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Trucker GPS features comparison - prior models chart
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Hardware and general info

 
Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740
(no further testing being done on these models)
Rand McNally
TND 500/700
(no further testing being done on these models)
Garmin Nuvi 465T
(no further testing being done on this model)
Software / Firmware version tested: (2010 - Q1 maps 7.8.0.356) (10.9.1808.1617)
(11.4.1945.1504)
(soft 2.70 / maps NT 2010.20)
Current average pricing $229 to $399 $299.99 / $399.99 $229
Factory Warranty 1 year - new units
90 days - refurbs
1 year 1 year
Screen Size 4.3" / 5" / 7" 5" / 7" 4.3" only
Screen technology (clarity of buttons and overall resolution.  This is NOT related to "clarity of maps," which is graded further down this chart) PCM430: ok
PCM440: good
PCM540: very good
PCM740: ok
Very good
very good
Bluetooth capable (Can be paired with cell phones for hands-free phone use) No No Yes
Has an SD memory card slot Yes (2G card included) Yes (empty except on early TND500's) Yes (empty)
"Charging" LED light Yes Yes No (on screen indicator only)
Battery life when not plugged in and driving About an hour About 45 minutes About 1.5 hours
External GPS antenna connection (only used if you driver regularly in huge cities like NYC) Yes on 440,540,740 (not included) 500/700: "Some" of them have it.  Depends on batch (ask) No
AC and DC power cords Yes Yes (and extra long DC cable) DC only (AC is available for extra)
Audio / Speaker built-in  (*note:  speaker on any unit can be drowned out by truck noise.  The 7" are very loud though) Yes (but not overly loud) Yes (very loud) Yes
Mini USB cable included (to connect to a computer) No Yes Yes
Stylus included Yes TND500 (no)
TND700 (yes)
No
Headphone/external speaker jack Yes Yes No
FM Transmitter No No No
Vehicle mount kit included Yes (window suction style) Yes (large 90mm suction style) Yes (dash mount kit)
Documentation / Manuals Included and online (good) limited included, and extensive online (very good) Online only (Excellent)
Ability to display a camera (external input jack) No No No

General Software Features

 
Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740 Rand McNally
TND 500/700
Garmin Nuvi 465TGarmin Nuvi 465T
Languages English US / English UK / English Australia / French / Spanish English US / French / Spanish US English / UK English / Spanish / Czech / Dansk / Deutsch / Eesti / French / Hrvatski / Italian / Latvian / Leituviu / Magyar / Netherlands / Norsk / Polish / Portuguese / Romania / Slovencina / Suomi / Svenska / Turkish / Arabic / Russian / Japanese / Chinese / African
Built-in help tutorials Yes Yes (Extensive) Yes (Extensive)
Keyboard (on touchcreen) Qwerty or Alphabetical Qwerty or Alphabetical Qwerty or Alphabetical
Can take "screenshots" No No Yes
Can dial a POI phone number from the GPS when paired with a cell phone N/A N/A Yes
Plays windows movie, MP3 music, and picture files No (except for the PCM430 model which will do this) No jpeg/jpg picture viewer
Has optional security lock code No No Yes
Can add your own vehicle icons and voices No Yes (icons only) Yes
Language translator No No No
Add pictures of places in your favorites No No Yes
Multiple map color schemes Yes No No
Unit converter/calculator (temps, distances, and weights) No Yes Yes
Current time and time zone Manually set Manual and Automatic Manual or Automatic
Screen modes Day / Night / Automatic Day / Night / Automatic Day / Night / Automatic
       

GPS Software Program and Mapping Features

 
Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740 Rand McNally
TND 500/700
Garmin Nuvi 465T
Difficulty to use & learn (software) Ok
Excellent
Very Good
Street-level Maps and addresses US / Canada / Mexico(ALK) US / Canada (NavTeq) US / Canada / Puerto Rico (NavTeq)
Map "look" / road clarity (zoomed in) Very good Very good Excellent
Map "look" / road clarity (zoomed out) Very Good Good Good
Can select how much map "detail" No (map detail is very good already) No Yes (and map detail is excellent)
Map "auto-zoom" mode option No Yes (Multiple) No
Download program updates from the web (NOT maps) No.  Updates thru 2010 come on a memory card Yes (PC only) Yes(PC or Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.4 or later)
Map update method Annual (on SD Card) Annual via SD card  2 - 3x / year via web
Map update cost $49.95 $89.99 product lifetime $49 - $89 unless LTM model is purchased.
Can send map and feature feedback back to manufacturer when connected to web (via web site or email) Yes (make notes on unit and send later via web dock software) Yes (send directly to NavTeq via web site)
Car mode Yes Yes Yes
RV mode (with scenic route option) Yes No No
"Avoid" propane-restricted tunnels (RV) Yes No No
Motorcycle mode Yes No No
Walking mode Yes No No

Specific Tools and Functions for Truck Drivers

 
Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740 Rand McNally
TND 500/700
Garmin Nuvi 465T
Ease up setting it up correctly for truck routing and other features Ok Very easy Good
Truck Routes Yes (US and Canada) (ALK) (good) US and Canada (Rand)
(very good)
US and Canada (good)
Hours of Service log timers and alerts (driving, on-duty, off-duty, sleeper) No Yes (Automatic or manual) No
Driver Daily Logbook "grid" screen" No No No
MCRA cross-reference data  No Yes No
Can save multiple specific truck and trailer dimensions Yes No (one at a time) Yes
Logs miles driven by state (helps with IFTA) No Yes No
Can export the miles driven off the unit and onto a computer N/A Yes N/A
Maintenance warnings counter No Yes (2) No
Trip odometer(s) No Yes (2) Yes
       
Multiple time zone clocks No Yes (current, dest, and yard) Yes (configurable)
Built-in calendar No Yes (TND 700 only) No
Built-in Notepad No Yes (TND 700 only) No
Address book (favorites) Yes Yes (excellent.  Can group, sort, and add notes to favorites or POI) Yes
Shows upcoming scale icons on the maps on the Nav screen Yes (but uses the same icon for truck stops and exits too.) Yes, even when zoomed out.  Also shows rest areas this way No (audio/visual alert only)
Color-coded roads that show preferred truck routes Yes Yes Yes
Icons that show "no-trucks allowed, low bridges, hazmat, and no-hazmat roads" Some No No
Enter Fuel Purchases in dollars and gallons No No No
Enter load info No No No
Enter multiple drivers (for log and load usage) No No No
Enter truck trailer numbers and VIN No No No
Can filter-search truck stops by amenity (what they have there) No Excellent feature!  No
POI results show what services at at a truck stop No Yes, VERY extensive No
Current road Truck Speed Limits on screen No Yes, on most roads, but not always truck-specific limits. Yes, on most larger roads, but not always truck-specific limits.
"Trip statistics" page No Yes - Excellent (avg speed, miles driven, uphill speed, downhill speed, elevation, sunrise/sunset, more) Yes (extensive)
       
Addressing, Routing, Planning, and Guidance capabilities
 
Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740 Rand McNally
TND 500/700
Garmin Nuvi 465T
Time to calculate or recalculate a route (longer route is longer times to calc) Very fast (3 - 15 secs) TND500/700: Slower
(5 - 65 secs)
Medium (5 - 60 secs)
Preplan multi-stop routes Yes (up to 50 stops) Yes (up to 50 stops) Yes
Route optimization for mileage Yes Yes No
Enter cities using the zip code Yes Yes ?
Enter Canadian cities using postal code No Yes ?
Pre-plan route from another location Yes (easy)  Yes (easy)  Yes
Can edit current trip on-the-fly Yes (easy) Yes (easy) Yes
Can rearrange the order of a trip Yes (easy) Yes (easy) Yes
"Forcing" a different route / making it take specific roads (permit loads) Yes (easier) Possible, but not easy Yes
Preview your route turns/directions Yes (easy) Yes (easy) Yes
Preview your route on map Yes Yes Yes
Preview just the route main highways only list separately No Yes No
Real-time traffic capability
*requires an optional antenna for Rand.
No Yes - 510 and 710 models Yes (supported by ads which are irritating unless you pay for an upgrade.)
"Traffic Predictor" technology (uses historic traffic data to help plan route based on time of day through many cities) No No No
"MyTrends" predicts routes based on learning your past driving habits No No No
Download and display road construction info for route planning No Yes (updated every 2 weeks via dock app) No
"Quick-stop" entry feature Yes Yes  (easy) No
Exit Services (see food, lodging, fuel by exit) No No No
Can tap on a road on the map and "avoid" it No Yes No
Points of Interest (POI's) Yes (> 7 million) Yes (6 million)
Yes (6 million)
Contains enhanced truck POI's Yes (ALK) Yes (Trucker's Friend and TruckDown data) Yes (Garmin)
Point of Interest  and other types of alerts Yes, but limited because exits, weigh stations, scales and truck stops are all one alert. Yes MANY (weigh stations, toll booths, state borders, time zones, sharp curves, steep hills) Yes (weigh stations, sharp curves, and more)
POI searching ability Very good Excellent (includes end of day) Limited to nearby only
Add your own POI's No No Yes
Can add POI ratings and notes No Yes, Excellent feature! No
Can choose which POI's are displayed on "Nav" screen No (show all or none) Yes (all, truck-only, car only, or none) N/A (doesn't show POI icons when navigating)
"Am I Close" feature - starts showing address numbers on screen when close. No Yes No
Shows next two turns on screen No (only the next) Yes (often shows next 2) No (only the next)
Show what county you are in on Nav screen No Yes No
Specific road type settings Yes (Extensive) Yes (Freeways, tolls, u-turns, and ferries to favor or avoid, unpaved) Yes (Freeways, tolls, u-turns, ferries, traffic favors and avoids)
Lane "assist" guidance info / junction view No Yes Yes
Safety Camera Alerts No No No
Configurable speed alert warning No Yes - very flexible No
"Recent" destinations memory Yes Yes Yes
Automatically saves recent destinations Yes Yes Yes
Leaves a "breadcrumb" trail of trips No Yes (in walking mode only) Yes
Avoid or prefer toll roads feature Use, Avoid, Avoid if possible options Prefer or Avoid Prefer or Avoid
Can search for "cross-streets" Yes (Easy) Yes (Easy) Yes (Easy)
Detour feature Yes (Very Good) Yes (several options to avoid roads or road segments) Yes (poor reroute choices at times)
Auto re-routing if you miss turn Yes (fast and accurate) Yes (but can be slow on long trips) Includes auto or manual rerouting. Yes (sometimes unpredictable)
"Where am I?" screen No Yes (very good) Yes (very good)
Shows mile post maker while driving No Yes, Excellent feature! No
Click on roads to see their names Yes Yes Yes
Drive maps in 2D and 3D modes Yes Yes Yes
"Save current location" to favorites. Yes Yes Yes
Add your "Home" location Yes  (Home and Work) Yes (Home, in car mode) Yes (Home only)
"Pick on Map" destinations Yes Yes Yes (Easy)
Saved / Custom places show on maps as icons No No Yes
Can save specific trips to memory Yes Yes Yes
Customize info displayed on Nav screen Yes Yes (extensive) No
Keeps your current trip if you turn it off If you saved it Yes Yes
On-screen compass No Yes Yes (must push the stats button first)
Can modify how far from turn alerts Yes (extensive options) No No
Current Route "Demo" simulator Yes (Excellent) No Yes (but not versatile)

SUMMARY and Final Thoughts

Feature Description PC Miler 430, 440, 540, 740 Rand McNally
TND 500/700
Garmin Nuvi 465T
Overall Dieselboss Review
 out of 10 points
(higher numbers = better)
Route accuracy: 9
Raw addresses: 7
Features: 7
Calc/Recalc speed: 9
Stability: 10
Learning to use it: 7
Hardware durability: 8
Route accuracy: 8
Raw addresses: 9
Features: 8
Calc/Recalc speed: 6/7*
Stability: 8
Learning to use it: 9
Hardware durability: 7**
Route accuracy: 6
Raw addresses: 9
Features: 7
Calc/Recalc speed: 8
Stability: 9
Learning to use it: 7
Hardware durability: 9
Note that you are viewing the earlier models chart.

The current models chart is found at THIS LINK.
Comments:  2010 maps on all units now contain accurate truck routing attributes and improved addresses when the routing profile is correctly configured.  Fewer extra truck-specific features than the RM-TND units or the newer PCM x50 series. Though new models are discontinued and have been replaced by x50 series, a good refurb is still a solid truck nav option for bargain hunters.  Excellent pricing. Comments:  Truck-specific features are excellent and more than any other unit.  Truck routing and maps are very good.   This brand is the easiest to learn for "non-techie" drivers because of big, clear buttons and logical program layout.  Rapid software improvements during first year of product life.
* Calc and recalc speeds can be sluggish on long routes
** Power socket where the cord plugs in can be a weak point.  Recommend wrapping the cord around the mount once to provide strain relief.
Comments:  Excellent "looking" interface and maps.  Very good database of addresses and extensive features.  However, the truck routing and detouring abilities have concerned us in the current revision enough to mention this.  High price for only a 4.3" screen.
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