Summary: I have had this product for years and it has not failed me. The maps are incredibly outdated. It comes with 2006 maps, if you search enough you can find some torrents of 2009 maps but even now they are outdated. Still works well though, and i'll probably continue to use it till my old smartphone replaces it.
Summary: I bought this in January of 2009. I used it occasionally because it would only work some of the time. But a few days ago I was determined to find out how to get it to work all of the time and not only some of the time. After all, I paid good money for it. Well, I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I used to have the problem with the Pharos taking a long time to get a strong GPS signal. It would keep saying, "GPS signal too low.
Summary: The good: It was hackable, meaning you could turn it into almost anything you wanted. It was a decent GPS for the price. Wasn't the easiest GPS I've ever had to navigate through but it worked. The bad: After only a year, the power button started to break. I tried opening it to see if I could fix it myself but I couldn't figure it out. I tried filing a claim with the company to see if they would fix it but they said it was going to cost $60 for repair.
Summary: This product has been around for several years. After a few weeks of use, it often takes 10-15 minutes to acquire a signal. Who has time to wait that long before beginning their travel? Tech support is totally non-existent. I tried phoning and emailing tech support about map updates. Never received a response. The company doesn't update it's firmware or maps. The accuracy is poor, giving faulty directions and bad text to speach.
Summary: The Pharos 150 I have took me to places fine ONLY if it started. And, most of the time on a clear sky, it sitll couldn't find the satelite signals. My friend and my brother who have this units got the same problem. We now tossed them to the corner and bought a better known-name ones. Good luck if you're having a Pharos brand.
Summary: I have always used Iguidance+Pharos iGPS360 coupled to my PDA for GPS navigation. The combination although a bit clumsy worked out extremely well for me in last few years. But my PDA crashed recently and I decided that I should look for a simpler alternative. Which brings me to the point that I needed a GS unit with TTS capability under $100 (a difficult to achieve target). I found PDR 150 at amazon for $54 with free shipping. It seemed like a steal.
Summary: Got one from Amazon awhile back. Had to send in for warranty service recently due to the image distortion issue. Without even open the box, Pharos' customer support claimed that was a reset button got broken because it was not clearly visible and asked for $40 to fix it. Given the fact that button was like that from day one, I thought it was designed that way, and I've been using it like that for almost a year without any problem, I didn't buy their excuse.
Summary: I bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He had been asking for a GPS for awhile after using my Garmin Nuvi 360(amazing GPS). I started looking into different brands because of the wide price difference figuring, hey, they all just give you directions, right? I was completely wrong, and I'm so sorry I bought this for him. It makes me feel guilty every time he tries to use it and it doesn't work.