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General Chat Thread, Best sat-nav in General; My vote goes for the Garmi Nuvi 250, I paid 79.99 from amazon at christmas and it has full european ...
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    My vote goes for the Garmi Nuvi 250, I paid 79.99 from amazon at christmas and it has full european mapping :-) (that's 100 off!)

    I have used tomtom and this is far superior.

    Neat little size. From what I have read on the tomtom traffic system, it's pants.

    IMHO with tomtom you are paying for the name. Garmin is no-nonsense.

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    Buy a phone with built in GPS and put tomtom on that . .
    Then you have everything you could ever need in 1 device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggmiester View Post
    My vote goes for the Garmi Nuvi 250,
    My girlfriend has this and it's a great little unit. Has full european maps and traffic camera details etc. Support is pretty good too. Where she kept putting it in and out of her handbag with the cable still connected, she somehow managed to break the little firewire input on the back. It was loose and probably come away from the internal circuit board. I emailed Garmin and told them the problem and the serial number. I forgot where I bought it from so couldnt provide an invoice like they requested but they were still happy to help. Sent it back to them on a Saturday and by the following Thursday, they had sent us a Nuvi 250W which is the latest widescreen version.

    Cant say fairer than that

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggmiester View Post
    My vote goes for the Garmi Nuvi 250, I paid 79.99 from amazon at christmas and it has full european mapping :-) (that's 100 off!)

    I have used tomtom and this is far superior.

    Neat little size. From what I have read on the tomtom traffic system, it's pants.

    IMHO with tomtom you are paying for the name. Garmin is no-nonsense.
    I used to have the Garmin i3, I found it told you what you were doing far too late for you to be able to do it (if that makes any sense!) so you'd nearly have stopped at a roundabout before you knew which way you were going, and inevitably you'd be in the wrong lane. Have they improved that in recent models?

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    TomTom, I've got it on my ye-olde XDA but currently using someones all in one unit (cannot remember the model as its in the house) but that is really nice and much quicker to re-route than my XDA version. Sorely tempted to get one myself.

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    I used a tom tom one xl recently and thought it's navigation was pants.

    Also recently tried to update it as they now say every unit gets a one time free update and it still told me it had expired.

    Ben

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    TomTom fan here

    I have used TomTom lots as I used to work as a travelling techie and well impressed with it.

    So far I have had TomTom on a PDA with a seperate GPS unit, worked fine with the additional extra the PDA was also a backup phone if needed..

    Had a dedicated TomTom unit and was impressed with that but it annoyed me having a separate device.

    Now I have TomTom on my mobile phone, screen is a little small but its a good compromise.

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    Tomtom rocks my socks.

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    I have a Garmin Nuvi 250 which I picked because it was best for European maps in my budget. I do a lot of swimming events and it's brilliant for finding the pools and takes all the stress out. I'm normally a really nervous before a comp. as it is so appreciate one less thing to worry about.

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    Tom Tom One here, works great and doesn't crash like the higher end Sat Navs as it just does what it says on the tin without all the fancy gizmos which you never use and cause loads of problems.
    Was never really interested in one until last November as I just thought they were a gimick and a waste of time. That was until I went on a bunk barn weekend with staff from school into the depths of North Yorkshire in the dark. All the people with Tom Toms were there a good half an hour before those with other brands of sat nav and about an hour or so before us without sat nav.

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    I prefer my TomTom to the Garmin range.

    I got the TomTom with built in bluetooth 3 or 4 years ago and it still does the job. Its a bit chunky compared to the newer models so I'll be looking at getting a newer model and a PARAT in the next 6 months or so.

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    TomTom is great at what it does, and is the lorry drivers favourite. Basic graphically/ not pretty looking, but gets you from A to B like no other. Voices are the best on any system too.
    Having said that I never touch it as iGO8 floats my boat. 3D landscape & buildings, Text to Speech plus it's vastly configurable.

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    Oooh. Theres a widescreen Garmin 250 for 99

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    I got a Navman S30 - very good SatNav

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