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Geek Gifts 2007: The Garmin StreetPilot c330 GPS Navigator

c330 Mount

By Nicole Bremer Nash

The Garmin StreetPilot c330 GPS navigator offers more than animated maps. With nearly instantaneous satellite connection, the StreetPilot c330 knows exactly where it is upon powering up. Thanks to clearly labeled menus, accurate driving directions, and intuitive lists, the Garmin StreetPilot c330 will have you on your way in no time. The StreetPilot c330 mount uses a suction cup base that allows the c330 to mount on either the dashboard or the windshield.

Read my concise Geek Gift review of the Garmin StreetPilot c330 GPS Navigator.

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13 comments
dwvw
dwvw

Just received the Magellan c330 for a birthday gift this past fall and just love it. Carried the unit on a flight to Colorado shortly after, placed it in our rental, and away we went with "cannot get lost directions"! I did struggle with the suction cup mount, I had trouble with the unit falling of the windshield, seemed to be cold temperature related? Since then I purchased a donut/bean bag portable mount from Bracketron that is easily placed on your dash, works especially great because you can just pick it up and move it to another vehicle. Also works great because you can quickly stash the unit out of sight when parked.

rogerlovitt
rogerlovitt

I used one in Texas(Austin to Kileen) and found it most helpful when I made an incorrect turn. It didn't scold, but "Correcting" became a familiar sound in the rental from Alamo.

Dukhalion
Dukhalion

that if anything happens to a Garmin device, you can't get any spare parts for it. Garmin absolutely refuses to send any spare parts for any of their devices, you have to send your Garmin thingy to them and pay their ridiculously high repair=exchange prices.

jwlindsey
jwlindsey

I have a Magellan Crossover 2500T that has pretty much the same features as the Garmin described here just with different formats. Being as it's the "Crossover" version, it also has topo maps of the entire US and also navigational maps for boating. I can do everything on it that is mentioned for the Garmin c330. After I got it I took a trip to Spokane to my daughter's place on Upriver Drive. The GPS unit was pronouncing her street as "Yoop Reever Drive." What a hoot. In my area it was pronouncing I-80 as "I-Hatey." I wrote an email to Magellan about it. They had me download the latest firmware and that solved the I-80 problem. I haven't been back to Spokane yet to check out Upriver Drive. I have also used the topo maps to do geocaching as in that mode I can handily key in latitude and longitude coordinates for cross country hiking.

Tig2
Tig2

My partner and I have one and love it. His Mom has the covets over ours so we got her one for Christmas. There are a few things that make this a superior tool- first was that there were so many fire roads and even incidental trails that were visible on the map. We hunt and having visibility to trails as well as roads was a major help. The other thing is that it will shift from daylight to night based on sunset. This is great as sunset marks "quitting time" for small game hunters. We don't have to keep a timetable of sundown times with us, the Garmin will tell us. That is a major point. In the Minneapolis metro area, we are dealing with work-arounds to get past the bridge collapse. The detour feature is a great help with that. And you can set it to exclude all highways if you need to. Updating the maps is painless but really not as necessary as one might think. We've run into the "name changed" thing a few times but can generally figure through it. I don't know that updating the maps is a real priority for us. The only caution I have is that there are some states (like the one I live in) that you may not mount any device on the windshield. Check the paper that comes with your Garmin or check the laws in your state. We use ours primarily in the truck and the dash has a clear spot for the mounting shoe but take a look at your situation. Also, you need to keep that mounting shoe clean. The suction device on the unit is a bit touchy about that. Our solution has been to wipe it with a wet wipe before mounting the unit. That seems to work fine. We learned this when we spent way too much time on dirt roads and the Garmin jumped off its base.

chancelot_3
chancelot_3

how to update map? i have old map and all the street names are different now.

ManfredBaur
ManfredBaur

If you run Vista you are in for trouble! The "Garmin Webupdater" is not Vista compatible, though it will not find your device. As a Garmin support person put it, "use a friends Windows XP system to update your software.

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

I haven't had a chance to check out the Magellans, but using the topo maps for geocaching is a good reason to get a Magellan. For those interested, check out: www.geocaching.com If you like the idea but don't want to go the techy route, there is also letterboxing: www.letterboxing.org (I am in no way affiliated with either site, I'm just passing along information).

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

To update your c330's maps, use the USB and plug into your computer, or use an SD memory card. You will need to go to Garmin.com and find the new maps you want. They do charge for new maps. Good luck.

gboyce
gboyce

Hello. After connecting my Garmin c340 using Win Vista Business (pre-SP1), I was able to use the WebUpdater no problem. I am not doubting your issue, however, mine worked no problem. As a matter of fact, the unit is running faster now, maybe the update DID help! =) Take care, George Boyce

cymbaline65
cymbaline65

I just received the Garmin c340 for Christmas and I was able to successfully update my unit and I run Vista. I doubt there is much difference between the c330 and c340 and I'm sure they run the same firmware and drivers.

gboyce
gboyce

I am running Vista as well, no issue. Take care, George