Pocket GPS Car Navigator and Personal Travel Assistant
Although I’ve never had a stand-alone GPS unit, I have to say that the technology has improved.
I had my first experience with GPS about 10 years ago in a rental car. The device was difficult to use, there was no touch screen and it had to be operated by one person in the passenger seat, but it still seemed a cool and useful gadget.
After that I could only use another GPS last year, until my friend bought it for his old car. Of course it was easier to use from the original, but it still had its flaws. He sat on the dashboard, between the driver’s and co-driver’s seat, so the driver had to turn his head 45° to look at his 3-inch screen.
But when my other friend received the Garmin Nuvi 350 handheld GPS vehicle navigator and personal travel assistant, I was very impressed. Even before I noticed one of its features, which I later found very advanced and useful, I was already surprised by its positioning.
- Folding antenna for signal amplification
- Ideal for traveling abroad.
- Helps you navigate when the mobile phone signal is not available.
- The battery charger is connected to the holder for easy removal and installation.
- You can easily download sets of maps from the Garmin website.
Instead of sitting on the dashboard or even being integrated into the dashboard, as was the case with many older aircraft, I noticed that the Garmin Nuvi 350 is attached to the windscreen with a suction cup. This means that it can be placed directly behind the steering wheel, clearly in the driver’s field of vision. The driver didn’t even have to turn his head to see it.
Another big advantage of the Garmin Nuvi 350 that struck me is the touch screen. Instead of selection keys, the device is operated directly via an intuitive touch-screen interface, which is fairly easy to use while driving. It seems that Garmin has finally developed a device that can really be used by a lone rider.
I was also pleasantly impressed by other features of the Garmin Nuvi 350. Since the device was sold for less than $400, I expected it to be fairly average. However, I have noticed that the Garmin Nuvi 350 has a number of impressive features, including the ability to function as an MP3 player.
You don’t even have to connect it to your car speakers, just load the music into the 700 MB memory and go. If you want to use car speakers, you can of course do so. Another interesting feature that struck me while playing with the device was the built-in translator. This is not surprising and not necessarily very useful, but it is in any case an interesting feature.
It is also worth noting that the battery of the Garmin Nuvi 350 has an operating time of 8 hours, which is a significant improvement over the previous models. However, if you want to discharge the car battery, you will unfortunately have to spend an extra $35 per cable.
Finally, the current GPS sensor on the Garmin Nuvi 350 is better than many I have seen. Unlike the others I’ve been working on lately, the Garmin Nuvi 350 actually shows that you take the road, not the path next to it. Always helpful.
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