Not all I thought it would be... DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!
ImaginePeace "Imagine Peace...", Amazon
10 March 2010
Summary: I did a lot of research when I decided I wanted to buy a "cross-over" type GPSr. I have an old Garmin eTrex, which works great for Geocaching, but wanted something that I could use on-road as well. The Garmin Nuvi 500 seemed like it would do the trick. 1.
Summary: This is a pretty good GPS, better than the last Garmin that was given to me as a gift a couple of years ago. The problems include freezing on route to my destination, making it necessary to restart the device, and this has happened several times since I've owned it over the last 2-3 months.
Summary: I bought this particular GPS because it is waterproof/resistant. Beyond that it is very basic. I do wish it had the ability to "run" through my motorcycle speakers but it does not. Not via a cord or bluetooth.
Summary: I bought the Garmin 500 primarily to use on my motorcycles. I have had experience with Magellan and Lorance GPS's in the past. My old Lorance iway 250C does an adequate job in the car, but the color screen is easily washed out by the sun on a motorcycle.
Summary: while this will lead you back to a starting point on or off road the road directions are questionable. it was recently used on a trip to scout out possible home sites.some addresses were right on the money a couple were way off base 2 taking us miles off and past the spot we were looking for and on...
Summary: I bought the Nuvi 500 specific for the Street and Topo maps. A friend has one and I was impressed with the topo and geographic poi's. When I recieved the unit the topos weren't even loaded onto the device.
Summary: This is my third garmin GPS unit. Bought the Nuvi 500 as a crossover unit for the topographical maps. I had previously owned garmin Quests and REALLY liked them! The nuvis are a mixed bag. PROS/Improvements over the quest: 1) Excellent large touch screen.