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Old 11-08-2010, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by thumper_330 View Post
I think the comparison was made against Garmin, not the 08 iDrive. While iDrive '10/11 is FAR superior to the previous versions, it's still an order of magnitude behind the OTS competition. Now, that's just in nav functionality... the iDrive still wins for car integration.

Pity me... I'm still in a 545i with 2004 era iDrive and an 09 NAV DVD... :P
I disagree with that assessment too. I have a Garmin Nuvi I use in rental cars. The only thing is does better than the BMW IMHO is POI lookup. OTOH, with the BMW unit, you can look things up on Google Maps and send the destination straight to the car.

I prefer the BMW unit for the following reasons:

1) I never have to wait for a sat lock.

2) It's instructions are generally clearer than the Garmin's. The lane indications for highways are a huge help.

3) If I ignore a turn instruction (either accidentally or deliberately), the BMW unit recalculates very quickly, the Garmin does not.

4) I can send destinations from Google Maps.

5) The screen is much bigger

6) It doesn't fall off the windshield.

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