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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 2006, 3:29 pm Thread Starter
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2-D vs. 3-D viewing

Traditional “bird’s eye” overhead 2-D view or 3-D navigation view?

What are the advantages of the 3-D views over 2-D?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 2006, 4:33 pm
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It depends on what you are accustomed to. I started with a Garmin V. Then moved up to a Garmin 2610. Both are 2D. Then I got a Garmin 2820 which allows 2D or 3D viewing. It took some getting accustomed to. But the newer GPS does show lanes better in 3D mode than the 2610 - 2D. This is important to me when on a multilane road and approaching a turn.

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I much prefer 2-D view. 3-D loses scaling information and sense of direction. In 2-D, I used to use the map scale to do rough distance estimates on the screen. This capability is lost in 3-D. 3D does help a bit with turn directions though, which is useful when not in route mode (90% of time for me).

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I used the 2610 (2D) ALL of the time, for approximately 18 months. Didn't leave home without it. I upgraded to the 2720 with 3D. WOW!!! Once I got used to the 3D, I have completely disabled all 2D viewing. I guess you could say "to each his own". But I think anyone that doesn't at least allow themselves some time to get accustomed to 3D is actually doing themselves a huge disservice.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 2006, 10:38 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.

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