ViaMichelin X-930 Automobile Navigator

3.5" Active Matrix TFT Color LCD - MPN: NAVX930NA
Product Details
Description
Install, plug & go. It's that easy to begin enjoying the benefits of the X-930. Get instant door-to-door route calculation. You'll save time and enjoy the journey. Navigation information is literally at your fingertips with a large touch screen display. The slim and sleek design easily mounts on your windshield or dashboard. Precise turn-by-turn voice instructions coach you along the way.
Quick Glance
Diagonal Screen Size 3.5 in
Product Type Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
General Features Voice Prompt
Display Type color
Included Devices Speaker
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ViaMichelin X-930
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 19, 2008

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1 Star Review   By YOYOYOYERP on 6th Ave Electronics - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!

Weakness: EVERYTHING. Very difficult to use, worst buy of my life

PIECE OF GARBAGE. the salesman was correct when he told me not to buy it, but since im cheap i did anyway. i regret it now because the unit does not do what i want it to do. very diffcult and not helpful at all

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Buy Something Else!!
2 Star Review   By ChuckO on 6th Ave Electronics - Dec 19, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Average Size Display,

Weakness: Customer Support (website information for US is below average use the telephone number instead. Also,Europe maps won't work with US sold x-930 product!!! Use is not as user-friendly as the Garmin 340.

Just purchased the unit in December 2007. I tried to register the product. Most attempts to access website will take you to europe or Great Britain pages. No map updates are on the US website. They are releasing new software for it in January 2008 but will charge you for it (according to telephone support) although you just purchased the unit. Europe maps won't work with U.S. sold product. Buy a different brand even if it costs a little more.

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A Major Shortcoming
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Low cost, small size

Weakness: Inadequate mapping

I was initially very pleased with the X-930 and have little experience with other makes. The major drawback is that it cannot find a numbered highway. For instance, US 1 runs from Maine to Miami. It is impossible to input an address such as 1105 US 1 in some city into the destination and that holds true for numbered roads such as A1A in FLA or Rte 35 in NJ. These roads can be found on the map page, but not as a location. I would not buy it again.

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this thing suxks
1 Star Review   By daffyduck on 6th Ave Electronics - Jul 8, 2007   

Weakness: small screen, unclear maps, poor poi listing, unreliable satelite, voice guidance is not loud enoug, inaccurate directions

Im extremly upset that i threw away my money with this piece. I actually should have listened to the salesman when he was telling me it was bad. if you want this piece just stick your thumb up your but cuz you will get the same result from both choices

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Should be recalled.
1 Star Review   By member bd_viking - Jun 5, 2007   

Strengths: don't matter.

Weakness: Can't enter 3 digits of Longtitude!!! Fatal flaw.

The X-930 is unable to enter GPS coordinates with greater than 2 digits of Longitude degrees, making it a useless feature for half the globe, from roughly west of the Mississippi River to Singapore. I thought this was going to be a very useful way to enter Points of Interest. I planned on locating my POS's with Google Earth, then entering the GPS coordinates into the unit. This is much more accurate than an address, and sometimes where I am going doesn't have a street address. However, being in California at 120 degrees Longitude, the X-930 doesn't allow for 3 digits of Longitude to be entered. (which is fine for Europe...) When I asked for a firmware patch, customer support said there was none and relayed my bug report to product development. To me, that means this isn't going to be fixed any time soon. Don't buy this product. It does not do what they advertise and when informed of a fatal flaw, nothing is done about it. In my opinion, this product should be recalled.

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Good for price, neat looking but not reliable
3 Star Review   By member davidilance - Jun 1, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Big Screen (3.5"), Interface LOOKS nice

Weakness: Works better in the suburbs, Sometimes slow, Interface takes some getting used to.

I bought this for $170 and I must say, It is worth the money, however, if you can afford a Garmin, I would suggest you fork over the extra $30-$50 for a Garmin i3. What is cool is it comes with a 1GB SD Card preloaded with a map of the USA. Not all roads (even old ones) are listed on the map, but perhaps they will update their software soon and have a download? It does have a PC-USB cord so I assume that this must be so. It has over a million POI (Points of Interest), such as restaurants, gas stations, etc..

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A good buy
4 Star Review   By member hmdbcw - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Much lower price than comparable units,yet will fulfill our needs requiring light usage

Weakness: Have found no major weaknesses, though we have concluded that it is primarily for light usage, rather than a workhorse for daily use in vocations with heavy usage.

We have used this unit on several journeys, finding it valuable to locate gas stations and restaurants in communities with which we are unfamiliar. It functioned accurately providing helpful information and routes to take, mileage, and estimate of time it will take. It will be a necessary companion during extended stays in heavily populated areas. Though we have had no prior experience with other GPS Navigation Systems that are more costly, we are confident that this will adequately serve our purpose. A comprehensive user guide is available on the Michellin website, thought the accompanying guide is quite sufficient for our use.

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Where do I trade this thing in at?
2 Star Review   By member DJ4YOU - May 9, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent window mount. touch screen price

Weakness: Interface, rural locations, battery life, volume

I bought this unit because of the price. I should of spent 40 dollars more and bought a Garmin. If you are looking for directions in a city, this unit will probably work. If you are trying to find a address on a state highway, country road or anything outside of city, good luck. The unit knows where you are, but the interface is so garbage, you can't get the address input to get you there. Example. We tried to get directions to a restraunt that is out in the country. The road and restraunt have been around for more then 50 years. We could not bring up the address or the highway with the pitiful user interface. Driving there (we actually knew where the restraunt was)we left the unit on to see if it knew where we were. It did. We then entered the information like is showed on the display, and the unit still didn't except any of the input information. Garbage !!!!!!!! Go to WWW.viamichelin.com and use the destination finder for a address that is on a State or country road with a rural address and this system will only take you to the center of the town the rural address is from. Garbage ! Also roads that have been complete for 5 years do not show up on the US map. Half the time the unit has me driving either in a corn field or in the wrong lane of traffic because of roads that were under construction but the maps have not been updated. I've contacted customer service and there is no map update for the US. Garbage ! What good is a GPS unit if you can't put a address into it to get you where it is you want to go? This unit is very good though at showing you were you are once you get there. :) Buy a Garmin or a Megellan unit. Worth the extra few dollars.

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ViaMichelin X-930 Review
5 Star Review   By member xoxinfamusxox - Apr 30, 2007   

Strengths: Strong receiver with good signal, options are plentiful, clear display page, information from the Michelin guide book is a plus.

Weakness: Poor mapping, poor instruction sets, poor Points of Interest listing.

Aside from the price, the X-930 has a lot going for it. The biggest complaint that I have is the mapping and the unit's inability to find any address I'm likely to be looking for. The map page is pretty clear in 2-D or 3-D. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. If you search online, you can find yourself a good deal.

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Not A Garmin Nuvi; At Least Price-Wise
4 Star Review   By member molder101 - Mar 29, 2007   

Strengths: * Super small/light * Big screen (3.5" widescreen) * Comes with home/car adapters * Add custom POIs * Displays street names not just route numbers * Great mount * Customer Support * Price

Weakness: * Battery life * Screen not great in sunshine * Manual not included in box * USA/Canada maps do not integrate together * Usually no signal in buildings * No street names

The biggest plus on this GPS is the price. I was able to get it from Tigerdirect for $159.99 + $9.49 s/h - 5% (Citi dividend card) - $5 Pricegrabber rebate = $156.01. You will not get the features of ANY other GPS that this one has for that price. With that in mind, let's see where it fails first. (There will be reference to a Garmin Nuvi 350 cause my dad has that and I've used it.) CONS: - The battery life is kind of subpar. The most I've gotten out of it is about 3 hours. Not bad, but not as good as it could be (Nuvi's battery life is 4-8 hours.) - The screen is not the brightest; so in direct sunlight it's tough to see, but many GPS units are. (Nuvi's screen is brighter/less reflective.) - There is no printed manual in the box. Only a quickstart guide. I suppose companies figure that people don't read them anyway so why even both having them. I understand that but it should still be there. If you have to print a copy , it's over 80 pages (I hope you don't have an inkjet printer)! (Nuvi includes the manual.) - The biggest quirk I have with this device IS the US & Canada maps do not integrate. This means that you have to select a route to the border and once you cross do a new route to your destination. A little dumb if you ask me, especially since I frequent Canada. On the plus side, you can (confirmed with customer service) use a 2GB SD card and put both the USA & Canada maps on there. This way you don't have to "switch cards, when you switch countries." (Nuvi has both US & Canada built-in and they integrate.) - I haven't been able to get a signal while in a building. This kinda sucks cause you can plan your route ahead of time, you have to wait until you're outside. (Nuvi gets a singal indoors.) - I have yet to find out how to display the street names on the device for all streets. (Let me call customer service right now.) Confirmed, no street names are available on the display - only the names of the streets/exits, etc for your destination. (Nuvi shows all streets; which is great cause you can learn where other streets are etc.) Before I get to all the pluses of the unit I want to address reviews from many other sites. It seems to me that either reviews are very good or very bad. One of the big problems that people had was no being able to just turn the unit on and see where you are. *THIS IS POSSIBLE.* It's right in the Quick Start guide how to do it. However, it's kinda useless cause the display does not show street names. Another big complaint people had was how many "touches" it took to get you going. Listen people, it's not a big deal to punch in a few letters and click "Search." You don't have to spell out the full name; in fact it's worse if you do cause you might spell it wrong. The X-930 is not that much more complex to use than the Nuvi. Sure it may not have the best graphics or smoothest looking maps but it has not led me astray yet. Keep in mind that the X-930 is also sold in Europe and I believe many of the reviews you find online are for that device not the North America version. I can't emphasize enough that this model is very good; especially because of low, low price. PROS: - This device is quite a bit lighter than the Nuvi. Size-wise it's a little wider because it's a widescreen. The screen is great. I like the idea of using the widescreen versus a full screen, plus that makes it's height less, which ultimately means it will be lower on your window so you have a less obstructed view of the road. - Most GPS units do not come with both home/car adapters. This one does. (Nuvi does too.) - If you are inclined (and have a little computer experience) you can add custom POIs (points of interest). I probably won't ever use them. - Street names are displayed! You say "Mike, big whoop." I say "{insert name here}, it is a big whoop cause the GPS units that I've used only display the route number, which let's face it, most of us do not know. We are use to Tuckahoe Road, not Rt. 557... or Landis Avenue, not Rt. 56. So this little addition is very much welcomed. (Nuvi does not display these names, only routes.) - The mount works unbelievable well. It's very easy to mount and unmount which is important cause I don't leave the mount sitting in the car (Why? Uh do you see how many GPS units are on eBay with only the unit and the mount - hmmm stolen? Ya think? Thieves look for this stuff.) (Nuvi's mount is also top notch.) - Customer support is fantastic. I call, there's a rep ready to help, no waiting. Definitely buy this unit if you want navigation without all the extra bells & whistles. It doesn't have MP3 or blue-tooth but not everyone wants that. I will say that I have used it around town and it doesn't take me the way I would go (cause I know the best routes) but it hasn't gotten me lost. Overall: Buy it, you'll love it & and you're wife will love you because she can buy those Prada pumps she wanted with the money you saved.

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Product Details
Description
Install, plug & go. It's that easy to begin enjoying the benefits of the X-930. Get instant door-to-door route calculation. You'll save time and enjoy the journey. Navigation information is literally at your fingertips with a large touch screen display. The slim and sleek design easily mounts on your windshield or dashboard. Precise turn-by-turn voice instructions coach you along the way.
Quick Glance
Diagonal Screen Size 3.5 in
Product Type Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
General Features Voice Prompt
Display Type color
Included Devices Speaker
Summary
Product Title ViaMichelin X-930 Automobile Navigator
Manufacturer ViaMichelin
Power Score 3.3 | 13 Reviews
Physical Features
Interface Connection: USB Yes
Navigation and Other Features
Battery Life: 3 Hour
Storage
Installed Memory: 32 MB
Memory Card Support: Secure Digital (SD) Card
Dimensions
Height: 4.8 in
Weight: 4.70 oz
Width: 2.8 in
Depth: 0.7 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Processor Model: PXA270
Storage Size (ROM): 32 MB
Dimensions: 4.80" Height x 2.80" Width x 0.70" Depth
Product Model: X-930
Software Included: US Maps
Brand Name: ViaMichelin
Graphic Mode: QVGA
Included Components: Automobile Power Adapter (DC), Charger, Memory Card, Mounting Hardware, Software, Stylus, USB Cable
SKU: DPGVIMNAVX930NAUS
Description: X-930 Portable GPS Navigation System
Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer
Processor Speed: 312 MHz
Expert Reviews
ViaMichelin X-930
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 19, 2008

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User Reviews
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1 Star Review   By YOYOYOYERP on 6th Ave Electronics - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!

Weakness: EVERYTHING. Very difficult to use, worst buy of my life

PIECE OF GARBAGE. the salesman was correct when he told me not to buy it, but since im cheap i did anyway. i regret it now because the unit does not do what i want it to do. very diffcult and not helpful at all

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Buy Something Else!!
2 Star Review   By ChuckO on 6th Ave Electronics - Dec 19, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Average Size Display,

Weakness: Customer Support (website information for US is below average use the telephone number instead. Also,Europe maps won't work with US sold x-930 product!!! Use is not as user-friendly as the Garmin 340.

Just purchased the unit in December 2007. I tried to register the product. Most attempts to access website will take you to europe or Great Britain pages. No map updates are on the US website. They are releasing new software for it in January 2008 but will charge you for it (according to telephone support) although you just purchased the unit. Europe maps won't work with U.S. sold product. Buy a different brand even if it costs a little more.

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A Major Shortcoming
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Low cost, small size

Weakness: Inadequate mapping

I was initially very pleased with the X-930 and have little experience with other makes. The major drawback is that it cannot find a numbered highway. For instance, US 1 runs from Maine to Miami. It is impossible to input an address such as 1105 US 1 in some city into the destination and that holds true for numbered roads such as A1A in FLA or Rte 35 in NJ. These roads can be found on the map page, but not as a location. I would not buy it again.

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this thing suxks
1 Star Review   By daffyduck on 6th Ave Electronics - Jul 8, 2007   

Weakness: small screen, unclear maps, poor poi listing, unreliable satelite, voice guidance is not loud enoug, inaccurate directions

Im extremly upset that i threw away my money with this piece. I actually should have listened to the salesman when he was telling me it was bad. if you want this piece just stick your thumb up your but cuz you will get the same result from both choices

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Should be recalled.
1 Star Review   By member bd_viking - Jun 5, 2007   

Strengths: don't matter.

Weakness: Can't enter 3 digits of Longtitude!!! Fatal flaw.

The X-930 is unable to enter GPS coordinates with greater than 2 digits of Longitude degrees, making it a useless feature for half the globe, from roughly west of the Mississippi River to Singapore. I thought this was going to be a very useful way to enter Points of Interest. I planned on locating my POS's with Google Earth, then entering the GPS coordinates into the unit. This is much more accurate than an address, and sometimes where I am going doesn't have a street address. However, being in California at 120 degrees Longitude, the X-930 doesn't allow for 3 digits of Longitude to be entered. (which is fine for Europe...) When I asked for a firmware patch, customer support said there was none and relayed my bug report to product development. To me, that means this isn't going to be fixed any time soon. Don't buy this product. It does not do what they advertise and when informed of a fatal flaw, nothing is done about it. In my opinion, this product should be recalled.

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Good for price, neat looking but not reliable
3 Star Review   By member davidilance - Jun 1, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Big Screen (3.5"), Interface LOOKS nice

Weakness: Works better in the suburbs, Sometimes slow, Interface takes some getting used to.

I bought this for $170 and I must say, It is worth the money, however, if you can afford a Garmin, I would suggest you fork over the extra $30-$50 for a Garmin i3. What is cool is it comes with a 1GB SD Card preloaded with a map of the USA. Not all roads (even old ones) are listed on the map, but perhaps they will update their software soon and have a download? It does have a PC-USB cord so I assume that this must be so. It has over a million POI (Points of Interest), such as restaurants, gas stations, etc..

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A good buy
4 Star Review   By member hmdbcw - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Much lower price than comparable units,yet will fulfill our needs requiring light usage

Weakness: Have found no major weaknesses, though we have concluded that it is primarily for light usage, rather than a workhorse for daily use in vocations with heavy usage.

We have used this unit on several journeys, finding it valuable to locate gas stations and restaurants in communities with which we are unfamiliar. It functioned accurately providing helpful information and routes to take, mileage, and estimate of time it will take. It will be a necessary companion during extended stays in heavily populated areas. Though we have had no prior experience with other GPS Navigation Systems that are more costly, we are confident that this will adequately serve our purpose. A comprehensive user guide is available on the Michellin website, thought the accompanying guide is quite sufficient for our use.

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Where do I trade this thing in at?
2 Star Review   By member DJ4YOU - May 9, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent window mount. touch screen price

Weakness: Interface, rural locations, battery life, volume

I bought this unit because of the price. I should of spent 40 dollars more and bought a Garmin. If you are looking for directions in a city, this unit will probably work. If you are trying to find a address on a state highway, country road or anything outside of city, good luck. The unit knows where you are, but the interface is so garbage, you can't get the address input to get you there. Example. We tried to get directions to a restraunt that is out in the country. The road and restraunt have been around for more then 50 years. We could not bring up the address or the highway with the pitiful user interface. Driving there (we actually knew where the restraunt was)we left the unit on to see if it knew where we were. It did. We then entered the information like is showed on the display, and the unit still didn't except any of the input information. Garbage !!!!!!!! Go to WWW.viamichelin.com and use the destination finder for a address that is on a State or country road with a rural address and this system will only take you to the center of the town the rural address is from. Garbage ! Also roads that have been complete for 5 years do not show up on the US map. Half the time the unit has me driving either in a corn field or in the wrong lane of traffic because of roads that were under construction but the maps have not been updated. I've contacted customer service and there is no map update for the US. Garbage ! What good is a GPS unit if you can't put a address into it to get you where it is you want to go? This unit is very good though at showing you were you are once you get there. :) Buy a Garmin or a Megellan unit. Worth the extra few dollars.

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5 Star Review   By member xoxinfamusxox - Apr 30, 2007   

Strengths: Strong receiver with good signal, options are plentiful, clear display page, information from the Michelin guide book is a plus.

Weakness: Poor mapping, poor instruction sets, poor Points of Interest listing.

Aside from the price, the X-930 has a lot going for it. The biggest complaint that I have is the mapping and the unit's inability to find any address I'm likely to be looking for. The map page is pretty clear in 2-D or 3-D. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. If you search online, you can find yourself a good deal.

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Not A Garmin Nuvi; At Least Price-Wise
4 Star Review   By member molder101 - Mar 29, 2007   

Strengths: * Super small/light * Big screen (3.5" widescreen) * Comes with home/car adapters * Add custom POIs * Displays street names not just route numbers * Great mount * Customer Support * Price

Weakness: * Battery life * Screen not great in sunshine * Manual not included in box * USA/Canada maps do not integrate together * Usually no signal in buildings * No street names

The biggest plus on this GPS is the price. I was able to get it from Tigerdirect for $159.99 + $9.49 s/h - 5% (Citi dividend card) - $5 Pricegrabber rebate = $156.01. You will not get the features of ANY other GPS that this one has for that price. With that in mind, let's see where it fails first. (There will be reference to a Garmin Nuvi 350 cause my dad has that and I've used it.) CONS: - The battery life is kind of subpar. The most I've gotten out of it is about 3 hours. Not bad, but not as good as it could be (Nuvi's battery life is 4-8 hours.) - The screen is not the brightest; so in direct sunlight it's tough to see, but many GPS units are. (Nuvi's screen is brighter/less reflective.) - There is no printed manual in the box. Only a quickstart guide. I suppose companies figure that people don't read them anyway so why even both having them. I understand that but it should still be there. If you have to print a copy , it's over 80 pages (I hope you don't have an inkjet printer)! (Nuvi includes the manual.) - The biggest quirk I have with this device IS the US & Canada maps do not integrate. This means that you have to select a route to the border and once you cross do a new route to your destination. A little dumb if you ask me, especially since I frequent Canada. On the plus side, you can (confirmed with customer service) use a 2GB SD card and put both the USA & Canada maps on there. This way you don't have to "switch cards, when you switch countries." (Nuvi has both US & Canada built-in and they integrate.) - I haven't been able to get a signal while in a building. This kinda sucks cause you can plan your route ahead of time, you have to wait until you're outside. (Nuvi gets a singal indoors.) - I have yet to find out how to display the street names on the device for all streets. (Let me call customer service right now.) Confirmed, no street names are available on the display - only the names of the streets/exits, etc for your destination. (Nuvi shows all streets; which is great cause you can learn where other streets are etc.) Before I get to all the pluses of the unit I want to address reviews from many other sites. It seems to me that either reviews are very good or very bad. One of the big problems that people had was no being able to just turn the unit on and see where you are. *THIS IS POSSIBLE.* It's right in the Quick Start guide how to do it. However, it's kinda useless cause the display does not show street names. Another big complaint people had was how many "touches" it took to get you going. Listen people, it's not a big deal to punch in a few letters and click "Search." You don't have to spell out the full name; in fact it's worse if you do cause you might spell it wrong. The X-930 is not that much more complex to use than the Nuvi. Sure it may not have the best graphics or smoothest looking maps but it has not led me astray yet. Keep in mind that the X-930 is also sold in Europe and I believe many of the reviews you find online are for that device not the North America version. I can't emphasize enough that this model is very good; especially because of low, low price. PROS: - This device is quite a bit lighter than the Nuvi. Size-wise it's a little wider because it's a widescreen. The screen is great. I like the idea of using the widescreen versus a full screen, plus that makes it's height less, which ultimately means it will be lower on your window so you have a less obstructed view of the road. - Most GPS units do not come with both home/car adapters. This one does. (Nuvi does too.) - If you are inclined (and have a little computer experience) you can add custom POIs (points of interest). I probably won't ever use them. - Street names are displayed! You say "Mike, big whoop." I say "{insert name here}, it is a big whoop cause the GPS units that I've used only display the route number, which let's face it, most of us do not know. We are use to Tuckahoe Road, not Rt. 557... or Landis Avenue, not Rt. 56. So this little addition is very much welcomed. (Nuvi does not display these names, only routes.) - The mount works unbelievable well. It's very easy to mount and unmount which is important cause I don't leave the mount sitting in the car (Why? Uh do you see how many GPS units are on eBay with only the unit and the mount - hmmm stolen? Ya think? Thieves look for this stuff.) (Nuvi's mount is also top notch.) - Customer support is fantastic. I call, there's a rep ready to help, no waiting. Definitely buy this unit if you want navigation without all the extra bells & whistles. It doesn't have MP3 or blue-tooth but not everyone wants that. I will say that I have used it around town and it doesn't take me the way I would go (cause I know the best routes) but it hasn't gotten me lost. Overall: Buy it, you'll love it & and you're wife will love you because she can buy those Prada pumps she wanted with the money you saved.

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Gets U from point A to point B
4 Star Review   By member docsr4u - Mar 25, 2007   

Strengths: Non bulky, touch screen, fast re-calculations.

Weakness: Doesn’t read street names, Typical European non user friendly features but all that U need to travel. Limited POI’s but can add more urself ) so I have heard)

Good product for its price. First among the < $200 GPS. I am a AAA fan and love its maps but since I got these (thankfully have needed them). It doesn’t have the tollf free option though but gives alternatives if U want. No MP3 and video players but for the omeny I save, I can surely get those additionally. The voice prompts in adequate time depending on the speed aqnd type of road ( 0.5 mi on highways and 500 feets ( varies) on smaller roads.) My wife loves the speed warner to make sure we don’t exceed. It is originally an European model and is very famous there. Also can but Europe map and use it there too. American voice prompts which is good for us. Overall, I am happy with it.

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A nice handy gadget at a good price
4 Star Review   By member jjhsu - Feb 22, 2007   

Strengths: lightweight, quick to gps working, stylish design

Weakness: user input and manual can be improved. Took about 1 hour to figure out all the functionalities of the device. The interface lacks user intuitive-ness.

It is a good gadget at a very good price. Consider that you can now get from A to B without having to consult a map, especially when you are driving. The voice prompts are adequate and early enough ( typically about 0.5 miles ahead of any changes in direction ). Route recalculation is relatively fast and I find the alerts are quite useful. The downside is the interface and inputs, it does take a number of screen taps before you can get an address into the system. The unit does not carry any other additional functionalities like MP3, phone, etc. which I do not want it on a GPS device anyways. Also a nice possibility is that if you do travel to Europe, then you can use this device to load additional European maps and that's a very nice plus. There is also a pedestrian function which I have not used but if it sounds like what it describes in its manual, it may also be a nice function for those people who want a lightweight portable GPS device when they are out hiking. I would suggest it for anyone who just look for a plain GPS device with good enough accuracy and speed.

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