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The Garmin c550 is my first and only sat nav and I have no gripes with it I think its a decent bit of kit, I cannot think of any extra features you would need to have in a sat nav system. It has security features so when you turn it on you enter your pin if you forget it then it will unlock when you reach your secure destination which you set when you first use the device. I have mine set for a friends house rather than my home as I figured if my car gets stolen they are likely to have my car keys and house keys so at least if I get completely robbed the sat nav will be useless to them! You can insert a SD memory card and upload your own music to the device. I've never had a problem with the charge running out and it comes with a handy cigarette lighter charger so you can charge whilst on the move. You can update maps of the website which I clearly need to do as I have taped in for the closest petrol station in the past and been led to 2 which were closed down and now blocks of flats before finding one that existed. It also doubles up as bluetooth so you can make and receive calls through it which I think is fantastic I did not realise it did this and thought I was going to have to fork out more for a seperate piece of kit for this. You can change the voice to male/female different accents and even have it set in another language which is useful if English is not your first language It has a find feature where you can search for shopping malls, petrol stations, golf clubs, restaurants etc I've never had a problem with the directions it has given me they are always accurate. It also beeps at you when you are close to a speed camera which is particuarly useful when you are in an area that you are not familiar with, however I do not think it picks up mobile cameras I have driven past a speed trap once since using this and it did not pick it up but then I am not sure if other units would either. The actual sat nav is quite bulky compared to other designs I have seen but I would not say this is a bad point as its firstly not something you really carry around and secondly makes it less appealing to thieves. Here are some other stats: http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog? hl=en&source=hp&q=garmin+c550&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=4293621255635964007&ei=YU1xS_G_ EdS5jAfa7Iy8Cw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum =1&ved=0CBQQ8wIwAA&os=tech-specs I would definitely reccommend this. Currently available from satnaveasy for £58.75 and Greatdigitalart £59.94
I've owned the Garmin Streetpilot for a while now and used it many times. The unit comes with a holder and suction cup which can attach to the dash or the windscreen and the power cable is plenty long enough to reach the cigarette power socket. The Street pilot also has a SD card which can be updated with maps from the internet. The screen is quite a good size and touch sensitivity is responsive and acurate. I've never used it for speed camera locations so sorry i can't coment on this part. It finds and locks onto the satelites pretty quick and once you've input your destination you can be on your way in a couple of minutes. I've mainly used postcodes to find a destination although the unit works pretty well with street names and numbers. Where I have a problem with the software, is not showing you what turning you're gonna take after the current one. e.g. tomtom software shows you a small symbol in the corner of a left turn even though this might be a distance away. this enables you to get in the right lane or overtake etc. The Garmin Streetpilot doesn't do this so if you're stuck in the left hand lane you might suddenly find you need to be in the right hand lane with one a short distance to cover. This is only a minor gripe and on the whole the unit has worked flawlessly for me and is also a bit cheaper than competitors. battery life is very good and can easily last over an hour. although presumably most people would just plug it into the ciggie lighter anyway (if you have one!) I'd recommend the Streetpilot to anyone thats driving occasionally and needs a cheap decent GPS. If you're constantly in the city on busy roads that have many lanes etc then you might want to stick with the well known TomTom versions. The Streetpilot can be your for approx £260 or a bit cheaper off ebay. The main stockists are Halfords, although a quick search on google will return many stockists. Thanks and please rate this review if you agree (or even if you dont!!) Have a Good Day!!
Talk about simple. The portable StreetPilot c550 comes ready-to-go right out of the box with preloaded maps and plenty of options. This navigator delivers the same, easy-to-use, affordable navigation as the Garmin's popular selling c300 series with many enhancements like Bluetooth wireless technology with hands-free calling, an integrated traffic receiver, MP3 player, plus much more.