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Re: GPS info needed.. (archive)

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Posted by KevinC on January 14, 2000 at 02:51:08:

In Reply to: GPS info needed.. posted by Neelesh on January 12, 2000 at 14:25:21:

: Hi,
: I am looking for a GPS for my Z3. Any information like which one to buy and where i can get cheap will be highly appreciated.
: Neelesh

I have the Garmin Street Pilot. Here are some of the reasons I chose it:
* Using 16Mb memory cards, I can download, on average, two detailed city maps into the GPS. LA and NY require a full 16Mb each. Carrying two 16Mb cards with me is usually all I need for out of town trips.

* Street Pilot has 16 hour battery life. This makes it possible to quickly move the unit from my car to another (can you say rental) without having to worry about any cables. Also allows me to plug my cell phone in for recharging at the same time I'm using the GPS.

* Street Pilot backlighting is orange, and pretty closely matches the color of the stock Z3 guages.

* The included dash mount makes installation a snap. The dash mount allows the GPS to be swiveled left and right, and up and down for the best viewing angle. It doesn't include a power connection in the dash mount, however. I think this was a big miss on Garmin's part because it's a hassle to snap in the GPS, and then to have to fiddle with a power cable on the back of the unit as well.

Things I don't like about the Steet Pilot:
* Slow connection to computer for downloading city maps. Max speed is 38K. This means it takes about 100 minutes to download 16Mb of data (two cities, on average). The Color Street Pilot communicates with the computer at about four times the speed as the Street Pilot, but it has only 1/8th the battery life, and its screen has less resolution.

* Garmin doesn't sell an external AC power supply cable for the Street Pilot (they do sell a cigarette lighter power supply cable). This means that I have to use batteries when I download cities from the computer to the GPS. I have a cable on order that will allow me to create my own external AC power supply.

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