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Lowrance iWay 500c

Jun
18
2006

The Lowrance iWay 500c is currently the most feature packed GPS navigation system from Lowrance. The major distinguishing feature of the iWay 500c is the large, 5 inch touch screen display. Most GPS navigations devices come with either a 3.5 or 4 inch display.

The iWay 500c comes with pre-installed maps of the USA and Canada provided by NAVTEQ. The large display measures 320 by 240 pixels and can display both 2D and 3D maps.

Lowrance also equipped the iWay 500c with an MP3 music player and left 10 GB of the 20 GB internal hard drive available for storing your music. The MSRP price of the Lowrance iWay 500c is $799.

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  1. [...] The Lowrance iWay 500C has been reviewed by Bonnie Cha and gives it an 8.6 rating (out of 10) and an “Editor’s Choice” award. Lowrance’s 45 years in the navigation business show in its iWay 500c, one of the sharpest vehicle GPS systems we’ve seen to date. The iWay isn’t cheap, but it’s still more affordable than other top performers, such as the Garmin StreetPilot 2620 and the Magellan RoadMate 700, and it includes everything you’ll need to start navigating right out of the box. It also has a built-in MP3 player with lots of room to store your favorite tunes. But more importantly, it’s a great navigation device with accurate directions and strong reception, leaving the competition in the dust. [...]

  2. [...] Over at Slate there is a review comparing the Cobra GPSM 3000 Nav One Mobile Navigation System, the Garmin c320 StreetPilot, the Lowrance iWAY 500C, the Magellan RoadMate 760, and the TomTom Go 300. None of these systems stands apart for its accuracy. All of them are equally amazing at pinpointing your location, and all of them give directions that are as good as any online mapping service. A few of the directions I received—like the GO’s command to drive from Georgetown to Adams Morgan via Q Street—were inspired. But if you spend your days driving around the same suburb or city center, none of these units will make your life much easier—you’ll be better off planning your occasional trips into unfamiliar terrain with a road atlas or MapQuest. The StreetPilot and the GO were my favorites by far. They’re both small, easy to set up, and will inspire gadget lust in all your friends. How to choose? Not even the shape of the receiver helps—they look nearly identical. [...]

  3. [...] The Lowrance iWay 500c has been reviewed by Laptop Magazine. The iWay 500c is a vehicle navigation GPS system that is mounted in your car. It is most well known for its large size (it weighs two pounds) and large hard-drive. The drive is 20GB, 10GB is preloaded maps and the remaining 10GB can be used to store MP3 files. Lowrance cut its teeth in the nautical GPS arena, and it shows in the iWay 500C’s expert attention to navigation details. The hypersensitive antenna picked up satellites indoors, even before we were able to get it into a car. If that’s not good enough for you, Lowrance offers a second, external antenna for $99.95. [...]

  4. [...] The Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS Vehicle Navigation System has been reviewed by pc magazine. The 760 looks identical to the RoadMate 700 however the newer model has many advantages. They really liked the new Smart Detour feature and text-to-speech capabilities. They also remarked on the verbal announcement of full street names an categorized points of interest (POIs). They didn’t like the lack of a 3D map view and they thought the interface was more difficult to learn than other GPS systems. Viewing the field as a whole, we still consider the Lowrance iWAY 500C a better device, and it’s available for significantly less money. The TomTom Go [700] and TomTom Go 300 have routing capabilities similar to the 760’s, as well as simpler and extremely intuitive interfaces. You must, however, rely on SD cards with these models (remember, the 760 has a hard drive), which means you may have to load additional map data for new locations. [...]

  5. [...] The Garmin c330 StreetPilot is a dedicated in-car GPS system which provides turn by turn directions, 3D views, a touch screen, preloaded maps, and an SD card slot for loading additional maps if necessary. If you’re looking for a simple-to-use portable GPS, especially if you are new to the technology, the StreetPilot c330 is a good choice, especially considering its price. If you’re after more configurability, you’ll want to consider the “Lowrance iWay 500C, the “Magellan RoadMate 760, or the “TomTom GO, though these will cost you anywhere from $100 to several hundred dollars more. [...]

  6. [...] They liked the 1 GB free for mp3 files, preloaded maps, fast startup times, and that it was portable enough for recreation as well as vehicle navigation. However they found it difficult to use, slow screen refreshes, you can’t use the mp3 player while navigating, and that it only had a USB 1.1 connection. Like the Lowrance iWay 500c, the $799 Mio 269 is an automotive GPS with a built-in hard drive, an MP3 player, and a touch screen. However, unlike the iWay, the Mio 269 makes a poor first impression. It’s slow, unintuitive, and maddeningly difficult to use until you study the instruction manual. It employs a flaky points-of-interest (POI) database and provides a mere 1GB of dedicated MP3 storage–a far cry from the iWay’s 10GB. The few bright spots include a smartly designed windshield mount and a special mode for walkers. And once you read the manual, the Mio is easier to operate. But there’s absolutely no question that if you have $800 to invest in a GPS, the Lowrance iWay is the better buy. [...]

  7. [...] Record full year and fourth quarter sales reflect the introduction of over 50 new, leading-edge SONAR, GPS/SONAR combination and GPS products supplemented by significant contributions from our new turn-by-turn automotive GPS product, the award-winning iWay 500C. As expected, the strong sales for our automotive and hand-held GPS products, which have lower gross margin percentages than the marine products, reduced the fiscal 2005 gross margin percentage to 37% of sales, compared to 42% of sales in fiscal 2004. [...]

  8. [...] Lowrance announced that its initial entry into the Automotive GPS market, the award winning iWay 500C, recently received “Editor’s Choice” awards from PC Magazine in May 2005 and Laptop Magazine in June 2005. The Company’s new portable AirMap 2000C aviation GPS product also recently won the “Best Product Of The Year” award at the Oshkosh Air Show in July 2005. [...]

  9. [...] Lowrance has released a new GPS in their aviation lineup, the Lowrance AirMap 600c. This is an upgrade to the previous AirMap 500 from Lowrance. The AirMap 600c gains a a color display which is slightly smaller, but a higher resolution than that of the 500c. The color display is the biggest difference. [...]

  10. [...] Lowrance is now offering a $50 rebate on the iWay 350c and a $100 rebate on the iWay 500c. “Street” prices on the 350c are currently about $400 bringing the total price down to about $350 while street prices on the 500c are currently about $585 bringing the total price down to about $485. [...]

  11. [...] It sounds like a better alternative might be the Lowrance iWay 500C or the “TomTom Go. [...]

  12. [...] PCmag has reviewed the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 GPS system. They liked the screen, optional live traffic alerts, text to speech. They were not so enthusiastic about the menu system for advanced options and some of the data fields reduce the map area on the display. With its extraordinarily comprehensive feature set and a list price of $1,099, the new StreetPilot 2720 assumes the top spot among Garmin’s GPS automotive offerings in more ways than one. Not only is it the top of Garmin’s line, but we are awarding it our Editors’ Choice for high-end in-car GPS navigation systems as well. We still think the Lowrance iWAY 500c is the best product in the midrange price category, with the TomTom GO 300 close on its heels (a review of this product is coming soon). The Garmin 2720, however, has even more configuration and setting options, an impressive text-to-speech ability (not found in the other two products), and add-on options that raise the bar (and the price). [...]

  13. I have a 500c ,but need to update it . How can I do this on line?

    Bill McGaughey - October 3rd, 2008
  14. Are you trying to update the maps or the application/firmware?

    Tim - October 4th, 2008
  15. The maps is all I want to update from the computer if possible.

    Bill - October 5th, 2008
  16. The only source I know of is here:
    http://www.lei-extras.com/store/search.asp?SearchType=Unit&Unit=iWAY+500C

    Tim - October 5th, 2008
  17. Thank You Tim for the info .
    May God Bless You and yours.

    Bill - October 5th, 2008
  18. I have a i way 500c, and need an update of the maps…
    mine are at least 5 years old…..

    thanks E.G.

    Edmund C. Grundstrom - May 8th, 2010
    • I think you are going to be out of luck. :(

      Tim - May 8th, 2010
  19. They no longer service this unit at the manufacturers. All my buttons except the on/off button cease to function after the unit warms up so I cannot find POIs or gas stations while on the road. I loved this unit until this happened. They no longer make this unit nor service this model so I cannot recommend purchasing even a used one at this point.

    Lorenzo Romiti - June 30th, 2011



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