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This is the first time I have looked into a sat nav for a car (have never needed one before). What would you suggest is a good one for Europe?
And where would you buy it?

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Old 15.07.2009, 10:41
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Re: Sat Nav

I can suggest one available here. It is compact and very reliable.
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Old 15.07.2009, 10:45
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This is the first time I have looked into a sat nav for a car (have never needed one before). What would you suggest is a good one for Europe?
And where would you buy it?

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That's like asking what car should I buy. What will you use it for? Mostly driving? Geocaching? Cycling? Walking? The uses are almost endless actually.

I recently got myself a Garmin 765T. How did I choose? Well I've got good experience with the Garmin product and it's mapping software and the unit has lane selection/hints for intersections and it comes with a map of almost all of Europe. Basically everything I wanted. I wouldn't say it is any better than a TomTom or Navtec or any other brand. It's just the one I picked. Check out www.toppreise.ch for price comparisons.

Sorry I can't really be of more help. Good luck!
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And where would you buy it?
I'd buy it from a shop or a reputable supplier: I certainly wouldn't buy any item of electronic equipment second-hand from some bloke off the internet.

There are some suggestions in this thread.
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Re: Sat Nav

If you have an iPhone, think about the Navicom software, cost me just over 100 chufs and works perfectly
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If you have an iPhone, think about the Navicom software, cost me just over 100 chufs and works perfectly
Go out the of country and see the cost if you use the 3g!! I went to Spain, used it and got Jipped

Cheaper and better imo for a proper SatNav. I have always used NavMan and will stick with them.
One thing I will look is full postcode search and USA maps inc if poss (I need'e).
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Go out the of country and see the cost if you use the 3g!! I went to Spain, used it and got Jipped

Cheaper and better imo for a proper SatNav. I have always used NavMan and will stick with them.
One thing I will look is full postcode search and USA maps inc if poss (I need'e).
Navicom doesn't download maps from the internet on fly, it shouldn't use your data roaming at all. So I think it's one of the cheapest option. Later this summer also TomTom will relase their iPhone app.
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Old 15.07.2009, 11:28
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If you have an iPhone, think about the Navicom software, cost me just over 100 chufs and works perfectly
It's now around 165 - 100 was only an introductory offer.
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Re: Sat Nav

As we're Aussies, US coverage isn't relevant. And I don't have and don't plan to get and iphone. I like the idea of downloading info on the fly. We'd really just be using it in the car, possibly on a bike occasionally but wouldn't be fussed if it didn't do that.

I'll check out the websites thanks.
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Old 15.07.2009, 11:41
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Re: Sat Nav

well if you have a windows smart phone then you are spoilt for choice, tomtom, igo etc etc

if your buying a stand alone unit then it really has to be tomtom, I have a few satnav systems (tomtom, garmin, igo, clarion etc) and tomtom really does beat them all, it looks a bit dated now but it just works and quickly, igo based systems take ages to load (igo is sold under many different names, its the one that has the proper 3d buildings etc) eg if you add a new speedcamera database (for instance) it can take upto 15 mins to reload, it also seems to crash rather more often then it should.

Clarion - very basic, very expensive, not worth it

Garmin - very good, some nice features, but tomtom beats it for ease of use

Make sure you get one with TMC, that way it will re-route you round traffic jams, bad weather, crashes etc - very handy! also make sure you get one that includes ALL maps, not just major routes of europe.

ETA Tomtom bought the mapping company (tele atlas) all these satnav systems use.

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Re: Sat Nav

Any update on these recommendations?

I know TomTom is the market leader, but then which model? There is just too much choice!

Mostly for car driving.

iPhone option is there, but it isn't my iPhone, it is the company's, so if for whatever reason I loose/change my job, the iPhone goes.

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Re: Sat Nav

I would definitely go for a TomTom Go Live. The difference between the Live and the rest is that it has an inbuilt sim card/data connection that is constantly pulling in traffic, weather, updates over the air. This works throughout Europe and there is no cost to you, other than an annual subscription (~£45 but first year free)
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Re: Sat Nav

Have two tom toms that we've been very happy with. amazon.uk has many types for sale, you can get an idea of features and pricing to help you decide.
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User review on that link is pretty poor!
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Re: Sat Nav

We love our Garmin nuvi - its about 3 years old so this model is obsolete but still fantastic!! We bought it in the UK but downloaded the Europe maps for Switzerland and bording areas of Germany, France and Northern italy. You can select if you are in a car, bicyle or walking so it will show paths where appropriate. We have been to Italy twice and around Switzerland and only punch in the postcode and away we go - an absolute lifersaver in Italy when have to change lanes across motorways and exits!!

It can save a trace profile of your journey that you can download to the garmin website - it will show you distance, speed, elevation - great for my husband when he cycles - then you can save it online - share with friends who may want to take the same journey. you can also select to see restaurants, rest- stops.

My parents have a low-end Tom-Tom and hate it.
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Any update on these recommendations?

I know TomTom is the market leader, but then which model? There is just too much choice!

Mostly for car driving.

iPhone option is there, but it isn't my iPhone, it is the company's, so if for whatever reason I loose/change my job, the iPhone goes.

Thanks
I would recommend Garmin over TomTom. Something with lifetime map updates, like this: 2595LMT - http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_249019.html

I have the model before this one, the 2460LMT, and it's pretty much perfect. But try to disable the "my trends" or "traffic trends" routing, otherwise it can make some pretty weird decisions.
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Re: Sat Nav

I bought a small "Tom Tom Go" on auction, and it has been wonderful.

These devices must have saved many marriages, as navigating for a spouse is very stressful!

I have used it in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Highly recommended!

Similar:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TomTom-XL-IQ-Routes-Edition/dp/B003EQ4HQA/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1338538344&s r=1-12

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User review on that link is pretty poor!
An n of 1 is not really representative, but if you scroll down to the Revoo rating it has an aggregate score of 9.2 / 10 (17 review).
Also on Halfords (67 reviews) 4 1/2 stars
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Re: Sat Nav

TomTom's are still by far the easiest GPS's to use, they don't have a lot of the extended features some others have but most people don't want that anyway. The UI is uncluttered, its easy to find the options you need and they just work.

If your looking for one with all the extras then look for one with IGO installed, these are fully customisable and have everything you'll never need but can also have speed camera databases of countries where they are not allowed (eg here) whereas Tomtom etc have hardcoded them out

but for most people who just want a simple to use, user friendly gps then you really can't beat tomtom

Oh and I have tomtom, igo, navigon and median and a couple of others no one has heard of, god I'm sad
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Re: Sat Nav

I have a Medion, with which I am very happy. Has all the required features and is easy to use.

Unfortunately, map updates are not free, and I have paid for this and an OS software update once, when it was discounted.

Next time I will probably buy a new model, as they're down to about 150chufs for a good one.

Most have an SD slot, so for visits to US, Oz and other worldwide destinations, maps can be downloaded (again at a price) and stored on a card for when needed.

Available from Aldi and Landi (and online).
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