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This is mу 3rd Gаrmin GPS. I hаve become аccustomed to their user interfаce аnd performаnce, so I cаn't compаre to other mаkes. I wаnted to tаlk аbout the new feаtures thаt аttrаcted me to this unit аnd how I evаluаted their usefulness on mу first 3 hour roаd trip to а locаtion I know bу heаrt.
Feаture 1 - 5 inch screen. I аm older аnd аm hаving to use reаding glаsses to see the GPS mounted to the dаsh. Mу eаrlier unit wаs а 4 inch. I considered а 7 inch Mаgellаn, but when I found out уou couldn't instаll custom POIs on the Mаgellаn, it ruled thаt one out for me. We go cаmping frequentlу аnd I hаve аll the stаte pаrks аs custom POIs. I аlso hаve truck stops I like to use. The 5 inch displау wаs definаtelу аn improvement for me.
Feаture 2 - Аutomаted voice recognition. I definаtelу don't like being distrаcted bу touching the screen to see how fаr the next roаdside rest is (see custom POIs аbove). So I thought telling the GPS whаt I wаnted mаde а lot of sense. When it comes to "commаnds" this feаture works OK, but I hаve discovered I hаve to turn the rаdio volume down or tаlk VERY LOUDLY. The lаtter disturbs mу wife :-) However, when уou wаnt to provide аn аddress to locаte, the unit performed bаdlу. I couldn't get it to correctlу locаte аnу of 3 аddresses correctlу... i.e. "4810 Whitewood Court" ended up with something verу strаnge.
Feаture 3 - Turn lаnes. Knowing which lаne уou need to be in to correctlу exit the highwау аnd be reаdу for the next turn. There аre two distinctlу different feаtures on this unit for knowing the turn lаnes. One is "Viewing Junctions" which displауs а picture of the upcoming junction, complete with signаge. This tаkes up аbout the right hаlf of the screen. The other turn lаne feаture is а smаll аreа in the upper left corner thаt shows , bу using аrrows, the number of lаnes. The lаne(s) уou аre to be in аre bright white, while the others аre greу. I found the аrrows to be VERY useful аnd quick to аbsorb аt а glаnce. I found the "Viewing Junctions" not verу useful, аs уou hаd to look over а much lаrger аreа of the screen to аbsorb the informаtion in а glаnce. I found I hаd to glаnce аt the "Viewing Junctions" imаge severаl times before I understood which lаne it wаnted me to be in. For me аt leаst, the "Viewing Junction" feаture wаs of no use to me.
Feаture 4 - Trаffic. On mу trip there were no trаffic problems, so I didn't get to experience аnу rerouting due to trаffic conditions. This feаture аppeаrs to onlу work when уou аre in or аround lаrger cities. Between cities, pressing the trаffic button indicаted thаt there wаs no or weаk signаl.
Feаture 5 - Posted speed limits - Аs уou аre nаvigаting а smаll sign аppeаrs on the displау showing the posted limit аnd уour аctuаl speed. If уour аctuаl speed exceeds the posted limit, it turns red. Nice little feаture to keep honest people honest.
I found the estimаted time of аrrivаl to be more аccurаte thаn mу previous GPSs. Perhаps becаuse it knows the posted limits аs theу chаnge аlong the route??? The menu sуstem is different from mу prior GPSs.
There is аn icon composed of 3 horizontаl white bаrs thаt, when pressed, bring up other options. Sometimes this icon is in the lower right of the displау, sometimes it is locаted elsewhere depending on where уou аre in the menus. Since this wаs а little different thаn prior units, I аm hаving to get аdjusted to this.
I brought this Garmin Satnav after being fed up of using my phone to navigate me around. I travel around for work quite alot so my phone battery always running dry was such a nuisance especially as i need to use it for my work contacts.
I had a bit of a shop around at Satnavs but decided on this one and purchased it from Tesco.
There are numerous functions i love about this Satnav.
1. Its quick to pick up GPS and recalculates timings & routes based on traffic updates.
2. Simple to mute the 'annoying' direction voice. (Does anyone actually like these voices?)
3. Easy to read/clear screen.
4. Gives plenty of warnings when approaching a motorway turn off or any major turn offs.
5. Bluetooth phone connection through the satnav (no danger in needing to take out your phone!)
6. Split screen at junctions.
7. Information on roads/signs/speed cameras.
I do have one downside though! It has fell off my windscreen once (the car was stationary) - and i'm hoping it won't do it again!!
I would recommend this but i would also say shop about a little bit as it is quite expensive.
This is a good SatNav but a fair bit overpriced in my opinion. It does what all Sat Navs do and it does it well. The touchscreen function is smooth, not like other SatNavs I've used where you really have to press your fingers down and half the time the screen seems to think your fingers are somewhere else - it's comparable to some smartphones, but not quite as responsive - mistakes do happen, but it's rare. It's got voice recognition technology which is pretty spot on - again, mistakes do happen but they're rare. It's pretty spot on at telling you what lane you need to be in, and it gives you traffic updates - these are a bit iffy, and a bit slow to load, and sometimes you only get a traffic update when you're smack bang in the middle of the traffic problem the Sat Nav's telling you about. But other than that it's a good Sat Nav - the only real downside is the price.
I've been using this Sat Nav for a little while now, its supplied by my work, so I don't own it, but I use it several times a week so I'm well placed to review it.
We all know what Sat Navs do, its very straightforward isn't it? What we need to know is are there any little features that make route finding easier or more enjoyable?
I've done several long journeys using this, as well as many many shorter ones! So its best to dig out the best and worst things about using this machine I've found.
1) General use is a doddle! The screen is clear and the maps move really well. Recalculating a route is fairly swift which is always handy!
2) Voice detection. It works really well, I don't even have to speak in a posh, generic English voice!! Plus it keeps your hands free to, you know, steer the car.
3) "Real directions". A feature which helps you out A LOT if you're in really unfamiliar territory! Instead of using street names all the time, it will recognise local buildings etc and intergrate it in to the directions.
1) Bluetooth connection. A great idea to be able to use your phone hands free, but this Sat Nav does never seem to want to find my phones signal!
2) Traffic updates. They will pop up on the side of the screen warning you about upcoming jams or conjestion. Although I'm yet to actually hit any of this traffic, which leads me to believe the updates are slow and by the time you get them the traffic is gone!
I've used a few sat navs over the years, and this Garmin is the best of them.
WHAT IS IT?
A sat nav that is made by Garmin.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
This sat nav is mainly for telling you the route to a place you need to get to but it will also tell you when there are speed cameras and if you are driving towards a traffic jam also.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You type in either the postcode and house number of the address that you need to go to or you can select the city and type in the whole street address. That is useful if you do not know the postcode but these days it is easy to get a postcode off the internet so I do not think I have used that option more than about 4 times since I have had it. The sat nav can be programmed by voice also but it does not understand my accent so will not work for me, my husband has got a very clear English accent and he is able to set an address in an accurate way. I have listened to it when he has spoken into the sat nav and it is very easy to work, the sat nav asks you for the details it needs and then repeats them to you so you can confirm they are correct. It always gets it right first time for my husband but gets very mixed up when I try to speak into it even when I am talking slowly.
The sat nav has to find a satellite so it processes the address for a few moments before giving you the route. That is why I turn it on before I start the car because all of my last minute driving preparations make it so that I am ready to go at the same time as the sat nav.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with my sat nav and usually it will take me to where I want to go without me getting lost. Inside the menu for settings there is a place where you can pick to have your route as the fastest time or the shortest distance, I do not think it makes very much difference for the quite short journeys I make but if you were travelling from one end of the country to another then it could shorten the time you was driving for by taking you on A roads instead of motorways if there is congestion.
I am a mobile beautician and do the make up for many weddings, that means that as well as me going between my ladies houses I have to find hotels and wedding centres that I have never been to before. I do quite a lot of driving to places I am not familiar with and that is why my husband bought this for me. I do not like the voice on my sat nav and there are no others I can pick unless I pay to download them, I will not do that because already I have paid for a European addition to the maps so I think I have paid Garmin enough for extras now and will tolerate the voice.
I like how clear directions are and that if I miss the voice directions I can look at the map on the screen and it will show me clearly what lane I should be in and when I should turn next also. The arrow that shows where you are on the map is good and when it is nearly time for you to turn it will flash so you know there is not much further and that you need to move into a turning lane. When I am nearby to a speed camera a warning comes up on the map and there is a bleep sound that is loud enough for me to hear over traffic or radio noise, if I am exceeding the speed limit the warning flashes red to warn me. I do not like the way it recalculates when I take a wrong turn because it takes a very long time and sometimes I think that I can get back onto my route by taking a turning but do not like to do that in case I confuse the sat nav further.
The sat nav can be attached to a holder than is suctioned to the windscreen but it can be removed, I do not know where you would put it if you did not use the holder though. I have mine on my windscreen and the suction cup is very strong, it has never fallen off and I am happy about that because my husband has got a Tom Tom and that falls off the windscreen sometimes and then it makes me jump so I would not like for that to happen while I was driving.
The battery is not very good and needs to be charged often, I do not care very much about that because it has got a car cigarette lighter charger attached to it so when I see that the battery is low I can plug it in easy while I am driving and let it charge up while I am on my journey.
This model of Garmin sat nav costs about £110 and I think that is value because it is a very useful thing to have. I do not like that I have to pay extra for updates but I think all sat nabs are like that so I should not complain about it too much.
4 Dooyoo Stars.