I have been using Garmin for 10 years having owned a basic Etrex, a Street Pilot 3 Duluxe an IQ5 and now a Nuvi 760.
My favourite was the Street Pilot.
I have used extensively the USA/ Canada maps and the Europe Maps.
Unfortunately the Australian maps lack back roads and POI's. Pity.
Loved the StreetPilot 3 (still have it) but memory stick too small for todays mapping.
Just got the Nuvi 765 and the 2010 Maps, and compared with the 2007 maps and there is now far more country roads included.
They get better with every update.
Also, with the 765 and the Streetpilot 3, they both leave a snail trail so you could NEVER get lost unless one was a total idiot.
The Navman I bought didn't have that facility in 2007.
Aussie maps have been progressively getting better.. I recall my first GPS (Navman) and calling them to abuse them because the maps were so inaccurate.. In one instance, a street in Melbourne (suburbs, but we're not talking out in the sticks or anything) had been blocked off for 4 years but a through road on the map..
Whereas now, I hardly ever get errors - Although I guess that could have a little to do with me using TomTom now.
I've jst got a garmin nuvi765 and it had the 2010 maps on it I did a map update for it as it said there was one but still got same maps.
It still doesnt show the new ring road thru Geelong and the streets that have been blocked off surely after having the road open and operating for several months they could of shown the changes.
Is the Gateway freeway the one near Brisbane airport that only opened a few months ago?
We've got a tollway in Melbourne (Eastlink) that's had a completely different name in TomTom maps for years.. Annoying, but at least if you know what it is it's not a major drama - whereas a freeway not being open is a bit of a different story..
Is it something that can be updated?
No map (printed or software) is every going to be 100% accurate, so I like being to able to group source minor updates..