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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I have mine on 2D most times when I am driving. In the city I will use 3D for no particular reason.
I use 2D onboard airplane.
biking with 3D.
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.
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.
I would like to see a comparison also.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
My personal preference is the 2D view. Although sometimes I'll switch to 3D.
I use 3D all the time.
I just prefer the look.
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.
Probably personal preference. I use 3D
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.
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
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
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.
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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