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Pharos Drive GPS 250

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and route planning. The usability and screen also get good views, whereas many are negative about the memory and voice guidance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Drive GPS 250 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Pharos Drive GPS 250

 

At $299.99 (list), the Pharos Drive GPS 250 is quite a bargain, especially since it hardly seems like an entry-level model. This inexpensive device comes with many of the features found in premium, higher-priced personal navigators, such a large,...

Large, 4.3-inch screen. 20-channel SiRFstarIII receiver. Text-to-speech functionality. Easy-to-navigate menus.

Small, outdated POI database. Limited language support.

The easy-to-use Pharos Drive GPS 250 offers a surprising number of premium features for the price.

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Pharos Drive GPS 250

 

Test. Sometimes less is more, and that seems to be the approach Pharos is taking with its Pharos Drive GPS 250. The entry-level in-car GPS offers simplicity and ease of use with a minimalist design and interface, and all the basic navigation features...

The Pharos Drive GPS 250 is simple to use and offers text-to-speech functionality. The portable navigation system also features a 4.3-inch screen.

The Drive GPS 250 can be sluggish with route calculations and general performance. Text-to-speech directions sound a bit robotic, and there's no included accessory to mount the system to your dashboard.

Despite ease of use and text-to-speech functionality, the Pharos Drive GPS 250 falters somewhat in the performance department. Test.

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Pharos Drive GPS 250

 

Relatively inexpensive GPS device lacks extras and doesn't always by default select the fastest route.

4.3-inch-diagonal screen ; Straightforward navigation

No media player ; Lacks Bluetooth connectivity

Unfortunately, like the LG LN790, the Drive 250 plunges you into the heart of urban traffic rather than finding ways around it. On several occasions, the Drive GPS 250 recommended routes that may have been shorter as the crow flies, but that took much...

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Pharos Drive GPS 250 - Review of the Pharos Drive GPS 250

 

This navigator has some features typically found on more expensive units, but it doesn't take full advantage of them.

Large 4.3-inch screen, • Street name pronunciation

Slow processor, • Small POI database, • No Bluetooth, media player, or live traffic option, Operating System: Windows CE .Net 4.2, Processor: 266-MHz Freescale MX21, , , , , , , , , , , Hands-On With Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 and nuvifone M20, Garmin...

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Review : Pharos Drive GPS 250 Navigation System

 

At the Pharos booth at CES the sleek design of this navigation system attracted me like the A-dog in a litter. It stood out and beckoned to me. I couldn't

This is a handsomely designed unit with a crystal clear viewing screen for navigation with great maps. The navigation prompts, both visual and audio, are excellent and easy to follow. As a navigation tool, it performs well except for the paucity of POIs.

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"Simple to use with an open OS"

 

There are better, but if you don't mind getting into the code a little, this can be a very fun little GPS.

You can install multiple GOS programs fairly easily. I have Tom Tom, Destinator, and Mio installed and can choose whichever I want to use for a particular trip depending on the features I need (TTs, elevation, POI's, etc.)

It is a little slower than a Garmin, for instance, but it's a decent performer, certainly for $100 or so.

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Pharos Drive GPS 250

 

There are better, but if you don't mind getting into the code a little, this can be a very fun little GPS.

You can install multiple GOS programs fairly easily. I have Tom Tom, Destinator, and Mio installed and can choose whichever I want to use for a particular trip depending on the features I need (TTs, elevation, POI's, etc.)

It is a little slower than a Garmin, for instance, but it's a decent performer, certainly for $100 or so

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"I'm very happy so far!"

 

I've had my Pharos Drive 250 for about 3 weeks now, and being a "nerd", have put it through quite a few tests. After quite a bit of internet research, I decided to purchase the Pharos Drive 250 for the price, simplicity, and the fact that it came...

Very easy to use, and many nice navigation functions, without all the extra needless "fluff" that many other companies offer.

I wish the voice was just a tiny bit louder, that's about it!

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"Support after purchase is terrible"

 

I would be careful purchasing anything from Pharos. Their after purchase support is non-existent. If you are lucky enough to actually talk to a support representative, they are unhelpful and even rude.

Inexpensive

No support after purchase

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"A lot for a little but no support"

 

Check online Dell coupons--I got $100 off! This makes it a very cheap GPS unit, not to mention with a large screen and voice directions with street names.

Very cheap plus tells street names

No response from support

Product Specifications

The Pharos Drive GPS 250n (US) makes it easy to keep your eyes on the road when looking for a specific address with voice prompts and turn-by-turn spoken instructions that include the name of the street or highway (text-to-speech technology). The large 4.3" color touch screen LCD clearly displays the preloaded U. S. street level maps and navigation routing (Contiguous United States). In addition, you can choose from four languages-English, Spanish, French, or Traditional Chinese, for the on-screen displays. Pharos is the recognized GPS technology leader and you can feel confident that the Pharos Drive GPS 250n (US) is an excellent choice to suit your navigational needs.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)/7hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3 / 4.3"/4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in/0.9in
Height:3.2in/3.3in
Weight:5.7oz/7.2oz
Width:4.8in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA/USA

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Receiver:20 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Model:250/250n
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos Drive GPS
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