When Did You Update Your GPS Maps?

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When I was in the third grade, I learned map skills. North, East, South and West were pretty easy to master. Of course, I didn’t own a GPS system at the time. I’d have killed for one of these devices when I delivered pizzas during college, too. Thanks to the folks at Garmin, I not only reviewed the StreetPilot c320 GPS system; I now also have a new one to use in rental cars.

Once I started using a GPS unit, I knew I could never be without one again. I have one on my iPhone (obviously), and there’s a GPS built into my automobile. However, if I travel somewhere and then need to rent a car, I have to pay an insane amount of money to rent a nav system every day. When I was given the opportunity to play with the c320, I was stoked.

Now, allow me to take the time to remind you to update the information on your GPS (if you haven’t done so in the past year)! When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll always have access to the latest information. What if your GPS isn’t connected in any way, though? You remembered to fill your tank with gas, you checked your oil, but did you update your GPS to ensure that it’s just as up-to-date as your travel plans?


Garmin suggested I try updating the software / maps on the c320 myself. There’s both a Mac and a Windows updater available, too! I happily connected it via USB, stepped through a couple of prompts, and was pretty much done with updates in a matter of minutes. It was relatively easy (at least, easy enough that one of my parents could’ve done it without my assistance).

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The StreetPilot comes pre-loaded with detailed U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico maps. There’s no download required for that. However, there’s an SD memory card expansion slot which allows you to use other MapSource street-mapping products should you choose to do so. It has dual speakers at the rear, designed to be used in a car. There’s a windshield suction cup and the entire unit swivels. My iPhone doesn’t have a suction cup and the speaker isn’t very loud (and I’d venture to say the same about your phone, too).

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