Originally Posted by luv2climb
The street names can be an issue. Each city and state may frequently place the common name of the street on signs. The City Nav pulls the data from sources that only list the official street numbers. So that could be an issue for what you are trying to do.
When you say the distances are not accurate are you saying the unit does not route you the best way possible or the straight line distance is not correct?
If you like the 705 but want the DVD version maps instead (my personal preference) then you could return the one with the maps on SD card and buy the version with no maps and get the DVD seperatly.
The 500 will download courses from the web. Are you familiar with the difference between a route and a course?
Term definitions are part of the problem I think. Garmin is not consistent on how they use the terms. To me the difference definition and use. If I lay out a track to ride on and the reference points, even though they may follow a road or other geographical structure, are gps coordinates that is a course. On the other hand if I use geographical references, even though they are identified internally by the gps by coordinates, it is a route.
From that I could lay out a track to ride on mapmyride. Then download it to my gps. If I use a map with geographical information on it then it is a route. If, on the other hand, I just ride from waypoint to waypoint it is a course.
Added: I just went to Garmin Connect. According to that both the 500 and 705 upload and download exactly the same information.
Last edited by HawkOwl; 06-19-10 at 05:27 PM.
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