I'm lost - My StreetPilot knows where I am!

The Garmin StreetPilot series was very popular and continues to be. The interface is very user friendly and ease of use makes the gps very popular.

The first North American models on the market were the Garmin StreetPilot c310, c320 and c330 (Garmin StreetPilot 330 to be exact). These models have a dimension of 4.4 "wide by 3.2" high by 2.8 "deep. The gps nuvi in the series are much flatter. The screen size is 2.8" wide by 2.1 "tall and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The garmin c310, c320 did not come pre-loaded, so you get an SD memory card to integrate with the device. The c330 came with an internal memory. These models accept the addition of points of interest such as school zones, surveillance cameras and lets you choose the tone of warning when you approach these POIs. They come pre-loaded with motels, restaurants, shopping centers, ATMs, gas stations and more. They can store up to 500 of your favorite addresses. You can add maps from other countries with a sd card city navigator and software. It comes with a tripod with a suction cup to stick in the front windshield and Dashboard disc to put it on the rugged dash. They provide voice, they will tell you to turn left or right without mentioning the name of the street. If you're into the wrong direction, the GPS will recalculate your route. You can choose to avoid highways, ferries, toll bridges. You can connect an optional traffic receiver except for the c340. They have no anti-theft options.

Models Garmin StreetPilot c530, c550, C580 are very similar, despite some differences: a glare screen which can be very handy when the sun lead. They have a high sensitivity receiver that loses less signal in tunnels and areas with skyscrapers such as downtown New York. The C550, C580 tells you the street names when you turn. The C550, C580 is compatible with Bluetooth technology allows you to make and receive calls on your cell phone without touching them. The C580 lets you subscribe to MSN Direct service and receive the weather, know the time of the films at the cinema and many other possibilities. You must be a subscriber and be in an area served by the service. See site http://direct.msn.com

There is also the Garmin StreetPilot 2820 which I recommend especially to motorcyclists because they are impervious to rain and moisture (with the standard IPX7). They have a larger screen: 3.3 "wide by 1.7" tall. The dimensions of the device are as follows: 5.6 "wide by 3.2" high by 2.0 "deep. The screen resolution is 454 x 240 pixels. It can store up to 2,000 of your favorite addresses and can create up to 50 routes. It comes with maps pre-loaded but it is not possible to add SD memory cards. It has the text to speech function vocalizing the name of the street where you must turn. It is compatible with technology bluetooth wireless and with an FM traffic receiver. It has an MP3 player for long journeys and a remote to control it without touching them.

For truckers, the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 Garmin StreetPilot 7500 and will meet their needs with a wide screen: 6.10 "W x 3.43" H (15.5 x 8.7 cm). The dimensions of the unit are 7.5 "W x 4.5" H x 2.2 "D (18.4 x 11.6 x 5.6 cm) and the screen resolution of 480x234 pixels. There is of course an integrated MP3 player, the ability to create up to 50 routes and save up to 2000 places. They come with a remote control. They dictate voice street names are fm traffic compliant but not with bluetooth. They also have a function that block the gps in case of theft. The only difference between the 7200 and 7500 is the dead reckoning that 7500 was over. This feature allows the GPS to guide you even if the GPS signal is lost. This implies a particular installation on your vehicle (a cable on your speedometer and some other changes).

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