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- 3.5-inch color touch display GPS system with high-sensitivity GPS receiver for quick location fix
- Digital map with browsing capability, 2-D and 3-D map perspective
- Turn-by-turn visual guidance and voice directions
- The familiar, easy-to-use For Dummies style, complete with icons, leads you through the GPS navigation software user interface and user's manual
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|Screen Size||3.5 in||2.2 in||2.2 in||1 in||2.6|
|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 3.6 x 0.8 in||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||4.4 x 8.2 x 1.4 in||4.2 x 1.4 x 6.3 in|
|Item Weight||—||5 ounces||4.96 ounces||0.16 ounces||0.58 lb|
Need to get where you are going easily, quickly, and accurately GPS Navigation For Dummies is the answer. The state of the art For Dummies personal GPS navigation device ensures you get to the destination quickly. Designed to be the world's most user friendly interface, GPS Navigation For Dummies is perfect for automobiles, backpacks, purses, RVs, or bicycling. The name says it all the easiest and most intuitive personal GPS navigation on the market.
Amazon.com Product Description Need to get where you are going easily, quickly, and accurately? GPS Navigation For Dummies is the answer. The state-of-the-art For Dummies personal GPS navigation device ensures you get to the destination quickly. Designed to be the world's most user friendly interface, GPS Navigation For Dummies is perfect for automobiles, backpacks, purses, RVs, or bicycling. The name says it all--the easiest and most intuitive personal GPS navigation on the market.
A GPS device worthy of the Dummies name. Click to enlarge.
GPS Made Simple
About the size of a deck of cards, this device comes with the For Dummies GPS Navigation software, which boasts a familiar and easy-to-use interface worthy of the Dummies name. A backlit 3.5" color LCD touch screen with 320 x 240 resolution makes for easy navigation in both 2D and 3D map viewing.
Designed for Portability
This GPS unit's compact design means you can take it anywhere, and the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to 4 hours of use on a single charge.
Enjoy simple charging and data transfer on any PC with USB plug-and-play, or use the in-vehicle charger when you're on the road.
Visual turn-by-turn navigation in 2D or 3D. Click to enlarge.
Familiar and easy-to-use interface. Click to enlarge.
Grab your GPS when you've got a travel break and enjoy a digital music player and picture viewer, along with a headphone jack for private listening.
Competitive GPS Features
Ease of use doesn't mean a light feature set. Enjoy preloaded maps of the U. S. states, complete with 1.7 million searchable points of interest. Visual and voice turn-by-turn navigation lets you keep your eyes on the road while navigating. Automatic re-routing calculates a new travel route when you stray from the original.
- For Dummies GPS Nav software with easy-to-use user interface for simplifying the GPS navigation operation
- 3.5" touch screen
- Digital mapping with browsing capability
- Visual and voice turn-by-turn navigation
- Pre-loaded map of the contiguous 48 US
- Millions of points of interest
- Included digital music player and digital picture viewer software
- Easy-to-understand For Dummies user's manual
What's in the Box
GPS For Dummies FD-220 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator, Pre-loaded maps, In-vehicle charger, Suction cup mounting kit, User's manual, Mini USB cable
Top customer reviews
It got kinks, but really, for $35, who cares?
I've only used it on 2 trips so far, and this is what I noticed so far; a whole list of issues, none which are grave issues, all minor things, as well as some good things too:
0- Okay, I did found one major flaw in the device! As soon as you turn it off the date gets reset. In other words, don't even bother setting the date or the time!!! The device operates without date or time,but it's just a dysfunctional part of the device that I did expect to see it worked!
1 - First off all the display has a quite wide viewing angle, but at about 45 degrees below the center, the image becomes negative, or reduces visibility, no real biggie. The display is very bright, and at it's darkest setting a bit bright in the total dark; but at it's lightest setting good enough for in car use on a sunny day (just as long as the sun isn't shining on the device reflecting in your eyes, you will see just fine).
2- When setting the audio settings to a lower volume, and pressing the 'Let's go' icon, it will automatically reset the volume to the previous GPS navigation volume (meaning 2 volumes, menu volume, and navigation volume for use in the car).
3- what users mentioned about the annoying speed warnings can be disabled in options>>prompt.
One can disable speed warnings, route recalculation, and GPS info. One can also make the GPS spell the name, and street number,or only one of the two. I prefer the Nuvi, which says 'make a right' instead of hearing the dummies 'make a right turn in Lejeune Road, E42nd ave',it's just way too long.
4- The device emits quite some radiation. You can literally feel your hand getting warm holding it. Probably the Gps tracking signals, which may use a similar frequency than radio or cellphone waves.
5- They saved some money into programming, which makes it easier for dummies, but for logical and computer people more difficult.
If you are within a map, go to options, and select an option, after applying the option (say more or less brightness, or day/night view), the menu will quit back to map wview. You will not find yourself in that same menu structure anymore. In some ways it's more straight forward, and a change of our mentality of Windows structures and parent directories etc...
6- It does not know certain roads in Miami became toll roads (around 2008), which makes me believe the map is at least 5 years old! (The device says C in 2007, might be the maps are from that time too, and serious time for a map upgrade I'd say. I suspect they are waiting for more people buying the device, before doing the map update)!
7- Unlike some guy claimed it costed 30something dollars to update the map, I went on their website, and it seems there are NO MAP UPDATES YET! They do have quite a range of devices, and are planning a map and OS update soon though!
8- The voice is crisp, the display is clear. No way would you say it has 320x240 pixels! It looks like it has at least 640x380 pixels!
9- It does not always take the most logical way. Quite often going through express ways, though there's somewhere a setting for that, but I can't easily find it. You can choose between 2 settings, fastest (express ways) and shortest (small roads).
10- It's always quite a pain, and illogical to work with favorites. I mean, it's quite difficult to find how to create them, how to save your home or destination as a favorite!
11- Some users mentioned that when writing a street name, the device is looking through the names, and when you have a street name with just numbers, it could take quite some time before it finds it (especially when you start by street name starting with eg: Se 1st st, as soon as you type in the S you will have to wait, then e, wait, 1 wait even longer etc... You can avoid that by typing really fast. If you type continuously fast, the device won't have time to search, and it will start searching only once when you pause for longer than 1 second.
It will save you time, and over time you will write fast enough to keep up with this device.
12- The touch screen is pretty responsive, it's a soft touch screen, so you can operate it with your nails or fingers, or a regular toothpick or pen. The device comes with a plastic stylus (which is very firmly tucked away in the back, almost broke my nail trying to get it out, thought I was going to destroy the device), but generally you won't be needing it, unless you have thick fingers, no nails, and no small item near you like a pen.
13- The red charging led is quite a shiner! Almost blinds me in the office, when it's aiming towards my eyes.
The light is ok dispersed, but it has a bundle of light emanating slightly forward down, almost like a spot light, with very bright light. You can easily find your way in the dark with it.
14- 2D/3D maps; 3D maps show rather slow, when the device is speaking (almost as if the CPU can not keep up). It is a very slow cpu, but does the job nicely for $35.
15- When the device is working (eg calculating a road) it may register a touch on the screen, but it may not do anything,until everything is done.
16- Scrolling using your fingernails result in many tap registrations, but it seems to work fine.
17- Press and hold (long press) + or - zooms in and out faster.
18- The device came completely discharged from the salesperson. This is really bad for the batteries. I strongly recommend charging it immediately, and if you want to use it, first plug it in the cigarette lighter, or charge via computer.
19- The device comes with a quality, flexible window mount (much better than my nuvi), USB Cable, and cigarette lighter adaptor
20- The device is not recognized or seen in Windows XP nor windows 7, even if the device says it is connected. It only shows the 'connected' menu when an SD card is inserted,and the device is in 'mass storage' mode, but will do nothing in 'MS activesync' mode.
21- Device's power button feels rather worn, as if the clicking mechanism will fail in a good 100 clicks or so.
Better to auto turn off.
22- Manually setting up the time seemed to work, however after closing the time was reset. When going into the menu to change time and date, I first had to change the date, then time, then timezone. When changing the timezone, the time changed, so I had to manually change it again.
23- The device has quite some media playback ability for being a gps. Unfortunately the battery life is not to boast about. although I've seen devices doing way worse, I'm sure selling the device $5 more expensive, by upgrading the battery to a lrager capacity one (with 1/2 to 2/3rd more battery life) would not be a waste on this!
24- To reset the device you can use the stylus in the small pin next to the headphones jack. doing so will reset the time and date, but your favorites and settings will remain in the system.
25- Help file: The help file on the device is just a large text file. No hyperlinks to chapters, you just have to browse through it until you get lucky to see the question you hoped to see answered.
26- This device is very hard to program and save a planned route (Eg: travel with via-points). I haven't yet figured this out!
Otherwise I'm very happy with my device, and hope they will upgrade the maps and OS soon, especially the outdated maps!
Okay, I liked this GPS so much that I just purchased another...from Maylong Group (Amazon) on sale, of course. I give the new one almost 5 stars because the updated firmware responds better...quicker satellite recognition and a few upgraded menu items. Comparing the two side-by-side I see the new firmware reads from 8 satellites whereas the older one only reads 4. Still, upon use, both keep signal well and give easily followed directions. Overall, this GPS is a great find for the price including car mount, and all cables needed for power and computer connections. Oh, and I really like the media player...like having a GPS, MP3, and picture/video player all in one.
Wouldn't recommend this product. Oh wait, it's discontinued, right? I saw Amazon had a trade-in going for this item... I promptly sent mine in. They actually paid me more than I paid for the thing myself. I'd call that a win in my book, though.
If you have about 20-45 minutes to waste pulled over putting in an address, and hoping that it stays with a solid connection the whole way to your destination, this is your GPS. If you want something that isn't annoying and doesn't hang up each time you try to put a letter into the search... Splurge the extra $20-80 and get yourself a really nice GPS and avoid the headache and frustration.