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Sat Nav - Tom Tom GO 910

lezlidod Avatar
9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
Hubby wants sat nav for xmas. He wants one to be used abroad. He has been advised that Tom Tom GO 910 is best vaue at £190.

Anybody go one & what likes? Or any others that is good or we just paying for the name.

Cheers:santa:
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9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
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#1
ive got a few satnavs and the tomtoms are definatly the best ive found...currently own both a tomtom one and a 910...the 910 is better for music and bluetooth but if u dont need these id go for a tomtom one and save urself a few quid....also if u go for the traffic version u get free traffic redirection for life...AND if you go for the ONE you can always upgrade the maps to the new service they are advertising on telly
#2
I think it really depend on what you want from a sat nav, and what you are going to use it for. And some of that may not be what you first think, if you've not used one already - by that I mean you may have an idea about what you'll use it for, but after the experience of using one, your usage or needs may change.

If you are struck with TomToms as a brand, then by all means. The 910 is the previous generation (920 is the current equivalent).

On the other hand, if you have a list of requirements, eg:-

bluetooth support for handsfree phone usage; ability to play mp3s; european mapping (if you're going abroad and want to use it there); traffic / TMC support; speed / safety camera warnings

then it makes more sense to list what you think you'll want / need from a sat nav, and no doubt people will chip in with what suits you best.

And no matter what you read - everybody has a natural interest in recommending and believing that what they've chosen is best - the reailty is, though, owning a number of sat navs from the leading makes, that none are clearly superior for everyone. If you read forums dedicated to say TomTom, Garmin, Navman et al, you'll find people discussing problems, bugs, faults, inadequacies of them all.

And that's the thing - for all the times you read people saying that a particular make is the best thing since sliced bread, you've only got to read the forums that people use who are actually using these devices, to find there's nothing new under the sun, or no one killer model or make to go with.

As a generalism, I'd say going with the big makes (so TomTom, Garmin, Navman) - rather than the bargain-bucket - cheap and cheerful ones that you'll never have heard of - that's simply a matter of pedigree and support, though.

What you are best off doing is taking all the advice with a pinch of salt, and finding one that fits your needs best. As you've mentioned abroad, you'll probably want euro mapping, and perhaps the easy ability (albeit with a cost) of running maps from other countries (eg the USA). So you'll probably want euro mapping out of the box - and I'd say that the 910 may not be your best bargain for that.

With euro mapping, these appear to be good for the price (I've just used Amazon links, you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere, I'm just using these links for illustrative purposes...):-

Garmin Nuvi 250

Garmin Nuvi 250 widescreen
#3
The 910 has built-in maps for USA and Canada (and Guam!).
If you think you'll visit those, it makes sense to have those maps too; if you don't go there, you've not paid that much for the possibility that you might have done.

We used one in Canada and it worked well, apart from not knowing about a very recent new road.

Don't know about the 920, but worth comparing what you get in the new model, and whether it's worth the extra.

Good luck
#4
pedantic10
The 910 has built-in maps for USA and Canada (and Guam!).
If you think you'll visit those, it makes sense to have those maps too; if you don't go there, you've not paid that much for the possibility that you might have done.

We used one in Canada and it worked well, apart from not knowing about a very recent new road.

Don't know about the 920, but worth comparing what you get in the new model, and whether it's worth the extra.

Good luck


I know some people have said (on the pocketgpsworld forums) that they prefer the previous x10 series to the new x20s.

The 920 has things like voice recognition, and has TomToms RDS TMC traffic included.

For the OP, though, you just need to be a bit clear on what you want. The 910 and newer 920 are pretty much top-end car sat navs, so if you want to get the choice right, I guess you need to decide what you want from a sat nav.

What I would say is that if you want it for foreign travel, I'd say the TomTom One (v3) is not for you, on account of it no longer having an SD slot (and 512 MB isn't gonna cut it for having maps of numerous or big regions).
#5
Thanks for all your advice. We wont be travelling to Canada or USA. It will probably just be Spain, France - EU. He wants one that can supply us with the roads in France, Spain etc. He wants the bigger widescreen (appx 4.5"!).

We dont need it for driving around here its only because we were thinking of taking our caravan on its 1st trip over seas (probably France).

Thanks for all your responses.

Cheers
#6
From your requirements, the One Europe sounds the best option. I've run Tom Tom on 4:3 PDAs in both landscape & portrait & also own a 710. There's nothing really to be gained (IMO) from a widescreen except bulk.

If he really needs the extra inches (:giggle:), see if you can find a cheap deal on a 510. If you then purchase a current map set (£40 for Western Europe at the moment), you can upgrade the software to the latest version free of charge.
#7
rbz5416
From your requirements, the One Europe sounds the best option.


Both the examples I've given (ie non-widescreen and widescreen) include full euro mapping, and tend to be notably cheaper than their TomTom equivalents - which in fairness, was why I suggested them - that being the name of the game where deals are concerned.
#8
lezlidod
Thanks for all your advice. We wont be travelling to Canada or USA. It will probably just be Spain, France - EU. He wants one that can supply us with the roads in France, Spain etc. He wants the bigger widescreen (appx 4.5"!).

We dont need it for driving around here its only because we were thinking of taking our caravan on its 1st trip over seas (probably France).

Thanks for all your responses.

Cheers


Then I'd say go for:-

Garmin Nuvi 250 widescreen

Fits your requirement of euro mapping, and widescreen, and is one of the main leading sat nav brands, and a good solid unit.

I have no argument with you saying you'd opt for a TomTom - but for your requirements, you'll likely pay more, for no discernable advantage.
#9
Thanks for your help. I will look into the Garmin Nuvi 250 widescreen and Tom Tom One Europe and the 510.

Probably better with the Europe maps built in & update when new roadways become available rather than buying a current map set. Or does the current map set update when new road are available too.

Thanks for al your input.

I think it will be easier to fly but not many planes take cars or caravans!!!
#10
lezlidod
Thanks for your help. I will look into the Garmin Nuvi 250 widescreen and Tom Tom One Europe and the 510.

Probably better with the Europe maps built in & update when new roadways become available rather than buying a current map set. Or does the current map set update when new road are available too.


I've not yet played with TomTom's mapshare thingmy, but my understanding is it's more about avoidances and closures. I don't think it's really including new information on roads, per se - that's something that's pretty much always charged for.

Garmin have previously given a free update, in situations where the purchase and registration of the unit is done around the time the new maps are released. Currently it's a possibility you'd get v9 of their maps, but may well qualify for the imminent 2008 release of their mapping.

So timed right, and it could be a good choice.

I wouldn't rush to thinking you must upgrade to the latest every time they release a new version of maps, though. There's always some lag, so even the latest versions are unlikely to be completely up-to-date.

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