GPS: Engllsh Maps, and Perfect English
I want to share with you my findings on an English GPS system for Taiwan.
First of all, after talking to countless salespeople and hitting nothing but dead ends, I finally cracked this caper, and I’ll share it with you.
First off, I believe GARMIN is your best bet, simply due to the availability of worldwide maps. If you are like me and spend part of your year in different countries, why on Earth would you want a separate GPS system for every country?
After being told that English maps are simply not available for Taiwan, my new friend and sales rep Steven told me otherwise.
Not only are detailed English maps available for Taiwan, but buying them from Steven will save you a pretty penny.
Any Garmin GPS will do, but I opted for something even better:
The Garmin-Asus N-10
(You can search youtube, or Google and get good results)
Most smart phones (iPhone included) rely on Google Maps for their GPS.
Problem is, this service costs you money. Great if you have a data plan, but expensive if you don’t.
The N-10 has maps BUILT IN, which means it costs you NOTHING to use.
Not only is it a fantastic GPS system, but the battery life lasts all day, as opposed to a heavy, portable system which will give you 3 hours MAX, with no easily replaceable battery. A spare battery is cheap, so I opted to purchase that as well.
For 7000 NT you can get a decent Garmin, but that is all it is.
For roughly 14000 NT, you can get a smart phone that does EVERYTHING the portable GPS does and then some.
The ability to shoot video and 5 MP photos, play music (including Apple AAC and AAC+ files), use Microsoft Office, Facebook, Wifi, voice recordings,automatic backup, etc.
Even cooler, is the ability to take a photo, and the location details are automatically stored. If you are directionally retarded like myself, you can pull up a photo of your house and click “Take Me There” and not only will it find the shortest route (by walking or by car) it will give you voice commands that are clear, and accurate, and it will tell you what the estimated time of arrival is. Of course, you can find the local sushi restaurant in the vicinity, and also find the cheapest petrol according to your location. You can save tracks, look for the nearest MRT station, or use the touchscreen with your finger or the provided stylus and search for a location by name.
You can ALSO record your phone conversations when those employers call you up so that you can recall the details of your conversation. (007, or WHAT?!)
In short, I am blown away, and I after 2 weeks use, I have ZERO complaints.
Steven the sales rep speaks excellent English, and he threw in a bunch of freebies for me. He’s been selling GPS systems for nearly a decade, and he knows his stuff.
Go to the K-Mall at Taipei Main Station, and look for the store called “HW”
He’s very close to the front entrance, but call these numbers and I’m sure he will give you directions to his store:
Tell him SEAN sent you.