Anybody know what the cheapest unit (any make/model) is that does this?
The Street Pilot c340 anounces street names and prompts (turn left 300 feet) also. Under $200 I think.
The Garmin StreetPilot c340 is an "unit to avoid", according to www.gpsmagazine.com/buyers_guide-units_to_avoid.php
I have no experience with this one, but it is under $100 and announces the street name.
Cannot beat this price!
The next cheaper "unit" would be yourself, loud reading the street names from a paper map...
As of taking you from point A to point B... that's another question.
Only because, like the other units, it lacks the latest SiRF III chipset. Doesn't make it a bad GPS unit. There are several great units on the "avoid list" that still work great.
SirfIII system and Navtaq maps. Same as my 660.
The TomTom G0 720 reads names of streets. I got mine for $349.
staples has some omnitech unit with tts for 119.99 today sounds nice but i will never one anything but a garmin
No problem for me with a c340, either locally or on the road.
User feedback at Amazon.com is/was very highly favorable for this unit. Which is why I bought it: users know more, and have a wider variety of experience, than magazine reviews, in my opinion."
I just got a Pharos 150 from Fry's Electronics. It was $150.00 with a $50.00 rebate. Best price so far this Christmas season. It has text to speech, meaning that it announces street names and tells you when and how to turn. You can also set it to tell you when you are exceeding the speed limit. This one is annoying so I turned it off after an hour or so.
It has over 1 million POI's but I can't find anywhere to upgrade the operating system which is MS ce 4.5. If anyone knows how to do that please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have used it for 2 weeks now here in Mesa and except for my goof ups on giving it the correct info, it has been real accurate up to 10 feet or so of the destination. I guess we really have to do some of the work to find an office inside of a mall ourselves. Been very happy with this Pharos 150 so far.
I read that article too about the c340 and disagree with it .The only thing that concerns me is that it has been discontinued.Email to Garmin and reply back to me was they will still support with updates etc.I read article today that lots of 340's are still being purchased.I like the street names being announced on the c340 and hardly even look at the screen.I have used mine for lots of travel and have been well satisfied with the results.
I caution anyone about buying the cheapest gps you can find. remember " you get.......". I have a garmin 330 and 660, my son has a 340. All these garmin units provide great services. If $$$ is really a problem, I believe the garmin 340 is a great bargain at today's prices. Good luck!!
The Reasons they give for Avoiding the 330 and 340 are that they have Out dated maps ( both can be upgraded)
They also site the Outdated Non sirf III chipset. If you dont drive in NY city I dont think that is a problem either. I never lost Sat. coverage with my 330 even inside a School bus..2nd seat. I would think either of those units would be Far better than any of those No name brands..
I had a friend to buy a Cobra GPS at a good price and it didn't even have usb hookup or way to install custom poi's.That was one of the home shopping deals.For someone just starting out and not knowning the basic things they want the unit to do it can turn out to be a bad decision.One thing for sure saying the street name is a plus.
The only time I have lost satellite reception has been in parking garages. If you are doing most of your driving in an area of all skyscrapers, it could cause some loss, but since it is discontinued, you can get them at great prices and they are still supported by Garmin.
If you look closely at the article they quote the same statement on each GPS unit. This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset.That covers a lot of units.My c340 came right out of the box in Sept with the new 2008 maps.The c330 according to what I read on this site is the one coming out with old maps.
I was using my C340 in Chicago this weekend and we briefly lost reception once we got into downtown (at State St. and Jackson Blvd to be precise); luckily by that point I knew where I was going. But it could have been a serious problem if I hadn't. The question remains as to whether the SiRF would really provide much better results in skyscraper canyons, though. Anyone tried that?
I just got a Nextar and it tells you the street names along with how far to go. I like it for $199
I have never compared a sirf to a non-sirf chipset receiver, however, with mine, I can get reception inside my house, best buy, and the woods.
I went to the thanksgiving parade downtown. Went to look for a Walgreens, I found one by walking 4 blocks, 660 never got a signal.
Does the 660 use the SiRF chip?
Yes, the 660 uses SiRF III.
According to the Garmin website the 660 uses SiRF
It sounds like the SiRF won't help in that situation then either. All hype, no substance, like so much in the world.
Makes you think if you purchased a external antenna for your GPS would it give you the same results as having unit with sirf chip.I was hoping I would not have to go through what I did with a computer.Every week something new that you just got to have and how much better it would be until the next week.
I don't know about that. I've used my SiRF equipped 660 on several occasions in downtown NYC and always had a strong signal. No external antenna, either.
Wow--thanks for all the helpful information! I really appreciate all the feedback!
I can say clearly that my 660 with the new chipset is more sensitive than my trusty StreetPilot 2610. The 660 will get satellite locks indoors and did not lose satellites on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge whereas my 2610 with the active external antenna (always connected to it) would completely lose the satellites.
The 660 seems to lock faster, and using the external antenna (the one time I tried it) didn't really enhance its performance.
The omnitech is junk. I bought one before Thanksgaving. It crash on me as soon as I enter my destination. I end up returned it the next day.
Rather than the "cheapest", why not go for the best unit I know of, which can be had now for $299. That would be the Nuvi 350. Had one - loved it!!
Mio 230, around $170, I thought I saw it for less than $150 but don't remember where
I have purchased 3 of these, 2 for personal use and one as a gift. Have had no issues with not being able to receive signal.
ummm.....2 of them? one for backup?
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