Advice on Sat Nav's and Mobiles with Sat Nav

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Found 22nd Jan 2008
I would like some advice on an area I know little about - Sat NAvs.

I would like to get a sat nav for occasional leisure use. I am wondering what the best value sat navs are and whether the ones that are used in mobile phones are any good? I like the idea of not having a separate device to carry around, but if they are not so good then I will.
Is there a clear best option on this as there seem so many devices etc it's quite tricky to know where to start on the research - and I do like to research my gadgets before I buy them!

Thanks for any help you can give fellow HUKD'ers!


yo can get satnav programs suitable for some phones from usual download sites but you will need a gps reciever

There are a couple of phones out there with built in GPS which are good, I previously had the O2 Orbit with Sat Nav and used all the time, and most networks offer variants of this phone and newer versions.

Nokia N95 has sat nav but stay away from this as the GPS is designed for walking only not in car use.

I have used TomTom Navigator (TomTom for mobiles) on my Nokia N70 and E50. It requires a bluetooth gps receiver but works really well. The TomTom software is excellent and is compatible with most Series 60/N series/E series Nokia phones.

The only problem with these is screen size/display limitations. Lack of touch screen unless you have a PDA like the O2 Orbit mentioned be Trauts above. The biggest problem you will encounter is battery time. An in car charger would be necessary for the phone. If you were using it to walk, your legs would run out of steam before your battery did! Or get an extra phone battery.

The TomTom Navigator software is very similar to the normal TomTom software and can have, Live Traffic/Weather updates, speed camera warnings with voice notifications stating speed limit, multiple voices (celebrities etc.) and customisable point of interests.
Maps for all over the world are available too.

I would recommend one as I don't ever need to buy a separate satnav unit.

Oh and also in your car, you will use a phone holder as opposed to a satnav cradle, decreasing the chances of your car getting broken into from thieves looking to steal satnav devices.
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