Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

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abowen500
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Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

Post by abowen500 »

Hello,

Long time owner of a 395 and I'm familiar with the differences between these two units. What frustrates me about the 395 is how slow the unit is when recalculation or searching for a POI. Any owners out there who have had both units and are they any faster? Thanks.
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Re: Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

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I have the 590 and have no issues with speed

Some routes can take a long while to calculate if there is a lot of shaping points but once calculated all is well

If you're looking to upgrade why not just go for the XT?
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Re: Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

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Tbh, the 396 is speedy... compared to prior models it’s night and day. I haven’t used a faster gps unit, yet.
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Re: Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

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No, I do not. I own the 396. If I am in a urban or suburban area and miss a turn, it can’t recalculate fast enough for me to catch the next turn, si I end up going straight till it catches up or the next turn far enough ahead.

I honestly don’t get the popularity of these units. They are slow, low resolution, hard to use even when standing still, forget most features while riding since they require 3-4 clicks at least, like route avoidance. If I widen the screen area I lose all road identification. It doesn’t show town names, it gives the center of a township which is useless for navigation. It gives only the local street names when I need the hwy number, when looking for POI like gas stations the list is incomplete, often it will give me a gas station a mile away when I see one right across the road... 1990s tech at best, my phone is faster and more reliable.

Did I get an old unit packaged as new from amazon? I just don’t get it.
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Re: Would you consider the 396 or 595 speedy?

Post by JohnnyRidesAlone »

I owned a 590 buut never a 396. I do not consider the 590 fast. XT is a lot better
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