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spark-doctor

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Does anyone use these? Are the cheap ones as good as Tom Tom? Know where to get one cheap?
 
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jimes

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can recommend the navman,has a neat feature that when you take a picture with it you can link that pic to the gps position if you want to return there.Has button for nearest petrol station and points of interest which is handy save going into menu.
 
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montybaber

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had a packard bell and it was terrible, replaced it with tom tom and was blown away has speed limits, actual speed, journey time, eta and all matter of other stuff (bluetooth to phone, actually reads your texts to you, traffic announcements) bearing in mind how cheap these are now go for it mines a 520t
 
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tony.towa

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I got a ViaMichelin Satnav free when I took out a life insurance policy. Very surprised, in a nice way, at how good it is. Registered it and get offered free downloads and updates every now and again.
Now just need to know where the forum meet is going to be and I can get there.
 
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Bane

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I got a ViaMichelin Satnav free when I took out a life insurance policy. Very surprised, in a nice way, at how good it is. Registered it and get offered free downloads and updates every now and again.
Now just need to know where the forum meet is going to be and I can get there.
Good answer Tony!!!!

As for sat-nav, tom-tom, whatever, yeah I'd get one because I'm useless at reading a map.

Oh sorry, you asked which is better?

No idea :D
 
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London Luke

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Tomtom are great. Hearing many people are now prefering Garmin.But never tried one.
I have 2 x TT both with the FULL European maps. They are worth buying as the basic european map is not as good.

can buy sat navs for £60 i think now
 
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Cirrus

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Think Tom Tom is the daddy. I use Garmin sat nav on my Nokia. It's ok as a basic sat nav.
 
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sparkyork

seen a navman in local paper for 30 quid, are they any good??
 
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DanBrown

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I recommend the NAVMAN systems. I use the S910i model and is faultless. We tend to do a lot of mileage a week (around 450) and for the money you cannot be going far wrong. Ok, they do tend to send you down a crazy oneway street now and again but regardless a business assett. I reccommend getting one with the 'TMC' as this notifies you to traffic jams along your route and can save time.
If you like your gadgets and always likes the top notch stuff, try the new VDO DAYTON PN-6000 model. Has built in TV radio etc.
 
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spark-doctor

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Well i went out and bought a TomTom one XL and it seems great. have only used it around the town but have not gone up a one way street yet:D

Had to change the voice on it, i have enough women in my life giving me orders without one more:D
 
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spark-doctor

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Jealously will get you no where Mr T:D:D:D:D

See PM for answer.

If i get to meet Masa i will see if i can get a autograph for you;)
 
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greekislandlover

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I got a ViaMichelin Satnav free when I took out a life insurance policy. Very surprised, in a nice way, at how good it is. Registered it and get offered free downloads and updates every now and again.
These were given away as ViaMichelin has withdrawn from the satnav game and they had a few left over. I got one too, and they are good. I use tomtom at work, and I've used a NavMan a year or so ago. They all have features I like, but I agree the VM is pretty-gosh-darned-good for a freebie!
 
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tony.towa

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Like you say, bloody good for a freebie. If you registered online they send you all sorts of details about posh restaurants but also they are still updating and new software is available for all over Europe.
 
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Spudmiester

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Bit old fashioned me, tend to use somthing called a map !
 
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Shakey

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seen a navman in local paper for 30 quid, are they any good??
I would buy the Navman,

and then throw it straight in the nearest skip - save you the trouble of doing it two months later:mad:

the power comes in through the mini usb connector, which is stuck to the PCB with a bit of cheese. Seriously.

If you even look at the connector it will fall off just to spite you. Mine broke. Tried soldering it, but the track is literally laid on the board and is wafer thin. another guy in work walks in to see me the other day holding the same model (Navman F20) and says "can you have a look at this"

No says I, the usb connector is knackered and you cant switch it on

"how the hell do you know that!" he says

and yes, I was right:mad:
 
I would say that Tom tom are the best by far. Easy to use, very clear maps, and very acurate, almost faultless i would say. I have used a few over the years, and by far the worst was a Navman, although it was one of their first ones and they have probably improved by now.
 
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andy8758

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Choosing a satnav is all very weel - but (whilst I use one) I always use Google to check out the location of all jobs before leaving. If you rely entirely on the satnav you could end up all over the place. Of satnavs I have used - TomTom is easiest to read.

Try this link for map (both drawing and aerial).
Google Maps
http://www.multimap.com
 
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montybaber

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you can get john cleese's voice from their website for tom tom
 
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sparkyork

ive just won a tom tom go 500 on ebay for £41 plus postage, had a peek and there going for £120 + it does need a charger and cradle but checked these and can get for £20. im pleased so far but its early days yet!!
 
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jibtech

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i bought a myguide from e buyer i think it was about 70 quid:D

then i hacked it and it can now run tom tom, myguide and igo software i also put all the latest speed camera locations on it and it can play movies and mp3s on its own little media player
 
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spark-doctor

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TECHNICALLY you are not allowed to place anything within the swept area of the windscreen wipers.

Some cops have been known to make people remove them from the middle of the screen.
 
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sparkyork

ah right ive just put mine there as well, ill try it in the drivers corner but it just doesnt seem right over there,where do you put yours?
 
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sparkyork

i cant get mine there id need a 500mm arm for it! ive just left in the middle of windscreen i can see ok and it maked sense it been central as well.
 
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Bane

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That's good too. Another alternative, on top of steering column, near speedo, rev counter etc.
 
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tony.towa

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I thought you had yours on the handlebars, next to the bell!!

Hiya Bane, been a few days since i've caught you on here!

Another new Avatar??
 
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Bane

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Hello Tony.

May have been a few days but I've seen all your cheeky comments!

For your info, I keep my sat-nav in it's pocket as I don't have another car to put it in.

Missus has nicked the car for her use!
 
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Shakey

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Near the air vents by centre console.
my sat nav is on the right hand side of the instrument panel, then my Pure Highway DAB is stuck to the windscreen to the left of the panel

makes me feel all cozy like:)
 
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