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Garmin StreetPilot i5 1.7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

by Garmin
368 customer reviews
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  • Small, inexpensive but robust automotive GPS navigator
  • Unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel makes it easy to select destinations
  • Three-dimensional map graphics with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions through a built-in speaker
  • Automatically puts you back on course when you make a wrong turn or run into traffic problems
  • Measures 3 x 2.74 x 2.15 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

Streetpilot I5 Auto Gps City Nav Preloaded Color TftGarmin International part number 010-00496-00

The Garmin StreetPilot i5 Automotive GPS Navigator is preloaded with detailed maps of North America and is ready to use right out-of-the-box. Another great addition to the StreetPilot i-series, the StreetPilot i5 is a compact, inexpensive automotive GPS navigator that helps you get where you want to go while making driving fun.

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The StreetPilot i5 packs powerful GPS navigation and a color display into a compact, reasonably priced device.
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About the size of a baseball and priced to keep your pocketbook happy, the StreetPilot i5 is perfect for commuters, college students, and corporate travelers who are looking to experience the ease and enjoyment of GPS satellite navigation. Don't let its small stature fool you, though. Although it only weighs in at 5.3 ounces, the i5 has many of the same powerful capabilities as other premium Garmin automotive GPS navigators.

The i5 features a unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel and a Back button, which makes it easy to select a destination from the unit's menu-driven interface. This unit includes three-dimensional map graphics and provides voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions through a built-in speaker. Toss your navigation worries out the window, because the i5 will automatically put you back on course if you miss a turn, and a detour function enables routing around traffic problems or road construction. Plus, if want to stay off the highways and blaze a scenic trail, the i5 lets you prioritize your choice of back roads or major highways. It is handy in any situation. and you can easily move the unit from vehicle to vehicle with the integrated suction-cup mount.

The i5 comes preloaded with detailed maps of City Navigator North America NT. These maps feature full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico--including nearly six million points of interest (POIs) such as gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and other attractions. You can plot up to 500 waypoints with names and an array of graphic symbols for customized, detailed navigation. This unit also comes with removable TransFlash data storage capability and is easy to connect to your PC through the USB interface.

As an added benefit, you can even import customized points of interest with the help of Garmin's free POI Loader software. The sky's the limit with this software--you can even upload safety cameras or school zones to receive warnings if you are traveling too fast in these high-risk areas. In addition, an optional proximity-alert feature notifies you of your upcoming custom POIs.

With a 32k-color, sunlight-readable TFT display with backlight, the i5 is easy to read in almost any light conditions. Motorists can choose from either a three-dimensional mapping perspective or the standard overhead bird's-eye view. For added convenience, drivers can power the unit with either two AA batteries (up to six hours of typical use) or the included 12-volt adapter cable.

What's in the Box
StreetPilot i5, Americas Lite Routable basemap, City Navigator North America NT (preprogrammed), PC/USB cable, 12-volt adapter cable, vehicle suction-cup mount, dashboard adhesive disk, USB drivers CD, and quick reference guide.

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 2.2 x 2.7 inches
Item model number010-00496-00
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Display Size2.1 inches
Display Resolution220 x 176
Warranty1 Year Parts and Labor
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Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
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626 of 639 people found the following review helpful By L. Leviton on November 19, 2005
November 2005: I already own several GPS units.

After getting into an argument with a novice who bought a Garmin "i3" and loves it, I bought a Garmin "i5" so that I could prove him wrong. A GPS unit this inexpensive just can't be that good. Boy was I wrong.

I picked the Garmin "i5" instead of the "i3" because my computer doesn't have a DVD drive for downloading maps.

The first area I was critical about was the thumbwheel with the two button (enter and back) solution. After a few hours I found I could enter data faster using the thumbwheel than using a touch screen.

The "i5" is small enough to hold in the palm of my hand, eliminating vehicle bounce, scroll the thumbwheel, and then press the thumbwheel to enter the desired letter or number.

Entering an address often requires only a few thumbwheel presses. First the state/province is entered, eliminating 98% of all the addresses in North America.

Garmin then guides you through a list of city and street names. Often the number of thumbwheel presses is shortened by selecting from a list of possible matches using the back button. Garmin did a great job in this area.

Next is the screen size. The advertising on Garmin's website shows screens with jagged lines. But the actual screen, although smaller is also clearer than most PNDs (personal navigation devices). I suppose this is because the pixels are closer together.

Next is signal strength. I put the "i5" inside my dashboard near the speedometer so that thieves wouldn't easily see it. It still worked great. It occasionally lost the signal but so did my more expensive PND which was windshield mounted.

Next is the instruction manual. You don't need it.
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234 of 238 people found the following review helpful By jimbodunky on December 9, 2005
A tennis ball. The Garmin StreetPilot i5. What do the two have in common? Size.

The i5 is without a doubt, one of the best purchases I've ever made. Everyone has the same reaction I first had when I saw it on display at a marine supply store. "That's a GPS? No way." Then they want a demonstration.

The main selling point for this unit is it's size. It can do everything that other competitor's GPS units can do, and more, at a third of the size. If you've ever wanted a GPS on your motorcycle, the i5 is the real deal.

The unit comes with a 12V power cord for automobile use. You can also pop in 2 AA's and leave the cord behind. The unit is rated for 3-4 hours use when using with AA's alone. If you are going to use the 12V cord, Garmin still recommends having fresh AA's in the unit, as the unit is able to update it's position upon powering up faster, that just going with the cord alone.

The i5 gets a perfect score from me when it comes to ergo. Navigating through menus is quick and painless.

It also has an auto-brightness setting that brightens or dims the unit's display depending on ambient lighting conditions. Even cooler, at night, the nav map changes it's color scheme to darker colors which is cool.

Voice prompts are right on cue. Very glad the voice has NO "computer-voice" and even happier it's a female voice. I call her "Garmina".

So why not 5 stars? There's no Mac support for this device. This is why I had to buy the i5 instead of the i3. Having North America pre-loaded however might be worth the extra $100 bucks for some. Garmin also offers a "POI" (points-of-interest) loader software FREE, again, only for Windows users.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Wheeler Jr. on December 2, 2005
I'm such a tech geek. Why do I need a golf ball-sized road assistant? Don't know, but I fell in love with it at the store. Initially, I walked into Circuit City to purchase a radar detector and nothing more, but after seeing Garmin's Street Pilot i5 ("i5"), I became curious. For years, I have always found ways to get lost on the road. I have an uncanny knack for making wrong turns, and often find myself a little confused when one road either changes names or does a 90 degree turn on me. With that being said, I hate being lost!! It's stressful, makes by blood boil, and turns me into a driving heart-attack waiting to happen. Thus, I bought the Garmin's i5 on sale at Circuit City for $399.99 (while still selling at other stores for about $499.00) and here's what I think about it:

Out of the box

Out of the box, the i5 comes with a colorful quick setup guide (with the full manual only available for download at Garmin's website), a disc and USB cable (for downloading updates) and two different mounts: One is a windshield mount, and the other is a permanent dashboard mount. I wish there was another way to mount the i5 to the dashboard without permanently affixing it to the dash. But since I'm driving a '96 Thunderbird and not a '05 Thunderbird, I didn't care about permanently changing the appearance of my dash. When I say "Permanent" I don't mean screws and bolts, but there is some really strong glue on the back of a black plastic disk that attaches to your dash; you then connect the windshield suction mount to the disk. I've removed the unit from the disk mount multiple times in the past week using its quick release, and the disk has not given. I didn't go for windshield mount option because that would place the i5 a little too far away from me.
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