hdtvcamera wrote:GPS stand alone units zzz. Why not use a smart phone?
GPS are soon to be found in a box of cereal, as a prize.
Because SmartPhones are dumb. Not that this model of GPS is any better.
BUT. Most SmartPhones don't work (for GPS) if they can't pick up the tower. Smartphones are expensive. Smartphones are not very robust (my cell is MilSpec). I don't want to lose the GPS display just because the phone rings. Don't want to go hunting for a way to keep a phone stuck to the dash or what have you. Smartphones are expensive, even if you ignore the data charges. Smartphones may do more than just make calls, but they don't do anything particularly well. Smartphones have teensy screens - find me a Smartphone with a 5.5" screen. That doesn't cost the moon, should one actually exist.
My cell phone should do a few things but should do those things extremely well, the vast majority having to do with making PHONE CALLS. Period. If I could get the same model of Nokia I had 7 years ago, I'd still be using it. It picked up signal darn near everywhere. There is NO PHONE made today that has the reception of the early Nokias, before the whole industry went frickin' nuts trying to make things smaller, thinner, lest robust, less able to pick up a weak signal. Before they became more concerned with the capability to play Angry Birds in color over things like, oh, I don't know, having better CALL FUNCTIONALITY AND SIGNAL RECEPTION.
I don't NEED an "ap for that", including the vanilla GPS that you have access to through some cell phones. When I want a phone, I look for a PHONE, one with the most features and functionality related to actually making PHONE CALLS and the least nonsense clutter possible.
If I want a GPS, I buy a dedicated GPS, one with the most functionality related to ACTUALLY GETTING AROUND and being able to SEE the maps. That's not this GPS. Aside from it's lack of functionality, as others have noted, that screen is way too small. It doesn't matter whether or not you can "zoom" it, the small screen will severely limit how much of the map you can actually see, ESPECIALLY if it is safely dash mounted. It reminds me of a SmartPhone. I want better than that for a GPS.