DON'T FOLLOW ME :::: I'M LOST! WELL, NOT ANYMORE!
saves time; clear voice; easy-to-read maps; great options.
The Bottom Line:
saved me money and continues to save me time. stores address and the point of interest area is a great help. point-by-point turning is accurate.
My husband and I often joke about who gets lost more yet I’m the one who will look for, find and use an on-line map. Yes, on occasion, I’ll still get waylaid but at least I try. Not so my honey. He’ll laugh and say, “I know exactly where I am at all times!” Mind you he does not say, “I know where I’m going at all times!”
To save some time and worry, I bought him the Maylong GPS Navigation for Dummies device.
Why this brand?
Total honesty, here. At the time of purchase, it was on sale and the price was right.
For something that will take us where we want to go and back home again, I saw no reason to invest more money than necessary.
This little device measures 3x3.5 inches with the screen measuring about 2-7/8x2-1/4.
Like the more popular brands, this unit speaks to you in a clear feminine voice.
Once you open the box, you’ll find the mounting bracket that you can mount in various ways: on the dash, above the dash, with screws or Velcro. We opted for the Velcro (hubby hates putting screws in a car we intend someday to trade in).
Anyway, once you mount the bracket, you’ll find that it has a holding brace in which the unit snuggly fits.
I like this idea because it gives you the option of charging it while you drive or using an AC adaptor (purchased separately) in the home or by plugging it in to your computer.
Once you turn it on, it takes a few seconds for the control panel to come up. The control panel has three options: Media / Let’s Go / System.
System will allow you to change your settings and give you information about your system.
Media is the device that supports digital music player in the WMA format, a photo viewer and eBook reader all on an insertable SD disk with your personal data. What a really cool way to review photos and listen to music. I haven’t used it to read a book yet but I really do prefer my paperbacks.
Now, the best feature: Let’s Go! This feature is your map.
When you hit the Let’s Go option, a new screen will come up asking you to “view map”, “Let’s Go” or “Options”.
View map will allow you see an overall view of the map where you are or where you’re going.
Options gives you a host of options including, “day view”, “night view”, “map browsing” as well as other options.
Let’s Go takes you to your address search, recent places or your address book that you can set up with your favorite address. For instance, when I typed in my son’s address, I pressed “action” at the bottom of the screen. That opened a new window asking me if I’d like to save that address to my address book. I pressed “yes” and it asked me which name to use. I used my son’s name. Now if I need to find the route to his house, I go to my address book, press his name and the directions come up.
You can choose the “quickest” or the “shortest” trip route.
In this area, you can also type in a place of interest rather than a street address. This device has millions of pre-loaded places of interest.
GPS Navigation for Dummies has got to be the easiest and simplest navigational device on the market.
*It comes pre-loaded with maps of the US.
*It offers navigation with multiple stops routing.
*It has a color LCD touch screen.
*It has a Visual as well voice turn-by-turn system speaking street names.
*It comes with a route re-calculation when you go off-route or stop at a fast food place for lunch.
Here’s the low-down specs:
SD card slot
USB for plug and play PC connections
3.5mm jack for headphone
For the $88 I paid for this little device, I surely have gotten my money’s worth.
Oh for just for the record. I trust this device more than the on-line maps. Why? Because while it might seem like it’s taking you to parts of the world you’ve never been to before, it is taking you the shortest or quickest way possible – whichever way you’ve chosen.
How do I know this? We travel north to visit relatives twice a year. During our summer trip, on our way home, we decided to trust the GPS Navigation for Dummies rather than our map OR our usual route.
We knew exactly how long the trip would take and when we’d arrive home.
Our GPS Navigation for dummies took us through cities and town we never knew existed YET….. it bypassed the longer more convenient routes, the more popular routes and what we thought were the fastest routes. By taking us through these little cities and towns, we actually saved time and cut across the state in a much faster way. We arrived home 90 minutes earlier than scheduled. Now, that’s what I call time saving.
So, not only did I save money on this little device, but it also saves us time.
I just LOVE my GPS Navigation for Dummies.