StreetPilot C330 Review

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Garmin’s StreetPilot C330 is a simple to use, economical, and highly dependable GPS device. It comes ready to use straight from the box with preloaded detailed maps for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. You can also load additional maps for travel outside these areas via an included SD slot.

Navigation comes in 2D or 3D maps, and voice directed turn by turn instructions. There is also a “where to” icon on the main screen that gives you icons for restaurants, hotels, gas stations, shopping, etc. Basically it has everything you’d need on vacation, or even a business trip. It also accepts custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras, and has the alert option, to send warnings when you approach points such as speed traps.

It does not display latitude, longitude, altitude, or satellite status, which may be a problem, depending on how much information you want access to. Also, the documentation that comes with it is a bit sparse. You may need to research to find out things like how to save your current location, which is not included in the instruction manual.

You will have the “Go Home” icon. You can set your home (or if you’re traveling, you can set your hotel or motel), and you can get your navigational directions with just the touch of the “Go Home” icon. You also have choices of things to avoid, such as toll roads, unpaved roads, etc. There are also many options for voice direction, 20 different languages for text, and 15 for voice direction.

The StreetPilot C330 gets its power from a lithium ion rechargeable battery that boasts up to 8 hours of use per charge. There’s also a vehicle 12 volt power adapter.

Of course, this is simply an easy to use navigational unit. There are no frills with it. There’s no JPEG picture viewer, calculator, and such that comes with many of Garmin’s products. The Bluetooth technology and MP3 player that comes with many other GPS devices are not present with the StreetPilot C330, so if you’re looking for a multi-functional device, this is probably not what you want.

However, for navigational purposes, it is a good device for what it does, and for the low cost. The re-navigation, in case you take a wrong turn, if quick and accurate. And the satellite connection is fast and reliable, as well.

So, if you are looking for simply a navigation assistant, without all the frills and fluff, then the StreetPilot C330 may be what you need. If you just want to get where you’re going, then this one will do the trick.

Product Description

Talk about simple. The StreetPilot c330 and its counterpart, c340 with optional traffic alerts, come preprogrammed with detailed street maps. Whether you choose these preloaded navigators or the c320 or c310 with SD card, their intuitive touch screen operation and big displays make them easy to use.

Navigate With Ease

StreetPilot c330 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the sunlight-readable color screen to enter a destination, and the c330 takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. In addition, the c330 accepts custom points of interest (POIs) such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. Traveling abroad? The c330 comes with an SD card slot, making it convenient to add optional maps.

Take It With You

The portable c330 easily moves from vehicle to vehicle. Its suction cup windshield mount is a snap to install. The c330 also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning.
StreetPilot c330: Where to?

Physical & Performance:  
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.4″W x 3.2″H x 2.8″D (11.3 x 8.2 x 7.2 cm)
Display size, WxH: 2.8″W x 2.1″H (7.2 x 5.4 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 320 x 240 pixels
Display type: 16-bit TFT LCD with white backlight
Weight: 9.45 ounces (269 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: up to 8 hours
Waterproof: no
High-sensitivity receiver: no
RoHS version available: no

 

Maps & Memory:  
Basemap: yes
Preloaded maps: yes
Ability to add maps: yes
Built-in memory: internal solid state
Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
Waypoints: 500
Routes: 0

 

Features:  
Voice prompts (e.g. “Turn right in 500 ft.”): yes (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. “Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.”) : no
3D map view: yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): no
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation): yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.): yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology: no
FM traffic compatible: no
XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible: no
MSN® Direct for U.S. compatible: no
MP3 player: no
Audio book player: no
Picture viewer: no
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): no
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: no
Touchscreen: yes
Remote control: no
FM transmitter: no
Headphone jack/audio line-out: no
Dead reckoning: no
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature): no
Motorcycle-friendly: no

What’s in the Box:

  • StreetPilot c330
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America or Europe (full coverage)
  • Vehicle suction cup mount with integrated power cable*
  • USB cable
  • USB drivers disk
  • Dashboard disk
  • Quick reference guide

*Notice to Drivers in California and Minnesota
Package contents may vary per version. See your local dealer for more information.