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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by derkit, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. derkit

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    Continuing a flavour of technological adventures, surprising I've never had a satellite navigation gizmo in the car and am looking to get one!

    Anyone have any decent sites/forums/pointers etc. where to even start?! :blink
     
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  2. twizzle

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    Dont get a Navman. I have one and the maps are at least a year out of date and no updates available, plus you have to pay for the updates at around £35 per map when they do come out. It also has a habit of telling you to take the next turning just after you passed it once it recalculates a route! Just speant 3 hours driving round the blackwall tunnel with mine telling me to take a u turn as i missed the turning!
     
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  3. Modey

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    Agreed, avoid Navman. I have a Navman N20 and even though it's only 18month old, they have stopped map updates for it which I think it a bit crap if you ask me. I was happy enough with it when it was in use, but I wouldn't buy another one purely on the grounds that the lack of future support may happen with the next Navman ...

    I also have a Tomtom One (v3) which I bough recently from Pc World - Wasn't a bad price actually, £109. The best web price I could find was £105. It's a great unit and I have been really pleased with it. Looks like the software support is superb as well.
     
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  4. Modey

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    Congrats on 1000 posts btw Twizzle. :)
     
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  5. twizzle

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    Aw suck thanks, twas nothin, now i'm going drinking so no more posts tonight. (well at least semi intelligent ones)
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    I would also recommend the Tomtom, got the Tomtom one V2 for my birthday and can't remember how I drove to unknown places without it :lol:

    -ken
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    I'm looking to get the Tom Tom pack for the iPhone 3g :)
     
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  8. onoski

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    I've have the tomtom mobile 6 on my mda vario and its always been spot on rain or sunshine:) get the tomtom and you'd be glad you did.
     
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  9. disarm

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    Some of the cheaper ones from the far east can be hacked to run TomTom software and maps, etc.

    I have a MyGuide3100. The maps are slightly dated and there doesn't seem to be an easy update available. The software works well enough and the display and sound are clear. It doesn't seem as well designed as TomTom though (especially when calculating alternative routes), so I'll go for the TomTom right now.
     
  10. zebulebu

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    Never used one. I'm one of those people that never get lost when driving. I think we're called 'Men' :biggrin
     
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  11. disarm

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    No, you're just constantly pulling over to look at a map, and have purchased every A-Z available.

    Or just use your car to take the kids to school and do the shopping, and don't really go anywhere else.
     
  12. zebulebu

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    Nice try

    First up - nopes, I print directions out beforehand, main roads and turnings in large print in an easy to read font so that I just glance at 'em if I can't remember.

    Second up - no A-Z - all I have is a battered old A3 AA atlas of Great Britain that shows main roads and little else

    Third up - no kids - can't stand 'em, don't ever want 'em

    Fourth up - don't shop in the car, never have - because I can't stand supermarkets. I'm lucky enough to live in a part of the country with a high ethnic population, so I get most of my food from local butchers, bakers and greengrocers - with the rest augmented by a local Lidl (I'm not too proud to admit I love Lidl!) within 150 yards walking distance of my house

    Fifth up - until my current job - which requires only the odd trip to our data centres and new sites as and when we expand - I had, for seven years, done an average of between 15000 and 18000 miles per year around the whole of the South, South East, Central and Midlands areas - with occasional forays further afield (like Wales, Scotland and France)

    Like I said - nice try though :)
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Nor do I (another similarity, Z?). Plus... even if I did get lost when looking for new places, I'd simply not get enough use out of one.
     
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  14. Ryan

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    i have a tom tom

    always been spot on for me

    basically you get what you pay for so if you want to get one of the cheaper sat navs then go ahead, but be prepared for out of date maps and slow route calculations
     
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  15. Mof

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    Did you have a good drink,
    sat navs dont tend to like going through tunnels but tom tom seem to pass this test i have a sony to early yet to say if it as any good.But so far the mistakes tend to be of my own making:rolleyes:
     
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  16. twizzle

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    good drinksh? shince when did i drinksh? hic! (me collegue turned up at half ten last night as his date had finished, so he just had the one... i lost count)

    anyway the Navman, while really usless in London (kept sending me round the O2 instead of heading towards Kensington) it has managed to get us to Evesham for the next day of work. (mind you even i could have gotten here without it.)
     
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  17. disarm

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    Isn't that the hard way though?
     
  18. derkit

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    Exactly the same as me Zeb - I just fancy one as a gadget/toy to place with :biggrin


    Thanks for the comments guys, looks like TomTom is the way forward.
     
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  19. Phoenix
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    I never learnt to drive so rarely even used one let alone owned one
    but if the iPhones got GPS built in and i take it every where, might as well use it as I will likely be on the road a lot if I get the job I'm hoping for :)

    still amazes me how difficult some people find reading a map! hell if the GPS didnt speak to them they would still get lost
     
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  20. derkit

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    Absolutely, I've got lost when trying to find a location after 5 hours driving, but have always been within a mile of two of it - and have quickly found where I needed to go.

    Makes me wonder what these drivers are thinking about..... are their minds actually on the road ??? :ohmy
     
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