Summary: Evidently when Garmin discontinues a product the support is discontinued as well. The maps are 'I' dependent and no updates are available. The I3 is a dream to use! No frills and ease of use are great, but the software is just not up to snuff even though the 'latest version.' I run the same area while driving a truck. My maps were getting tattered and torn so investing in a GPS seemed logical. No frills, just directions!
Summary: I have the Magellan Roadmate 300 for the comparsion. I like the size and the shape of the i3 and the ease of use; and the use of 2 AA batteries making the i3 very portable. A pair of AA can run for almost a day. Using the wheel is like using a mouse. It is no problem for me at all. The Roadmate 300 on the other hand must plug to the 12V to work. And the 300 is pretty big. However, the 300 does have a touch screen.
Excerpt: I have had this Garmin Streetpilot i3 for about three or four years now and it has proven to be a pretty reliable sat nav that works fine in a vehicle or on foot as a device for navigating around London or any other city for that matter. While it is a little dated by modern standards we still make use of it as a back up when one of us is using the newer one that we have and are going on seperate journies.
Excerpt: "I bought my Garmin streetpilot i3 because I got fed up of passengers map reading and getting me completly lost and then giving excuses like, "you're driving too fast", or "you should have turned left back there". And the best one at the start of a journey "are the blue lines rivers or motorways?" Anyway, the Streetpilot cost me £129 from Halfords who were very helpful and knowledgeable about all their GPS systems. Basically I bought the cheapest one ...
Excerpt: "...sat nav, i got my garmin streetpilot I3 for £100 from motorworld. I turned it on and straight away it says that the maps are out of date, I went to the website to see if I could update it with no avail, so i contacted company and they said in email that it will be updated late 2006, early 2007 (still waiting). On the good side it is value for money i think as it hasnt sent me in any wrong directions so far. All the funtions are easy to use, just type ...
Pros: if you cant afford a dear sat nav this one will do
Cons: the batteries i use dont seem to last very long
Excerpt: "Bought one for Christmas (£99 from carphonewarehouse) Setup: Add bateries and turn on. Very easy! Has to be attached to or near a car window to find any satelites - takes a few minutes to do this (havent looked for an external antennae yet though) On turning unit on, we get a prompt telling us that the maps are over a year out of date, and a url where we can go to buy updates. No an impressive start. There is no mapping software provided ...
Pros: Simple setup, Instructions easy to hear while driving
Cons: Maps out of date, instructions not always right/helpful
inexpensive good if your on a tight budget easy to use
16 July 2006
Excerpt: FOR compact easy to use relatively inexpensive and has clear voice guidence throughout the journey when it eventually gets you there AGAINST screen far too small sends you down bad pothole roads where there is no need too instead of main roads and always has to recalculate itself through journeys youve programmed in (wether an external anntenna would correct this i dont know) to sum it up you really probably would be better of with a tomtom if you can afford the budget...