GPS Genius

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GPS Genius
Looking to take love out on the open road? Let a GPS lead the way.

ANNE'S TEST
Cole is a great guy for a lot of little reasons. For one, he isn’t afraid to say he’s lost. Which is good because he gets lost a lot. I suspect Cole might even get lost as an excuse to stop and get directions at a place that sells potato chips. It’s as if he needs to leave a trail of chip crumbs to get home, which—as Hansel and Gretel have already shown—doesn’t work. So then we need to stop again and buy more chips and maybe an iced tea and some candy. The Garmin c330 StreetPilot GPS Vehicle Navigator is a real calorie saver.

I was a little worried when I took the StreetPilot out of the box. I couldn’t find the directions. Well, that’s how easy it is to use. Plug it into the car’s “cell phone lighter,” and you are ready to go anywhere in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico.

The StreetPilot has a simple touch-screen interface that prompts you along. Our six-year-old—thick with the pride of a new reader—figured it out in minutes. Of course, he also quickly realized that we now had no excuse to hit the Quickee Mart for the j-food. Luckily, he was able to find a bag of cheese crackers in the backseat. (Don’t ask how old the crackers were. I’ve always said we could wait out a blizzard foraging in the car.)

There are several ways to get info from the StreetPilot. Maps can appear in either the traditional “bird’s eye” view or in a three-dimensional format. Or you can choose written directions. The StreetPilot also talks and can tell Cole exactly where to get off.

Using the StreetPilot to drive around your rural backwater hometown, you quickly discover that the GPS has geographical limits. But when we used it on a weekend trip across the state, it was 100 percent correct. I even typed in the name of our bank and it told us the nearest ATM.

Cole is a great guy for a lot of little reasons.

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