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Old 07-10-2011, 10:54 AM
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Tried to navigate to a point today that I got perfect directions to via Google Nav on my Android phone, and the 730 couldn't even find it when we were THERE! What gives?
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

It's a shame they just couldn't have integrated a high end Garmin into that 730 display for better accuracy and portability outside the car.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:56 AM
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

The only up side I see of of the 730N Harmon GPS is that it has dead reckoning, useful for transversing the unfamiliar Boston tunnels.... or deep city valleys. I thought perhaps that feature would make up for the otherwise less than stellar performance, but the garmin NAV is so much better (not perfect, it has its quirks). If I had a do over, I'd push for a 430N... the features it lacks I find I don't use. YMMV
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

Could it need a map update? Is that possible with the RHR?

I have a portable Garmin I use in my older car, it needs a map update every year or so. It was the top of the line model when I bought it three years ago.
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

The 730 RHR maps are the latest navteq, no updates currently available. To update the 730, you buy an update Disk and install from the cd/dvd drive. Very expensive and not all that user friendly, unlike the Garmin updater., where you can get incremental updates every quarter.

I dunno how the 430 updates work, perhaps its the same. They both use the same map data base, just different interface software.
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

I recently took a 2800 mile road trip to an area Id never been to before. I pre-planned the trip with hotels and sites I wanted to see and put their addresses into my 730N (rer). The lane and destination guidance was spot on. The trip took me through several strange metropolitan areas and to places which had no address (programmed by GEO coordinates). I was very impressed and pleased with its accuracy.
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

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I recently took a 2800 mile road trip to an area Id never been to before. I pre-planned the trip with hotels and sites I wanted to see and put their addresses into my 730N (rer). The lane and destination guidance was spot on. The trip took me through several strange metropolitan areas and to places which had no address (programmed by GEO coordinates). I was very impressed and pleased with its accuracy.
Inputting addresses is one thing....finding an address or POI using the search function was very frustrating for me on the RER. I just upgraded to the RHR and was hoping that the search function had improved.
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I recently took a 2800 mile road trip to an area Id never been to before. I pre-planned the trip with hotels and sites I wanted to see and put their addresses into my 730N (rer). The lane and destination guidance was spot on. The trip took me through several strange metropolitan areas and to places which had no address (programmed by GEO coordinates). I was very impressed and pleased with its accuracy.
What other brand GPS systems have you used and can you compare the performance?

I like GPS system where you can plan the trip on the PC, and then download the route to the unit. A lot easier and less prone to error, although for a dozen or so way points it probably won't make a difference. I also like to download narratives for the points of interest along my route, and have them automatically play whenever I'm nearby. I like a GPS system that displays the speed limit for the road I'm on. The 730N is not a bad basic GPS unit, just falls short in some important features IMHO, especially considering what they charge us for it.
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

I didn't realize you could input narratives into a GPS. It would be a neat feature. As far as comparison, how does a GPS do better than get you exactly where you want to go and give precise lane change information? As far as POIs, I easily found local services and locations I wanted to go after checking in a hotel for the night. I must be missing something about finding POIs or addresses. I had no problems in that regard.
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Re: 730 RHR GPS just so so

There are good directions, and then not so good. A basic GPS gets you where you want to go, the 730N does just as well as any sub $100 brand GPS unit in that regard. Which is good most of the time. Every GPS will sometimes not provide the optimum route, the better ones rarely give you less than the best route. There is fuzzy logic involved, to over simplify.

If all you expect is to get from point A to point B one way or another, the 730N does OK.
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I like a GPS system that displays the speed limit for the road I'm on.
Do you mean that the 730N doesn't do that? The 430N does.
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