“ Garmin nüvi 215 - GPS receiver - hiking, automotive „
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This was the first sat nav I have bought and used (I think its this model anyway). You can pick one up at around £100 or less and it comes with all the basic features you need and even has bluetooth connectively for you mobile phone!
Using this sat nav for the 8/9 months has been ok I would say. There are times that it will say its re calculating even though we followed the directions properly, common routes we use sometimes change although this could be the traffic avoidance system kicking in (how would I know?), Instructions are usually clear but for a first time user, some exits off a motorway are confusing when listening to the sat nav, only when you have made a mistake do you realise what it meant.
You can search for places near by such as restaurants, petrol stations etc which is really handy although I am unsure how up to date it is, or even how to update the system anyway. I wish you could see lanes on the motorways as this will help distinguish exits quicker, but for £100 you get what you pay for.
Its a small and as said, has a lot of functions for a budget sat nav, it has a fairly quick response time when navigating the menu and the built in bluetooth is a good feature for those of you who require it. It will connect to your phone automatically after initial set up every time you turn it on.
For £100 its a good budget sat nav, personally I think I should have spent a bit more for a Tom Tom but this will do the job and with google maps on my phone too, I shouldn't ever get lost!
We bought this GPS in the US for a road trip across California - we drove around Los Angeles and then up to San Francisco and back again using only this to guide us. In the UK, we rely on our in-car GPS, so this was our first experience with a portable Sat Nav. It was for the most part very reliable, but we did have a couple of problems with it. For one, we were unable to specify when we wanted to avoid certain roads - the weekend we drove to San Francisco, there were major works being done on the major bridge into the city, and that path was blocked off completely. We had to shut it off completely and drive for literally half an hour in the opposite direction before it started to offer us an alternative route. Secondly, having to specify 'S. Melrose' versus just 'Melrose' was quite irritating - it wasn't very smart, in that it could not logic out when you were talking about the same street (just a different side of it). Thirdly, and maybe most alarmingly, the directions were simply wrong - either the address had been programmed wrong to begin with, but we ended up driving around, completely lost, in a not entirely desirable area of L.A. as the Sat Nav refused to show us the true location of our hotel (about half an hour away, in reality). However, like I said, it was very reliable for the most part - but when it failed, it failed egregiously!
Simple, safe and affordable with Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and optional smart traffic avoidance, nüvi 215 is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This simple, safety-minded regional navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions and a unique, advanced safety camera warning system to help you find the best route and stay safe on the road. Give the drive your full attention with hands-free phone calls through the integrated speaker and microphone. Packed with up to millions of points of interest (POIs) the 215 is compact, versatile and easy to use.