What other good GPS is there other than Tom tom &Garmin?

Discussion in 'GPS Navigation' started by Gazzet, May 29, 2012.

  1. Gazzet

    Gazzet

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    My first GPS was from Lidle:Sad:It took a very long time to find satalites could only use degrees and mins.Then i bought a garmin :Smile:which is very good dose everything i want but it now wants to use every side road and needs a update.

    I need a new one.I wanted a tom tom untill i tried them,the ones ive seen under £200 cant use co ordinates and dont have a card slot

    I would buy another garmin but what about mio or nav or one of the others that on paper offer a lot at a lower price?

    Or do we all buy Tom tom except me?
     
  2. Hollyberry

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    I've got a nearly 5 year old TomTom, still going strong, covers all of Europe and rarely lets me down.
    I've just started using the Ventura Snooper I bought months ago as scared of getting into narrow lanes etc.. Taken a bit of getting used to but it has some useful points.
    I find the "advance planning" on the TomTom useful for calculating driving time each day.
     
  3. Gazzet

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    Ive been looking at GPS used in other vans ive met.The old tom toms great wish i had one the new ones are IQ routes no co-ordinate input and poi not worth having.
    Cant remember the names of the GPS ive seen online but good specs.My problem is to know if they work?A mio for example.dose it use co-ordinates 45.123456 will it be ready to navigate in less than 60 seconds normaly,what poi dose it have ----
    Its very hard to find another GPS to try,shops dont have many demos today and the specs dont list start time co-ordinate entery etc

    So i thought id ask:Smile:
     
  4. Munchie

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    We have a Tom Tom start 20 and a 25 both are sub £200 and both have coordinates and both have a micro sd card slot. :thumb:
     
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    I had a Snooper and didn't like it at all. It had two serious faults and Snooper were no help at all. I ended up having to get my money back from the credit card company. I also thought it was very cheap and plasticy (if there is such a word) for the money. I definitely wouldn't have another.

    I have a Tom Tom and have to say it the quality is far superior to the Snooper in every way.

    And I did get another. I was in Spain and had forgotten my satnav. I bought a cheap one called an N-Drive for 59 Euros and was AMAZED as to how good it was. It has maps for the whole of Europe including speed cameras. Apparently, you can also get it for an iPhone or an Android. For the money it was unbelievably good.

    Now that I've got rid of the Pooper, sorry Snooper, I'm thinking of getting the Blaupunkt New York 800 for the motorhome as it has a lovely large screen, oozes quality, and the mapping looks top class.
     
  6. Gazzet

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    The new ones dont have co-ordinates
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gadgets/tom-tom-gps-and-sat-nav/tomtom-start-20-962477/review

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    Now that I've got rid of the Pooper, sorry Snooper, I'm thinking of getting the Blaupunkt New York 800 for the motorhome as it has a lovely large screen, oozes quality, and the mapping looks top class.

    Blaupunkt have a bad press better try first only what ive been told and shown

    Things are changing FAST i want a new laptop found my T60 better than new ultra pcs battery life processor speed and screen
     
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    most smart phones have good gps mapping on them and as most use google maps they dont need updating as much.

    i have a pioneer in the motorhome and the update dvd's are a fortune
    check what the situation is regarding updates with the blaupunkt before committing to buy one
     
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    My Tom Tom uses co-ordinates if I want it to do so and I can input POI's... but then I am a huge Tom Tom fan... maybe it knows this and is being nice to me...

    I think people are so wrong to blame the sat nav for taking them down narrow roads and the like...

    After I have done my preference settings... fastest route... shortest route... with tolls... without tolls etc and asked for a route I always check the selected route to see if it is one I would like... there are many different ways to get from A to B...

    Then off I go and if Serena tells me to turn left ahead and I don't like the look of the choice she has made I don't do what she says... and you know what... she stays calm, accepts my decision and adjusts her route accordingly...

    TOM TOM ROOLS OK...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    you dont have the dumbd down tom tom sold now
     
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    I'm a Garmin user. They all have various quirks and limitations, but I think Garmin virtually invented the SatNav and I would buy another.
     
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    Now on my third Garmin, never let me down and easy to use :thumb:
     
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    I've got a Garmin 1490T, I had problems initially where it doggedly stuck to the route it first planned. I found in the preferences 'Do not allow U turns' was ticked, turned this off and no problems at all now, if I miss a turn it immediately recalculates.
     
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    Very Excited and watching for the postie.

    Have just ordered a NEW TomTom from QVC.

    Our old one was second hand when we got it and we've had NO problems at all..... we just ignore her when she tries to get us out of the fields we keep going into on these new roads.

    This new old has daily map upgrades FOR LIFE, has a 5" screen and is so much thinner.

    AND Only £139.95 with free postage and 4 monthly payments.

    I have no links with the shopping channels apart from the money I keep paying them, but there are some good buys on TV, and it saves on the shoe leather.

    June
     
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    I have the standard Blaupunkt sat nav/ reverse camera screen in my Swift Bolero, bloody useless, if it wern't fot the R/C I would junk it.:Sad:
     
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    Do Garmin sat navs have internet connection and therefore live traffic/road works/weather information?

    Does a Snooper sat nav have Live Google Search where, if you suddenly fancy a pizza you just just type in "pizza" and the sat nav tells you where the nearest pizza restaurants are... Choose one and it navigates you there?

    Will it, with the press of a button, let you call the place and book a table?

    If they don't then they will never get my custom...

    I don't think my Tom Tom is dumbed down...

    JJ




     
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    I had the Blaupunkt as originally supplied with my van, not worth a light. Got a TomTom IQ Routes a while ago and it was okay, though much better than the Blaupunkt. Recently downloaded an upgrade for the TomTom and now it is brilliant. The upgrade allows it to do all the things I wanted, co-ordinates, forward planning etc. My Sonya is great (Sonya? She gets 'sonya' nerves sometimes!)

    Bill
     
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    Wh bother with anything else but a TOM TOM...........Love my XXL

    barry
     
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    Panasonic Toughbook cf 18 with built in gps loaded with google maps/microsoft maps/ 10"touchscreen. wifi, waterproof , drop proof , doubles up as a laptop on site.
    I can view my progress on earth maps
    I can use the mouse to point to the correct routes (not down a lane)
    Velcro fixed on passenger side dash:thumb:
     
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    I've always had TomTom until mine was wrecked during a map update download. It was replaced by TomTom but the same thing happened again :cry: We are having ongoing discussions with TomTom :RollEyes:

    I replaced it with a Garmin Nulink 1695 which did a good job of guiding us around Paris and Normandy in April.

    But last week, for a simple journey from Tenterden to New Ash Green in Kent, the Garmin directed us up back roads, parallel to the main road, from Tenterden to M20. It's a good job that we were in the Volvo and not the MH! All the settings were correct and I ignored it on the outbound journey (when it constantly tried to reroute us) but followed it on the return. Wierd!!

    I prefer TomToms but, as I say, I have an ongoing problem with downloading map updates, possibly because we live out in the sticks where Broadband struggles to achieve a speed of 1.9mbs. I'm hoping to resolve the dispute with TomTom by changing to their new Go Live Camper and Caravan device which appears to provide for map updates on SD Card. We shall see, but I have been unsettled by the Garmin.
     
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