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Does What it Claims,
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This review is from: Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracking Unit (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
UPDATE: We have had 2 of these for about 9 months now. I wrote the review below after about a week. The units continue to serve our purpose (see below) perfectly. We get emails when the battery is getting low so we charge them in the car. They work while they are charging and GPS/Cell phone reception has been as good sitting on the seat charging as when sitting on the dashboard. The tracking website continues to get tweeked and is better than the original. There have been several firmware updates to the units as well. We depend on them now and would not want to do without them. Garmin will start charging for the tracking service in about 3 months -- hope it is not too much. I see the price has dropped thirty since we bought them.
I was going to give this 4 stars but I could not think of why I was dinging it a star. Maybe because I wish the battery life was more or that it was built into the Nuvi series. But my one week experience is that it does (including battery life) what it claims. So 5 stars.
Satisfaction with this device might depend on how you want to use it. My wife and I drive independently between the San Francisco Bay area and the northern California coast. These are winding two lane roads sometimes becoming one lane. Accidents and people over the side happen every year. So we always tell each other the route we plan to take and call when we have reached our destination, or call to announce our estimated time of arrival.
So this is the use of the GTU for the week: Monday and Friday about 4 hours of driving, otherwise in a geofence sleeping. Tuesday through Thursday about 2 hours of driving each day, the rest in a geofence sleeping. The setting was "balanced"
The battery died about 2 hours short of the end of this week. But I pinged it heavily throughout the week as it is a new gizmo and I wanted to see how it was working and what it would do. I think under normal use it will last the week. I will probably move the setting to "moderate" as 15 minute intervals should be fine for us. (I THINK the battery died, it was ambiguous. Garmin could not find the unit and suggested the battery was dead. But I still got emails when a geofence was transversed. So it could have just been a temporary glich in the system).
Now we are free to change our route on the fly if we wish. No need to check in -- emails notify when the destination geofence has been entered. And even, by email notifications as geofences are transversed on route, have estimated times of arrival for such mundane things as dinner preparation or meeting up. If no emails are received, or the car is not where it should be when we expect, we can start calling. If there is trouble there will be tracking available to find the car. I liken gadgets like this to garage door openers; they are not a life necessity but it just makes things a little easier, safer, less stressful.
Often it seems smartphone apps are diminished versions of their desktop counterparts. The opposite is true here. The iOS app I use on my ipod Touch gives more information than the desktop version. (No actual desktop software to download, just a browser connection to Garmin's website).
We have ordered another one for the second car.
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2011 9:38:16 AM PDT
Sue Nami says:
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 10:03:01 AM PDT
I did not address, much less "claim" 4 week battery life. I addressed 1 week battery life.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 6:13:06 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 6:18:12 PM PDT
Tech. Nut says:
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 7:49:49 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 7:59:06 PM PDT
Ok. Between Nami and tech nut I cannot understand the animosity about an honest review. Sorry it was of no help to you.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2011 1:53:12 AM PDT
T. Rawson says:
Sue is hopeless read the other reviews and comments...
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 12:09:20 PM PDT
You can use Llama to do what your doing if she has an Anriod based smartphone
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