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Dash Maps is a device you can attach to your phone that holds your phone below like a tray, and projects the entire GPS map that is running on your phone. Normally, luxury cars that are really expensive come in-built with such kind of features that display information onto the screen, like that of the car giving you a heads-up about a situation. Thus, Dash Maps helps you avoid taking your eyes of the road.

Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of Dash Maps is $19.99 and the shipping is FREE! This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page found at buydashmaps.com; however, the company has since ceased selling Dash Maps and has taken down the website. Dash Maps may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.

How it's Different from Competitors

There are, of course, several similar devices out there in the market. However, what makes Dash Maps stand out from the crowd is the fact that using it is not complicated. You simply activate the GPS program on your phone and leave your phone in the tray-like device for it to project the GPS map directly onto your car’s windscreen.

One doesn’t even need to go through lengthy installation steps, or even attach any kind of battery or wire to your phone. This makes it a breeze to use and to store within the boot of your car without losing parts or accessories needed to run the device properly.

How It Works

The device comes in the form of a tray fitted with a special pad at the bottom, allowing the device to attach to the surface of your dashboard without slipping when your car’s in motion. In fact, the device is claimed to have the ability to stay in place even while you do ‘donuts’ or ‘number 8s’ with your car. The secret behind this extremely tough grip of the device is the dense amount of suction cups all over the surface of the base in contact with your car’s dashboard.

Once your mobile is placed within this tray-like device that is attached to your dashboard, the device automatically links to your mobile’s GPS system. It then, projects the map running on your mobile screen onto your car’s windscreen without you having to instruct it to do so. Furthermore, due to the anti-glare feature associated with this projection, you should be able to use this device equally well during both, day and night.

How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Gps Activation

    First of all, you need to ensure that you can access the GPS functionality on your phone. Using your phone’s GPS module, open up a map that maps out your entire route you plan to travel on.

  2. Place Mobile in Tray

    Once your phone is running your GPS map on its screen satisfactorily enough, place your mobile device into the tray-like Dash Maps device and allow the device to automatically connect to your phone.

  3. Follow Map

    While your mobile phone and this device connect and communicate with each other, the map displayed on your mobile phone will automatically appear over a small, yet visible, area over the surface of your windscreen. All you need to do, then, is to simply follow the map displayed on your car’s windscreen without having to take your eyes off of the road even for a single moment.

Features

  • No Glare

    This device comes equipped with unique anti-glare technology that helps fight glare during both, day and night. With the help of this feature, you should be able to see a image of your GPS map that has extremely clear definition and sharpness in detail.

  • Provides Exact Instructions

    Just like you would with your GPS on your mobile phone, you should be able to use this device in practically exactly the same way. The device provides exactly what’s visible on your mobile phone as a projection over your windscreen so that. This way, instead of periodically looking at your mobile phone and distracting yourself away from the road, you can simply look at your windscreen itself.

  • No Accessories Needed

    When it comes to installing and using this device along with your mobile phone, you don’t need to have to worry about extensive installation procedures. You don’t even need to attach any wire or battery to the device while it connects to your mobile phone. All you need to do is simply leave your mobile phone in the device’s tray and allow the device to project the GPS map running on your phone’s screen.

Benefits

  • Mimics Expensive Cars

    Most expensive luxury automobiles come fitted with display units that help with providing important information about the car and information relating to the user’s journey. Such cars come at a huge cost, something that not all of us can afford. However, there’s no need to fret. With the help of Dash Maps, you should be able to have a similar kind of service provided to you when it comes to displaying your chosen GPS map directly onto your car’s windscreen.

  • Freebies Provided

    When you buy this product, you need not trouble yourself with having to separately purchasing a suction pad that fits below the tray to keep your device from slipping of your dashboard. This device comes along with this suction pad without any extra charge. You will also be provided a cloth to clean the display with, and a pouch to store away the device once you are done with using it for a while.

Issues

  • Not Found in Stores

    For those of you who are more accustomed to shopping in-store, unfortunately, this product is not going to be found in any of the retail stores out there. You will only be able to make a purchase of this device online, through the manufacturer’s website itself.

Save Money

It goes without saying that there are plenty of such devices out there in the market that might even be as effective in doing the same job that this device does. However, some of them could be as expensive as at least 20 times the price of this gadget.

Alternatives

  • Satellite Navigation Systems

    You can quite easily get your hands on a satellite navigation system from any store selling car accessories either from a local store around you or online. Of course, such a gadget would most probably be significantly higher in cost than the Dash Maps that’s available online.

  • Mobile Holders

    You can always opt for a mobile phone holder that is fitted with a suction pump that allows you to attach your mobile to the surface of your car’s windscreen. It allows you to view and even operate your mobile phone without having to hold it in your hand or distract yourself away from the road. This device used to attach your phone to your windscreen is also relatively inexpensive and comparable with the price of Dash Maps.

Critical Advice

While this device is meant to be used while driving. It is still recommended to remain focused on the road and to not make adjustments on your device while driving. Always keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It is ok to check the Dash Map as needed but make sure to always remain focused on driving safely.

Cons

  • Cellphones

    Most people already have cellphones and use their phone's built-in GPS or Google Maps for their driving direction. While Dash Maps is a clever device and is conveniently see-through, many people will not be willing to buy another product when they already have something that does the same job in their pocket.

  • Exclusively Online

    Many consumers like to be able to see a product before they decide whether or not they want to purchase it. Dash Maps is available exclusively online which might keep some potential customers from purchasing the product.

  • Competition

    While Dash Maps is a quality product that keeps safety in mind, there are already many similar products available on the market. For years, global positioning devices have been available and designed to be used while driving and many newer vehicles already come with a built-in GPS system.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Bogo

    For a limited time, Dash Maps is available as a special buy one get one free deal. When you purchase Dash Maps, you will get a second unit free. However, you must still pay a small separate shipping and handling fee on the second unit.

  2. Guarantee

    Dash Maps by Sharper Image are backed by a comprehensive ten year money back guarantee. This means that if your device ever stops working or if you are simply not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the product hassle free for your money back. You must, however, pay shipping and handling to have the product returned.

  3. Suction Pads

    Dash Maps uses suction cups to hold itself in place on your dash. While they should be easy enough to get to stick to the dash, make sure that the dash is clean and free of dust and debris. This will ensure that the suction cup will properly adhere and keep Dash Maps in place.

Complaints

  1. False Advertising

    Some customers might complain that Dash Maps offer of Buy one and get one free is false advertising. While you do receive a deal on the purchase, you must still pay a separate fee for the second unit which is clearly not free.

  2. Needs Phone Gps

    This product only works as a screen to display your cellphone's GPS mapping route. If you do not have a cellphone or your cellphone does not have a GPS application for driving routes, you will be unable to use Dash Maps.

  3. Difficult for Some Drivers

    While most people these days are quite familiar with cellphones and technology, there are still some people who may find it difficult to connect the device and use it for their driving needs. Always be sure to read and follow the directions when pairing your device with Dash Maps.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Dash Maps online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Dash Maps online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

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