I treated myself to a low-end GPS device today (It's a TomTom 130S from
PepBoys(!). $60 after rebate). And I must say I'm impressed.
Of course this is a very low-end model, but it does things I didn't know
It keeps up with where you are via a scrolling, annotated, map. It's like
looking down on your car from a low-flying police helicopter. You can tap
the screen and the helicopter gains altitude - showing a wider area - just
as if your passenger shot at it through the sun roof.
The device displays the time of day, but, more interestingly, your ground
Entering your destination is easy and the device prompts your travel with
voice commands ("Get ready to turn right, dummy!") in a variety of choosable
voices. I picked the sultry English female accent. I think a gay lisp is
downloadable ("Pweeze, oh pweeze, turn a wittle to your weft!")
The gizmo is easy to pop loose from it's mounting to tuck away in the glove
box or, and this is kinda neat, to carry with you in case you're walking
somewhere. Hint: When you park your car in a lot the size of Delaware, note
the latitude and longitude. As you leave your daughter's soccer game, merely
mosey to those coordinates and there's your car! Yes, it's (rechargeable)
Tap the screen a couple of times and you're presented with little icons
showing nearby gas stations or points of interest. It can also show you the
nearest first aid/hospitals as well as fire and police stations. It
accurately pointed out my neighborhood community police center. Perhaps the
higher-end models show unsanitary taco stands...
Every once in a so-often, you can download an updated map for a small
charge. You can also add maps of far-away places (UK, Turkey, wherever).
All in all, kinda fun. And, quite possibly, useful.