The Nextar C3 GPS mobile navigation system assures that your days of getting lost are OVER! Finding an address or any one of 1.6 million points of interest, such as the nearest gas station or restaurant, is a snap anywhere in the U.S. Just enter information … see full wiki
Now that GPS In-car navigation systems are finally affordable, I decided it was time for me to buy one of these. My brother had bought the Mio C220 Portable Car Navigation System and we used it on a road trip together. It worked quite well but sometimes it had a few minor glitches... like thinking we were on a particular road while we were in fact in a parking lot. And sometimes it thought we were off the map when we were on a small highway. So those few annoyances made me want to find a comparable or superior product that was within the same price range. (The Mio C220 is one of the least expensive, full featured, and best rated in it's price range).
My research led me to the Nextar C3. It had rave reviews and seemed to have everything I needed: 1.6 million POI, 1GB built in map memory, SD expandable slot with mp3 capabilities, voice prompt...etc. So when I finally got to play around with it, I found that it was even better than what I had expected... and even a bit cheaper than the MIO C220. Here is the list of my pros and cons.
- Easy to use interface ( I didn't need to open manual to figure it out)
- Sturdy Build ( I dropped it a few times already with no damage at all)
- Voice prompt is clear and easy to understand, volume is loud enough and adjustable.
- Mp3 player is a nice added feature
- Very accurate indication of speed and location. (more accurate than MIO C220)
- Adjustable fold down antenna designed well and still works when folded down.
- Very portable (about the size of a small point & shoot camera) and included zippered case helps protect it.
- Lots of nice included accessories like remote, car charger, car cradle.
- Recalculates route very quickly when you make a wrong turn.
- Map has 2D and 3D modes.
- Touch screen works very well and stylus hides stows nicely in the back of unit. You can use the tip of your finger-nail too.
Cons: - A bit slow at acquiring satellite signals at initial startup... about 5 minutes.
- Does not seem to verbally tell you that you've arrived at the destination, but it's indicated on the map by a big X.
- Screen is a bit small, but still readable.
Conclusion: For the price, this GPS unit exceeds my expectations. Especially impressive are all the features it includes and it's sturdy build quality. For this price, I was expecting something a bit more 'flimsy' in design, but this thing feels very solid... yet compact. It's also very easy to use and attractive. I'm very happy with this unit so far and it seems like all the rave reviews about it were right on the money.