DBPOWER Ultrathin Portable 7 inch Touch Screen Car GPS Navigation FM HD 4GB New Map WinCE6.0 7026NF4G, Supports up to 8 GB micro SD card, Built-in GPS antenna+HIFI- SPK
I am the proud owner of three different TomToms and a fourth TomTom I had to return. While this won’t hold a torch to my TomTom GO 600, it can give my other TomToms (XL 350TM and One) a run for their money, and it leaves the one I returned (XL 340TM) in the dust.
The DBPOWER GPS isn’t a high end GPS, but it has features none of my TomToms can claim. For one thing, it’s a tablet. Okay, so it’s not a high end tablet, but it can play music, videos (MP4 and WMV, but not MOV), and we can view our photos (micro SD card not included). It even comes pre-loaded with some simple games for the kids to play when they’re bored.
The tablet has Windows CE (Wince), with basic software for reading PDF documents, and an Excel viewer and Word viewer. Internet Explorer is included, but I have no idea how to go about that. The tablet has no Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi capabilities. It doesn’t have a camera, either. This is a very basic tablet.
But this is a GPS, right? Don’t let the default setting confuse you. It will open to the tablet, but you can set it to always open in GPS mode, so it will feel like a GPS. You don’t need a phone to use it. You don’t need to pay for a map. Mine came with a U.S. map preloaded. Since this model doesn’t include Bluetooth, we can’t get traffic.
We can save our favorites and some points of interest are pre-loaded. Google search is an option, but again, we don’t have Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi, so the option just sits there and taunts us. Programming an address is not hard at all. In fact, I find it easier to punch in the address on this unit than on my TomTom XL 350TM. It does say a lot of the street names (better than my TomTom ONE), and when we miss a turn, it scolds us (“Recalculating because you missed the turn”). It has always gotten me home, but it doesn’t always choose the route I would have taken. As I’m driving, the signal drops more often than my other GPSs, but it usually picks the signal back up pretty quickly.
This is a large GPS, the size of a small tablet. I wouldn’t want it on my dashboard or windshield, even though it comes with a mount. Instead I use a vent mount (not included) to keep it out of the way. The screen does fade out at certain angles, but when I have it facing me, I don’t have problems seeing the display.
I consider the DBPOWER GPS a good budget GPS. It won’t do voice commands like my TomTom GO 600, but it has a huge screen, and it says the street names, and it has some tablet functions. Best of all, it gets me home.
This product was provided for review by DBPOWER.