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This was (I felt) an absolute must for my first drive to France and Spain. I am not great with directions and feel much more relaxed when using a sat nav. Bad I know but whatever works. Previously I had cobbled together a palmtop computer as a satnav, but not having maps of Europe it would not be very good for France and Spain.
After some deliberation between Tom Tom and this I settled on the Garmin as it was at a fairly reasonable price.
Looking around at the screen size I did not feel like one of the normal versions would be sufficient, so went for the widescreen one with Europe maps preloaded too. It performed admirably on its maiden journey and took us to mid Spain without a hitch.
The interface is intuitive and most people will be able to pick it up straight away
It has always been reliable picking up satellite signal very quick compared to earlier models and only ever drops GPS when going in tunnels , even then it predicts where you are based on the speed you were travelling when you entered the tunnel so when you pick up signal again the transition is smooth.
Like all sat-navs it has its pitfalls in that it takes you some routes that may be a little ambiguous. The maps are now a little outdated and I'm faced with updating or replacing the unit, a tough decision but looking around the maps are circa £60 for a lifetime update which cannot be be bad with a unit as reliable as this is.
It also has a very accurate speedometer on it, which is very useful as my car has a very broken speedometer so they complement each other nicely.
This was an excellent purchase and a clear example of where spending more initially is worthwhile later on, my parents bought a cheap nasty sat-nav from a supermarket at the same time and this died a long time ago.