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Rightway RW500JR Spotter 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Edition)

3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Instead of a computer-generated voice, Dale Jr. provides turn-by-turn directions in a casual way
  • Includes Points of Interest (POIs) unique to NASCAR and Dale Jr.
  • Choose from a selection of Dale Jr.'s vehicles for the GPS pointer
  • Video player, music player, photo viewing, and e-book capabilities
  • 4.3-inch high-resolution LCD anti-glare screen
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Product Description

Product Description

Automobile Navigators, Transplant GPS Inc, Rightway RW500JR Spotter 4.3-Inch Widescreen Porta, RW500JR

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Amazon.com Product Description With turn-by-turn directions in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s voice, a selection of vehicles for the GPS pointer, Points of Interest (POIs) unique to NASCAR and Dale Jr., and a pre-loaded Race Shop Tour Route, the Spotter is a portable navigation device (PND) like no other.

A navigation device like no other. Click to enlarge.

The Dale Jr. Edition Spotter possesses all the features you would expect from a high-quality PND:

  • Turn-by-turn guidance with street names (not available in Dale Jr's voice)
  • 4.3-inch high-resolution LCD with anti-glare
  • SiRF Atlas III GPS Module with Windows CE 5.0 Operating System
  • Pre-loaded maps of the United States from Navteq (Q4 2008 map data)
  • Video player, music player, photo viewing, and e-book capabilities

What makes the Spotter unique is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Instead of a computer-generated voice, Dale Jr. provides turn-by-turn directions in a casual way, saying "just ahead, hang a right" or "back her down" when you miss a turn. You have a choice of Dale Jr.'s cars--Amp car, National Guard car, or Team Trailer--for the GPS pointer marking your position on the route.

Comes pre-loaded with a Race Shop Tour Route. Click to enlarge.

Choose from Dale Jr's cars for the GPS pointer marking your position on the route. Click to enlarge.

Includes Points of Interest relevant to NASCAR and Dale Jr. fans. Click to enlarge.

The Spotter has two unique points-of-interest (POI) categories. First, the Dale Jr. POI contains a collection of places he likes to visit, businesses he owns, and where to get a great pizza. Dale Jr. even provides a little commentary on each of his stops. And second, the NASCAR POI includes all the NASCAR Home Tracks, NASCAR Speed Parks, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks, and team garages.

Just for the NASCAR fan, the Dale Jr. Edition Spotter comes pre-loaded with a Race Shop Tour Route. Start the tour at any point, and the Spotter will route you to 14 team garages and shops in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

Navigation Features

  • Predictive Text Data Entry
  • Voice Prompts (e.g., "In one mile, turn right")
  • Street Name Text-to-Speech Capabilities (e.g. "Turn right on 1st Avenue")
  • Map Views: 2D, 3D, Safety, and Itinerary
  • Choice of Route Set-Up
  • Automatic Re-Route
  • Route Avoidance Options
  • Over 1.7 Million Points of Interest
  • Route Optimization
  • Gas Calculator

About Transplant GPS Inc.
Founded in 2000, Transplant GPS has a history of innovative GPS products, starting with the creation of the world's first Bluetooth GPS while working with EMTAC Technology Corp. in 2001. Although best known for add-on GPS components, Transplant GPS engineered its first all-in-one personal navigation device (PND) in 2005 through an OEM project. In 2008, Transplant launched RightWay, its own GPS products line. The full line of RightWay-branded products range from GPS components to all inclusive PNDs. In addition to GPS, Transplant also develops and produces RFIS and GSM products.

What's in the Box
Spotter Dale Jr. Edition GPS navigator, car charger, mounting system, quick start guide, user manual, photo of Dale Earnhardt Jr., SD card with photos and video clips


Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.6 x 0.9 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B0021AEPZI
Item model number Spotter GPS Navigator, Dale Jr. Edition
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #272,334 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#200 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Vehicle GPS > Trucking GPS
Date first available at Amazon.com April 14, 2009

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Got this for my hubby who is a huge jr. fan. Drove from Louisiana to Branson with it. On the plus side, it was nice to hear Jr.'s voice. Specific probs: Had probs finding our location! Honestly, it didn't know where we were! On two occasions, it took us on a wild goose chase only to put us right back where we started from - so basically ran us in a circle for about 30 mins each time. Twice on the interstate, it was telling us to "hang a left here". In the middle of the interstate. Very frustrating. We own a TomTom but had loaned it to the kids as were traveling to separate destinations and we bought this one for us. Doesn't compare to Tom. We so wanted to like this product b/c it's a great concept, but it's going back!
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I like this GPS. Good thing it talks because it lays on the passenger seat. The suction cup mount broke after a week of extremely careful use. I registered the product and e-mailed the RightWay customer support about this, that it broke way too easy given the limited use and extreme care in handling it. I wish I could say the response was lousy, but it was worse than that. After three e-mails and no response, I bought my own mount which has been working fine for about a month now.
If you plan on buying this GPS, be prepared to include another $25 or so to the final price tag to cover the cost of a new mount. I truly hate companies like this.

UPDATE: The touchpad completely stopped working, making the unit useless. This time, I did get a response from RightWay customer service. On the first try. I had to post this update, because this time they were great. When I sent the unit back, I included the broken mount in the box. Not only did they send me a new mount, they repaired and returned the unit to me in less than a week. From no stars to five stars. As for the performance, I love this thing. Anyone having problems with bad directions from this unit either has a defective unit or did not understand or read the operating instructions. When you add an address location, it asks you first for the city or zip code. Next, a street name. And finally, a house number. I was keying in the house number prior to the street name... you will confuse the unit if you do not put in the address exactly as it asks you to. I live in the Pittsburgh suburbs, and had to go dahn-tahn today. An insurance company near Heinz field. It took me from the expressway to the city streets and back through the rural country roads without missing a turn.
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This was such a cute idea. My daughter is in love with Dale Jr. You can imagine her disappointment when it didn't recognize her address, nor the streets or addresses of many of the places in our area. It was frustrating and useless. In a phone call to the manufacturer we were informed that we could request certain streets, and they would "consider" adding them next year. We don't live in Podunk, Nowhere. We live in The Woodlands, just north of Houston, the fourth largest metroplex in the nation. You'd think their satellites would recognize this area. We returned it for a refund.
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1st off, wow. This GPS is perfect! You don't have to take eyes off the road and the way it switches screens to highlight next turn and counts down the distance instead of just car driving along line, keeps you from getting distracted. Dales voice, even though I'm not a huge fan, is super cool. Found myself talking to Dale a few times (lol). Very accurate and very easy to use. Thanks Dale. I had it listed for sale (new) but had to try it on a trip to VA, it's mine now.
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I must say I was excited to get this new GPS unit. However, I have been extremely disappointed with it. It seems to have some cool features, but on a regular basis it does not find addresses for me. The manufacturer doesn't have an update available. Their helpdesk suggested that I look up the address on Google Earth, then get the Latitude and Longitude coordinates, then input those into the GPS device for accurate directions. I say no thanks. I'll go back to using my Garmin.
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While I really like hearing Dale's voice, this thing can't find half of the addresses I put in. The POI feature doesn't find much, either. When I contacted Right Way, their comment was they have different maps than the other GPSs, and what I had entered was probably a new street. Don't THINK so! Was looking for the courthouse in my STATE CAPITAL. They did send me an "updated" card, but it was no better and Dale's voice went bye-bye. Just received a new, NON-SPOTTER GPS and I WILL miss Dale's voice, but I won't miss the temptation to toss the thing out the window.
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To be honest I was a little standoffish when it came to this GPS because I didn't know the brand name. I tried researching this product to find out the pros and cons of this particular GPS, but Amazon.com was the only one with a product review. The ratings here were about 70/30 in favor, but the price was right so I decided to take a shot at it.

I spent the better part of a day just cruising around town, seeing if it picked up the roads and restaurants that I frequent. I am very pleased with its performance, I'm sure that Rightway releases updates that will include the couple of new restaurants that are new here in town. I had previously used a Megellan GPS with very poor results, in my experience, the Rightway GPS is easier to use, has better features, and at least finds the road to my house.

The car icons and Dale Jr. leading the way are cool features, but it is customizable with 7 different voices, a choice of four icons, and it plays videos and music.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in a GPS.
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