Birds don't need the Garmin StreetPilot III Deluxe, but if you do more than head south
for the winter you might want this GPS receiver. It not only shows you where you
are, but it can direct you to the nearest locations for ATMs, gas stations, hospitals,
restaurants and other places of interest. So even in an unfamiliar area, you'll
be prepared to handle any emergency, from financial to food.
There are four versions of the Garmin StreetPilot III Deluxe. Each covers a different
part of the world with one each for the Americas, Australia, Europe, and South Africa. The
Americas version has a basemap which provides built-in coverage of North and South
America. The details include cities, major and minor roads between cities, rivers and
lakes, and state and country borders.
Supplied with the StreetPilot III is a CD with street map software for navigating
within cities. The Americas version has maps for North American cities and gives
you the ability to create door-to-door routes. Also included is a 128 MB CompactFlash
(CF) memory card. Using your PC and the interface cable provided, you upload the map
data from the CD to the CF card. The cards plug into the receiver and give you an
unlimited amount of map storage. In addition to the city maps, Garmin has world
and topographic maps you can use with this receiver.
With the maps in place, you're ready to navigate. When using the Garmin
StreetPilot III Deluxe either you can have a specific destination in mind or a general
category destination. For a specific destination, you can identify it by marking
the location on the map display, or find the address or name in the points of
interest database. If you don't want a specific destination in mind, but only
whatever is nearest, there's a separate listing for points of interest
closest to your location. Once you have your destination chosen, you select
the "Route to It" function, decide between taking the fastest route, shortest distance,
or off road (straight line), and your route is calculated for you.
After your route is created, you're ready to follow it. The map page of the
StreetPilot III shows your location, the route as a bold magenta line, your
direction, speed, and distance traveled. The map scale is adjustable to see
more area and less detail or more detail and a smaller area. Turn instructions
have the distance and time to each and can include voice prompts. You can choose
a different language for the voice messages by downloading it from the Garmin site.
The receiver already has 14 languages built in for text displays.
Power for the Garmin StreetPilot III Deluxe is provided by six AA batteries which can
last for up to 20 hours of continuous use. Or you can use the cigarette lighter
adapter which comes with the receiver. Two mounts are supplied for either permanent or
temporary placement. The 3.4" W x 1.8" H color display has adjustable contrast
and backlighting for sharp images with any light. The attached antenna can be rotated
for best satellite signal reception or removed and a remote antenna used. Typical
position readings are off by less than 15 meters and can reduced to less than 5
meters if you have a Differential GPS (DGPS) beacon receiver.