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Old 18 November 2005, 03:49   #1
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I'm getting to the stage where a car sat nav would be a really handy tool as I have to carry out so many site visits around the country now.

I really don't know where to start.
I've looked at a Tom Tom 300 and that looks ok and they currently go for about £275.00 on e-bay but a mate has a Navman unit that he says is cheaper and better.

Anyone got one of these things, how much did you pay and what unit did you get?
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Old 18 November 2005, 04:00   #2
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I run Tom Tom on a PDA (IPAQ) it the dogs. Also have all the functionality of Window CE, ie outlook, internet, et al.

£275.00 From Earls court Rd Bargin.

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Old 18 November 2005, 04:57   #3
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I've got a Garmin i3 and I'm very happy with it.

They're available for £170, which is way cheaper than most of the competition. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive products, but it gets me places and it's really easy to use (as you might expect from a Garmin!). You can also load up the speed camera database and use it like a "Road Angel" which is a bonus

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Old 18 November 2005, 07:43   #4
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I use TomTom on an ipaq with either a bluetooth GPS or my trusty old Garmin12. Also use a laptop with autoroute and GPS.

I find that for point to point navigation in cities etc TomTom is fantastic - have used it abroad quite a bit as well. You can download free speedcamera stuff for both systems.

For wandering about without a specific destination in mind I prefer autoroute on the laptop.

Mate of mine bought Roadangel or whatever it's called - cost him £500 and he finds it isn't as good as his Ipaq with TomTom.

If you go for the Ipaq get a dash mounted cradle - makes life far easier!!!
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Old 18 November 2005, 08:08   #5
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i have tomtom on my HP iPAQ and a wireless bluetooth GPS, works brilliantly, cant remeber how much it was now as it was a couple of years ago.

Has never got me lost except onece, in the middle of the new forest where there are tracks everywhere!!!

I also use it for walking, sailing and loads more as i have OS maps on there and also charts!!/.
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Or what about Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood?
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I have bought the TOM TOM 700 as recommended to me by Paul (Jackeen), thanks again Paul good choice

I shopped around and the best price I could get was at the airport (less VAT ) I was flying out for the weekend to Poland. so pounds 425.00 . I took it with me when I went to pick up the rib and was anxious to see how I would be directed along a road I have done many many times in the last 20 + years. It is a fantastic piece of kit . If you don't like the road selected you just ask for an alternative one, a choice of language , male or female voice

the 700 comes with a 2.5 Gbt hard drive so the whole map of Europe is included and that is what I wanted. If you only want UK then probably the 300 or 500 model will do.

If you have blue tooth with your mobile then you can set it up with the Tom Tom and have hands free phone for use in the car

I will demonstrate it to you tomorrow if you are down at the LM

Also important Service back up. Here I am most impressed. Yesterday it would not switch on so following the instructions I send an email to the SUPPORT . I got an immediate reply telling me to locate the reset hole and using thin wire to trigger it off. This worked like a treat. I can find my way home now


Phil, go on the internet and do a search for Tom Tom 700 and you will find lots of sites offering that product and the prices are from 499.00 to 540.00 don't know about the 300 or 500
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I've got an A3 petrol station car map and I'm very happy with it.

At £1.99 its accurate, portable, accepts upgrades via a pencil or highlighter and doesn't talk back or tell you off if you miss a turning unlike an expensive box of tricks or a wife
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I've got an A3 petrol station car map and I'm very happy with it.

At £1.99 its accurate, portable, accepts upgrades via a pencil or highlighter and doesn't talk back or tell you off if you miss a turning
Got to be honest when travelling around Spain we did find that the paper thingy was very useful and the only sort of crash liable to stop it from working just doesn't bear thinking about!!!

The beauty of the Ipaq over the dedicated car systems is that you can also use it for OS maps and nautical charts etc etc - much more versatile. Not only that but you can use aerial photo overlays as well so you can actually see just where you are!!!
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I've got an A3 petrol station car map and I'm very happy with it..............
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When they work well they are great but boy can they let you down
I was taking a couple of Germans from a meeting near Chester to a meeting in Sheffield and not paying much attention (to the road or the Germans).The GPS took me of the motorway and up some initially promising roads in the right sort of direct Eventually found myself in the back streets of Glossop looking for a road my gps had made up. Didnít impress the Germans Ď Why are your autobahns so smallí Ďbit of a deprived area canít afford full sized onesí Des
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