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My first foray into satnav usage was with a highly temperamental Binatone. When I finally gave up on it, I was still enthusiastic about the concept of satnav use, the Binatone having been useful on the days it worked.
The satnav was to be a Christmas present from my mother-in-law so I had to be price conscious as it would have been cheeky to ask for a very expensive one, plus the more expensive no doubt the more complicated, and I try to avoid complication of any kind.
The Garmin seemed to fit the bill and came with the added benefit of European as well as UK mapping within the reasonable price point, ideal for a planned trip by car to the continent.
I wasn't disappointed: destinations were found quickly as the unit seemed able to find the relevant satellites quickly, the screen was clear and voice instructions equally so. Similarly in Europe it was a nerve, if not, life saver, and we'd probably still be in Germany or The Netherlands if we didn't have it with us for the trip.
Within the UK it's found 99% of the postcodes entered, while the street directory is very comprehensive too. It lists Scotland and England as separate countries, which has confused me a couple of times with "No Results Found", until I've realised I'm on a cross-border trip. Maybe it was programmed in anticipation of the Independence Referendum in 2014.
Otherwise the suction mount supplied doesn't want to stick to the screen, although I did't expect it; that was remedied by buying a fairly expensive but effective dash mount, while the other accessory I've found essential is a car-charger as the internal battery tend to last about 2.5 hours.
So if you're in the market for a satnav, I'd recommend you take a look at the Garmin.
I'm not the best when it comes to reading maps and I find that while a route planner is all good and well they are no help if you do not have a passenger in the car reading out the directions, that is why a sta nav is so helpful and I'm really happy with the Garmin Nuvi 765T which has proven to be reliable in that it has only got me lost once and then that was probably down to me not paying attention and also it is easy to use.
I paid 179.99 for it and it covers both the UK and Europe however I have yet to use it outside of the UK. As long as you have a postcode then I have found it to be really accurate and it works on bluetooth so can be used outside of your car as well while walking as long as you have it charged, I have only used this once while going to an address in London that I had not been to before and it was really useful.
While driving the quite wide screen is very visible and the 3D graphics are excellent and really easy to follow, I also like the fact that it gives you both early and repeated instructions when you have to make a turning which is really helpful especially if noise obliterates the first instruction. You do have to download the manual from the Garmin site however there is a small basic instruction booklet to get you started included in with it.
Scrolling through the menu is easy and it was one of the simplist menu systems I have come across and it took me no time to master the basic set up controls.
This is a reliable and very good sat nav and if it ever gives up the ghost I will certainly remain with the Garmin brand.
The first Sat Nav I experienced was a Nav Man, which when working was fine, but it was a tad temperamental and I had to keep resetting it before setting off on a journey. Eventually, after 4 years of use, it gave up the ghost - not sure why. However, I was hooked on in-car navigation devices but decided to go for a Garmin this time, for no particular reason other than it ticked all the boxes for my requirements plus the fact that it appeared to attract good reviews.
I specifically wanted a navigation system that would indicate which motorway lane to enter, especially when a motorway joins another. I also thought it advantageous to be warned of traffic hold-ups and given the option of taking an alternative route.
I once parked my car in a very large motorway car park and went into the cafe on the bridge, straddling the north and south bound lanes; when I came out and went to find my car! It had disappeared -so I thought. I had simply gone into the opposite park on the other side of the motorway. Panic!
My Garmin Sat Nav will prevent future occurrences of that amusing situation, because after parking and removal of the Garmin from its cradle. The last position is automatically saved and it will guide you back to your car again.
A very useful feature for people like myself who can get lost in a paper bag.
I bought mine from Halfords, who demonstrated the system and installed it in my car. I was pleased that I could just enter a post code and not have to bother typing in the whole address before setting off.
The Bluetooth application is very useful hands free system - saves the added expense of purchasing expensive in-car hands-free sets.
I find that I can also use the navigation system in either cycle mode or walking mode. ( I lost my bearings in the New Forest once!!)
For me, it was worth the price for all the additional features.
Not everyone needs all that the Garmin 765 has to offer, and there are less expensive Garmins with all the essential basic applications, for those who just want a basic 'Get-me-there' system.
I particularly like the wide screen and was surprised how easy it was to navigate through its menus.
As usual, though, The package only included, among other things, a quick-start set up manual, which was perfectly easy to understand and follow, but I prefer the full blown version, so had to download that manual from the disc provided, and print out the 65 pages.
I have not experienced any temperamental behaviour from this model. It has always guided me accurately to my destination.
I did not need a degree to understand how to work it either.
My world was getting smaller as my confidence waned in navigating the congested and ever changing road networks. Once upon-a-long-ago, all I needed was a good map and plenty of time, but today's hasty traffic will not allow the time and maps seem to go out of date quite quickly these days.
Extra features are a plenty on this Grmin 765T.
But the key question is whether or not the various features are a) worth the cost in themseles or b) worth the cost when compared to the alternatives, such as Tom Tom.
The lane assist is something which sounded particularly useful before trying it out, but I'm not entirely sure it works in the long run - on a cost basis I think it can't be justified, and in addition in the future, lanes may very well change (along with road right of ways, roads themselves etc) so it may be confusing to some poor souls in the long run.
Other gimmicks like the 3D can be useful to the more extravagent, but i can't see how it can be justified given the rivals. Either you go for the branded tom tom, or go for the less branded other models like navigon - it's no mands land otherwise.
Take the right way on the highway with nüvi 765T, featuring lane assist. This feature guides you to the proper lane for navigation. The advanced navigator comes with premium features including 3-D building view, photo navigation, faster screen redraws, route planning, emergency and car locators and much more.
nüvi 765T takes navigation to the next level with lane assist. No more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Lane assist guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.
nüvi 765T's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where to?" and "View Map". Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. You can also upload custom Points of Interest (POIs). With HotFix satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker, and its ultra-fast map redraw ensures a smooth user interface.
For hands-free calling, nüvi 765T integrates A2DP Bluetooth wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker. Just pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free through the 765T while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with nüvi's touchscreen keypad to make a call. To answer calls, just tap the screen and speak into its built-in microphone. Enjoy convenient one-touch dialing for contacts and points of interest. Even listen to high-quality stereo music on your headset with A2DP Bluetooth technology.
Steer clear of traffic with nüvi 765T's integrated FM traffic receiver. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Next, simply touch nüvi's screen to view traffic details or detour around the problem area.
Keep track of yourself and your car with nüvi 765T. Just tap the "Where Am I?" emergency locator to find the closest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection. Also see your exact latitude and longitude coordinates. nüvi 765T even remembers where you parked. It automatically marks your position when you remove it from the windshield mount, so you can navigate with nüvi on foot and find your way back to your vehicle. It is perfect for unfamiliar spots and crowded lots such as amusement park, stadiums and malls.
nüvi 765T includes advanced navigation features to take the worry out of traveling. With route planning you can save 10 routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns on the 765T's wide screen. In addition, nüvi 765T automatically sorts multiple destinations to provide an efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls. It also displays speed limits for highways and interstates. A trip log provides an electronic bread crumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you can see where you've been on the map.
With nüvi 765T's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction.
The nüvi 765T sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable Lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot.
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 765T includes many "must have" entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player, world travel clock, automatic time zone transition, currency converter, unit converter, calculator and more. With nüvi 765T's wireless FM transmitter you can hear audio, including voice prompts, MP3s and audio books, through your vehicle's stereo. Show off photos of your travels with nüvi's picture viewer.