Summary: I decided to wait a while before I gave this item a review, so I could see how it really holds up over time. I've had it for a little over 2 years now and it's still going strong. I'm so glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews on this product before I purchased it, because I would have missed out on a great GPS. I'm rating this based on the value for the price. I know there are bigger and better, but you just can't beat the value for the price.
This is the Pharos 250N -- the N stands for new model
4 December 2010
Summary: I have an old Pharos 250 GPS unit. The software must be 5 years old now. It is rather useless. The voice mispronounces 75% of the words, and the points of interest restaurants takes you to empty lots where restaurants once were. My new unit, the Pharos 250N now pronounces correctly 90% of the words, has a database that is only two years old, so more of the streets and points of interest are current. The destination entry is still counter intuitive.
Summary: Quite impressed with the features and functions of a unit for this price. The Navigation seems accurate and reasonable. The only complaints are the unit is difficult to get out of it's mount and if you want to check your speedometer with the GPS speed have to go the the satellite screen which is somewhat buried several layers down. I would buy one again without hesitation, wish they had a motorcyle model.
Summary: I bought this GPS because I heard you could hack into Th O/S and change it. Well after using it for a while and getting used to it I no longer see any reason to change it. The unit has TTS and works quite well. The only thing my wife has noticed is the cold starts are a little lengthy, but other than that its a fine little unit for the price. PauL R.
Summary: simple and easy to use. the touch screen is very handy especially if directions are needed ASAP. the woman's voice could be a little more pleasing to listen too, but other than that there are no complaints.
Summary: Bought this a couple of years ago during a big sale at Dell. Worked fairly well, but some routings are a bit strange. Now even in the small town I live in, roads are being built that do not show on the GPS map. No problem, just update the map. The problem is that Pharos has never offered any updated maps, and has been telling customers that the updates are "coming at the end of the year, or the beginning of the next".