Conclusion: The Garmin Quest is the smallest in-car GPS system we have reviewed so far. Its portability and built-in battery make it an attractive choice for those that want to use the unit outside of the car. The small screen is bright and good to see even in sunlight, but we found the interface somewhat difficult to use.
Pros: Built in lithium ion battery, auto shutoff, small size, bright antireflective screen.
Cons: Somewhat unintuitive interface. Sound through cigarette-lighter adapter.
Excerpt: The Garmin Quest is a perennial favorite among car navigation systems. The Quest is reasonably priced and has a bright color screen. To top it all off, it comes complete with Garmin’s richly detailed City Select software.
Conclusion: The Quest gets high marks in most categories except audio volume level and ease of data entry. If you're willing to put up with those disadvantages and need the small size, this unit should please you. And with the built-in lithium-ion battery, it can be used out of the car.
Pros: Voice guidance could be louder (Note: A reader provided the following relevant information: "...I figured out how to make it a lot louder. If you hold down the volume button for 1 second on the unit the "motorcycle earbud volume control" pops up. It actually controls the volume of the unit...combined with the volume on the 12V plug it gets very loud..." - Thanks to Derek from the US), Data entry time-consuming
Cons: Small size, Can be used while on foot, Many features
Excerpt: Il Garmin Quest è la vera rivoluzione nel campo dei navigatori satellitari portatili: potente come un navigatore fisso per automobile, è veramente portatile con i suoi due centimetri di spessore. Ciò non ostante rimane veramente potente e aggiornabile, grazie alla connessione USB che permette di collegarlo immediatamente ad un computer e aggiornare il software via cd-rom o via internet.
Pros: Adatto sia in macchina, sia in bici, sia a piedi, Funzione di guida vocale