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Garmin Quest Pocket-sized Navigation System

by Garmin
146 customer reviews

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  • Pocket-sized 12-parallel-channel GPS+WAAS receiver with automatic routing and turn-by-turn directions
  • 115 MB internal memory for loading MapSource detail; includes built-in Americas autoroute base map
  • Trick tracking computer includes odometer, stopped time, max speed, average, and more
  • Sunlight-readable, 256-color, 2.2-by-1.5-inch TFT display; USB interface for quick data transfer
  • Runs for 20 hours on rechargeable lithium-ion battery; 4.5 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Technical Details

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  • Bearing
  • Electronic compass
  • Heading
  • Speed
  • Distance

Product Description

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Product Description

Portability meets capability in the pocket-sized Garmin Quest™. This easy-to-use unit is loaded with the high-end navigation features from our most popular GPS navigators, and best of all, it's portable. So, you can use it in multiple vehicles — or slip it in your pocket for handy street-level directions when you're navigating on foot.

Portability meets capability in Garmin's pocket-sized Quest portable automotive global-positioning system. The easy-to-use device is loaded with the high-end navigation features from Garmin's most popular GPS navigators. Use it in multiple vehicles or simply slip it in your pocket for handy street-level directions when you're navigating on foot.

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The Garmin Quest Navigator is a pocket-sized device loaded with GPS navigational features. View larger.
Smaller than a standard television remote, the Quest provides ample screen viewing area but won't demand a lot of room on the dashboard or in the briefcase. The device sports a bright, 256-color, high-resolution TFT display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight. The device is easy to use; just make certain your antenna is unobstructed and you'll be ready to navigate. Whether you're on foot or in your car, position the antenna to be parallel with the surface of the road so it can have the best view of the sky. This flip-up antenna design allows you to maximize your reception.

Once the Quest has established a satellite fix, it will display the Ready to Navigate message. You can either set a destination or use the handy Find Menu to pick a destination, such as a restaurant, gas station, or other nearby attractions. With your destination selected, you'll love Quest's automatic routing with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to get you where you're going. And the built-in high-speed processor means fast, automatic off-route and detour recalculations, so you'll be sure to get where you're going even if you make a wrong turn or meet unexpected road construction.

A USB data connection ensures fast map downloads from Garmin's entire line of MapSource CDs. The unit ships with fully unlocked MapSource City Select CD, providing full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including more than five million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. With 115 MB of internal memory, this small-but-powerful GPS navigator has plenty of built-in map storage, and the unit's internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 20 hours of use between charges. The unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use, and you can connect an optional external antenna as well.

For weekend warriors using the unit on a camping or fishing trip, the Quest is waterproof and fully compatible with the entire line of MapSource outdoor cartography, including U.S. Topo, 24K Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

What's in the Box
Quest with flip-up GPS antenna, Americas Autoroute basemap, MapSource City Select North America CD with full coverage and full unlock, PC/USB cable, A/C power adapter, external speaker with 12-volt adapter cable, vehicle suction cup mount, quick reference guide, and owner's manual.

Product Information

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Technical Details
Item Weight5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions0.4 x 9 x 4.5 inches
Item model number010-00306-00
Display Size1.5 inches
Battery Life20 hours
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight3.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableDecember 19, 2005
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287 of 293 people found the following review helpful By Jerry P. Danzig on October 24, 2004
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Every now and then -- make that every other now and then, because it's a rare event indeed -- a product comes along that solves a problem that has been plaguing man -- and woman -- for decades, if not centuries. In recent years, these rare breakthroughs have included Combat roach traps, which made those pesky critters a rare sight in even the most infested urban environments, and the pocket hard-drive mp3 jukeboxes enabling you to have your favorite albums with you wherever you go.

Now here come the GPS navigators that make it all but impossible to get lost, not to mention the AFFORDABLE GPS navigators like this fantastic little Quest. One of the guys in my band got one of the higher priced Garmins and was raving about its accuracy. When his Garmin got him right to a place we were playing while the rest of the band circled backroads endlessly, relying on directions that said things like, "go to Smith Road", without bothering to inform you whether you were supposed to turn left or right on Smith Road or cross it -- I knew I had to have one. Better yet, he told me Garmin had a new model that did the same job for half the money.

Well, it turns out that the Quest handles more than the same job the bigger units do. With its pocket size, you can also use it when you're on foot trying to find a strange address in a strange city (or in the Village, here in Manhattan). Otherwise the only downside of the Quest is that you can't add memory; the memory built in can handle enough map detail for a large state, but if you were going across country, you would need to bring your laptop with the detailed maps loaded, to download into the Quest as you passed from one region to the next.
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235 of 242 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on October 28, 2004
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I bought the Garmin Quest as a factory GPS system was not available on my car. Also for the fact that it costs about 1/3 of the price of a factory installed GPS system. Overall I am happy with the unit however for anyone looking to buy this unit these are just some things you should be aware of:

1) You cannot just depend on the voice prompts to guide you on your way, you need to also glance at the map. The reason is that it has a limited vocab for voice prompts so it can be confusing. For example many times it says keep left/right when it wants you to go straight. A couple of times I thought it wanted me to turn left when it said keep left. Thankfully it automatically recalculated the route. Answer: anytime it says keep left/right or turn left/right just glance at the map to truly understand where it wants you to go.

2) Similar to the above it doesnt have proper voice prompts for rotaries. If you were to take the second exit on a rotary, the system would say "in x feet keep left then turn right". Look at the map you will see what you are supposed to do.

3) The screen is small, especially if you want to pan the map looking at alternative routes while in the car. Thankfully it does zoom into an intersection so you can see the lay of the land when you are coming to a turn.

4) I was driving in Manhattan and because of all the tall buildings it would have a hard time locking on to my position. Often it would announce "lost satellite reception". I ended up zooming into the map with the proposed route and started guiding myself as it lost my location for several minutes. It works much better in the suburbs.

5) The routing system was a bit weird.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By RascalsPal on September 28, 2004
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This product is what I consider to be a great blend of field-based GPS devices and automotive-based GPS devices. I was initially interested in purchasing a unit that would offer me the convenience of electronic mapping with the ability to route and still be portable and durable enough to be used on an outdoor adventure. A Garmin dealer in my area was strongly recommending an eMap. It had most of the features I was looking for but that product has actually been discontinued, the display is gray scale and the technology for computer interface is at least 4 years old. (I'm talking serial cable connections here.) Still, it was looking like the best option and I was about the pull the trigger and buy when someone walked into the store with a printout of the Quest from Garmin's website. It was fortunate for me that I was there at that moment because the Quest is exactly what I was looking for.

This device is a smaller version of the StreetPilot series but it's completely portable and fits in the breast pocket of a dress shirt or pants pocket so it's great in an urban environment. The battery life is listed at 20 hours between charges and it has a whopping 115mb of internal memory which means you don't have to mess with data cards. The product ships with Garmin's City Select v6 and I've found the maps to be extremely accurate in the Phoenix metro area. (I think this is a good test of the software since Phoenix is one of the fastest growing communities in the US and we've got new roads going in all the time.) The display is full color and can be user modified to meet personal tastes. It also comes with a UBS computer interface cable, suction cup windshield mount/DC battery charger and an AC battery charger for indoor use.
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