Garmin GPS V review: Garmin GPS V

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4 stars Excellent
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The Good Small; lightweight; good battery life; accurate positioning.

The Bad No add-on memory; limited map-storage capabilities; additional maps cost extra.

The Bottom Line The GPS V's turn-by-turn driving directions and ease of use makes this device an ideal travel companion.

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Garmin's GPS V, the latest addition to the company's family of GPS-mapping receivers, delivers the latest navigation technology in an extremely portable handheld device. Similar in design to its predecessor, the GPS III Plus, the GPS V raises the bar for functionality by adding features such as turn-by-turn driving instructions, WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) capabilities for better position accuracy, and an enhanced display. Garmin's GPS V, the latest addition to the company's family of GPS-mapping receivers, delivers the latest navigation technology in an extremely portable handheld device. Similar in design to its predecessor, the GPS III Plus, the GPS V raises the bar for functionality by adding features such as turn-by-turn driving instructions, WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) capabilities for better position accuracy, and an enhanced display.

Pocket pal
Weighing a mere nine ounces, the GPS V is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and can be used in the car or in the great outdoors. On the face of the unit, eight rubberized function buttons make it easy to scroll through the various menus and pages with one hand, while a rocker pad allows you to enter search criteria via an onscreen keypad. We particularly like the crisp images displayed on the 160x256 screen and the ability to view maps in portrait and landscape modes. Not only can the GPS V store up to 500 waypoints and 50 routes, it also includes a fishing/hunting calculator, a built-in calendar, and a page for celestial information so that you can view sunrise and sunset times. It even has a gas mileage calculator for those long road trips.

The GPS V contains a base map of North and South America, which includes state- and city-mapping information as well as major roadways and other geographic data such as airports, lakes, and coastline maps. The base maps are routable, meaning you can use the Find command to locate a destination by address, highway exit, point of interest, or stored waypoint, and the GPS V will automatically plot a route from your current location to your selected destination.

Taking a cue from the , the GPS V also offers turn-by-turn onscreen directions, including beeps that alert drivers of upcoming turns. For street-level map details, the GPS V comes with a MapSource City Select CD-ROM, which you can use to download one of seven specific regions into memory. Unfortunately, you can unlock only one region and must pay an additional $116 for the rest of the country.

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  • Run Time (Up To) 25 hours
  • Weight 9 oz
  • Receiver 12 channel
  • Recommended Use automotive