Garmin i3 map & memory options

efcbluepete

Standard Member
Hi,

anybody out there got an i3 and can advise, please?

need to know what sort of memory card does it take
&
what level of maps does it come with (full UK & part EU, full UK&EU???)
&
where can EU maps be bought if not already with unit (and possibly how much they usually charge for such)?

Thanks,

Pete
 
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warcraft3

Guest
I believe i3 includes a 128M MicroSD ( the very small one) with UK map load.

You can buy Europe / US or other maps from www.garmin.com or from other places.
 

efcbluepete

Standard Member
Thanks,

did read the bit on "transflash" but was puzzled by it. micro SD seems to be a bit more like a common card format.

will check out the EU maps later.

Am likely to buy one in next week or so, so if anybody has any horror stories (other than battery life), or thinks I would be far better getting something else for the money (don't see much around for the price), then suggestions greatly appreciated.

Pete
 
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warcraft3

Guest
efcbluepete said:
Thanks,

did read the bit on "transflash" but was puzzled by it. micro SD seems to be a bit more like a common card format.

will check out the EU maps later.

Am likely to buy one in next week or so, so if anybody has any horror stories (other than battery life), or thinks I would be far better getting something else for the money (don't see much around for the price), then suggestions greatly appreciated.

Pete
I was thinking of buying one a couple of days ago, but my concern is:
1. The screen seems too small..
2. People experienced some satelite disconnection issues.

Now I am looking at Nuvi 300, which is around £219-£249.. but my concern for that model is: can it load Europe/North America maps? Here is my question on this forum:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386566

Hope sb can shed some light on it..
 

efcbluepete

Standard Member
I see your problem. I ahve been trawling garmin co uk & garmin com. I think the EU update will work with i3. tried calling their customer service 0870 number, but after going through various pushbutton selections, the phone just kept ringing (and costing me!),

so big thumbs down to Garmin customer support.:(

good luck in searching for answers, would help if I knew.

Pete
 

nitelife

Novice Member
efcbluepete said:
Hi,

need to know what sort of memory card does it take
Its a transflash card, more commonly known as a Mini SD card.

efcbluepete said:
Hi,

what level of maps does it come with (full UK & part EU, full UK&EU???)
It comes with full UK and part EU, Northern France if I recall correctly.

You can buy maps online. Check out Garmin.com in their map updates section.
 
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warcraft3

Guest
efcbluepete said:
I see your problem. I ahve been trawling garmin co uk & garmin com. I think the EU update will work with i3. tried calling their customer service 0870 number, but after going through various pushbutton selections, the phone just kept ringing (and costing me!),

so big thumbs down to Garmin customer support.:(

good luck in searching for answers, would help if I knew.

Pete
I also asked some guys in Currys digital they said yes. But seems they didn't know these gps inside out so I don't believe them..

One convincing evidence is in Garmin website that 300 and 350 share same manual, (of course 350 has text to voice function). so I assume 300 can load mapsource with no problem ...

http://www.garmin.com/products/manual.jsp?product=010-00455-00
 

efcbluepete

Standard Member
hard to get decent customer support, either phone or in flesh, these days.

Your logic would follow, as I am finding it really difficult makig sense of the map options. tried a trader of the units with their online chat (I think one that has a banner in here), but once I got to the question of maps, they pointed in direction of where I had come from, i.e. garmin com.

got my old palm tungsten t up on here, but am re-considering my options as to whether to just keep using this, as it hasn't let me down, just had an i5 when I had a rental car in the US a few weeks ago, and liked the unit's simplicity & size.

I'm sure you won't get an answer from Garmin or a stockist, so you will most likely be left with the guys in here, and your own judgement. good luck anyway,

Pete
 
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warcraft3

Guest
Thanks Pete,

I have just ordered one from Dixon's. Will post my experience here later..
 

lardy

Standard Member
Had a Maplin one for a few weeks and found this useful:
http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=29719
but can't seem to get the POIs on a micro-SD card to be read by the streetpilot - mine is the newer one with all maps inside and little room for the safety camera POIs, etc.
If anyone knows how to put the POIs on the 512Mb micro-SD card using an external card reader and get the streetpilot to recognise it please post.
thanks, ian

in fact just found out!
use an external card reader, connect to PC and unplug streetpilot from usb. then open up POIloader (Garmin's) and select the card as the device (from front menu) then select folder with POIs on it and press <next>.
Kazam the POIs are there and in the case of http://www.maft.co.uk/garmin/download.htm
they are in the subfolder food,hotels,more/custom points
there are masses of Aldis, English Heritage Sites, etc, etc
hoorah - and only take up a Mb or so therefore a small card will do....pity I splashed out on a 512Mb - was hoping for some maps when I'm off to OZ!!!!!!!!!
 

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