Insignia NS-NAV01 Automotive GPS Receiver
Since this was my first GPS unit, I was unsure as to exactly what I was getting into. After fully charging the unit and getting a signal, I was easily able to program my home address even without using the instruction booklet. I have taken the unit on a couple of short trips around home and have been pleasantly surprised at how accurate this unit was. The real test came when I had to do a work route that took me to "in the middle of no where" subdivisions and subdivisions around small lakes in central Michigan. I was really surprised to see that this unit has all the small two track lanes that has been named! Being able to zoom in to the area I was in made finding addresses a snap. I am hooked. I am good with directions, but this unit gives me the feeling that I can find any street and/or address "on my own" (you know how the male ego works when it comes to directions!). The only negative I have been able to find is that there are Points Of Interest (POA) that are no longer there. Examples: gas stations that are closed, restaurants that have been closed. As far as the maps go, I am very impressed and would recommend this unit to anybody who would like to try a GPS unit. Another feature I appreciated is that if you take a different route than the one the unit came up with, the unit will automatically recalculate the route and give you new directions. This is a great unit, especially for the price.Read full review
Insignia GPS: you get what you pay for
This GPS works and that is what I like about it. The best part is that it does not turn off automatically when you get out of your car. I had an expensive GPS that died after 2 years and then I used my GPS on my phone for $10 a month. I bought this GPS for $35 and it has already almost paid for itself. It is easy to operate, but does take some time to find a GPS signal and calculate a route (usually a minute or two). Some other people wrote that the voice on this GPS is hard to understand which is untrue. It is just as hard to understand as any other GPS voice. Another thing I read on a review was that it can misguide you. It did this by telling me we should have been in the left lane instead of the right lane, but was telling us the right highway to get on. The GPS does a great job calculating an overall route, and as long as you can read, you will not get lost. Use the GPS as an overall guide and common sense if you are unsure. I have used several GPS (15-20) and none of them are perfect. This one is great for someone who only uses it monthly because of the price and the fact that in two years it will be outdated with a newer model with newer maps.Read full review
Other reviews exagurate
For the price and wanting an introductory unit this was a great purchase. I got it for the wife who didn't want anything too fancy or complex. She loves it. We used it in the rain and cloudy weather and it kept its GPS lock steadily. Two things the other reviews are correct about, it does take a little bit too long to get an initial satelite fix. Also the buttons lag when typing. Once you get used to holding your finger there a split second the rhythm goes quicker. But still, in todays tech age the button lag seems ... bleh, for lack of a better term. In all it does everything it is supposed to do and the learning curve for two newbie GPS users is way high.
FAILED AFTER 4 MONTHS
My Mio 520c died after less than 3 years. It was a pricey unit and I liked its many features. Mio has NO repair service and offered only a swap for another model at a price I could get anywhere on the net. I bought a refurb Insignia. I miss the bells and whistles, but it is fast and does all the basics well. Many of the neg reviews I read were obviously by users unfamiliar with its operation. For 1/6 the price of my old gps - Im very satisfied. UPDATE - UNIT FAILED AFTER 4 MONTHS USE
Good value for a basic GPS unit
Reconditioned unit is worth it for the money. Does the basic routing things. I can adjust volume to make the voice loud and clear enough, even in a loud vehicle. While I don't complain about lack of fancy features at a cheap price, this unit cannot display vehicle speed, which should be a basic feature on ANY GPS receiver. Can display latitude/longitude with an undocumented keypress, but not on the main screens. This is a reconditioned $90 device selling in the $40 neighborhood. If you insist upon latest up-to-date maps, you'd probably come out cheaper buying a new unit vs. a reconditioned unit plus map update (if an update is ever available). This seems the case for most reconditioned GPS's I've looked at, of whatever brand.