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  • Sturdy
  • Easy to use
  • Lacks some features
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      27.02.2014 15:58
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      Handy toy to have if you keep getting lost (like me)

      After getting lost a few times and driving round and round in circles, I decided that it was time that I bought a Sat Nav. Having some credit on my Amazon account and having a long journey to Dublin coming up I decided to purchase something from Amazon. I wasn't sure what to get, but I knew Garmin and TomTom were well known brands, so I started my search there. The Garmin Nuvi 50 had good reviews and was a respected brand, so I decided to purchase this one. This model has maps for both the United Kingdom and Ireland, which was another bonus for me as I often travel in Ireland.

      I'm not a very techy person, and I don't know much about Sat Navs in general. I looked on Amazon for something that was a relatively cheap unit, yet had good user reviews. I had also hoped to get a unit from a brand that I was familiar with and the Garmin brand kept coming up in conversations as being a decent, reliable, user friendly brand.

      After getting lost a few times and driving round and round in circles, I decided that it was time that I bought a Sat Nav. Having some credit on my Amazon account and having a long journey to Dublin coming up I decided to purchase something from Amazon. I wasn't sure what to get, but I knew Garmin and TomTom were well known brands, so I started my search there. The Garmin Nuvi 50 had good reviews and was a respected brand, so I decided to purchase this one. This model has maps for both the United Kingdom and Ireland, which was another bonus for me as I often travel in Ireland.

      I'm not a very techy person, and I don't know much about Sat Navs in general. I looked on Amazon for something that was a relatively cheap unit, yet had good user reviews. I had also hoped to get a unit from a brand that I was familiar with and the Garmin brand kept coming up in conversations as being a decent, reliable, user friendly brand.

      In the Box

      When this arrived from Amazon, I was surprised at how small and light the box was. The Sat Nav is 5 inches wide, and the box wasn't much wider than this. Inside the box was the Sat Nav, a charger to plug into the cigarette lighter of the car and a suction cup to attach the Sat Nav to the windscreen of the car. This didn't have a USB cable with it, but I was able to pick one up on eBay for around £1, so this wasn't an issue. There wasn't an instruction manual as such with this, just some diagrams of how to set up the suction pad and holder, an accessory guide and some safety advice. I was able to download the manual though by doing a search online, so again, this wasn't an issue, but if you don't have access to the internet then I'd imagine that this Sat Nav would prove difficult to set up.

      Some essential figures:
      Unit dimensions, WxHxD 5.5"W x 3.4"H x .7"D (14.0 x 8.6 x 1.8 cm)
      Display size, WxH 4.4"W x 2.5"H (11.1 x 6.3 cm); 5.0" diag (12.7 cm)
      Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
      Battery life up to 2 hours (though I found mine was considerably less than this)
      Built-in memory internal solid state (though expandable with a microSDTM card)

      Start Up

      This device was simply plug and play, as soon as I plugged the Sat Nav into the USB port in my computer it started up. I would have preferred to have a physical copy of the instructions when I first opened the box, but from what I have read online, the lack of instructions seems to be standard with most Sat Navs. I did find that once I had worked out the basics though, it was easy enough to play around with the unit and work out how to use it. This meant that beyond the initial activation of the unit, I didn't really need the instructions. It was easy to work out how to search and how to input my friend's address details.

      In use

      The first time that I used this Sat Nav was on a trip to Dublin. I had a vague idea where I was going, but I wanted some extra reassurance that if I took a wrong turn, the Sat Nav would guide me. The Sat Nav was easy to follow, and usually gave me half a mile or so warning of any turns. This came with UK and Ireland maps preloaded, which was another bonus for me, as I tend to do a lot of driving in Ireland. I do have a Sat Nav app on my Samsung phone, but once I am across the border into Ireland, roaming charges apply. As Ireland differs slightly from the UK in that there are no postcodes, I wasn't sure how the Sat Nav would find my friend's house, but I needn't have worried. I was able to input the first line of my friend's address into the Sat Nav, and it brought up all locations in Ireland that would have a similar name, and I could pick hers out from the list. The Sat Nav also came with 'Points of Interest' pre-installed, which can help you find what you want if you are in a new area (for example, shops, restaurants, hospitals) and give you the directions you need.

      Another feature of this Sat Nav that I appreciated was Lane Guidance. Not only does the Sat Nav tell you where to turn, but it also advises what lane you should be in when approaching roundabouts and junctions. The Sat Nav also has a feature called Junction View, where, from about a mile approaching a junction, the screen goes into split screen mode and shows you a view of the upcoming junction, so you know what to expect. I must admit though, that I have kept my eyes firmly on the road when I have been using this, so I cant really comment on how useful this is.

      Looks wise, this is nothing special, although the 5inch (12.7cm) screen does mean that this unit is slightly larger than some of its contemporaries. The plastic outer does feel well constructed, yet with a weight of 177g, it still feels light. The 480 x 272 pixel resolution with a white backlit screen does mean that the display is clear and easy to read, even in direct sunlight.

      While checking the features of this unit, it did state that this unit isn't waterproof, but as my car has a roof and I wasn't planning on using it while swimming, I can't see that being an issue for me. The only issue that I have had with this is that the battery life isn't fantastic, but I just keep it plugged into the lighter socket, so it's not an issue for me.

      I would really recommend this unit to anyone who is looking for a cheap and easy to use Sat Nav. It is packed full of features, such as Lane Assist and Where am I? It also gives you information at a glance (speed limit, current speed and time of arrival - which I did find was accurate). It also comes with Garmin's Cyclops Speed Camera system, and I found that when I was approaching an area where cameras would be about, the device beeped to warn me (which was confusing the first few times). While this is still a relatively new gadget in my life, I am very happy with it so far and I hope that we have many happy miles together on the road.

      Mine cost £67 from Amazon and this seems to be a standard price for this sort of unit. There is a slightly higher spec version with Europe maps available from Halfords for around £10 more, but since I doubt I will be travelling much in Europe this was an unnecessary expense for me.

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