SATELLITE NAVIGATION is one area that’s on the cusp of exploding in SA, and if you were to believe radio advertising, then you would think that Garmin is the only brand in the market. It was with this in mind that we received the Garmin StreetPilot 510, the entry-level satellite navigation device.
Initially we were quite impressed: the menu structure is easy to navigate, and we could set it up the way we liked with relative ease. It was also quick to pick up our location and to plot routes.
There’s no doubt that the StreetPilot would get you where you need to go with great accuracy, but it’s when you stray off the specified route that cracks begin to appear in the facade of competence.
We often found it necessary to duck into side streets on our way to work to avoid the hellish Johannesburg traffic, but instead of the Garmin picking up our change of location, it continued to reflect the car on the main road, which we were driving parallel to. This meant that when we came to the next intersection we were given the wrong instructions. On our way to work this happened three times; once it picked up that I was driving in a different street but it didn’t change the route guidance.
If I were in the market for an entry level GPS, I would rather wait for the Tom Tom One to come to market as it’s both cheaper and more fully featured than the Garmin.