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    Do they have the facility to display Lat/Long? I'm thinking of getting GPS for a trip to South Africa as most of the bush locations just have waypoints but if SatNav can display Lat/Long I may as well get one.

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    Re: SatNav

    I know the older tom tom sat nav units definitely display lat/long co-ordinates, and you can navigate to a lat/long position as well. I'm pretty sure most of the others will as well, but it's a while since I've looked into them, so my knowledge is waaaay out of date.

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    Re: SatNav

    Have a look at Garmin ones and other brands that are used in Geocaching etc.

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    Re: SatNav

    The Garmin Edge range have some of the features IIRC. They will also work as street GPS units for when you aren't bush-whacking

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    Re: SatNav

    I'd really quite like one of the new Edge units for my bike. It's high up on my shopping list.

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    Re: SatNav

    Yes, get yourself a Garmin - I have the eTrex:

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=6403

    I use it for Geocaching and for when I get lost walking in Wales :-)

    I also have a handlebar mount for my mountainbike and it's been really handy at times.

    A great buy for less than a £100.

    A friend of mine in the army uses one & he's in Afghanistan at the moment giving the Taleban a hard time. He swears by his eTrex.

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    Re: SatNav

    I was thinking more of a standard car SatNav that comes with European maps for day to day use but with the option to display map references.

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    @laserblazer: I believe that the Garmin Edge range does both.

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    Re: SatNav

    Isn't the edge range more for cyclists, etc?

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    Re: SatNav

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    Isn't the edge range more for cyclists, etc?
    Yes but it will give raw info, overlay on OS maps and do roads... this is the nature of off-road cycling.

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    Re: SatNav

    If I were you, I'd rent one in South Africa.
    They are cheap to hire from car rental location at the airport, when I was there at Easter, it started at £1.50 a day

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    Re: SatNav

    The reason for wanting one is that a lot of the features and facilities in RSA have been identified by their map reference. I figured that if I got a SatNav with UK/Europe mapping that also displayed map references, then I would have a SatNav for home.

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    Re: SatNav

    Something else you could consider is a PDA with inbuilt GPS. There are plenty of third-party apps for displaying GPS data and you can also install TomTom (or whatever you want).

    The Nokia n810 is also an option but the GPS voice-guided navigation is a paid-for upgrade which is pretty poor IMHO.

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    Re: SatNav

    I have a Nokia N95 which comes with a SatNav program. Maps can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

    Very useful as it saves carrying lots of different devices. Also has a 5MP camera.

    Only downside is the battery life but it does come with an in-car charger for when you're out and about.

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    Re: SatNav

    I've just got a TomTom XL europe. You can purchase maps for South Africa, and it shows the Latitude / Longtitude.

    When I go back to SA, I'll definately be buying the map!
    Plus, it's small enough to carry in a coat pocket, you need never get lost on foot either!!



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