rich menga books gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

A message to all would-be GPS navigation users

I read an article about this guy who was thinking about using this asinine setup to equip his car with GPS navigation.

And just what is an asinine setup?

Anything that's a "Pocket PC" bastardized with a absolutely 100% ridiculous gooseneck mount - and requires you to set up software in the Pocket PC just to use GPS functionality. And believe it or not, it's said the gooseneck mount actually "reduces clutter". Bull.. crap. It adds clutter.

Read: Dumb idea.

Fortunately, a response came thru that said something to the effect of "Dude.. don't use that gooseneck'd b.s. Get a Garmin." Although it sort of ticks me off the guy didn't recommend the StreetPilot series and opted instead to recommend the nüvi (the StreetPilot series costs less).

. . .

I have seen, putting it bluntly, really stupid setups when it comes some GPS setups.

The absolute dumbest of all time is putting a laptop on the dashboard of your car. Sure, the screen is huge, but it blocks your view of the road.

The second dumbest is a cell phone equipped with GPS on a mount. I'm sure that tiny screen really helps when driving around. Don't forget to squint!

The third (and most difficult) dumbest setup is the aforementioned Pocket PC that serves GPS duty. Not only will the screen wash right out (because many aren't daylight readable), it's difficult to mount and difficult to use.

Dedicated GPS specifically designed for auto use is the only way to go - period. Trying to make something that wasn't designed for auto use work in a car is just stupid.. stupid.. stupid.

Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!


More articles to check out

  1. Back when a 3.5" screen was good enough (and still is)
  2. 32GB microSD memory cards might be on the way out
  3. Ibanez does a "Negative Antigua" finish
  4. The guitar some buy in threes because they can: Grote GT-150
  5. You're not allowed to change a brake light in a new car?
  6. Unexpected surprise, Casio F201
  7. Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)
  8. You should surround yourself in guitar luxury
  9. Forgotten Gibson: 1983 Map Guitar
  10. Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed