I went to the Safeway in Wickenburg today and that gave me a chance to use my new Garmin GPS for the first time, and oh what a wonderment it is.
The GPS that's built into my truck was hot stuff in 2007, but now it looks and works like the antique that it is. But of course I didn't realize that until I set the Garmin up on the dash and turned it on. The new Garmin is better, brighter, and faster in every way.
I could never get the voice controls to work on my old GPS no matter what I told it to do it would do something else, so I finally gave up on the voice controls. But the new Garmin did what I told it to do immediately, it didn't have to learn my voice, I didn't have to practice with it, and it didn't say something snarky about my driving, it just did what I told it to do.
So far I'm just playing with it, it does a lot of tricks, most of which I'll probably never use but at least I'll know they're there. One of the things that I think will be handy is that it's portable, it has a battery in it and the part that finds the satellites is built into it so I can walk around with it and it will act like a handheld GPS. Also I can plug it into the computer with an ordinary USB cord and program my trip into it using my laptop instead of the 7 inch screen on the GPS.
I'll have to wait until I'm on the move again to see how useful it's really going to be, but I hope it works well enough that I never have to listen to that harpy that lives in my old GPS, who by the way has tried to kill me on several occasions including once when she told me to turn right when I was in the middle of a bridge 100 feet above a raging river!