Like when we stop at the gas station, happily knowing exactly where we are as we drive with our StreetPilot, and he buys potato chips—and M&M’s, just because he knows I like them.
StreetPilot is my copilot. And Anne couldn’t be happier. I’m usually pretty levelheaded, but put me behind the wheel of a car and I become, well, a moron. Ask me to go somewhere new, or to attempt the unholy nightmare called “city driving,” and it’s like I’ve been blindfolded and thrown into a Tilt-a-Whirl. Simple concepts like “right” and “left” and “stop sign” lose all meaning. Literally and meta phorically, I’m lost. This makes me anxious, which in turn makes me stupid. And, like many guys, I deal by yelling and embracing the clichéd refusal to stop for directions. Stopping for a snack, however, has never been a problem.The StreetPilot c330 GPS navigator from Garmin doesn’t care about any of that. She looks past my limitations and tells me in her soothing voice that everything is going to be just fine if I only “turn left in 40 yards.”
GPS connectivity is only the beginning for the StreetPilot. Garmin comes pre-loaded with an amazing amount of detail through City Select® map graphics, including six million North American points of interest—banks, restaurants, hotels, on and on. Just plug in the StreetPilot, type in your destination, choose from the search results, and go. You can save your favorite destinations and check your travel time and average speed; it even recalculates your route if you miss a turn or exit. Which has been known to happen.
I’m relieved I’ll never again have to ask which way to the interstate. I will, however, still stop for a snack. Say, why is Anne typing in the address of the gym?
Cole Odell & Anne Moore Odell
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Garmin c330 STREETPILOT
WAAS-enabled 12-parallel channel GPS.
Built-in patch antenna; MCX-type connector for optional external GPS antenna connection.
Pre-programmed, internal memory. Audio and visual navigation instructions and warnings. Integrated suction cup mounting system.
2.8" W x 2.1" H (3.5" diag.), 320 x 240 pixels.
4.4" W x 3.2" H x 2.8" D.
Built-in, up to eight-hour lithium ion battery.