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Garmin StreetPilot i3


cnet has reviewed the Garmin StreetPilot i3 GPS and given it a Very Good (7.7) rating. They liked the easy of use, accurate receiver and price. They didn’t like the small screen size… although I would argue that is kind of the point.

The Garmin StreetPilot i3 may not offer all the features of the more expensive GPS systems–such as a touch screen, a remote control, built-in maps, multirouting capabilities, and text-to-speech technology–but it has enough features to satisfy most drivers. Turn-by-turn voice and text-based driving directions, fast route calculations, a 6 million points-of-interest (POI) database, and a strong 12-channel, WAAS-enabled receiver are only part of the package. If you wander off course, the i3 will recalculate a new route to get you back on track, and you can create a detour if you’re unhappy with your current route. You can adjust how much map detail will be displayed, choose between 2D and 3D map views, and save frequently visited destinations to a Favorites folder by pressing the scrollwheel.

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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