The Good Detailed text and voice-prompted direction; sharp color display; ultraportable; easy to use; fast recalculations.
The Bad Only one district-coverage-area, street-level map included; additional maps cost extra.
The Bottom Line If you do not have a car with a built-in navigation system, this portable GPS system has every feature you will want and will not steer you wrong.
Garmin Street Pilot III GPS
Vehicle navigation just got easier, thanks to the StreetPilot III automotive GPS system from Garmin. Unlike the company's earlier portable models, including the original StreetPilot and StreetPilot ColorMap, the StreetPilot III offers turn-by-turn text and voice-guided directions, making driving in unfamiliar territories a snap. If an unexpected detour or a missed turn takes you off course, the StreetPilot III automatically plots a new one and sends you on your way. Vehicle navigation just got easier, thanks to the StreetPilot III automotive GPS system from Garmin. Unlike the company's earlier portable models, including the original StreetPilot and StreetPilot ColorMap, the StreetPilot III offers turn-by-turn text and voice-guided directions, making driving in unfamiliar territories a snap. If an unexpected detour or a missed turn takes you off course, the StreetPilot III automatically plots a new one and sends you on your way.
The StreetPilot III is a self-encased, portable (1.4 pounds) vehicle-navigation system that sits on the dashboard of your car and has a sharp, 16-color display (3.4 by 1.8 inches; 305x160-pixel resolution) that's viewable in direct sunlight. The unit comes with built-in base maps that include data for state highways, interstates, local thruways, and secondary roads throughout North and South America. You also get a MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM and a 32MB data card, as well as a USB cable that's used to upload street-level maps (complete with voice-prompted turning instructions and text-based driving directions) from the City Navigator CD to the data card.
Installing StreetPilot III is a relatively painless process. Instead of using the included mounting brackets, we went for the optional beanbag mount ($35), which keeps the unit secure while allowing you to transport the StreetPilot III from car to car without any installation woes. The included 12-volt adapter also houses an external speaker and plugs into the cigarette lighter.
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