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A lot of people talk about getting map sets so that they can use their handheld units for car navigation. I took a different approach, which I'd like to share.


About a year ago, before I got into GPS, I bought a Navman ICN 530 car navigator. It was $300 (new) at that time, with complete US street maps. At any rate, I've been very impressed at how well it works. I've had the unit all over the country, and its map has only been wrong once, in a brand new area of Scottsdale, AZ.


Las night, I was sitting in a restaurant fiddling with the unit before dinner (it's pocket-sized, but still has a nice-sized screen). Anyway, I stumbled across its satellite page, which I'd never looked at, and I saw that I had a strong lock on 11 out of 12 satellites. So, when I got home, I checked the specs on the unit and, sure enough, it's got the SIRF III chipset. You can't get better than that.


In any event, I've been very pleased with this gizmo and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. I suspect it's not a whole lot more expensive than street maps, a car mount, and a car power adapter for a handheld.



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