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Sat Navs which are good?

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MarieCeleste Report 23 Nov 2012 17:07

Just on the subject of phone sat navs - I've had a tom-tom of my own and a garmin in works car and prefer my Nokia Drive over both. It's completely free, no charge for updates or for changing the type of voice.


AnninGlos Report 23 Nov 2012 16:52

Yep, would agree with all that Bob.


Bobtanian Report 23 Nov 2012 16:45

the main cause for errors is setting the preference...........using the walking route while on a motorway wont work, but THAT will send you up a dead end, in a car........I'd inadvertantly set that up once, and Yoda suggested I turn LEFT off the parkway to go down the upslip........

My Tomtom One,( Yoda) works well,but I refuse to pay for map updates which dont concern me, and when selected fastest route, is not always the shortest, and vice versa, what IS good is the speed readout, 100% accurate( in a straight line)

shows up how inaccurate car speedos are, as you get actual roadspeed rather than a calculated one.

and mine WILL go door to door....

what I DONT like is............I cant setup a route, say from mine to freds,to bill's to toms, etc in one go, to get an economic route


Foggy Report 23 Nov 2012 16:45

I have in the past had a tom tom, did not like it.
Have a Garmin now and find it excellent.



Dawnieher3headaches Report 23 Nov 2012 16:27

once she gets her own clients and done it a few times she will be fine but has also been asked to join a group that meets a wat away and although knows main way there if they change location she will need one. She does have map in car as well she just panics she will go wrong with her map reading.

d x


AnninGlos Report 23 Nov 2012 16:19

You have to use your eyes and common sense as well as the sat nav. It also depends what you set. i.e. quickest route will often take you down obscure country lanes. many's the time we have looked and said, we are not going down there. The sat nav then re-evaluates the journey and gets you there in the end. We once used it on a journey we knew and each time we ignored the instructions it came up with a different route and we got there.

Grandson uses his for his Pizza delivery job.


DazedConfused Report 23 Nov 2012 16:13

She may be going from house to house

but she only needs the map once for each direction

so map to house a

then map for directions from house a to house b


I would never rely on a Sat Nav. you hear of some terrible (and in some cases hilarious) incidents with these as people do tend to blindly follow the instructions


PricklyHolly Report 23 Nov 2012 15:55

I have a Tom Tom..........the first time i used it it took me up a country lane to a dead end :-0..........i haven't used it since!!



AnninGlos Report 23 Nov 2012 15:47

Tom Tom has been very good for us, not let us down yet. But we do carry a map as well. We call her Gladys.

As has been said do not leave in the car, or leave evidence of it being in the car (ie.g. marks where it has been fixed to the windscreen.


Porkie_Pie Report 23 Nov 2012 15:45

If you must have a satnav then i would recommend a GARMIN over any other for car drivers

For anyone interested the best satnav for lorries are made by snooper

But which ever you have you need to remember that the mapping is from what ever source the manufacturer uses but your local council decides the priority at any junction which is the most common reason for mistakes by drivers blindly following their satnav when they should be reading the road signs



jax Report 23 Nov 2012 15:29

I have a Samsung galaxy y phone and that has sat nav I believe and thats the basic smart phone....Sat navs are good but common sense would help rather than rely on the directions.

OH drives for a living and does use one, but one of the routes has him going from south London to the city...the sat nav says its 16 miles and takes him all around the houses if he followed it, where as it's only 6 miles. The younger drivers he works with refuse to even look at a map and complain if they have to do the London run.

If she is only driving local I would have thought any would do really


Dawnieher3headaches Report 23 Nov 2012 14:56

Rollo she only has a smartphone so dont think it has it and what the blazes is an android phone? on 2nd thoughts it would probconfuse me lol


Dawnieher3headaches Report 23 Nov 2012 14:49

Thanks Janet only thing i ever named was my walking stick and called that Moby as in moby dick = stick i said i was too young to ask someone to pass me my stick sais pass me moby sounded better lol


RolloTheRed Report 23 Nov 2012 14:48

TOM TOM real time traffic reports have not been working for ages.

GARMIN is best value. Halford often have large discounts for several brands. eBay is not the best source for SatNav.

Any modern Android phone has built in free GPS SatNav and maps which works perfectly well. Set the screen to always on, max the sound and stick it to the windscreen with a holder ( Sainsbury £ 10 ). Power it from the cigar socket tho' its own power is ok for a couple of hours.

iPhone has much the same except of course the latest one.

In my experience all and any satnav have a tendency to go dumb in the middle of large cities eg the City, Brum and so on. Cellphone nav carries on using (less accurate) cell location, TomTom just breaks up.

TomTom, Garmin et al have an advantage of downloadable maps and better lane indications. They also have GATSO and speed limit advice. Even better you can choose the voice. OTOH yet another subscription ...

Some cars already have SATNAV (ours does) but tends to be out-of-date and costs a fortune to fix.

SATNAV is wonderful across the channel, making sense of "Centre Ville, Z.I., Gare, Autre directions, Dechettes, ..." .

A scrooge like friend who is still using a Motorola flip-phone just prints out the maps from Google on the office printer.

If you have not used SatNav before practice somewhere where you know your way around - for one thing you will soon discover they are far from infallible.



Janet Report 23 Nov 2012 14:43

I have now got my second Tom tom, but always use it in conjunction with a map. I call it Rhonda (as in Help Me Rhonda) although I believe she is really called Jane.-jl


Dawnieher3headaches Report 23 Nov 2012 14:23

Merlin shes started another part time job as a carer and has to go from house to house and needs to find her way so map wpnt be any good as will be on a schedule and cant keep stopping to look at directions.

Thanks Carol


Merlin Report 23 Nov 2012 14:16

Carol. niether are you allowed to look a screens or listen to wrong directions. :-P

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 23 Nov 2012 14:11

A good one is a TOM Tom

Merlin you are NOT allowed to read & drive, :-|


Merlin Report 23 Nov 2012 14:06

Tell her to get a good Road Map,and read it before going anywhere strange. or get on to the AA via computor and get a printout to her destination. :-D


Dawnieher3headaches Report 23 Nov 2012 14:00

Lissy needs to get one and asked me to help well thats like asking a chocolate teapot to pour the tea

Anyone know which are good and which are not????