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edi posted a great deal a few weeks ago for this at £119.99 delivered. I bought one then!

However, the price has now dropped by a fiver. If you didn't buy one and want one, now is the time. Also, if you did buy one then, use the Amazon 30-day price refund guarantee to get the difference back. I just did.

Product Features

* High-Sensitive GPS receiver
* 3.5inch Widescreen display
* Pre-loaded with Western & Eastern European mapping
* Pre-loaded Saftey Cameras

Technical Details

Unit dimensions: 3.8"W x 2.8"H x .8"D
Display size: 2.8"W x 2.1"H
3.5 diag (8.9 cm)
Display resolution: 320W x 240H pixels
Display type: QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
Weight: 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)
Battery:rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life:up to 5 hours
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#1
Comes with:

* Car charger
* Suction mount + dashboard disk
* Nuvi 250

Uses a high performance SIRF chipset.
You can connect this to your PC using any USB to Mini USB cable, it appears to charge from this connection.
#2
I am in the market for a basic sat nav unit. Would you recommend this one Bob_nugget?
#3
With Xmas closing in, I wonder if there are any UK only Sat Navs with speed camera recognition and ability to update that are better than this between below [COLOR=#333333]£[/COLOR]150.

Currently hot so let's hear the reasons why hot voters?

Too many people think Sat Navs are much of a same thing!
#4
Many would throughly recommend Garmin, BUT, at the moment they are in the process of bringing out new maps, Europe 2008. The old maps are v9 and are on most of the units for sale. Until earlier this year they gave a free update to the new maps but it is not confirmed that this will be the case this year. So either hold off 'til they confirm a free update or factor in £50 for the update. Or, buy from a company that gives you up to date maps, this way the companies that don't give a free update learn.
#5
winchman
Many would throughly recommend Garmin, BUT, at the moment they are in the process of bringing out new maps, Europe 2008. The old maps are v9 and are on most of the units for sale. Until earlier this year they gave a free update to the new maps but it is not confirmed that this will be the case this year. So either hold off 'til they confirm a free update or factor in £50 for the update. Or, buy from a company that gives you up to date maps, this way the companies that don't give a free update learn.


Good point!

Any Sat Navs that can update FOC will obviously be a major consideration providing the service and unit functions are reliable!

Do any of the major players offer free updates?
#6
paulstewart1
I am in the market for a basic sat nav unit. Would you recommend this one Bob_nugget?


Not sure yet, I only received it today (courier messed the delivery up). I've used it in Pedestrian mode to see if it would correctly route me to the shops, and it did. I went for this one as it isn't much more than a cheap UK only GPS and has a good name on it, and full European mapping.

It seemed a bit slow to get a signal at first, so I updated it to 3.40 firmware over the web and it picks up a signal very quickly. I'd recommend doing this - you can find the update online here. You can get a newer update directly from Garmin, but this one gives it the ability to record GPS trails, as garmin accidentally left a test feature in the firmware. This unit apparently does not have spoken street names, but will tell you to turn left, right, etc.

It does charge over a mini USB cable for sure. It is pretty small and easily pocketable. The screen looks pretty clear, but I'm yet to test it driving. It has automatic day and night modes, and darkens the screen colours (if set) in the evening so it isn't too bright in the car.
I will try it out on the way home.

It also has an SD memory card slot for extra maps, and a picture viewer. It also has a currency and unit converter built in.

It has speed cameras built in - I think you can get unofficial updates for these too. It also has postcode and street name look-ups, and quite a few businesses, with a detour function and a stop function.
#7
retropolis
Good point!

Any Sat Navs that can update FOC will obviously be a major consideration providing the service and unit functions are reliable!

Do any of the major players offer free updates?


Tomtom have a map guarantee when you buy to ensure you have the most up to date map, good satnavs(a few fail), terrible customer service.
Mio C230/320/520, C5xx, Navman S30/50/70/90 and ViaMichelin v7 are new models with up to date maps but tend to charge about £100 to get up to date maps when the time comes.

Garmin map updates last year were £40, so a bit more reasonable and have the best customer service, but as i said it would be only fair to allow people who recently purchased one of there satnavs to get a free update to the Europe 2008 maps(don't be fooled by the '2008', the maps will be no more upto date than the other makes).
#8
winchman
Tomtom have a map guarantee when you buy to ensure you have the most up to date map, good satnavs(a few fail), terrible customer service.
Mio C230, C5xx, Navman S30/50/70/90 and ViaMichelin v7 are new models with up to date maps but tend to charge about £100 to get up to date maps when the time comes.
Garmin map updates last year were £40, so a bit more reasonable and have the best customer service, but as i said it would be only fair to allow people who recently purchased one of there satnavs to get a free update to the Europe 2008 maps(don't be fooled by the '2008', the maps will be no more upto date than the other makes).


Cheers for that winchman!
#9
paulstewart1
I am in the market for a basic sat nav unit. Would you recommend this one Bob_nugget?


Hey, I used this last night, and this morning. I would definitely recommend it. It kept its signal for the whole journey, and I did a few wrong turns to throw it off. It recalculated the route very quickly indeed (yeah it is only about 5 miles, but has a few twists and turns). The voice is nice and loud, you can easily hear it over a CD player on a moderate volume (a Ford one at volume 5). The mount is nice and strong too, it stuck on the windscreen very nicely. It did not appear to like sticking to the dash though. The speed camera warnings popped up when I was near the speed limit in a mobile camera zone, too.

This unit will also do most of Europe (which is why I wanted it - I'm in Kent, so nice and near the channel), so it should be perfect for a quick booze cruise or city visit too.
#10
winchman
Many would throughly recommend Garmin, BUT, at the moment they are in the process of bringing out new maps, Europe 2008. The old maps are v9 and are on most of the units for sale. Until earlier this year they gave a free update to the new maps but it is not confirmed that this will be the case this year.


And months later... To anyone who bought this here, I've just received a free Map update to 2008 from Garmin.com. It's in the post!

Register at their site to get it!

Cheers

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