Thursday, February 20, 2014
We bought a new GPS. We use GPS in the truck, the car, the boat - pretty much anytime we are on the road or the water. Yes, even when we know where we are. Our previous GPS was almost 5 years old - still very functional (except the internal battery, which was worn out). To update the maps with that unit would have been $79... seemed more logical to put that money towards a new unit.
So, while at Costco yesterday, we found another Garmin we liked, with some newer features. One of those features is "Voice Command." I had that on my Droid phone 4 1/2 years ago, so it isn't the newest thing going. The Droid did a pretty decent job with it. The iPhone does fine with it, too. I think this Garmin may need some refining... or, it might be my technique.
Wanting to try the Voice Command feature, I spoke my open command and said, "Find Place." Then, "Oregano's Pizza."
The GPS thought about it for a few seconds then said, "Did you want Lilly's Nail Salon?"
Not even close. She and I went back and forth, but she never came up with Oregano's. Joan was watching all this with some amusement... "Let me try. Oregano's Pizza."
The GPS thought about it for a few seconds then said, "Did you want Barney's Boat House?"
Yeah, not quite ready for prime time.
It does have a better touch screen than the old one, and it will do a split screen when you get to a turn, showing the vehicle's position on the map AND a photo of the upcoming intersection with an arrow showing you where to turn. Should be handy.
If we learn to talk to each other. ;-)