For those with a Nuvi, have you found working with custom POIs to be better than using Favorites? or vice-versa?
IMO, Favorites takes less "clicks", but has no real categorization. Custom POIs support categories, but require a bit more digging to get to. Custom POIs also have the advantage of easy PC-based maintenance (although Favorites can be played with, too, to some degree)
I'd like to store my family, friends, travel locations, etc, on the Nuvi, and I'm torn between the various methods. Any input?
For most of my long-term use, I put things in POI's using categories.
I only use Favorites for short-term use and a few that are used very frequently. Using POI's with categories requires a few extra taps. But so would a long list of favorites. You would have to tap "down" many times to page through a long list. I do like the grouping you can get with POI's. Wish you could do that with Favorites, too.
What are you looking for? I mean there is the search option also... I like though the custom poi because I am then going for what i want directly. Now for them to show up in favorites I had to either them from an Addy or pick them some other way...
Moral of the story... Use all three!! LOL
I like using the custom POIs because they don't clutter up the map screen unless zoomed in tight. I wish that you could adjust these features in the system settings.
favorites for local traveling, within about 50 miles. My POI's are for long distance traveling, fuel stops, to eat, those kind of things.
Noticed on my Garmin 530 that the Favorites have an icon that can be changed. Did not see any icon's in my POI data nor did I see an Edit key to do this....
You can create your own icon for your Custom POI files when you load them.
Loading BMPs as Custom Icons
You can't change the icon for Custom POIs on the unit itself. You can, however, save a Custom POI location as a Favorite and then use the unit to change the icon of the Favorite.
But icons (bmp's) for a category are for ALL items in that category. That may be fine for over 90% of cases, but if I had a "personal" category, and wanted to include some icons as "residences" and a few as something else, I can't.....true?
I also noticed that custom POI's were sorted by relative distance just like Favorites.
Since I'm comfortable with XML-editing the "current.gpx" file where Favs are stored, I think I'll use that instead.
Yes, the icon will be the same for each location in the file. You could, however, create separate files and put them in the same folder and have a different icon for each.
To respond to your original question, I use Favorites for my friends and family mostly because they show up on the map on my Zumo when I'm zoomed much further out than do the Custom POIs. Plus, I'm not like going to need to set an alert for those locations and it's slightly easier to get to them on the Where to? screen for routing.
But for the most part for the rest of the types and groups of items I want to have on my GPS unit, Custom POIs have lots of advantages.
I'm glad we have access to both.
When you do a hard reset of your GPS, you lose your favorites, but not your Custom POIs. Of course you could save them and reload from your PC.
Here are a few of my thoughts on POIs vs. Favorites...
Favorites tend to be best used for places you need to get to and are a single location. POIs on the other hand can be used to store a bunch of the same things (e.g. Dunkin Donuts) to look for when you are out and about.
POIs also allow you to set up alerts where as Favorites do not. So a POI file of speed traps would be useful since you would never travel to one specifically, but would want to be notified if you passed by one. Speed traps in favorites would not alert you and you would never pick on to go to.
So a bit of comparison that I have learned (anyone else have some to add to the list?), some may be specific to my nüvi 200 so not apply to all models, are:
POIs allow alerts, Favorites do not.
Favorites are limited to 500, POIs are not.
POIs allow custom icons, favorites do not.
I'm also glad for both...as a software developer, I like my customers to have the means to accomplish their task, even though it might not make sense to me
Since the built-in icons are sufficient, as is the 500 limit, I think Favorites is the right choice for my needs. I think the biggest distinction for POI's is the alert/proximity ability.
Which brings me to another question. My 200 has plenty of Starbucks built in to the POI database. So why then would anyone need to download the 9000+ custom POI's? Just to be alerted EVERY time they're close to one? I think that would be annoying. If I want Starbucks, it's not difficult to search for the nearest one. Seems that the "red light"/"speed trap" scenario is the best use of this feature. As a pilot, I also used this feature on several of my other GPS's to warn me of various "no fly" areas. It sure beats seeing an F-16 off your wing
Well to get back to your original statement about POIs being a lot more button presses to get to than favorites, let's say when you want coffee, you ALWAYS want Starbucks. With a custom POI for just starbucks it is only a few button presses to get directly to the list of nearby Starbucks.
With the built in POIs you have to drill down to food, or whatever one is appropriate, then do a search, then put in the first few letters of "Star..." then done, and then you might still get a lot of other things mixed into the list "Starlight Diner", "Stars Lounge", etc.
I agree, many of the Custom POIs listed here are things that are likely already built into your GPS (Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Dennys, etc.). So where the Custom POIs come in handy is for people who need to find a specific type of POI or favorite rather than wading through a list of related places.
Other examples of where this might be handy is if you like to visit certain places on your travels to areas you are not familiar with. Maybe you love to visit certain types of specialty shops (Aquarium Stores, Astronomy shops, Gun dealers, etc.). Other enthusiasts might have generated a nationwide list of those types of shops. You could load them as POIs with alerts. As you are traveling cross country for example, you would be alerted when you were within some range of one of those shops and could detour over to check it out. Favorites won't do that for you and you likely wouldn't normally want 1000 Gun shops listed in your favorites for the entire country.
I think you will find many people here (who probably won't admit to it) like to put a lot of Custom POIs on their units not because they need them or even use them, but simply because they can!
Why would someone load a file like Starbucks? Well, my Zumo doesn't show all the Starbucks that are around me. (It only shows about half of them. Probably still plenty, though.) But the Custom POI file I have loaded does.
Also, since the Custom POIs show up on my screen at 0.5miles out vs 300 feet out for the built-in POIs, it's much easier to see them on the map screen. (Note that the different models show the various POIs at different zoom levels so this might not apply to all).
Also, since I can have a Custom Icon for the Custom POIs, it's easier to tell what the locations are by glancing at the screen.
And yes, people (not me, though for Starbucks necessarily) like to be alerted when they are nearby. Notably the folks like to have alerts on their Harley Dealer POIs.
so it sounds like a great compromise would be to use Favs for family, friends, and uniques places, but use POIs for categorization (faster location) of common places you'd like???
One of the other driving (no pun intended) factors would be that there's no way with the unit to move Favs to POIs and vice-versa. In fact, unless I've missed something, you can't even save a location to your custom POIs. So you'd have to save it to Favs, and then use a PC edit to move it. ugh....I'm getting lazy in my old age
There are occasions when family and friends makes sense as POI's. I took my outlook address book and created a custom POI file for my use.
Occassionally, I go to a site and save it as a favorite and then, using mapsource, gather the Lat, Lon and add the site to my POI. Used this recently to fix an error on an address for my daughter (Navteq data was incorrect).
So, I find both favs and POIs to be quite useful. Use favorites to lock in a position I am currently at, and if there is enough quantity to produce or modify a POI, I do that.
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