Summary: I purchased the PDR200 from Dell in June 2009. It worked great for about 5-6 months. In December 2009 went to Disney and thats when the unit started giving me problems. It made it through the Disney trip but it started locking up on the boot screen until finally it would not boot up at all. Emailed support and they said to send the SD card in. Sent the SD card in on my tab and they verified the SD card was ok and they sent it back.
Summary: The thing died just after a month of almost no use! Right after Amazon's return period. No prob, I figure. I'll call Pharos tech support and they'll tell me how to fix it (error message). They tell me they refuse to setup a downloadable backup of the memory card that I can simply save to the memory card (they admitted it was just a corupt file on the included sd card.) They wanted me to pay shipping to send it (the ENTIRE unit!
Don't be cheated by Pharos. Maps are outdated and you need to buy seperately.
M. Gorthi, Amazon
17 December 2009
Summary: Pharos is cheating customers. I bought Drive 200 in June 2009 but maps are very old and out dated. I contacted customer service and they told me to wait for updates and did not mention that updates are not free. I decided to wait instead of returning the device. In Nov 2009 (after 5 months) I contacted again and they said that they have update and not for free even though i bought a new device but with outdated maps.
Summary: As a car GPS, you cannot beat the price and some of the features are pretty cool. For example, touch screen, text to speech, walking mode, auto zoom, and auto day/night. Cannnot ask for much more. Signal strength is ok. I'm a happy camper.
Summary: This is not a bad unit for the price. We used it to travel down to D.C. area and had only a one problem with it. The screen will freeze up on you and then you have to do a hard restart. I believe that it was more operator error then anything else. I would highly recomend this unit to anyone who is new to Auto GPS. You can't beat the price on this.
Summary: Bought this real cheap $58 so I did not expect Tomtom, Garmin kind of performance. Was able to lock onto the satellite in 3 mins. I guess I am fine with that. Oddly enough, it took a while for it to figure out where I was. I am in North Texas and the map of Little Rock AR popped up initially. Then it realized its folly and complied! Once I keyed in where I wanted to go, it did a good job taking me through turn by turn indications with voice incl.
Summary: The maps are dated and an upgrade to maps that are from 2009 is $50+s/h. Based on that I am changing my review stars to a single star. My needs for a GPS are limited. The price point on this was a big item. I saw some negative reviews but figured the price outweighed the negative thoughts. After installing it I was happy to see that the negatives seemed much overstated. The beast did everything asked and did it promptly.
Summary: I bought this unit after doing a lot of research on everything that was available in the under $150 range. I have owned GPS units from several of the better known manufactures, and they all disappointed me when it came down to what was most important, which is getting me there via the quickest route without any surprises (Dirt roads, Dead ends, etc.). I have had the Pharos for over a month now and it has been an excellent device with intuitive software.