Which is the best Tom Tom for Europe?

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  1. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    We've decided to change our Garmin for a Tom Tom - is this wise? If so, which version would you recommend for UK and Europe at street level?

    We want to be able to download poi's for aires etc. ( and McDonalds!!!:Rofl1: )

    Don't want an all singing all dancing one - no music or phone needed!! Just the most basic one we can get away with but still arrive at the right place!

    Any advice very welcome!!!:thumb:
     
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    Hi Marie,
    you mean you want the one I have then? you know the one I showed you in France?

    £109. and will do everything you want, Mcdonalds, pizzahut, aires (including my secret ones:Wink:)

    Halfords is the place I got mine.
     
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    Hi Marie.

    Please may I ask why you wish to change from Garmin to TomTom? I have a TomTom (3 years old) and am thinking of getting a Garmin :RollEyes: opposite to yourself. However, I have heard that although TomTom are good, the mapping is always less up to date than Garmin ones.

    I also asked a Halfords Assistant manager last week.."Garmin or TomTom"? To which he replied "Well, we have 28 members of staff, 27 have Garmin, and one has TomTom..........The TomTom is owned by the Manager, and he was given it as a freebie by TomTom.........Does that answer your question Sir?"

    Happy Travels

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    I've been 8 months trying to sort out my TomTom XL Europe which does everything you need when it works. TomTom insist my problems are software related and will not take it back. I've fiddled about with it for so long I've gone back to my 6 year old Navman which is useless but reliable. I wouldn't buy another TomTom.
     
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    If you purchase a Garmin at Halfords and have a problem Garmin have authorised Halfords to give you an immediate exchange. On the other hand if you get your Tomtom from Halfords Tomtom insist the unit is returned to them for repair or replacement.
     
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    Yes Paul, right in one!!:Rofl1: Which model is it though? :Eeek:



    Well, it's basically down to availability of downloads! Our Garmin maps are now out of date and cost quite a bit for updates so we thought we'd look at our options! Of course in Spain any sat nav will always be out of date as they're building new roads and motorways so fast!
     
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    Garmin do a deal. Pay £99.99 and get map updates for the life of the unit.
     
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    I upgraded my ancient TomTom One this summer with more memory, latest software and Western Europe maps. The maps seem bang up to date in the UK but were well out of date in Europe, particularly France. Dead easy to get free downloads though such as All the Aires POI, WiFi spots etc etc. Ive had it for years and its never let me down.
     
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    There is another way !

    Navigate with your mobile phone, if it's up to it.

    You can run TT or Copilot Live. Then you always have navigation with you.
     
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    I'd need a magnifying glass to see the screen though!! I even have a wide screen laptop!!:Rofl1:
     
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    I have copilot on my mobile (believe me, I need it :Rofl1: ) It is brilliant and talks to you so you dont really need to see the screen ( though it would probably help )
     
  12. sinbad1

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    Think you'll find Tom Tom is the more popular choice, make sure to select one that includes western Europe.

    click here
    TomTom One EU
    V4 Classic, UK & WE maps
    looks good
     
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    Hope this helps my Gamin works better here in Spain than it did in the U.K and before any one ask i got it in the U.K
    Have fun in the sun:Rofl1:
     
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    Sat Nav ?????

    What did we do before sat-nav ????
    Do what I do !!!
    Use a bloody map !!!
    If you get lost, so what !
    You find lovely places by happenstance !!!
    :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
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    A map is fine when you have some one else to check your progress, but on your own, it's a nightmare.
    Unless of course you drive like the Spanish and the French do, with the map on your steering wheel.
    I use a TomTom and it's pretty accurate, though one should always apply some common sense as well.
    Yes getting lost can be OK too, unless it's in the middle of Paris, Madrid, etc. etc. etc.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    We find sat nav really useful in cities. for getting around the outskirts of cities and for when Rex is driving - if I have to read the map intently I get travel sick!:cry: So, I stop reading it and then we come to a junction and I don't know where we are!:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    We always have the map open at the right page but at least I have the option not to use it!
    Rex reads it all the time when I'm driving and then takes me down narrow roads in the middle of villages! ( sometimes when Ray and Joan are following in their Winnebago too!!:Rofl1::Rofl1:)

    Anyway, how can you be lost when you don't care where you are???:Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    I use TomTom on my PDA & have loads of maps, we are looking for a GPS where we can put in the vehicle size as we are fed up with some of the almost impossible routes TomTom picks. Up to now I haven't seen one that will give good European coverage using the size of the van, most only give partial coverage using the size to plan the route.
     
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    As I have said many times, use your satnav as a guide only and apply common sense.
    If the road it want's to send you down looks a bit dodgy, carry on past and it will recalculate for you.
    If all else fails, stop and get the map out, and set a different route.
    It ain't rocket science after all.
    Your satnav is just trying to get you there by the quickest route possible.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    I think most of us do actually use it that way - otherwise there would be an awful lot of topless motorhomes around!!!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    No hesitation in recommending TT One XL Europe.. :thumb:

    jim
     
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