2D vs. 3D view?

 

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if one of these views had a particular advantage, all of the time or in some situations, over another? Also, I have heard someone mention that 2d maps were more accurate, is this true? I'm interested in your opinions.

Thanks,

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Matt

2d

IMHO it is easier to look at and comprehend 2d view with a split second glance.

My 3d view is looking out the window, with my eyes on the road.

In all actually, you are looking at a 2d flat screen so it's a mock 3d view at best.

I find the 3d buildings particularly distracting and rarely reflects the actual view out of my window.

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Garmin 205, 260W, 1450LMT, 2460LMT, HEREwego for iPhone ... all still mapping strong.

2D also...

I agree with cbwatts, I see more of the surrounding area than in 3d. 3d is good if you have a cool vehicle icon, but that's about all I get out of it!

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Nuvi 265WT, 200W

Both

Mattb wrote:

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if one of these views had a particular advantage, all of the time or in some situations, over another? Also, I have heard someone mention that 2d maps were more accurate, is this true? I'm interested in your opinions.

Thanks,

For driving with the City Navigator map, I like 3D. When hiking or driving with a topo map displayed, I like North Up 2D.

Try 'em both and use the one you like.

It all depends

As others have mentioned it depends on how your using the Nuvi. Since I use it most for driving I prefer the 3D view.

Since either view uses the same maps they are of equal accuracy. You may find that 2D views will give you more detail about your surrounding area but either will have the same accuracy.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

I like 2D most of the time

I have mine on 2D most times when I am driving. In the city I will use 3D for no particular reason.

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John B - Garmin 765T

use 2D and 3D

I use 2D onboard airplane.
biking with 3D.

3D at glance, 2D when really looking at a route

I very much prefer 3D while driving since I can get a better perspective of the contour of the road and how different roads intersect. When I am looking at making alterations to a route, 2D is the only way to go for me.

2D vs 3D

Is there in any information posted that explains the the pros and cons of using 2d vs using 3d? I remember reading articles that stated 3d may have caused some lag time problems in some Nuvi models. I like the 2d but really haven't used the 3d.

2d vs 3d

I would like to see a comparison also.

Nuvi 750

I have a Nuvi 750 and the only options I have are: Track up, North up, and 3D

I don't see buildings with 3D.

The only difference I can tell with 3D is I am looking closer and a slight angle down. With North up or Track up I am looking straight down.

The map is the same for all three views. Nothing added and the roads look the same. The angle and direction is the only difference.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Personal Preference

spectrum44 wrote:

Is there in any information posted that explains the the pros and cons of using 2d vs using 3d? I remember reading articles that stated 3d may have caused some lag time problems in some Nuvi models. I like the 2d but really haven't used the 3d.

My guess is the zoom and map detail causes more problems with the lag than anything. I only use 2d, track up as I can't stand anything else. But that is what works for me.

The only real problem with 3d is that I don't think the poi icons show on the screen like they do in 2d. It has been a couple years since I messed with it, but that is the only real difference I can think of.

Daniel

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Garmin StreetPilot c580 & Nuvi 760 - Member 32160 - Traveling in Kansas

2D and 3D

I usually use the 3d option on my Nuvi 885t , however when traveling into new york city , noticed
a lag in 3d so i switch to 2d view for better
response time.

2D vs 3D and icons

dkeane wrote:

My guess is the zoom and map detail causes more problems with the lag than anything. I only use 2d, track up as I can't stand anything else. But that is what works for me.

The only real problem with 3d is that I don't think the poi icons show on the screen like they do in 2d. It has been a couple years since I messed with it, but that is the only real difference I can think of.

Daniel

You are correct on the icon display. On my old unit I used Track Up and icons showed when in the vicinity (500 meters). In 3D icons don't normally show even when next to the POI. (And yes, my zoom is set to 300 feet.)

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On my nuvi 760

I generally use the 3d view. I like the "forward looking" aspect of it, particularly in giving a view of the twists and turns of the road. I find this more useful at night.

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Nuvi 760 Nuvi 2598 LMT Nuvi 3597 LMT Garmin Streetpilot Onboard for iPhone

My Preference

My personal preference is the 2D view. Although sometimes I'll switch to 3D.

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Bob: My toys: Nüvi 1390T, Droid X2, Nook Color (rooted), Motorola Xoom, Kindle 2, a Yo-Yo and a Slinky. Gotta have toys.

I use 3D all the time.

I use 3D all the time.

I use 3d almost always.

I just prefer the look.

2D track up mode here...

I feel it gives you a much wider view of your surroundings and situational awareness is increased which is one of the main reasons (at least for me) for using a GPS. You can see much more of what's upcoming & ahead of/to the side your position.

I also may to too accustomed to using 2D mode since that was the only view available before the nuvi line as my first GPS was a Magellan GPS 315 (with no mapping).

I have tried on numerous occasions to force myself to use 3D mode but never saw any benefit to it and ended up always going back to 2D track up mode.

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nuvi 760, nuvi 765T, nuvi 855, nuvi 3790LMT, nuvi 3490LMT - SoCal area

Probably personal

Probably personal preference. I use 3D

No one use 2D North Up?

No one use 2D North Up? Give you a better idea where you are and heading ...

3D for my simple brain

whoever wrote:

No one use 2D North Up? Give you a better idea where you are and heading ...

With 2D North Up, I can never figure out which way I'm headed, what's to my right and what's to my left. When I'm headed south, what's left is right and what's right is left. Eh?

I stick with 3D so I can match what I see out the windshield against what's on the display. Even I can understand it.

I look at a compass when I want to get a directional bearing.

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nüvi 750 & 760

Have been using 3D

I have been using 3D since I started using my 755T. On my trip tomorrow I am going to run with 2D too see which I prefer. My old GPS I used 3D and it tilted into 2D as you came up on the turn, mmuch like the 755T except I had comtrol of when and how long it stayed that way. I do miss that feature. if Your 3D and want to see whats around you all you have to do is touch the map and you will go to a 2D map North Up. I have used that for a quickl look around

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, pristine body but rather to come sliding in sideways, all used up and exclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" -------- Nuvi 755T and 1350T Jensen NVX225 WorldNavigator PDA based GPS

Have been using 3D

I have been using 3D since I started using my 755T. On my trip tomorrow I am going to run with 2D too see which I prefer. My old GPS I used 3D and it tilted into 2D as you came up on the turn, mmuch like the 755T except I had comtrol of when and how long it stayed that way. I do miss that feature. if Your 3D and want to see whats around you all you have to do is touch the map and you will go to a 2D map North Up. I have used that for a quick look around

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, pristine body but rather to come sliding in sideways, all used up and exclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" -------- Nuvi 755T and 1350T Jensen NVX225 WorldNavigator PDA based GPS

I use 3D...

but when navigating on a route, find myself switching to a route view in 2D very often. It gives me a better perspective of where I am with respect to my route.

Press the upper bar and then view map from the bottom of the display.

2D Only

I have tried the 3D but just can't leave it there. I like the "Bird's Eye" views of the lay of the land and the roads to the left and right of me in 2D mode.

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Garmin nuvi 2455LMT (wife uses nuvi 255w) (sold C330)