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Garmin Sat Nav

Discussion in 'GadgetZ, GismoZ and Bling' started by zedzen, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. zedzen

    zedzen Dedicated Member

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    Hi

    I am off to france later in the year and intend finally purchasing a GPS unit. I am happy to buy Garmin over TomTom as much due to the fact Garmin supply the nav data to the RN.

    I'm settling on the Garmin nuvi 2545LMT and wondered if anyone else was using it?

    Ty

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  2. GazHyde

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    Had a TomTom GO when it first came out, then moved over to the TT iPhone app.

    Bought a Garmin Nuvi 3760, and in my personal opinion blows the the previous TomTom stuff away I owned. Compact size, but with a huge hi res screen, but in RDS traffic alerts, easy updates.

    Only thing I miss about TomTom is having South Park's Cartman screaming directions at me... :ymblushing:
     
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    Sorry to disagree, but i have used Garmin and tom tom

    and will say tom tom wins hands down

    far better maps, direction changing, and updating.
     
  4. zedzen

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    Garmin for me defo. Have been scouring the net and all the prices seem much of a muchness.

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    It's Garmin for me but beware if you intend the non-primary routes as we did. The A, E and N roads calculate correctly but ALL the D roads seem to carry the same routing weight.
    So the shortest route is automatically the same as the fastest route. The upshot of this was we ended up going up and over hills on windy D roads which were marginally shorter than the wider ones round the valleys.
    We always knew where we were but I'd still advocate carrying a decent road map or atlas. This helps when the signing you need to follow may be for a town a couple of hundred miles away.


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  6. Mouldy

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    When we first drove to France about five years ago, I treated myself to a TomTom One which did the job well enough but I upgraded it shortly afterwards to a TomTom 720T mainly because of the larger screen, which I used on several holidays to France and through Switzerland to Northern Italy.

    After four years of trouble free ownership and a good many miles travelled, the internal battery wasn't holding it's charge, so I recently used £100 of Love 2 Shop vouchers that I was sent for changing my energy supplier towards the cost of a new TomTom 825, which in my opinion is excellent. The Live traffic info is brilliant and the unit re-routes around potential hold ups very quickly. The ability to search Google for local info such as petrol stations and restaurants etc. without having to pay extortionate 'roaming' charges for going online on my mobile is going to prove very useful, too.

    On top of all that, I sold my old 720T on eBay and got over £80 for it, so my net cost to upgrade was less that £20.

    I think that sat-navs, like cars and cameras, are all a matter of personal taste. I have only ever used TomTom sat-navs, much the same as I have only ever used Canon SLR and DSLR cameras. Whilst I don't doubt that other makes would produce the same results, I have always been pleased with what I have owned and never seen the need to change. If however, I had been disappointed with a particular brand, then perhaps I would have changed my loyalty.
     
  7. EnthuZiaZT

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    Be careful Zedzen,
    I'm not sure, but I think there is a new ruling in France, that it is illegal to use a Satnav that pinpoints speed cameras. I might be wrong, but I remember when I read it, thinking that mine has that facility and we use ours in France every year. :-o It came in at the same time as having to carry your own breathalyzer, they even had the cheek to say you ought to carry two, one to test yourself before you drive and one to use when the Gendarme stops you. 8-|
     
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    Hi Zedzen, Did you manage to find a Satnave for your French holiday. I have just read on .net that my suspicions have been confirmed, the thread title is New French Motoring Laws. :-ss
     
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