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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|Item Weight||0.93 lb||5 ounces||5.2 ounces||0.64 lb||1.5 lbs|
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.
I am still enthusiastic about this device, but pray that you don't have to contact Tech Support. The 800 number is always busy (tried four times over a 3-day period). I have called four times on my own dime, and despite waits of up to 30 minutes, have still not been able to talk to anyone except the operator who answers. The last time, I was urged to leave a message for the person in charge of customer service, and assured that she would be interested in hearing about my frustration and would return my call. That was two days ago. No call yet.
I live in the NYC metro area and travel as a musician and writer. I have been lost so many times in Brooklyn and Queens, I can't remember. The streets are confusing, sometimes signs are missing, there are many one-way streets and dead ends and, of course, construction detours. Since getting the Garmin, driving to a new place is actually fun and MUCH faster.
For me, this GPS will probably pay for itself in gasoline savings within 6 months. Also, I've been known to drive and read maps at the same time, which is not safe driving. It may very well save me from a fender bender or worse.
The Garmin is easy to read, easy to hear, very customizable. The only thing I've noticed is that it needs a couple of minutes to get its bearings and to overwrite the previous trip when you first turn it on. So, the best thing for me is to pre-program my destination while sitting at home or in my driveway, and then turn it on right away as I'm leaving my immediate area. By the time big turn decisions have to be made, the Garmin is up and running.
One other interesting thing: I have a tendency to drive familiar well-marked routes even if they may be less efficient that some back-street shortcut. The Garmin has taken me on some surprising shortcuts when asked to direct me to places I already know how to get to. Last night a trip that usually takes me an hour one-way took 40 minutes each way. This is going to add up to a lot of time savings.
It would be nice if arrived with a carrying case, but it does not. I have a small padded case that I carry it in.