Reviews and Problems with ViaMichelin Navigation X-970
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New User, Amazon
13 February 2009
Summary: It is very good. At first I thought that was difficult to use, but after a couple of days I found it very easy. It is very intuitive. When some new address is not loaded in the database, I just mark it directly on the map and it will take me there. Works with ours cel phones. I like it and recommend it.
Summary: I bought this GPS in February of 2008 for $199 because my g/f owned one and I was impressed with it during a vacation trip. Lately I've noticed that my GPS needed updating due to missing new roads, etc. I checked the software and found the current map was dated 2006, so off to the ViaMichelin website I went. It was a disaster of a website. I could not find anyway of updating my maps though the box claimed I could easily do it at their website.
Summary: ViaMichelin is going out of GPS business. You will be buying a unit that will be discontinued and presumably neither supported or updated. See below: ViaMichelin, the subsidiary of the French tyre manufacturer specialising in digital travel assistance products, has stated it will no longer participate in the GPS navigation device market.
Summary: Ok, after a week of using this unit, I say I like it. Pretty easy to figure out without using the manual. I tested it on known routes, and it sometimes takes you a way that you know to be slower, or not as easy, but that's probably true with most units. I've also used it in neighborhoods that I am not familiar with and it performed perfectly.
Summary: This unit is ergonomic and seems otherwise well-designed, but once you want to use it outside the US and Canada, you're out of luck: Michelin maps and guides of Europe are NOT available for this product for US customers! If you try, you will keep getting directed to the UK Michelin site, and they require an EU address for you to download European maps and guides. Michelin's "Customer Service" response was that they should be available "sometime in 2008".
Summary: This unit has far exceeded my expectations. My wife and I had the previous ViaMichelin GPS the X930 and were very happy with it. We purchased this one to stop fighting over the X930. This is a far more refined unit, it feels great in your hand with its rubbertone finish and the chrome trim reminds me of my iPhone.