I have been looking for an inexpensive GPS for a while, but I live in Las Vegas which has lots of streets being added all the time, so OI wanted one with lifetime map updates. This Nuvi 1100 with lifetime maps for $75 seemed like a great deal.
I set it up, updated the maps and was happy and all set to use it for a road trip to Omaha for Thanksgiving. That's when the issues started coming up.
1. My wife was annoyed that this model doesn't speak the street names as you approach the turn. I thought all car oriented GPSs do that. I could live with it if that was the only issue.
2. It's not possible to have the keyboard in QWERTY mode, only in alphabetical order. I'm a programmer and spend all my time in front of a qwerty keyboard, an alphabetical keyboard is SOOOO annoying and slows me down incredibly. Another thing that I could live with if it was the only issue.
3. The sensor or calculator or whatever it is that switches the display from daytime (bright with a light background) to night (black background that doesn't ruin your night vision) was messed up. Driving from Denver to Las Vegas took me about 12 hours (twin 3-year-olds in the car mean lots of stops). In November, that means about 1/3 of the day's driving was in the dark. During the time it SHOULD have been in night mode, it kept flipping between day & night modes. It would also flip between a relief map and a basic street map display randomly, not just at night either. If it hadn't done night mode at all, that would have been less annoying than the constant flipping back and forth. If this issue was the only one, it is something that would have had me contacting Garmin for a different unit of the same model.
4. The killer. The unit kept rebooting for no reason. It was plugged into the car's power and never had a low charge. I'd be driving along the interstate in the middle of nowhere (I70 in Utah might not be the MIDDLE of nowhere, but you can see it from there) and it would reboot up to 10 or more times in an hour. It did it in cities (driving through Omaha, Denver, Mesquite, Las Vegas) and on the interstates in between.
I think in the 1300 miles on the trip home from Omaha to Las Vegas, it must have rebooted 50 or 60 times at least. Sometimes within a couple of minutes, but I think the longest stretch without one was about 20 minutes.
And so I'm returning it and looking for another inexpensive GPS with lifetime maps.
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