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I Received this in the post yesterday but wanted to try it out a bit before reviewing it. I have limited experience with GPS devices, owned two myself including this one (my other one was a navi-g), tried a nuvi and one other one I don't know the name of.
Whats in the Box:
The GPS Unit, usb link up cable, instruction manual, Holder with special suction cup.
First thoughts after opening:
The unit seems to be of a very high quality, and the special gel suction cup unusual, it really does stick to any surface though!
Setting it up:
I read in the manual that the first time you use it you are supposed to leave it on in your car for twenty minutes for it to locate you (yes twenty). I thought this was a joke and decided to just give it a whirl down the shops after setting my home address to my real home 200 miles away, suffice to say I got annoyed that it didn't pick up a signal at all throughout the whole journey. Annoyed and not wanting to leave it in my car for twenty minutes unattended I decided to leave it by the window, not expecting much as I knew my previous device picked up no signal anywhere on campus let alone my room. I checked it later and was surprised to see it had worked. Later on I decided to test it when driving to Windsor for a dance.
It annoys me that every time I switch it on I have to click I agree to some statement telling me not to look at the screen while driving (if thats the case why do they boast a 4.9" screen? just to cover their backs I guess).
Once you have done that and it has taken a little while to load (the first time takes a while but almost instant every time after that)
Once loaded and you have input your destination (very easy to do with a big touch screen) and It calculates the route very quickly.
Whilst driving it gives clear instructions with warnings very early on and just before the turning etc. It got me to the destination and it did a better job that my previous GPS, I found out there was a quicker route thanks to this device.
I really like the way the GPS follows your every movement, its seems to move around the map in real time and copes with sever side lanes that didnt ever register on my previous GPS.
No problems with the sound, can easily hear it over the radio and comes with a range of voices though I haven't bothered to change mine. they can be altered at the touch of a button
Seems very sturdy, but a very small piece of the suction cup broke off after its first use :/.
This is either very good or very bad depending on your expectations of a GPS device. For navigation purposes it is very easy to use and even comes with one year free subscription for speed camera warnings.
However Navigation is all it does, thsi was what disappointed me the most as I could watch videos and play music on my old GPS and with this one being such nice quality and a big screen a video playing function would have been a huge bonus.
Id like to say they got the brightness level perfect, it readjusts for day and night automatically via a sensor so I don't get an annoying reflection of the display on my windscreen. However their choice of display colour, although very nice, makes it hard to read the writing when the car is in motion.
Comes with Uk, Republic of Ireland, Northern France and part of Belgium
Overall for navigation this device is far superior to my old device and I am very pleased with the purchase. However I paid £70 as opposed to the £117-£200 retail price. Look on ebay if your interested :). I only wish it had video play back as there is a memory card slot. No idea why you would need a memory stick it without any music or video playback function. Perhaps its just for storing extra maps