I needed a GPS that was easy to use and got me where I had to go, without breaking the bank. The sales rep recommended the Garmin Street Pilot for first timers, and after looking the features over I decided it would serve its purpose.
The StreetPilot is actually very easy to use and the large bright screen makes it very user friendly. I liked that it had voice turn by turn instruction so that I didn't have to keep looking up at the screen while I was driving.
I only have one issue with it and it is one of the reasons I do check out where I am going on the screen even though the voice directions are there. The commands do not give me enough warning time for turns or to get over to an exit while driving on the expressway. Instruction is given when you reach it, so more than once I have had to turn around and go back to where I was supposed to turn or get off.
For the price and the ease of use I still recommend the Garmin Street Pilot for first time users. It definitely gets me where I have to go faster than more technical ones do or my old map does.