Garmin StreetPilot 2610

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Garmin StreetPilot 2610

Using the Garmin StreetPilot 2610, gives you all the navigation help you need in one box. With versions for Australia, Europe, North America, and South Africa, if you're looking for a street, business, or attraction, you'll find it. And once you choose your destination, the highly accurate GPS guidance will make sure you get there.

Included with the Garmin StreetPilot 2610 is a City Navigator North America CD (or other area if purchased outside North America). This CD has full street-by-street coverage and a database of the local restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and other points of interest. So even if you don't have a specific place in mind, but say, just want the nearest ATM, you can select it by category and have the route to it automatically calculated. The map and points of interest data is save on replaceable CompactFlash (CF) memory cards, both Type I and II. A card is included with the receiver and each one can store up to 128 MB of data. You run the map software on your PC and with the USB interface cable supplied, transfer the map data to the card.

In addition to the map data you upload to the memory card, there's a basemap built into the StreetPilot 2610. It's designed for getting from city to city and other destinations outside the cities. The basemap includes airports, lakes and rivers, interstate highways, and major and secondary roads in metro areas. It also has a points of interest database with interstate highway exit information including food, lodging, and auto, truck, and RV service stations.

The 256-color LCD screen of the Garmin StreetPilot 2610 measures 3.3" W x 1.7" H, and has both adjustable contrast and backlighting. Using a photocell sensor, the backlighting can be set to automatically adjust to changes in ambient light. The display is also a touch screen for convenient navigation operation. Conventional data entry and retrieval can be done with the keys on the case or using the alphanumeric remote control.

You can mount the StreetPilot 2610 using the included permanent fixture (adhesive-backed bracket) or the temporary support supplied. Whichever you use, the lightweight (under 15 ounces) receiver is easy to move from vehicle to vehicle. An internal antenna works fine for most cases, but if needed, an optional external antenna for remote placement is available. The power for the receiver is supplied by your vehicle's battery using the cigarette lighter adapter that comes with the unit. An AC adapter is also supplied for use indoors, such as when transferring map data or practicing in the simulator mode.

To make sure the GPS guidance is as accurate as the maps used, the Garmin StreetPilot 2610 uses the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals when available. WAAS reduces position errors from less than 15 meters, to under 3. With new position calculations made every second and the high-speed processor creating fast map redraws, your current location is never in doubt. The receiver also lets you check the GPS satellites' status by showing the strength of signals received and the estimated accuracy of current position readings.

Operating the StreetPilot 2610 is a matter of choosing a destination and then hitting the GOTO key to create a route to it. You can have it calculate the route that takes the least time or distance. Along the route the display shows the map moving as you do and can include such things as your speed, direction, location, and the next street ahead. If you find you need to take a detour along the way, select the Detour function and a new route is automatically created. And for each turn of your route you'll get both an alert on the screen and a voice from the speaker. Then once a trip is over, the receiver has space to store up to 50 routes for return trips.