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#1 JennyUK

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:50 PM

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 My old one was a very outdated Garmin I hated!

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#2 Preee

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:29 PM

I would go for the Tom Tom range

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:43 PM

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.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:13 PM

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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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:19 PM

If you have android, lots of free ones available. I actually paid £20 for an app called CoPilot. Love it.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:17 AM

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...:)

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:38 AM

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!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

I hear Tom toms are good. Any particular model better?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:51 PM

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 !Removed! 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.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

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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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:36 PM

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 :)


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.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:28 PM

If you have an android phone with GPS just download NavFree World for free.
It's accurate and easy to use.


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.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:23 PM

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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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:53 AM

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.


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?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 12:31 PM

Navfree does spoken directions.

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