Summary: Bought this little gem for my motorcycle because I hate reading maps & riding! It is waterproof so no worries there... I use it in my car as well. Garmin has been better than expected with romware updates and free updates to the mapping software.
Stephen C. Maher "Harley and Solaris Freakazoid", Amazon
21 July 2006
Summary: I bought the Garmin because I had read here and elsewhere that Garmin had good products and good support. The device advertised all the features I wanted, so I went for it and have been extremely happy with it. I have encountered one bug, but it has an easy workaround, so no big deal. When you are in the find screen and type the same character twice too quickly, the system powers off. You just have to wait a second or so before entering the same letter. lad..
Summary: My 1st GPS unit, so my rating of "5" is admittedly based on little experience - but MUCH satisfaction. I frequently travel for work and I am not one of those people who can just glance at a map and know their way around. I get lost, turned-around, and confused easily in unfamiliar surroundings - especially urban areas. (And I grew up in Chicago, go figger...
Summary: It just plain works. You turn it on, it finds your location. You drive with it on a route, and you make a wrong turn, it gets you back on track. It doesn't hang erratcially, the maps are simple to download from your PC and it is clear to read in sun or night driving. Yes, the display could be a little bigger. But it runs for 20 hours after you have popped it out of the car holder and put it in your pocket, on internal batteries. For the price it is a great product.
Summary: I had a Quest for about a year, and loved it. I gave it to my daughter because she was traveling alot. Before I bought another Quest, I thought I would try a different GPS for a change. I bought the Navigator, because I remember I liked it when I rented a hertz vehicle some time ago that had it in it. The Navigator was horrible, the maps were so infantile looking compared to what I had been used to with the Garmin Quest.
Summary: It is not every day that a technically complex product works precisely as advertised. But this one does. It is truly the perfect compromise GPS solution. I'll explain why in a moment, but first let me acknowledge key limitations right up front: (1) the screen is small (2) reception amongst really tall buildings "downtown" is not perfect (3) memory amount has a fixed limit (4) unit requires occasional downloads and computer fiddling (5) user input takes a little practice.
Summary: I have had my Quest for about six weeks, and can't believe I ever lived without it. Garmin's built a very powerful little unit. I think it is the only car navigation system that has a long battery life, built-in antenna and can be pocketed for walking use. Topo and marine maps are available options. I tossed it in my carry-on bag for a recent business trip and used it to find restaurants within walking distance of my hotel.
Summary: Every now and then -- make that every other now and then, because it's a rare event indeed -- a product comes along that solves a problem that has been plaguing man -- and woman -- for decades, if not centuries. In recent years, these rare breakthroughs have included Combat roach traps, which made those pesky critters a rare sight in even the most infested urban environments, and the pocket hard-drive mp3 jukeboxes enabling you to have your favorite albums with you...