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Best I've used, Highly recommend
on April 11, 2010
The Cobra is the third GPS I have owned. It is the best yet. I am a truck driver who uses it to find my way around. It does a great job both visually and with the spoken instructions. The seven inch screen is a big plus. It is very easy to do comparisons between different routes. At the lowest zoom levels, 400 or 800, feet you know exactly when to turn, a nice feature in the middle of the night with no street lights around and no street sign easily readible.
It is easy to set up, but only comes with a "Quick set up guide" you have to go on line for more full featured information. I don't know if they have solved the problem yet, but when I first went on line I got the "Quick Guide", and had to e-mail Cobra and they sent me back the address of the correct place to find the manual.
It can be set to the exact type of truck you drive, number of axles, weight, length, height and so on. When the unit first turns on it asks whether you have a car or truck.
The features like zoom, turn list, change route options, change from 2d to 3d are easy to do. You have a choice of different screen colors. The information on screen as you drive is exellent and easy to read. Like most things, the more you use it, the easier it becomes to operate.
While I highly recomment this unit I only gave it a four star rating because I would like to see perfection (something I am afraid will never occur in a GPS).
At times it will not let me input the exact address I am looking for. This may have to do with with the mail address (one town) and actual address (another town), sometimes it thinks a road is shorter than it is.
The routing system used in not always logical and can add extra miles to your trip. Not a good thing driving a truck that gets under six miles a gallon, at three bucks a gallon. If you know the way, go for it. If not you can trust this unit to get you there.
Lastly pay attention, as sometimes the vocal instructions say go one way and the arrow on the screen shows another. In my experience always trust the arrow. I have had it not route me on a road because it thinks there is a weight limit (there is not) and have it route me on a road with a weight limit. Like I said before these things are nowhere near being perfect.
All in All, I really like this unit, and would recommend it very highly.
When I bought this unit I was in a hurry (my last GPS had just crashed) I ordered it a 4:30 pm on a Friday and it was at my front door 9:00 am Saturday.