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Garmin MetroGuide Canada v4
- Subject: Garmin MetroGuide Canada v4
- From: Steve Makohin <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 15:30:52 -0500
For parties who are interested in detailed Canadian map data and
street-level data for their Garmin GPS, read on. I just purchased the
Garmin MetroGuide Canada v4 in the hope of getting the most complete data
available for Canada. In some ways, this product meets that need while it
falls short in others.
MetroGuide Canada v4 replaces v3, but it is a different product from a
different data supplier, so you should not expect this to be an "update".
Unlike v3, v4 has much more detailed data (more complete listing of
roads), as well as searchable street address data so you can look up
addresses on the PC and GPS, and not just cities. You can also create
point-to-point routes that adhere to the roads ("rubber banding"), as you
can with the CityNavigator product. For example, using this data you will
be able to create an auto-route on your compatible Garmin GPS from your
door to the Friday The 13th Port Dover Ride-In in August 2004, and for
the brave, also in February 2004.
MetroGuide Canada v4 also includes 750,000 points of interest, which are
helpful for finding the nearest gas station, ATM, or convenience store,
as well as more detailed data of creeks, rivers, and small lakes which
MetroGuide Canada v3 and CityNavigator lack for Canada. Otherwise,
MetroGuide Canada v4 is a very similar product to the CityNavigator
product, with the proviso of having coast-to-coast Canadian coverage, and
providing detailed street-level data for much more geography than just
the 7+ major cities that are covered in CityNavigator.
Now for the down-sides: If you're thinking of buying MetroGuide Canada v4
with the vision of it being a more detailed and comprehensive
CityNavigator, as I did, then you may be disappointed. When you get out
of major centers, you will find places where roads are depicted on the
map, but they are unnamed. They are labeled simply as "Road", as can be
seen in parts of Prince Edward Island and other places across Canada.
It's a step up from the CityNavigator which lacks much of the Canadian
Maritime provinces' geography altogether, and detailed roads for much of
Canada, as well as being an improvement over MetroGuide Canada v3 which
lacked the detail of smaller roads, but I expected a road to be named
properly if it exists as GPS data.
The much bigger bad news is that the data on the newly release MetroGuide
Canada v4 is at least 3 years out of date! I noted that at least parts of
the data are older than the data contained on the CityNavigator 4.0 CD,
as well as the MetroGuide Canada v3 CD which it replaces, both of which
were selling a year and a half ago when I bought my StreetPilot III.
Apply this information to real life, such as to my realtor wife: she can
now auto-route to the front door of a listing in the small town of
Dunnville, Ontario, but she has virtually no data for a three-year-old
subdivision located a quarter mile from our own house while CityNavigator
4.0 does. In this way, the newly released MetroGuide Canada v4 is a step
backwards, by about 3 years.
The MetroGuide Canada v4 is the most detailed and comprehensive Canadian
street-level data available for Garmin GPSes. It would have been an
unqualified smash hit, had it been released in the year 2000. It's still
a very useful product for travelers in Canada who are not overly
concerned with the changes that have taken place in the past three years.
MetroGuide Canada v4 is priced at US$116.65, and it is available from
Garmin (www.garmin.com) and many GPS retailers. The data is compatible
with the following Garmin GPS units: eMap, eTrex, Legend/Vista, GPS V,
GPSMAP76/76S/176/176C, Rino 120, iQue, StreetPilot, StreetPilot ColorMap,
StreetPilot III, StreetPilot 2610/2650, GPSMAP 196, GSPMAP
182/182C/188/188C/232/238/2006/2006C/2010/2010C/GPSMAP 295. Some units
may require a Garmin data card.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2000 R1100S/ABS, Mandarin