Review 2 of 5
, from Nyack, NY|
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The voice activation isn't perfect, but it's definately good. I have the GPS antenna mounted inside on the dash. It seems to work OK. I might move it outside. IT _OCASIONALLY_ loses GPS signal. This is ok, but it never tells me when the hell it gets it back, so I'm left hanging. They should fix this with a "beep" or something, because it's annoying. The GPS _ACCURACY_ notably is alot better than they let on with the outdated obsolete software that Pronounced Tech. refuses to update until their Audionav 2000 comes out. The software ASSUMES 100m (in)accuracy, when we really have about 10m. This should be fixed by this December. The screen on the deck doesn't help for accuracy either, because it's got a granularity of .1 miles, which is 500feet for all you math majors :P They need to give us an extra decimal point.
Overall, though, it DEFINATELY works. The voice activation stuff is really nice because in all honesty, you can't watch a 5" screen when you drive .... or you SHOULDN'T anyways.
It found my house on a private road, with the correct name, and so far it also finds every other road I've been on.
It doesn't work amazingly well with my windows down. But it does work, and that's all that matters.
There should be a "SHUT UP" command, because sometimes it babbles incessantly as you're trying to get the first direction prompt at the intersection you're at. This is in beginner mode. Perhaps I should put it into advanced mode.
When it loses GPS, it should beep to tell you it got it back. I'd like to know when it knows a location of me again. That would take them one line of code to compile in.
Yes, I'd recommend it. IT's worth the price and it really impresses your girlfriend :) And it also helps for us men who get lost anywhere. Personally I like it. I'm sure the Alpine POWERNAV for $4000.00 is better, but it's not THAT much better. And notably it doesnt' have the voice activation that helps ALOT when you're programming an address in while driving.
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There is no fair comparison becuase it's about 1/5 the price of the Alpine unit. Yes, the alpine unit has a screen, and yes it has a sensor or 2 to make it work better in some cases, but for a LOW PRICE I have voice activation and something that INEVITABLY will bail me out of a OH-NO-IM-LOST situation. It would be awesome on hiways, too.
Plus the a2k is portable, and I'm buying one of those when it comes out for the girlfriend :)
Also, the voice activation is definately nicer than beeps and synthesized voices. I almost can say I DON'T WANT a screen. You certainly don't NEED one. And the deck gives you all the info you NEED.