GPS amusement

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 12:53 AM | comments: 2

Diana suggested some time ago that if we ever moved to a new city, she needed a GPS. So last weekend, we went to Best Buy to burn the gift cards we got through a promotion with the furniture store when we bought our mattress.

After messing with them, I think it was clear up front that the Garmin UI was hands down better than the others. The Tom Tom models had too many menus and seemed less logical. We settled on a model that had the nice big wide screen and sucked in traffic data. Opted to skip the Bluetooth model, as it probably wouldn't get that much use.

So far, I've made simple trips to the mall and the local BWW. The British guy voice amuses me. I like that it finds stuff near you, though I've not seen yet how it handles that when gas or food is just a side trip to your real destination. Funny how it gets certain pronunciation wrong, through no fault of its own. It called Medina "mih'-di-nuh" instead of the local "muh-die'-nuh" or the European "muh-dee'-nuh." It gets Beaumont right.

Comments

Dan, October 7, 2009, 2:40 PM #

If your GPS is like our Garmin you can add waypoints on your trip. I don't have it in front of me but I'm pretty sure there is a detour button on the map screen that you press.

Phil, October 7, 2009, 4:16 PM #

We just got the Garmin Nuvi 255wt. Sounds like you got something similar. The touchscreen is extremely annoying if you're used something halfway decent (such as the iPhone). It seems like there's a one second delay from when you actually touch to when it registers that you touched.

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