Summary: I have owned this unit for 2 year now, and I like practically every aspect of this GPS unit (all the good things that everyone else has mentioned.) I never had a problem with strange routing like some people have mentioned, and any other quirks or "problems" are pretty easy to ignore, except for one: The biggest problem that I have experienced with this unit is that its software crashes pretty regularly. If you cross a time zone - crash. If it is too cold (e.g.
Summary: I have to rate this unit below average. I had a Garmin Nuvi 200 and got this HP as a second unit to have in my other car. After having the Garmin and using it now for over 6 months I can say that it is head and heels above the HP unit, the Garmin graphics are much better and more dependable. Wish I had bought another Garmin. It may just be personal preference but I am just calling it as I see it.
Summary: I bought this unit just over 1 year ago, so i believe I've given it a fair evaluation. Pros: 1. great resolution screen Cons: 1. Low speaker volume while driving. 2. Text to speech undesernable(can't understand half the words) 3. alternate routes on the fly unavailable 4. cumbersome and difficult to navigate while driving. 5. locks up, facilitating a reset 8. lucky to get 2 hours of battery life.
Summary: I bought it for 199 and got an extra 30 off, but even then the system and maps included and upgradable in US through the HP site is old technology. The dual core 600 seems misleading- looking further I see 570MHz total and have seen it at 285 (only one core firing up)...I assume it is actually a 300Mhz Dual Core as my 400Mhz Processor in a Mio is seen as 397Mhz and runs much better...
Summary: I wavered back and forth between this and the Garmin Nuvi 255w and eventually settled on this because it was different and had a number of great features. However, after using it on a 2000 mile trip around the southwest I decided this is a product still in the works. If HP can ever address some of the serious UI issues I wouldn't hesitate to buy this. However, I ended up returning mine. Below are my observations of the basic function of the device - navigating.
Unfinished product, albeit with some nice features
24 May 2008
Summary: There is a reason why Garmin is one of the leaders in GPS market for the US: it is designed with users in mind. This HP unit has some nice features such as a beautiful screen, relatively fast processor, nice graphic if you live in a major metropolitan such as here in Boston, and a list of POIs that is not too shabby.
Summary: Pros: Nice big wide bright screen Looks great Great features (Bluetooth, Text to Speech, 3D Maps, Elevation, Games) Menus are actually not bad and not convoluted. Removable battery Audio out, USB, and Antenna connectors are all in one spot (right) One button Rubberized back side Includes stylus Scroll wheel + clicky Comes with a leather case Cons: Froze repeatedly. Freeze upon freeze.
Summary: I have used this thing perhaps 6 times and it has locked up on me twice. It would not turn off and I had to pull the battery out and then re-insert it. HP should be very embarassed to have release such a faulty product. On the positive side, the screen has high resolution and looks very good, but I will not buy another one from HP.
Summary: I bought it 4 months ago, if you want a travel comapanion make sure you choose something w internet conection; the games are cool for 10 min. mp3 player ok, navigation system pretty bad , freezes practicaly every single day! and you will have not option but to reset it, which takes 6 to 8 min to complete while you are getting lost. After all is just a GPS, paying more than $200 is a robbery. I paid over $400.