Thursday, February 20, 2014

Managing devices...

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.  ;-)

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