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JennyUK
I dropped my sat nav today and broke it (oops). Anyone got any recommendations for a decent new one? My old one was a very outdated Garmin I hated!
Preee
I would go for the Tom Tom range
Paddy H
I have Tom Tom XL, lovely little thing, i downloaded all the POI's from cash points to fast foods. Alot of people like the Garmins and Navmans, i like my Tom Tom and the turn off lane advisor thing (shows picture exact lane to exit off motorways) is very handy.
Stoney871
If you have an android phone with GPS just download NavFree World for free.
It's accurate and easy to use.
GSM
If you have android, lots of free ones available. I actually paid £20 for an app called CoPilot. Love it.
Rh1no
I used to sell them at work, had alot more TomToms returned than we did Garmin, and those members of staff who worked there had Garmins...:)
jeebowhite
I have navfree on my mobile, but it often tells me to turn right, but shows the direction of turn left... It amuses me!

I have a tom tom one Go 30 series, I bought it about 4 year ago, and it still goes strong. I would definately recommend tomtom, and givent hat Halfords are having a sale at the moment, you can get some excellent XL / QI models for just over the 100 pounds mark!
JennyUK
I hear Tom toms are good. Any particular model better?
Brigante
Go for a tomtom go live 1000 (1005 for bigger screen) if you can get it. It's got the easy click magnetic mount which loads better than my old xl live.

However with tomtom they update the maps every quarter and charge a bloody extortionate fee to keep updating (i hear garmin do this for free?) so you'll end up doing what I do and just buy a new satnav every year for how much all the updates and live services are.
JennyUK
I don't mind paying for updates and usually I don't bother since they are never anything worth updating over. I never bothered to update my Garmin!

I'll give that one a look. A big screen would be good since my gf had trouble seeing e old one.

Cheers guys :)
Brigante
[quote name='JennyUK' timestamp='1344538003' post='199981']
I don't mind paying for updates and usually I don't bother since they are never anything worth updating over. I never bothered to update my Garmin!

I'll give that one a look. A big screen would be good since my gf had trouble seeing e old one.

Cheers guys :)
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In that case go for the go live 1005. Also, give amazon a shout over halfords. I got the Europe version of the 1000 off amazon for £160 if I remember correctly, when at the exact same time halfords was selling the UK only version for £250. Not that I intend on using it in a different country but your getting a lot more for a lot less compared to halfords.

It appeared to be from Poland going by the writing on the box but was a UK seller and it had UK instructions inside not that you need them and as it was the Europe version you just select UK from the list.
johnS
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1344463380' post='199793']
If you have an android phone with GPS just download NavFree World for free.
It's accurate and easy to use.
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Or you can use the built in google navigation on an Android phone. It's really good but the only problem with that is it constantly requires a network for it to download the route. However I did a 520mi trip upto scotland and it worked the whole way there.
ijustwantafile
My 4 year old garmin is doing well. Although I had a fault on it where pressing on the screen pressed the wrong letters on the keyboard. I turned it off and on and it fixed itself though. It can some times take ages to find satellites but just make sure you turn it on before you start moving or stop for a min and let it pick them up.

Although a friend bought his at the same time as me he has now replaced his with a newer version as they don't take long at all to get signal.
stillhere
[quote name='ijustwantafile' timestamp='1344604431' post='200095']
My 4 year old garmin is doing well. Although I had a fault on it where pressing on the screen pressed the wrong letters on the keyboard. I turned it off and on and it fixed itself though. It can some times take ages to find satellites but just make sure you turn it on before you start moving or stop for a min and let it pick them up.

Although a friend bought his at the same time as me he has now replaced his with a newer version as they don't take long at all to get signal.
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I seem to remember that these smartphone apps do everything apart from spoken directions. These are important to me as i do not want to distract my attention from the road by peering at a very small smartphone screen.

Are there any apps that give spoken directions?
Stoney871
Navfree does spoken directions.
jeebowhite
Agree'd or as mentioned earlier, there is also the google navigation, which you can use the robot voice and it tells you the direction to turn and the road you are turning onto. I hope NavFree do this soon!
JennyUK
Thanks for all the advice guys :) I decided to go with the Tomtom 1005. It's perfect for what I need. Looks stylish too :)
Preee
Looks a nice bit of kit , Don't drop it :)
jeebowhite
buy a good solid case for it! you can get them cheap enough, I bought a case from 99p store several years ago for my tomtom, it has bounced a few times and was perfectly unharmed! not bad for a cheap buy!
JennyUK
I'll see about doing that. I don't want to drop it again :P
Brigante
[quote name='JennyUK' timestamp='1344893555' post='200781']
Thanks for all the advice guys :) I decided to go with the Tomtom 1005. It's perfect for what I need. Looks stylish too :)
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Whey hey :) which map did you get on it and did you get it from halfords? When I checked them against amazon halfords actually had a sale on at the time.
jimrex
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1344861315' post='200665']
it tells you the direction to turn and the road you are turning onto. I hope NavFree do this soon!
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NavFree does it with main roads (the A4146 in Milton Keynes amuses me, the lady just can't say it right!) but not street names - that would be really nifty!

The one feature I adore about NavFree is that you can stream the audio directions via bluetooth, while using Spotify and the music volume dips, rather than relying on the tinny phone speaker.
s.jsutton
I have my iphone in a screen mounted cradle on the drivers side, plugged in to an aux lead to the stereo.
Play the music off the phone whilst the nav free is on, it fades out the music every time the sat nav gives an instruction, also fades both out if you get a phone call. - iphone mic is very sensitive but the speaker is not great, so running through the car stereo works like a hands free kit as well.
Can't complain about the nav free software has got me everywhere I have wanted to go.
JennyUK
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Whey hey :) which map did you get on it and did you get it from halfords? When I checked them against amazon halfords actually had a sale on at the time.
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We got it from Currys.

This one http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tomtom-go-live-1005-gps-sat-nav-07960254-pdt.html?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~generic_mda_Freezers_Dynamic~Generic_Freezers~Generic&mctag=gg_goog_7904&gclid=COeY786H7rECFYQhtAodlxIA5A

I know it's expensive for a sat nav but we use it a lot I decided worth treating myself :)
Haven't had a chance to use it yet, gfs had the car all week but I get my chance this weekend so I'm eager to try out the lane/street voice :)
birdieboys
Hi, Are there any free satnav apps for iPhone4 that anyone knows about please
jimrex
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Hi, Are there any free satnav apps for iPhone4 that anyone knows about please
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NavFree, as mentioned above, will do the job for you ;)
Stoney871
[quote name='jimrex' timestamp='1345202819' post='201491']
NavFree, as mentioned above, will do the job for you ;)
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Agreed, good as gold.
Brigante
[quote name='JennyUK' timestamp='1345186038' post='201453']
We got it from Currys.

This one [url="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tomtom-go-live-1005-gps-sat-nav-07960254-pdt.html?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~generic_mda_Freezers_Dynamic~Generic_Freezers~Generic&mctag=gg_goog_7904&gclid=COeY786H7rECFYQhtAodlxIA5A"]http://www.currys.co...CFYQhtAodlxIA5A[/url]

I know it's expensive for a sat nav but we use it a lot I decided worth treating myself :)
Haven't had a chance to use it yet, gfs had the car all week but I get my chance this weekend so I'm eager to try out the lane/street voice :)
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Paid a bit much for it then cause currently in the halfords sale you could of had the europe version for £248.97 or the world version for £262.50 if you was planning on going on holiday at some point. Even if you wasn't gonna use it in another country you'd have got more for less money.

[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345208044' post='201517']
Agreed, good as gold.
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Might have to give it a go on my android
JennyUK
Is a bit much yeah but I can spare it. Not really bothered about world maps, dont dirve on holiday, only generally use it for UK roads!

I know I could have got it cheaper elsewhere but I'm impatient and I buy the first thing that comes up :P

All in all we are happy with it. Does the job and looks sweet :)
Peejay1977
I use Copilot on my iPhone but in my opinion nothing beats the Tomtom.


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