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in car sat nav advice and recommendations

Jimbo Avatar
1d, 1y agoPosted 1 decade, 1 year ago
hi all

im thinking of getting one of these sat nav thingys for my car, but to be honest i know sod all about them!

im assuming that they work like this:

you bung in the postcode where you are and where you want to go and it tells you when to turn left, right, etc.

i want one that i can take from car to car

can anyone recommend something that will do the job? im not looking to spent loads, say less than £300

thanks
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1d, 1y agoPosted 1 decade, 1 year ago
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#1
ive recently bought a tomtom 300 £299 from argos, very easy to use and you can take it from car to car as the fixing bracket for the car is on a suction pad, so just pull it off your window and your away
#2
but is that how they work?

u stick in your postcode and the postcode your going to and thats it?

and if you go the wrong way it tells u?
#3
Jimbo

You don't need to enter your location as SatNav knows where you are, unless you are somewhere underground or in forest.
All you need to do is to enter your destination - that means postcode or street address. Not all SatNavs can take full postcode - many are limited to 4-5 symbols. Also, if that location is not on a map, or map is not up to date, then Satnav won't be able to find it.

Typically, most of Satnavs are able to recalculate your route if you take wrong turn. Some are even able to redirect you if there is a traffic jam on your route (this feature called TMC).

As to the system itself, you can get Mitac 168/268/269 clones (Navman, Medion, Yakumo, some Garmins, etc), TomTom, Garmin, etc.
Now some more questions:
1. Do you need ability to store camera database? It is free (despite many companies are selling it!)
2. Do you required detailed EU map in this package? You can always buy maps later if you wish, but then it is more expensive than buying the whole lot.
3. Do you have Smartphone, PDA or laptop already? You may have able to add GPS 'mouse' to your existing devices, thus saving loads of money.

Saying all this, I am not a big fan of transferrable Satnavs, as I prefer installed ones. These usually have connection to wheels, so they know where you are even when signal is lost. Many would disagree with this view as installed ones require a lot of effort to er.. install them and not as colourful as transferrables.

Anyway, this site would probably of interest for you: http://www.pocketgps.co.uk/
#4
hi
no dont require speed camera database, although it would be nice seeing as i hammer around at work.
dont goto europe, so dont need that, and i dont have a pda or smartphone or laptop already.

i would prefer one that does it by postcode if thats possible, cause i gotta find farms out in the country sometimes

and it needs to be transferable so i can nick it when i need it myself, lol

awaiting your recommendation!

thanks

jim
#5
So you need plain vanilla simple to use Satnav without bells and whistles. OK, then two models would probably suit you:

1. Navman ICN-320.
Review: http://www.lordpercy.com/navman_icn320_review.htm
Price £156.74 from Currys inc VAT and delivery (using MAC5 discount code).
2. Garmin i3.
Review: http://www.lordpercy.com/garmin_i3_review.htm
Price £169.99 from Comet inc VAT and delivery. Currys (and Dixons group as a whole) currently out of stock of these.

P.S. You can probably find one of these even cheaper as I didn't do any price research on it.
#6
Ive used Sat nav for the last 4 years and to be honest for money you wont go wrong with a TomTom there about the best out there. Ive tried the rest and tell you the truth ther not a patch on TomTom But money is the qestion ( You get whot you Pay For) 8)
#7
Brought a Tomtom go 700 - best money I ever spent on a bit of kit :D
#8
Just out of curiosity - Jeremy Clarkson wrote in one of latest TG magazines that TomTom reception in London was rubbish. Is this just him trying to make a joke or is this really the case in big cities?
How reliably ETA via Bluetooth is working on TT 700? Is information really up to date? I am asking because TMC sometimes getting old data, especially in Europe.

Also, topic started stated that his budget is limited to 300 quid. So TT 500 and 700 would be out of reach. TT 300 can be bought for less than 300 quid of course.

BTW, I am using installed systems for several years now and it never loses satellites apart from when going underground or tunnels.
#9
Kommunist
Just out of curiosity - Jeremy Clarkson wrote in one of latest TG magazines that TomTom reception in London was rubbish. Is this just him trying to make a joke or is this really the case in big cities?

Only problem I have traveling in London is it loses reception traveling in the outside lane along the A4 towards Chiswick when you're under the M4 elevated section... other than that I can't recommend it more.

Lent it to a friend when he went for a driving holiday in France and he'd ordered one within two days of coming back.

Obviously no data is 100% upto date but it's never really been a problem.

Also to save money I brought mine at Heathrow before I went away on Holiday so saved VAT making my TTG700 £435.

+ I've never used Tomtom traffic so can't comment on the Bluetooth ETA info.
#10
I use TomTom 5 Mobile on my Nokia 6680 and its brilliant. Takes 7 character post codes, tells you Left, Right etc and if you go wrong it rapidly works out an alternate.
For me it was a very cheap buy as I already had the phone, just needed the software (ahem ebay) and a receiver (BT 77 also ebay) which was about £45.
Now I've got the software so I can run it on my iPAQ as well :-)
#11
That was the reason why I asked Jimbo whether he's got PDA or Smartphone already :)
#12
Jimbo
If you can stretch your budget a bit I can seel you a Tomtom Go 500 for £385
#13
Tomtom have just brought out a Tomtom One (basically a cut down version of the GO) But strangely it actually has a faster processor than the Go 300 (it has a 380Mhz one as opposed to 200Mhz!!)

Plus from reviews it seems the new budget one has a far better antenna. £279

http://www.mytomtomgo.com/review_tomtom-one.php
#14
check out the reviews on [url]www.pocketgps.co.uk[/url] (the source of the free speed camera database POI)

The new TomTom One is looking very good at the moment, it uses a new gps chipset which is very fast at locating and locking onto satellites - in fact it's better than the chipset used in the Go series.

However, if you need bluetooth handsfree then the Go 500/700 would be better.
#15
According to review from russ's posting, TomTom One got Bluetooth...
#16
Yeah, it does look very good. I have the old Tomtom Go classic (paid £412 a year ago!) The new Tomtom One has much more than my old unit!! Definitely worth a look. By the way, I think these Sat Nav units are superb, have made getting to different places of work so much easier.
#17
Kommunist
According to review from russ's posting, TomTom One got Bluetooth...

Bluetooth and Bluetooth handsfree aren't the same thing :D

they all have BT connectivity for the additional traffic services (requires subscription plus gprs data costs), however, only the go 500/700 have bluetooth handsfree capability for your phone. (not all phones are compatible though)
#18
Yeah, although dont buy the bluetooth handsfree thinking its great quality, my friend has a 700 and although it works, he does sound very faint when using the built in mic
#19
scrooge
Kommunist
According to review from russ's posting, TomTom One got Bluetooth...

Bluetooth and Bluetooth handsfree aren't the same thing :D

they all have BT connectivity for the additional traffic services (requires subscription plus gprs data costs), however, only the go 500/700 have bluetooth handsfree capability for your phone. (not all phones are compatible though)

Yepp, that's true :)
I am using Bluetooth handsfree for several years now (Parrot CK3000, highly recommended) so could not imagine that someone offer Bluetooth phone connection without handsfree feature. :)

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