OK, this is one of those purchases I fought because I just did not see it as being necessary but I will admit, I was wrong.
My husband has wanted a GPS system for a while now and he told himself that he was not going to rush out to get one but if they had a really good deal on one for black Friday and it was still there when he got to the store, he would buy it. The system he chose was the Garmin Nuvi 200 which was a Black Friday special at Walmart for $97.00. He did some research o n GPS systems before he bought it and this was supposed to be one of the best systems on the market for the price.
The system comes preloaded with maps for the continental U.S. Maps for other countries are available for purchase and can be download. It has 6 million points of interest programmed into it. We put it to the test by asking it to look for small stores and restaurants in our town that we though would no way be listed and we were totally surprised to find that they were. It comes preloaded with the latest maps available when it is made and all you need to do to get the newest updates when they become available is go online and download them to a memory stick, for free. You enter the serial number of your unit and it knows if you have already downloaded the newest ones or not.
The unit does not has a traffic avoidance feature to it but it does have a detour feature so if you find yourself stuck by a blocked road or a traffic jam, you simply hit the detour function and it will reroute you. You can not use a cell phone though this model but that was something he was not going to do anyway. You can program it to avoid things like highways and toll roads in case you don't like to travel on those. This model announces when you need to make a turn and the direction you need to go in but it does not call out the street names. The search functions are done through a touch screen and I was surprised to find that I, computer challenged as I am was even able to do it myself. You can enter partial street addresses, names of businesses or intersections and it will pull up possible choices. My son and I used it in a torrential rain storm when we were on vacation in Florida to find a mall we were looking for and then get back to our hotel. I could have never been able to look at written directions and drive in that at the same time so it was wonderful to have this. It will also store points of interest for you that you use often or for us when we used it on vacation, it was easy to go places and then pull the hotel information back up quickly.
Now I do find the female voice they have programmed into this a bit annoying. She sounds angry at times. My son calls her Dada's angry woman, better her than me. New voices can be downloaded on their web site and cost between $1.00-$2.00. The unit holds a charge with out being plugged in for about 4 hours. It comes with a mounting bracket and a power cord. For the money, this is a great unit to get.