I wouldn't say it slams the unit. More like it has a steep learning curve, which I think another poster has already mentioned. It seems like once you actually learn how to use it it is extemely powerful and feature loaded. Definitely sounds like a trade-up unit for the more experienced.
I guess I've got to get cracking and finish my review... Smile
But look, I'm for one readily admit that a Garmin 350, or any Garmin for that matter, is easier to use than the 310.
I'll look for the manual if I need it. :)
@Infama - It is going to take a long long time, I'm afraid.Why? Simple - he's not looking at the manual! :P :P :P :P
I think the obvious thing you can take from the review is that it;s not for the timid. Apparently makes even the TomTom interface look as vanilla as a Garmin. I think that HP's issue in taking this mainstream is in working with the interface and menu structure to make it usable (simply!) out of the box. Once they have you hooked and comfortatable, many users will then be willing to start working with some of the advanced features and customization. I suspect that this unit will even be daunting to Infama, who I know likes a challenge and to "tinker" with settings. With little or no familiarity with typical GPS functions and needs, the average user is going to give up on this unit as designed, just as the reviewer did.
Uncle Ben, are you forgetting how Americans like "immediate gratification"? Put the HP, any Garmin and any TomTom in front of 20 novice potential buyers and what's going to happen? The HP is going to look great, but by the end of the day, they're all buying Garmins and TomTom's. My point is that I believe HP should set these up to be ready to use out of the box. Save all the customization for AFTER the buyer is familiar with the basic operation. Not saying it's not a great device. I plan on looking at one myself.
The HP, incidentally, is ready to use right out of the box, after you get a full battery charge, which in my case took about 20 minutes or so. And I used it that very same day! So it's not like you can't use it right out of the box ... but it takes a while to learn all its settings and intricacy.
Well then I'm looking forward to Imfama sending me his NEW 310 for me to play with when he's done. (Are you listening Infama? No sense for BOTH of our wive's to be put out with us) :lol: