Garmin StreetPilot i5 Review
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today expanded its innovative StreetPilot i-series product line with the introduction of the StreetPilot i5. The i5 offers customers the lowest priced GPS navigator that is pre- loaded with detailed maps of North America which includes the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
“The i5 gives customers exactly what they want — a compact, affordable, portable GPS device with pre-loaded maps at an incredibly low price point,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of sales. “It’s the perfect out-of- the-box, entry-level car navigation system.”
The StreetPilot i5 features three buttons on the face of the unit: on/off button, “back” button, and a unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel — which makes it easy to select a destination from the unit’s menu-driven interface. It provides voice prompted, turn-by-turn directions through a built-in speaker, and the unit easily moves from vehicle to vehicle with an integrated suction cup mount. If a driver misses a turn, the i5 will automatically suggest an alternate route so they can quickly get back on course.
Even though it is the lowest priced unit with pre-loaded maps on today’s market, the StreetPilot i5 continues to provide users with some of the same features found on premium navigational units. Consumers may view detailed maps as either three-dimensional, or the more traditional “bird’s eye” overhead view. The 3D navigation perspective lets drivers see an uncluttered view of what’s down the road.
The StreetPilot i5 comes pre-loaded with City Navigator North America NT, which features full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico — including nearly six million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
Key specifications of the StreetPilot i5 include:
- Sunlight-readable display: 1.3″ W x 1.7″ H, 176 x 220 pixels, TFT
color, backlight display
- GPS: WAAS enabled, 12-parallel channel GPS patch antenna, with MCX-
type connector for optional external antenna
- Lightweight and compact: measures just 3.00″ W x 2.74″ H x 2.15″ D and
weighs 5.3 oz (includes vehicle suction cup mount, no batteries)
The StreetPilot i5 is expected to be available in October 2005 and will have an estimated retail price of $499. The unit ships standard with PC/USB cable, 12-volt adapter cable, vehicle suction cup mount, dashboard adhesive disk, and setup guide.