Garmin StreetPilot 2720 Portable GPS Navigator
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- internal antenna communicates with up to 12 GPS satellites
- Database of preloaded maps and points-of-interest
- Automatic route recalculation if you miss a turn
- Text-to-speech functionality allows the unit to audibly announce the names of upcoming streets and points of interest
- 454 x 240-pixel touchscreen
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This new portable GPS navigator features a new autograde, sunlight-readable, color TFT display with auto dimming capability; turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts that actually tell you which street (by name) to turn on (Text-To-Speech); traffic alerts and avoidance in select cities using the optional GTM 10 FM TMC traffic receiver. The StreetPilot 2720 is ready to go, right out of the box since there is no need to download maps. Preloaded detailed maps for the entire United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; Motorists can navigate to a specific address or to an industry-leading database of more than 5 million points of interest – including lodging, restaurants, gas stations, and local attractions. The intuitive, menu-driven touchscreen ensures that navigating the unit is as easy as navigating the road.
Amazon.com Product Description If you're looking for a premium vehicle GPS navigation system, one with text-to-speech and the ability to gather real-time traffic information, the StreetPilot 2720 is the answer. In addition to the turn-by-turn voice-prompted navigation available in earlier StreetPilot models, the 2720's text-to-speech functionality allows the unit to audibly announce the names of upcoming streets and points of interest, letting you keep your eyes on the road while navigating through busy traffic and tricky roadways.
At the heart of the 2720 is a new control system that features a widescreen, automotive-grade touchscreen display that automatically dims and brightens based on ambient light conditions. While the 454 x 240 pixel touchscreen interface is designed for ease of use, the 2720 also ships with a wireless remote control that can be used to operate the device's functions.
The StreetPilot 2720 offers clear, easy-to-read 3D directions to your destination, and state of the art text-to-speech and traffic interface capabilities.
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Preloaded maps are available and ready to use right out of the box. View larger.
A convenient touch screen allows for quick access to features such as maps, recent locations, food, and hotels. View larger.
Finding your way with the 2720 starts with inputting a location on the touchscreen. Next, the unit's text-to-speech feature speaks to you just like a back seat driver, telling you the names of streets and when to turn and in what direction. And if you happen to miss a turn, don't worry--the 2720 automatically calculates a new route to your destination. In addition to point-to-point navigation, the 2720 can calculate the most efficient route between multiple destinations--a real time-saver for realtors, salespeople, and errand-runners. You can also tell the unit to avoid specific areas or road segments when calculating a route. You can also select a three-dimensional mapping perspective, or choose from several 2-D overhead viewing options. What's more, audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings help you navigate more quickly while keeping your eyes on the road.
Another time- and frustration-saving feature of the 2720 is the database of preloaded maps and points of interest. Gone are the days of uploading partial maps from your computer to your GPS device: the 2720 has them all built in. The unit comes preloaded with Garmin's highly detailed MapSource City Navigator NT North America maps of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Finding points of interest along your route is made easy with the 2720's huge built-in database of nearly six million hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions. Garmin has also made it easy for users to upload custom points of interest--now you can add school zones or safety cameras to your database. You can even turn on a proximity alert to notify you of upcoming custom points of interest.
Locations: Pinpoint your exact location for easy travel, then save these destinations for later use.
Trip Distance: Calculate your arrival time, and keep track of your speed in relation to it, for complete control.
What's in the Box
StreetPilot 2720 receiver, MapSource City Navigator NT North America maps, 12-volt power cable with external speaker, alphanumeric remote control, PC/USB interface cable, AC power adapter, beanbag mount, dash mount, protective cover, owner's manual, and a quick-reference setup guide.
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Two days after it arrived we took a trip from Omaha, NE to Chicago, IL for a wedding. This trip also involved a lot of driving in and around Chicago for the prenuptial dinner, wedding and reception. The StreetPilot 2720 never once let us down.
We are very impressed with the StreetPilot 2720 and believe it was worth every dime we paid for it (much less on Amazon than at local stores or other online sites).
We will list the Pros and Cons that we have discovered (Cons first).
Occasionally the computer-voice will mangle the name of a street or exit. For example sometimes "50th" will sound like "15th".
Once outside of Council Bluffs, IA on the way home we lost the satellite signal going through some hills at about 2 AM. This was the only time we had to `reboot' the machine and it acquired a new satellite signal immediately. Other times when the satellite signal was lost included driving into a garage or under a car port (duh).
* The STREET NAME is provided by the computer voice and the screen. This is EXTREMELY helpful when driving through an unfamiliar city.
* The street pilot is able to locate the nearest gas station while driving on the interstate.
* The street pilot also will tell you the actual street name to turn on and not just "turn left in 500 feet."
* The Garmin can detect all restaurants in the vicinity.
* Screen color adjusts to day or night time conditions automatically
* Satellite view allows you to view signal strength from the satellites tracking you (this is really cool but not necessarily functional)
* Remote control allows for easy input of data without having to touch or smear the screen
* Programming allow you to specify avoidance of toll roads in your route (particularly helpful in the trip to Chicago)
* Bean Bag base is quite SOLID, flat, heavy, balanced and possesses a slip-resistant base (other reviews commented that the Bean Bag was unstable---we do not think this is the case and were actually expecting the worst before we received the StreetPilot)
* Recalculates if off course very quickly.
* Capable of detecting virtually any deviation off course...we were only a few yards from the main road---on a parallel access road---and it recognized this and calibrated to get us back on the main road.
Direct sunlight will not "wash" the screen. This is the main reason I did not purchase the 330 model, too many reports of poor viewing in direct light conditions. The auto-dimming feature works great as does the beanbag mount. It will slide around a bit on occasion but not enough to be bothersome.
I like the speaker mounted in the power cord. No matter where the unit sits, you can have the speaker pointed at you. Good idea.
The unit is easy to program and user-friendly. The screen automatically adjusts for evening and daytime use, and the display (a convenient touch-screen for entering data) is crisp and clean...and so far hasn't washed out even in direct sunlight. The instruction booklets (one detailed and one quick reference) are simple to follow and well-organized.
There are only a couple of negatives to mention, and neither are deal-killers. There is a new toll road (open two months) that's not on the updated software, and it was mildly amusing to see my vehicle traveling over rolling green cow pastures on the Garmin display. I'm sure FL SR 429 will be added shortly. Second, and more importantly, the unit will often not permit me to enter rural addresses I know to be valid. Either the street name doesn't match the unit's list (and then you are on your own) or the unit will not allow me to enter the numeric portion of the address, defaulting instead to a different number. The latter case is not so bad, since there's a good chance you're on the right road.
I dare say that no civilian GPS system is perfect. But for the money, ease of use and awesome display, the Garmin 2720 is a solid performer and a good value.