Anyone who's road-tripped knows: A good navigator is hard to find.
And a bad navigator--well, he'll flat ruin your drive. I should know. I
myself am a poor navigator.
Don't get me wrong. I can read
a map and plot a route. I have a reasonably good sense of direction and
keen eyesight for reading highway signs at long distances. I know how
early to tell the driver what the next turn's going to be.
problem--and maybe you know someone who shares it--is that once I get
involved in the driving process, it's hard for me not to get fully
involved. I keep an eye on the speedometer. I check the blind spot when
the driver's changing lanes. I perform a series of brief public service
announcements about turn signals. I've yet to share the front seat with
a driver who has appreciated any of this.
It's a character flaw, I guess.
past weekend, I went on a long passenger-seat-drive across a scenic,
snowy swath of the northeast. I was a gushing fountain of unsolicited
advice! At the end of the trip--immediately after I made my usual
parking-brake recommendation--my travel companion suggested (with some
exasperation in her voice) that before our next weekend getaway, maybe
I ought to get my driver's license.
Well, screw that! I don't want my biometrics on file with the DMV! (Do driver's licenses have RFID yet? They will.)
Instead I'm picking up the Amcor 3900 portable GPS
unit. While I doze on my buckwheat travel pillow, it'll call out clear
directions in any of 21 languages--and it doesn't know how to critique
your driving in any of them.
full-color touchscreen offers smooth panning and a quick, responsive
zoom. If you miss a turn or ignore its advice, it won't sigh pointedly;
it just gets to work on the new route. It even plays mp3s--and lets the
driver pick what to listen to! (In this respect, too, it's much more
gracious than I. I make special road-trip mixes to play when I'm
navigating. But you'd like them; they're themed.)
Obviously, the Amcor 3900 is a much better navigator than I am. But I'm not worried it'll completely replace me. After all, it can't split the cost of gas! Or dig around the front seat for correct change at toll booths!
Warranty: 1 Year Amcor
Includes maps of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the contiguous 48 states.
3.5" LCD color screen at 320×240 pixels
Touch sensitive screen, use the stylus or your finger
Enter your destination by address, point of interest, or by GPS coordinates. GPS coordinates are based on the WGS84 earth model.
of interest include Transportation, Shopping, Entertainment, Culture,
General Services, Sports Recreation, Food and Drink, Artificial
Landmark, Lodging, Hospitals and Clinics.
SD Card Slot - Map data stored on a 1GB SD Card
Features Tele Atlas digital maps (2007 version)
Samsung 400Mhz Processor
3.5 Mini Stereo Jack
350 cd/m2 LCD brightness
Samsung 400mhz Processor
Rechargeable li-ion battery - 3 hours battery life
Built in speaker
Microsoft Windows CE. Net 5.0 Core Version Operating System
Plays MP3 and MP4 files
Dimensions - 180mm tall by 102mm wide
In the box:
Amcor 3900 GPS unit
1GB SD Card
Quick Start Guide
DVD with back up data and manuals
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