Product Type: Garmin in GPS Navigation
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Great little gadget
Garmin nuvi 200W
Member Name: Coombsy1987
Garmin nuvi 200W
Advantages: Clear, easy to read and a bargain to boot.
Disadvantages: The odd corner here and there are wrong.
I've been considering buying myself a sat nav for months now but just could not quite justify the expence for the limited use I would get out of it on a day to day basis. Then things changes drastically when I got a new job as a delivery driver and realised I don't know where anything is really other than where I live and where I work. So in an instant a sat nav went from being just another one of those gadgets that would be cool to own if I had the money to an absolute necessity.
So, then began the hunt for the perfect sat nav. I set myself a very basic criteria that it has to be:
Under £100 (I'm still on a budget)
Easy to use (I'm new to these)
Astheticly pleasing (Got to look good)
After reading review after review both on here and on Amazon the same sat nav kept popping up and attracted my interest. The Garmin nuvi 200W even at first glance seemed to tick all the boxes and came in widescreen for an added bonus. It was hard pushed to find a bad review about this item anywhere. I picked mine up from the Amazon website for £69.99 (Bargain!) and bizarrly the same price as the non-widescreen version. Places like Tesco and Asda have them priced at £90+ so this really is a bargain.
Only two days after ordering the package was here at my door. I still love that child like excitement of opening something you just bought online. It comes in a suprisingly small box for what I was expecting so I was initially concerned I may have ordered the wrong one. But no, It was the right one, all neatly packed in there.
~~IN THE BOX~~
Garmin nuvi 200W
Screen / Dashbourd mount
Extra suction cup
In car power cable
Quick start guide
~~OUT OF THE BOX~~
It all feels very neat and tidy when first taking it out of the box. much more refined then I expected. Seems to me to be very solid indeed with a very good build quality.
When first setting up it took around 5 minutes to initially find the satellites which is a little frustrating as I just like to get up and going right away. But not to dispair once it had found them I reset it just to make sure this wasn't going to be the same every time it's turned on. It sparked up and found it satellite in only a few seconds.
I've tested this out a few times now whilst delivering to houses all around East Yorkshire and I must say I am very impressed. With only the post code and house number entered it took me right to the door time after time. There were a few instances where it got a little confused when delivering to a farm for example as it doesn't recognaise all of the entrance tracks as roads but these sorts of places are always well signed so no problem there.
The maps and the screen are very clear indeed and very easy to read at a glance whilst on the move. The voice commands to go along with the maps are also very clear, directed me to my destination corner by corner almost every time. The are a few occasions when the voice command is wrong for example, when coming to a fork in the road where the markings take you to the left as if straight on the sat nav will sometimes tell you to turn left rather than go straight ahead. Sounds simple but this can cause a little confusion in some cases.
There are a lot of features I found whilst on the road some more useful than others for example:
Speed camera locations (One free update online)
Point of interest locations (Great for finding petrol stations, ATM's)
SD card slot and picture viewer (Could come in useful I guess)
Measurement converter (Hmmm)
Currency converter (Hmmm again)
Calculator (I've used it a couple of times)
Trip reading screen (Interesting to see how far/fast you went)
Overall this little gadget that I initially only wanted because I thought it was cool has proven invaluable and I'm sure will keep me in my job as I'd be useless without it.
Summary: Fantastic if you're on a budget like me and you get more than you hope for for the price.
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