Review of the Garmin StreetPilot

The StreetPilot c320 is the equivalent of the TomTom "Go" and the Magellan RM300. Garmin is promoting it as a "Beginner's GPS Car Navigator" and well, this quite an appropriate description. This GPS model is tremendously trouble-free to use, unproblematic to input address and other data, and has a restricted quantity of features meant to avoid confusion.

However, if you are looking for the latest GPS technology with all the whizz bang features of advanced models, then this should not be your first choice. StreetPilot has produced an easy to use and functional car GPS with the basic features you should expect from a modern car navigator. And yet, you do not need to expect the operating difficulties that some of other units have. You can pretty much use it straight out of the box, with only a small amount of time required to learn how to operate it.

The Garmin StreetPilot is a GPS unit for your car and has some of the very best routing settings available on any GPS device. It has a built in speaker, uses Nagteq road map and allows you to use CSV files produced by 3rd parties to input into the maps where speed cameras, traffic hazards and school zones are located.

The StreetPilot comes with a rechargeable battery pack with can be charged using the mini-USB holder that is standard with the device. The battery will last up to 8 hours.

The screen may be described as a screen with medium brightness. The user interface is akin to other Garmin units which use a touch screen for data input. But it contains only two controls other than the touchscreen. These are the ON / OFF push button and the "sliding fingertip" volume control.

With regard to the map loading and map Memory, StreetPilot uses a USB data interface for map loading and data input / output. But the map may also be loaded faster if the SD card is removed and the loading is done through a memory card writer.

Older GPS models can have problems with their accuracy but the StreetPilot is free of these issues. If you use the CitySelect feature you will be able to keep track of the streets you are traveling on. An added bonus is that the StreePilot will display the street names well before you have reached the actual street, ensuring that you are warned well ahead of time.

A Garmin StreetPilot is an easy to use and cheap GPS unit that any one who is a beginner with GPS or technology could use with ease.

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