom Tom, but I hated that it gave me distances in metrics, sometimes. Approaching a turn, it said 800 meters, etc.. Hated that! So that's why I went with Garvin this time. But now, I'm missing some of the other features I had on the Tom Tom. For example, I could give my destination, and then get a quick visual overview of the route I'd be taking. With the Garvin, I just have to wait and see what roads it plans on taking me.
Summary: as a first time buyer of a satnav i have no comparisons to draw on. I was horrified when in a town that i had not visited before i lost reception! I had bought the satnav especially for this particular trip. I then had to revert to old fashioned methods of stopping and asking the locals how to get to my destination.
Summary: Instructions in package were for mounting the unit, only. Buttons are too small. I have been searching on my unit for Eastport Rd located in Alpine, TN. The unit says the road doesn't exist. I went on Map Quest to see if there was a different names for Eastport like maybe a rural route. None could be found. MapQuest did have that particular road and I downloaded to my GPS unit. It didn't download. I then tried to use the tech support provided by Garmin.
Summary: It was decent. Doesn't necessarily take you on the shortest path though, I've tried it a few times in my own city and it's taken me all the way around the block to go somewhere that only was a left turn away. But it's worth the price. And it will get you where you need to go in the end- so again, WORTH THE PRICE!
Summary: Unit arrived before Christmas, so OK for delivery I tested it for going to places I knew in my county. The routes it calculates are not always best. Sometimes routes calculated for different places use different routes, but pass through the same intersection. The route to from home to my office goes one way that is two miles longer, but going home from the office, it uses the shorter route (One-way streets are not involved).
Summary: My old one is 3 years old and the battery lasts about 4 minutes. So it was time. It seems to work well, and comes up quickly. My complaint is with the directions. It tells me the nearest gas station is on the other side of a long narrow lake (were I a crow...), and sent me a really long way to the Post Office; apparently it doesn't like left turns. But it is cheap and works; just don't expect the best routing.