Product Type: Aytobe in GPS Navigation
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Taking instructions from a bossy woman!
Member Name: razielle
Advantages: great features, fairly accurate and reliable
Disadvantages: not perfect, doesn't always know road markings/signs & new developments
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!
Summary: she can sometimes sound bossy/grouchy/impatient if you ignore her instructions