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The aera 500 is the entry-level model in Garmin's higher-end aera line of GPS receivers for pilots and drivers.

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Pros

comes with two mount types, both very flexible and easy to adjust

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designed to unclip and be put away quickly and easily when not being used

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bright enough to be viewable in direct sunlight

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Cons

short battery life, need to use plug-in power which makes unclipping slightly trickier

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touchscreen doesn't always detect being tapped either, difficult to enter addresses

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need to exit the map in order to add waypoints

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dragging the map around works sometimes, not others

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can't touch items near the edge of the screen, reducing the touch area of many buttons

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The aera 500 is the entry-level model in Garmin's higher-end aera line of GPS receivers for pilots and drivers. The touch-screen device offers navigation modes for both flight and automotive vehicles. The aera 500 features a 4.3" widescreen display, and is preloaded with road and topographical maps and databases of private airports and points of interest. In flight mode, the device also features a warning system for looming obstructions and other dangers. In automotive mode, GPS capability includes voice turn-by-turn directions. Bluetooth enables hands-free calling with a compatible mobile phone. The next model up, the aera 510, adds XM Radio support among other features.

Features
  • Dual flight/automotive GPS navigation
  • 4.3" widescreen touch display
  • Pre-loaded topographical maps
  • City Navigator NT road maps
  • 30 arc-second graphical detail
  • Terrain advisory system
  • POI database
  • Text-to-voice turn-by-turn directions
  • Bluetooth support
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