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When I wanted to buy my husand a satnav, I had absolutely no idea about them except for the stories you read in the press about people blindly following their satnav the wrong way up motoorways etc. My husband isnt that daft and he had expessed an interest in having this new gadget, so I decided it would be his christmas present.
As I always do with any gift, especially new technology, I read loads of reviews and looked on plenty of geek websites, as well as asking friends advice. Eventually settled on this Garmin product as they seemed to second on the market after Tomtom, but considerably less expensive and with more special features for your money.
It initially took my husband a while to get his head around using one, and having that extra screen to look at while he was driving, but the more we used it the more we realised how useful these little gadgets are.
The Garmin on screen map in particular, is sharp and easy to read. The map is shown from your perspective, with a little car at the front indicating your position, and the road stretching out in front of you, showing all the juntions etc. The road you need to follow is highlighted in pink, with an additionl little symbol in the top left hand corner showing you which direction and how far away your next turn is. You can choose to have the voice comands on or off and there are various different voicesto choose from. We do find however that you have to listen to the voice in conjunction with the map, because occassionally the commands can be confusing, but this is mainly when there are several junctions close together. In these cases a quick glance at the map shows you the road you need, as I said, highlighted in pink.
Another useful feature is that it shows you the speed limit of the road you are on, and also the speed you are currently doing, and gives a little ping if you go over. Again this is sometimes incorrect, when the highways authority have decided to change the speed limit on a road. It also has walking mode for when you have parked your car and are looking for a particular address.
The satnav comes with a support that you can just sucker to your windscreen, an in-car cigarette lighter charger, and a home 240 v charger which we have never used as we just plug it into the car when we need it.
All in all we would never be without a satnav again, and we would certainly buy Garmin again if the need arrose. No more geting hundreds of maps out and taking reams of notes before a long journey. We just hop in the car and go.
June this month my partner and I decided to do a 3500 mile journey through France and Spain and the trip would have not been the same if it was not for this fantastic sat nav. We bought the UK and Western European Sat Nav.
The screen is a great size for driving, I ink bigger screens are very off-putting and dangerous it can easily take you attention off of the road. But the 5" screen we had was really spot on it is big enough to see where you have to go but not distracting.
I sound addition to the navigation system is very annoying to me so we always have it on mute but I know people like this function to stop you looking and depending on the screen so much (there is also a language section if English is not your first language).
The maps are easy to follow and the turn off are very well indicated so it would be very difficult to take a wrong turn, you are informed of cut offs well in advance and every step of the way the sat nav informs you which lane you should be in.
A great feature for us whilst travelling between cities was that the sat nav informed us precisely how long it was till we reached our destination, what time we would get there and how many miles it would take, we were constantly in the know which is comforting when driving in a foreign country.
The functions in the sat nav are very useful no matter where you are you have a go home option which will show you the quickest route home, there is a points of interest function which will show you (in miles) the closest petrol stations, shops, restaurants, parking, airport, landmarks, attractions etc. No matter what you want to find or where you want to go this little sat nav will find it for you. For example my partner and I are big Spanish football fans and we found the stadiums in Barcelona, Valencia, Villa-real, Madrid, St Sebastian and the list goes on, the sat nav took us right to their doors ever time.
I love this sat nav and took a lot of stress away from us in our long travel. Well worth the money and I would recommend this to anyone.