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Pharos Science PDR20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Pharos Science PDR20. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The performance and price also get good reviews. Many are negative about the durability. There are some mixed reviews about the maps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Science PDR20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Pharos Science PDR20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the route planning and size. The maps and performance also get good reviews. There are some less positive reviews about the design and durability, and the reliability and usability get mixed opinions.

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70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pharos PDR200 4-Inch Touchscreen Portable GPS with Text-to-Speech

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Pharos Drive GPS 200 Navigator


During testing, we found that the spoken directions on this Pharos device were garbled-sounding and hard to understand. It took forever to get to the points-of-interest menu to search the 4 million preloaded ones. Once there, it was very time-consuming...

Consumer review by: XMixMasterX (

Interface review


Happy so far - This isn't expensive, so don't expect the best out of it. Good for a cheap unit. Also - haven't figured out a way to input coordinates, only view what LAT/LONG I am currently at. Altitude seems inaccurate, but might be caused by poor...

Interface has many options for basic users. 2D, 3D, night time mode and options behind each one to make it unique (such as auto-night mode). Charges by plugging into mini-USB. Comes with car mount, pictorial guide and instruction manual CD. Charges...

Seems to pause when calculating searches or routes. If you mis-type something, it pauses for too long just to tell you the city, street or POI doesn't exist ; Confirmation clicks happen even when calculating, or if you miss your button (IE - clicking...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: morbid (

Good GPS for the money


For the money it's hard to find a GPS with the features that this unit offers. So far it has been very dependable and very accurate. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this GPS to anyone I know.

Signal strength,and acquisition time are very good. Speaks street names clearly and accurately. Screen is bright and clear. Great price

Software is not upgradable. Touch screen is a little quirky, doesn't always register when you touch it, even with the stylus

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: G-D (

Great GPS


It is an amazing GPS.I bought it couple month ago. I am very pleased with the price of it. I was used everyday. It was very efficient, it take me go to the right the directions, and destination. it is very easy to use. I was told my coworker. they all...


Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (



Excellent so far. Works as advertised. The battery can be recharged using a standard USB cable through the computer

Did not come with an A/C charger; only with a car charger

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Peter (

Terrible GPS


There is an antenna hole in the back, customer service don't even know it exists when I ask for GPS antenna accessory.

It looked like a GPS, it came with a SD memory card

This thing works when it wants to, battery died after 2 weeks of use, 90% of the time I have to hard reset it, otherwise it will not turn on. Screen is not 4 inch, which is the diagonal measure of the Cover Plastic Edge. The whole GPS software worked...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: DCDriver (

Go for one of the Big Names Pass this by


Spend the extra for one of the big names otherwise you will waste your money. I'm sorry I purchased this unit.


Signal very very weak

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: FMaxwell (

JNDUNN(CE)s Review


JNDUNN wrote: "We do not have a strong enough signal to use our gps as we live in a rural area. Dell would not let me return this so I will think twice before I order from them." Let me guess: Home schooled in science by creationists? Does JNDUNN...

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Stylist71 (

Great GPS for the price


I have had this a few weeks now and is very accurate on driving details with street names etc..Has not given me any wrong directions. I love this and would refer this to anyone.

Great features, Easy to learn, Easy installation, You can turn down volumne at any time, and your can turn off where the person says you are exceeding the speed limit. Great Price with lots of options

Have not found any so far

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Xela0525 (

Buy a Garmin or TomTom!


All I can say is that you get what you pay for. What a waste of money.

Nice size. Mounts easily

Has given wrong directions numerous times. Maps are outdated. Street names and city names are often pronounced incorrectly

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

The Pharos Drive GPS 200 is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a very economical yet full-featured GPS navigation system. The Pharos Drive GPS 200 has advanced text-to-speech (TTS) features and a large 4" easy-to-read display. Everything you need to begin navigating is included. The bright touch screen display clearly shows your current position, direction of the next turn, remaining distance, and the estimated time to your destination. In addition, the Pharos Drive GPS 200 provides spoken directions which not only tell you the distance to and direction of your next turn, but also the name of the upcoming road so that you'll never have to wonder if you are making the correct turn (in English only). If you do miss a turn or make an intentional detour, the Pharos Drive GPS 200 quickly and automatically recalculates a new route to help you reach your destination effortlessly.


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

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:48 United States

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos Drive GPS