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Garmin StreetPilot i2


The Garmin StreetPilot i2 represents one of the least expensive GPS navigations systems out on the market today. So how well does the i2 stack up against other GPS receivers? Overall, not to shabby! But there is a specific set of people we would (and would not) recommend the i2 to.

The Streetpilot i2 does have many features included in more expensive navigation systems such as voice prompted directions and a 3D view of the road ahead. There are over 6 million POIs available to load on the i2 (if you had enough memory space to fit them all) so there isn’t any skimping in that area.

The maps do not come pre-installed. So you will need to use your computer to tell the mapping software what areas you want to drive in, load them up on the memory card, and insert the memory card into the StreetPilot i2. For some people, the extra time to perform this task is worth the cost savings and great bargain price for this GPS. However if computers are not your best friend, you might want to consider a more expensive model with pre-installed maps.

You also won’t be able to load a vast amount of maps and data onto the included 128 MB Transflash card. So if your plans take a dramatic change and you travel outside the area you’ve already loaded maps for you will need to load additional maps.

The display on the Garmin i2 is rather small compared to other systems, so if your eyesight isn’t as good as it was when you were a teenager you might want to consider a GPS with a larger display. Likewise the display is not color. While the monochrome display is fairly high-contrast, it doesn’t provide the level of detail and clarity of devices with a better display.

So who would this GPS be perfect for? A teenage or college age person would be a great fit. They are normally computer savvy enough to install the maps themselves and also have better eyesight and wouldn’t have trouble reading the smaller screen. If they find themselves needing or wanting a GPS and are not frequently traveling drastic distances where they need all of the country pre-installed, the Garmin StreetPilot i2 could work just fine for their needs.

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  1. […] Top Tech News has reviewed the Garmin StreetPilot I3 and gave it a 4 out of 5 rating. They liked that it was easy to install and operate. They didn’t like that it didn’t come with a touch screen and there was no text to speech driving directions such as those found in more expensive GPS navigation systems. On the road, the i3 accurately responds with turn-by-turn directions. The map, though small, offers readability in sunlight, while a pleasant-sounding voice provide easy-to-understand instructions. The StreetPilot i3 is a good choice for first-time GPS buyers looking to get accurate directions while on the go. If you need to go even lower in price and can forgo a color screen, Garmin’s StreetPilot i2 is a strong alternative for about $100 less. […]

  2. […] For our tests, we reviewed the midlevel StreetPilot i3, but if you can do without the color screen, take a look at the StreetPilot i2. Or if you don’t mind spending a little extra money to have maps preloaded on to the device’s hard drive, check out the StreetPilot i5. […]

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