Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
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It's like having a passenger with actual map-reading skills for once! :)
Member Name: janeymay
Advantages: Small, easy to use, good bright screen.
Disadvantages: Needs to be updated by attaching to computer
I passed my driving test 4 years ago and was one of those people with zero sense of direction as I'd always been the passenger more in control of the stereo than the map. I received this item as a Christmas present from my parents as they'd realised before I had that there were going to be times that I'd have to navigate to new places alone. Scary thought!
This little device is around 3 and 1/2 inches by 3 inches so is large enough to read the map and street names but not so large that you're distracted by it and feel as though you're paying more attention to it than the road. Which always helps when trying not to crash!
It plugs into your cigarette lighter which in this day and age and especially to me is useless otherwise. You turn it on with a single power button on the top right hand side and it comes on, no need to download the software yourself or set up specifics, it asks you a few set-up questions the first use but then it's good to go!
Before navigation you are given a screen which gives you options of how you'd like to find your destination.. including "Navigate to" which allows you to enter an address by postcode or by street name and house number, you can also navigate to "Recent Destinations" and are given a list of the last 24 destinations you entered by postcode or address. You can also choose "Point of Interest" which allows you to find points of interests such as shopping centres, petrol stations and cash dispensers near to where you are or in the city you are closest to.
Another quick function on this navigation screen which has come in very useful for me is the ability to store your home address so you simply press a picture of a house and it directs you home!
You can also add a list of favourite destinations, great for when you need to get somewhere you've been before fast.
All together this device has never lead me on a complete wild goose chase, it has confused me a little at time to time when it is telling my to "Bear right" when I'd consider it a turn so I've missed turn off's.
One thing I would strongly suggest before a long journey somewhere new is to plug it into your computer and update the maps so you are up to date with new road layouts and streets that are now pedestrianised.
All in all I'd say this is a great piece of kit for the price and good for general travel, it doesn't have maps of anywhere outside of The UK and ireland so isn't suitable for travel overseas but, if you're staying in the UK this will serve you well.
Summary: A good little Sat-nav that will easily get you from A to B
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