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This is battery operated system that has an inbuilt rechargeable battery that can last a good 5 hours of travelling without needed to be charged. Although it does run off an in car charger so there is no really reason why this should run out of power.
It has a good, clear 5 inch screen that shows everything that it needs to so that I got the information I needed when travelling somewhere that I have not been before, or even places that I've been before but can't get to due to something like roadworks that seem to have popped up over night.
As said, the screen is very clear indeed, giving three types of views, 2D, 3D, both in a more detailed view, with a bog standard 2D look that gives the basic roads in a simple looking kids drawing type of way.
All the things that appear on the screen make sense, such as the battery indicator level which is on the lower right, then there's the timing clocks, one above the other, the top one being the start time of the journey, the lower one being an estimate of what time I should reach my journeys end, with the distance in miles and the time the journey should take sitting at the side of the clocks.
Along the right edge of the screen there is a rather fine idea that really does come in handy, although this can only be used if you have updates and traffic warnings on it. This shows things like traffic build ups, giving a rough idea of how long the delay may be. Then, with the delays, it gives you an alternative route giving you a rough estimate of how long it may add to your journey.
I use the 3D view most of all as it really does make recognising land marks that I am approaching/have passed/ or those that I should be nowhere near. In this 3D mode my car shows on the screen as a blue arrow, with the roads around me showing up on the screen. Showing such things as roundabouts, with a different colour on the map showing me which lane I should be in. this is the same for motorway travels to, with the screen telling me in plenty of time which lane I should be in.
TomTom is one of those names that is famous for such satnavs really and this is one of the reasons why they are so popular. This cost about £150 - £170, with some packs offering such things as a years free updates and traffic warnings. But you may have to pay for such extras, especially after the trial period is over.
This product was not Cheap when I bought it several years ago. I think it cost me a few hundred pounds and was one if the most expensive you could buy. However me and my wife like to explore the British Isles and we wanted a reliable sat nav to get us around. I can't tell you the arguments we had trying to navigate from a map during weekend breaks or summer holidays. We wanted a sat nav to take away this tension in the car when travelling, stop potential arguments and stop the drama arose from navigating a map.
As a man buying a sat nav was toe like accepting defeat! I prided myself on my manly sense of direction and ability to navigate the roads. However it was my marriage on the line.
The sat nav came with a clear instruction manual that was wasy to read and follow and set up took no time at all. It takes a little while to charge and has a lead that plugs into your cigarette lighter to charge it whilst the car engine is running.
The most important feature of a sat nav is not what you would expect. It's not the screen, the battery, the charger etc its the sticky thing that sticks it to the window. This is the essential bit. Luckily this sat nav has a great sticker and fixed firmly to the window.
It has a Nice 5 inch screen, is easy to view and the touch screen us responsive and relatively easy to use. If love yo tell you that it's never taken me the wrong way but it has on several occasions. It's also jammed up on several occasions and is very flow to load routes. The volume is not great and the speakers aren't very clear.
This is overpriced and there are better, cheaper alternatives out there.
A smart compact Sat Nav with a great screen. Visuals are very clear and the junction close up feature is excellent.
The inclusion of Google live search feature allows you to search points of interest nearby which is a massive advantage over the limited default TomTom features.