I was at costco the other day, and they had a GPS from Magellan, I think, with a 7" screen! What is that about? Is it for blind drivers? Kinda like the braille at the drive-through ATMs?
Can you even legally sit that on top of the dash? It'll block out, well, EVERYTHING. Is it a size thing?
Wow... look at the guy in that Porsche! He's got a huge global positioning system!
Perhaps some people need to compensate. Not me. I drive a little car. I have a little GPS. I have a big heart.
It would be useful in large vehicles like 18 wheelers and large motor homes.
Absolutely, in fact even if I was driving a fire truck or an ambulance, I would love to have a GPS With a 7 inch screen!
If you have a nice laptop, $70 gets you MS Streets or Delorme Street Atlas with GPS.
Personally I ony look at my GPS for stats (i.e. MPH, distance to next turn, ETA, etc). TTS get me where I need to go without looking at the screen. Doesn't help me knowing I'm crossing Ray Rd if I'm not turning there.
Different strokes I guess.
I have a 1490T with the 5" screen and it's about all I can fit in a pocket, and then only a jacket pocket at that. My 200W with the meager 4.3" screen fits much more nicely in many of my pockets.
I could certainly be useful in some situations, but would be too large for my cars. In most vehicles it would seem to be more of a distraction than I would like. I would think that most of us don't want a tv in our view while driving. As they say, "different strokes".
It all depends on the vehicle the unit will be used in. Something that big would look pretty goofy sitting on my '94 Mustang GT's dash. Put the same 7" unit in an 18-wheeler, bus or motorhome and it may actually look quite small.
I tried using a 13" Vaio with S&T and that was hard to handle.
I would consider a 7" stand alone GPS though.
Garmin has/had two units ( StreetPilot 7200 & 7500 ) which had the large 7" screens too.
They marketed them toward the RV and 18 Wheeler group.
The 7500 had a Gyro in it to keep track of your course even if you lost the satellite fix.
And they both had an input jack for a backup camera.
I have a 1490T with a 5 inch screen. Depending on your vision, it IS signficantly easier to view than a GPS with a 4.3 inch screen. It also houses a larger speaker with louder volume and clarity than most of the 4.3 Garmin models.
I have looked at the Magellan 1700 with the 7 inch screen. I was not impressed that it was any easier to view than the 5 inch 1490T. While that may not make any sense, given I see a big improvement with 4.3 to a 5 inch screen, I believe there are deminishing returns once you get to a certain screen size. Furthermore, I have read reviews regarding the 7 inch Magellan and one big negative about it is the poor battery life that it gets; most people reporting less than an hour. While that may mean little when the unit is so large as not to be pocketable, it still is something to consider, should you ever need to use it in pedestrian mode.
While I use the Dashboard most of the time, I like the map when it is very foggy out and I am driving some dark rood I do not know and cannot see very far.
The 4.3 Screens are large enough... 7 next will be 10 or more and if so... why not just use your laptop as your gps? 4.3 is a nice fit with no clutter.
don't know how a blind person can see it. So, it is not for blind people for sure.
Besides two 765Ts I also have a SP7200 that I use in my pickup when pulling our RV. It is great. Easy to see the info and I have a wireless camera at the back of the trailer for backing up. I will admit that it would probably look like a bit of overkill sitting on the dash of my Honda Civic.
You are correct and they have a lot of other nice features. I have been using a Garmin 7200, 7" for some time. I tow a large toyhauler and wanted something with a large screen. Although the unit has been discontinued, I would recommend it to anyone towing or driving a large vehicle.
Worldnav has a 3.5", 5", 7" wide screen, 7" bluetooth and a 7" with wireless backup. I agree that the larger ones would look rediculous in a small car or truck, but I have been watching these for some time now. I will probably opt for one of this size (after comparing all others). A laptop is out of the question for me. I do not want laptop stands, the laptop is hard to read at any distance where you can safely read it and the wife refuses to get involved. If interested in what they have to offer, go to here.
I have a 1490T with a 5 inch screen. Depending on your vision, it IS signficantly easier to view than a GPS with a 4.3 inch screen. It also houses a larger speaker with louder volume and clarity than most of the 4.3 Garmin models...
The 5" screen may not be exactly a "sweet spot" but it does offer one benefit. I like the additional (and selectable) info on the right hand side of the 1490T. I show ETA, time to destination, miles to destination, and speed (which is always on by default). With all that on screen, the usable map part is still bigger than that of a standard 3.5" GPSr.
And the speaker is VERY loud at louder settings!
I like this line of thinking. To me a large screen provides a really nice way to have more information at your disposal if the interface is designed so that it can be customized. That said, depending on the size of the vehicle, there is a limit on what is reasonable.
Additionally, with the laptop you can carry your whole music catalog and access your email while at the Starbuck's drive-thru
DeLorme also sells a Topo product that is much like SA which is nice to have in certain areas such as wanting to know your approximate altitude. Topo also works with DeLorme's hand-held GPS products.
And If you don't need the latest and greatest for your PC/laptop Amazon has 2008 S&T for $19.00 eligible for free shipping if you get something to push past $25.00
I have a Alpine audio and navigation system with a pop-up 6.5" screen size in my C5 Corvette and it isn't too large, in fact I really like the size especially the split screen showing the map and upcoming turn views at the same time. When I use my Garmin 885T later it seems like it is too small.
The Garmin is more sophisticated than the Alpine system and a heck of a lot cheaper but I do like some of the features better on the Alpine.
The biggest drawbacks of the Alpine are map updates are far and few between and no custom POI's so that means no red light and speed camera warnings.
Maybe sony will put out a big screen model that will play blu-rays too. Then you really will have to stay clear of the roads.
I've used the Garmin 7200 since it first came out and have come to realize I can't live without that size screen. The most important feature is not having to squint to see the data, especially driving into sunrise or sunset. Depending on the model of pick-up I'm driving (have 3 different ones)each has it's own unique spot that never impedes my view. Nothing says it has to be mounted on the dash, just got to be creative with location. Another huge plus is it takes only a nano-second to glimpse the right side screen data as I'm driving versus having to readjust my sight path with the smaller screens. I've had occasion to use the smaller one, but I do better with those shut off and in the glove box. Of course I live in Texas, and we all know everything's bigger here...LOL
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