|With the Garmin StreetPilot 2720, you will always stay on the right track. Real-time traffic alerts on this Garmin GPS receiver make sure you stay away from routes that will keep you stranded for hours. This car GPS receiver guides your way with the help of its preloaded maps and turn by turn voice navigation functionality. The preloaded maps on this Garmin GPS receiver include various points of interests such as restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and many more to help you find them easily. The large touch display on this car GPS receiver is easily readable under direct sunlight, which is really helpful on a sunny day. This Garmin StreetPilot 2720 also lets you add custom POIs so you can find your way back easily the next time you want to visit the same place. With the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 as your travel companion, traveling is a lot more fun.|
|MPN||0100040802GC, 010N040802, 100040802, 100040803, 21, 72720, 900186, GAR0100040802, GARSP2720, SP2720, SP2720 100040803 900186 GAR0100040802 GARSP2720 72720 0100040802GC 010N040802 21 100040802|
|User Interface||Keypad, Touch Screen|
|WAAS Features||WAAS enabled|
|Number of Channels||12 Channels|
|Display Size||3.3 in. x 1.7 in.|
|Display Type||LCD TFT Display|
|Features||3D Map View, Remote Control, Waypoint Icons|
|Audible Features||Proximity Alarm, Voice Navigation Instructions|
|Trip calculator||Maximum speed, Odometer, Points-of-Interest (POI), Route Recalculation, Track Log, Trip Timers|
|Included Software/Maps||Canada Maps, City Navigation Maps, USA Maps|
|Accuisition Time - Cold||45 sec|
|Accuisition Time - Initial Time||15 sec|
|Update Rate||1 per second, continuous|
|Max. Horizontal Accuracy||< 49 feet|
|WAAS Position Accuracy||< 10 feet|
|PC Interface||USB 2.0|
|Antenna Type||Built-in, External Antenna Hookup|
Average review score based on 153 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The Street Pilot works well and has a lot of features for a unit of this price range. I would have preferred a suction cup mounting rather than the bean bag, which actually works pretty well, so I probably will get used to it. The screen is a god size and very legible. I had a problem with the first unit (brand new) in that it would not boot up. The Garmin technical service was a joke in that they respond within 3 business days to a problem; Which I thought was an unacceptable amount of time. After a couple tries at updating the software, I sent the thing back and had it replaced.
Bottom line is, I like the unit but Don't count on Garmin responding to a problem in a timely manner. I was disappointed in their customer service.
Having first owned the Garmin StreetPilot 2620, I was well aware of the quality of the Garmin units before I purchased the Garmin StreetPilot 2720. I was already impressed with the accuracy and dependability of the units and felt confident in upgrading to the new model when it was offered in August 2005.
The 2720 has the additional feature that I find most important -- rather than simply telling me that in 400 feet I should turn left, Jill (or as I refer to her "Map Lady") now tells me in 400 feet I should turn left on Kitchener Dr. This seems like a little thing, but, I'm not great with distance, and being told the distance and the name of the street onto which I should turn makes my experience much more relaxing. I rarely glance at the unit to see the map on the screen, though it is excellent. I keep my eyes on the road, and have confidence that I do not need to look at the screen to know what is coming up ahead.
There are some other features that have changed from the 2620 to the 2720. Some of the features took some getting used to, but, once I became accustomed to them, I've been pleased with their functionality.
Differences of note are:
1. 2620 allowed me to program my route using a sliding scale of roads types - minor, medium, and major.
2720 give me the ability to modify my route once it has been created, by using the DETOUR feature.
2. 2620 gave me more stored recent finds than 2720 ... they are actually stored in the 2720, but I cannot see them by simply scrolling through the list. I have to start entering the location infomation again and the system then pops up the recent find.
3. 2620 Touch Screen worked a little differently, but 2720 is far superior, in my opinion.
The long and the short of is that this portable unit by Garmin is the best answer for me. I can carry it with me when traveling by air and use it in my rental car. I can move it between my cars at home. Theoretically, I need only one unit and can use it in any vehicle I drive....BUT....I have TWO!!! Why? well, my husband loves it too and we are not ALWAYS together!
So, the bottom line of my review is all positive for the Garmin StreetPilot 2720.
I bought this device primarily to be used on Forest Service roads on my motorcycle. Since buying it I have used it for finding places and directions in cities I'm not really familiar with. I've used it to verify that routes I routinely use are indeed the shortest or fastest way to go, and it has come up with recommendations that were superior to what I had been doing. I would describe this device as "GPS for Dummies" in that the manual is easy to understand and the device itself guides you to what you are looking for. The software that comes with it and you install on your computer is not as easy to use as the device itself. For instance when creating "routes", it is not easy to edit the route. The need to edit a route comes about if the interim waypoints that you designate are too far apart and the program does something that you don't want it to do.
This unit is very user friendly and doesn't take long to figure out even without reading the directions. It's been very accurate so far and is fairly easy to understand. I have only 2 negatives to cite about this unit. The fact that it has no internal battery means that it must be plugged in to use it. It only offers you the "Fastest Route" and the "Shortest Route". I would like to see a "Scenic Route" offered. You can change the settings to keep you off of main highways, but that's a bit cumbersome for when you're just getting in the car and driving. That's not a huge deal, but I do miss the cordless operation.
This GPS has the brightest screen (still not readable in full sunlight) and is pretty easy to use. I fabricated a sun shade which helps a lot on those bright sunny days. It is hardwired into a motorcycle intercom and is easy to hear. The ability to download custom routes makes it perfect for those secondary roads I like to travel. Screen size is large and easy to see. Only downside is you need to AC adaptor to use GPS when not hooked up to vehicle (no internal battery). Very satisfied with this unit.