Recommendation advice for car navigation
I am thinking of replacing my functioning but irritating Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT. The two things I would like to have are:
1. A way to select what information is announced - the unit I have always uses the local street names. When I am traveling on US 84 and it is about to make a right turn I'd like it to tell me the route number and not the local street name ("turn right on 4th Street"), which is unfamiliar to me. Since this is done in the context of following a planned route on the GPS, it seems like a no-brainer to me. We get a lot of laughs out of it telling us to go 150 miles on 4th St. in some town barely a mile wide. You can see the full info on the display but it is not announced.
2. The ability to change a route via the touchscreen by simply dragging the route, a la Google maps.
3. A better database of points of interest, restaurants etc. When in urban areas I use my phone for this but we are often out in the boonies. The Garmin database is way out of date. I do update my maps once or twice a year but it is full of restaurants that have been closed for years (not sure if map updates include this).
I have used only Garmin GPS to date. My total take so far after 2 handhelds and 1 car system is that the units are reliable, the map detail is great (important to me because I go to some out of the way places) but the software sucks. I am a meticulous route planner and value options to allow me to change routes, easily select via towns without having to locate them and save them (and then have the gps attempt to take me to the exact middle of town as we go thru). I am continually mystified by some of the choices the GPS makes and beyond irritated at the difficulty in getting it to take me where I want to go by the route I choose. I also like the ability to plan the trip via a computer app and then port it to the gps (IMO the Garmin program is a bit kludgy so I seldom use it.)