Re: Those of you with factory navigation... (Modernman)
Honestly, a $200 or $300 Garmin will be 10x better than the factory navigation system.
1) The factory nav is like $2000+ installed.
2) If you don't have the address of where to go, you are pretty much out of luck. The POI database is very very limited, and searches aren't always that great. There are also some small quirks in searching for POIs (It takes a long time to type in without a touch screen, and if you view details of one POI, then go back, you have to re-enter/re-search what you were looking for)
3) If you have the address of where you are going, it works 85% of the time. Sometimes, it has trouble detecting intersections, and it just takes a little while to enter the address in.
4) No entry while moving-now that sucks.
I have the factory nav in my 07 S80 (No traffic updates), and I rarely use it (I might have used it 15 times in the past year and a half). However, I do keep it popped up since I have it - it looks nice.
I have a HTC Touch Pro, and put Garmin Mobile XT on there, and that is soo much better than the Volvo nav. First of all, the POI database is much larger, and on top of that, if something isn't in the POI, you can do a Google Local search and get addresses that way. Secondly, its touch screen, so it takes much less time to enter destinations. Plus, I get live weather and traffic information over 3G, plus fuel prices, restaurant reviews, etc. Best part is, if I look up a restaurant, I can just hit Where To, Nearby, Restaurants, pick one, read the review, hit the phone number, make a reservation, then hit Navigate, and it will take me there.
Oh - one more thing. You can't compare the Acura Nav to the Volvo Nav - they are in two different leagues. The Acura nav system is the best stock navi system in my opinion.