GPSmagazine Buyer's Guide - Units to Avoid

I get a lot of emails from people who are about to buy a GPS that has been discontinued. I'm always amazed how long you can buy a GPS, even after it's been discontinued and replaced by a newer model. This list is designed to help you avoid buying a GPS that is either discontinued or uses outdated technology and isn't competitive with the current GPS units. 

Garmin Quest
Garmin Quest

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.

Garmin Quest 2
Garmin Quest 2

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720
Garmin StreetPilot 2720

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers. If you're looking for a motorcycle GPS, get the Garmin Zumo.

Garmin StreetPilot 2820
Garmin StreetPilot 2820

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers. If you're looking for a motorcycle GPS, get the Garmin Zumo.

Garmin StreetPilot 7200
Garmin StreetPilot 7200

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.

Garmin StreetPilot 7500
Garmin StreetPilot 7500

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.

Garmin StreetPilot c310
Garmin StreetPilot c310

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Garmin StreetPilot c320
Garmin StreetPilot c320

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Garmin StreetPilot c330
Garmin StreetPilot c330

 

The Garmin StreetPilot c330 was the top selling GPS in North America last year. This year, however, is the year of SiRF, and this unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers. For the money, you're better off buying a c510 or Magellan RoadMate 2000.
Garmin StreetPilot c340
Garmin StreetPilot c340

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Garmin StreetPilot i2
Garmin StreetPilot i2

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Garmin StreetPilot i3
Garmin StreetPilot i3

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Garmin StreetPilot i5
Garmin StreetPilot i5

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 300
Magellan RoadMate 300

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 3000T
Magellan RoadMate 3000T

 

Although the MRM3000T is a recent release from Magellan, this unit has already been discontinued by Magellan. The unit was plagued by reliability issues, the overall design of the unit was poor, and the unit was complex to operate. It does have SiRF’s chipset, but it’s never a good idea to buy something that’s already been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Magellan RoadMate 3050T
Magellan RoadMate 3050T

 

Although the MRM3050T is a recent release from Magellan, this unit has already been discontinued by Magellan. The unit was plagued by reliability issues, the overall design of the unit was poor, and the unit was complex to operate. It does have SiRF’s chipset, but it’s never a good idea to buy something that’s already been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Magellan RoadMate 360
Magellan RoadMate 360

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 700
Magellan RoadMate 700

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 760
Magellan RoadMate 760

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 800
Magellan RoadMate 800

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
Magellan RoadMate 860T
Magellan RoadMate 860T

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
TomTom GO 300
TomTom GO 300

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.
TomTom GO 700
TomTom GO 700

 

This unit lacks the most current GPS receiver, SiRF’s high performance SiRF Star III chipset. This receiver has made it possible for reliable GPS navigation even in dense urban environments, behind tall buildings, in canyons, etc. Virtually all new GPS units use SiRF’s receiver, and this should be a deal-breaker for any new GPS you buy. Trust us, you’ll want SiRF onboard – performance is superior to prior GPS receivers.