Published on December 21st, 2005 | by Greg0
Who Needs To Ask For Directions?
Some have questioned our abilities before: do we really know where we’re going? Are we sure that’s the right way? Are we really, really certain that the road is supposed to end like this?
It’s our little secret- carry a pocket GPS. Sure, you could just buy maps or ask for directions. But, face it, who wants to use paper these days, much less stop and lose pride. Suck it up- use a Brunton GPS. We tried out their Atlas model, and though there were a few issues, GPS technology has come a long way.
Formerly, you needed to wait about 5 minutes for your unit to find satellites. You had a tiny screen, and were lucky if you could identify the county you were in, much less the exact spot. Software was unfriendly to use, and confusing. The Atlas fixes the first two problems handily, synchronizing within a minute usually- it still doesn’t work indoors though, for those who think everything should work like a cell phone. It also features a large screen, nicely lit, and plenty of battery life. It’s not very heavy at all, and perfectly sized to fit into a pocket.
Unfortunately, the software can still be annoying. Some people we had try out the unit were frustrated by the lack of many roads, and the cumbersome process to input directions. Granted, the unit comes with only highways, interstates, and major roads- you need extra software (and a memory card) to get the full maps. Most everyone was impressed though by the fairly large buttons, and accuracy- it keeps track of which direction you are facing, and can zoom in through dozens of levels.
This model (which appears to be the same as the Lowrance iFinder) does not come with a way to hook it up to a computer- a shame, since it might’ve made the unit far more useful out of the box. Ultimately though, for a decent, sturdy, accurate GPS for around $200, the Brunton Atlas will help you find your way without any silly maps. Just don’t get lost inside your house.