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I have a Lorance navigation GPS that works fine in the car.
Thanks to this forum, I can now connect the audio through my GL1500 sound system.
My problem is that I can't see the color screen in daylight.
Even on a cloudy day it is washed out. Shading it doesn't help.
I practically have to take it indoors to see the screen and navigate the touch screen controls. I have noticed that cell phones with color screens also have this problem.

Are there low cost GPSs available that do not share this problem?
The product descriptions never seem to address this issue.
I would even consider using a non-color unit, but I haven't seen any advertised.
Any recommendations?

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Hey there Rick;, I've got 6 GPS units (Garmin) including a "non colour" & they are pretty good unless it's direct sunlite on the face then they are hard to see. Your's
might have a "Brightness / Contrast " setting that might help. The newer ones are better than previous.

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or use my hi-tech method, it never needs batteries, and is visiable in all bright lights. Red grease pencil, look at your map, write each leg on a line in the corner of the windshield, removed each line with a pass of the thumb as it is completed.

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Find a small piece of smoke colored plexiglass. Cut it in a rectangle and in the center of the rectangle leave the exact distance of the width of your unit sticking out in the middle of the rectangle with another section of uncut material, round the edges of this section, use a heat gun and form the piece to fit over the top of the unit and having legs come down the sides.

Fasten it to the unit with velcro. Homemade sun shield and costs about 5 bucks.

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Sun shield is about the best way to go.

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The sun shields work pretty good.

But the best unit I have that works in full sun, is my oldest one. A Garmin GPS III that is plain black and while.

the brighter the sun, the easier it is to see.

at night, it has a green backlight.

The color units I have all suffer the same fate. Direct sun, forget about it.

sun shields are a must.

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That's something the Honda unit does not seem to suffer from, I have never had a problem seeing mine in the daytime. I don't much like the nighttime screen, but I use it so rarely I haven't fiddled with the settings at all.

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As per my Avatar......super-bright.

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These work pretty well, but it's still better if your GPS screen is bright enough and has an anti-glare screen.
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I just love the good old methods, or may I call it KISS. keep it simple stupid.

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