“ GPS Nav - 3.5in Touchscreen - MP3 Playback - SD Memory Card Slot - TeleAtlas Maps - 3 Hours Battery Life - Remote Control „
I also bought this from Maplins a couple of years ago. I'd promised myself an upgrade from my old pda, gps sleeve tomtom combination to a standalone Satnav when they came below £100. When I bought the aytobe it was a real bargin. It was one of the first Satnavs I'd seen from a retailer for such a reasonable price, and with great extra features, remote control and mp3 playback.
The battery life was also surprising good, especially without daily use. The Aytobe came with both a mains charger and cigarette lighter charger, so you can keep it's battery topped up, even if not in a car.
The gps reception on the Aytobe is good, but gps receivers are improving all the time without the need for a fold out gps antenna. The maps included are good, they seem to have most roads on, with very few mistakes.
The voice navigation is clear. My old pda SatNav was quiet and hard to hear, but the aytobe is always clear, and volume is easy to adjust using the rocker switch on the side. The screen is quite large and very clear. The touch screen is responsive, and you can always use the remote for backup.
The problems seem to start with navigation. Yes the maps are detailed and the Voice clear, but when it tries to redirect me in a completely wrong route, going miles in the wrong direction, I wonder if there's any point using it.
One particular rememberable example was on my trip to a Scottish Island. The route preview showed me starting from my home (in Shropshire) going via Belfast to reach the Isle of Arran (Scotland). I suspect the problem could have been the aytobe knew about the ferries to Belfast, just not the ferries to Arran.
This was not the only routing problem, but by far the worst. I decided to try and solve the problem, and after some research online I found I could use the tomtom from my pda on the Aytobe (both use SD cards). With tomtom on the Aytobe the routing was much better, and the Aytobe was a brilliant navigation device.
I still have the Aytobe satnav, but unfortunately it's completely broke. When it was about 15 months old it started to go 'on the blink' and while driving it would suddenly turn off completely and refuse to restart without a reset (getting a passenger to use the reset switch on the back). The black outs became more frequent, until it would not turn back on at all. It was very disappointing that it broke, as it was very reliable until its final day.
Overall the Aytobe is a reasonable Satnav. The routing problems are a little annoying, but if used just to find an address in a city (if you're close to your destination) it is really useful. The remote control was fun and useful. If your aytobe is still working then it's probably not worth upgrading to a newer satnav.
I bought my Aytobe from Maplin a few years ago, as it was on offer at £99 at the time. It was the first GPS Nav I'd ever bought and used, and I only really needed something fairly basic, and this does the job just fine for me.
Many people have told me they will only buy a well-known brand name GPS, but I have to say that, for the money, this is a pretty good one. I use it (now known as 'her') frequently, with relatively few issues.
It isn't perfect, and I do have problems sometimes when I want to reach a destination and it is telling me to go the wrong way down a one-way street, but I gather many of the supposedly 'better ones' (read as more expensive ones) also do that, so I don't think it's a fault specific to this machine. It is worth bearing in mind that in addition to using these (of any brand!), it is important not to switch off your common sense!
It stores and plays MP3, though I find I rarely use this function, as when it is on I like to hear the instructions. It alsoi has a useful night screen map, which is easier to see when it's dark.
The settings you can alter to suit your needs are pretty good, such as avoiding motorways, or whether or not you want it to display petrol garages, post offices, and a large list of other facilities, including sports/recreational areas.
It takes a SD card which has all the info stored on it, and you can pop this out to update it using a file available for download (for free) from the Aytobe web site.
Personally I think it's a great little gadget, and though I can cope without if need be, I do find it very useful. I particularly like to be able to see what's coming up ahead, such as sharp bends etc, as the screen is big enough, and you can very easily zoom in/out without taking your eyes off the road.
It comes complete with a normal socket charger, a cigarette lighter charger, a remote control (though I've never used this), and a bracket to stick it to the windscreen. The battery lasts a good long time, the instructions said three hours, I think that's about right, depends on use of course.
I give it full marks, though I know others might disagree. By the way, you get a rather pleasant female voice to tell you instructions, though she can sometimes sound bossy/grouchy/impatient if you ignore her instructions!