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Philip s Navigator Britain (Mainland Atlas with route planner maps and local maps) (Mainland Atlases) Spiral-bound – 1 Oct 2012

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  • Spiral-bound: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849072329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849072328
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 2.7 x 34.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The reigning champion of road atlases" -- The Sunday Times



"A map that beats all others" -- The Daily Telegraph



"The ultimate in UK mapping" -- The Sunday Times



"Best overall" ***** -- What Car



"The brilliant Philip's Navigator atlas" -- The Independent



"Scale, accuracy and clarity are without parallel" --Driving Magazine

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Sept. 2013
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I've had 2 editions of the Philips Navigator road atlas, for a simple reason they are the best. Being a bit of a map fiend I have browsed round bookshops looking at the various makes and maps books on offer (The AA ,A-Z, Michelin, Collins etc.) but none seem to have the simple layout and large miles to the inch as the Philips Navigator.

The extensive collection of town plans at the back is the biggest I've seen for any map book (100 town plans) and each has its own street index as well as places of interest.

The route planning pages are full of information, as are the detailed approach maps for various cities (Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield).

The main maps are of high detail (1 and half miles to the inch) showing each road, motorway, dual carriage way etc. but the detail is even more than that showing places of interest, distances, speed limits/cameras, mini roundabouts, farms, tracks, and railways lines (including each station). Each town, village (in fact anyway that is populated) even shows a collection of streets, which I was quite amazed by.

The general map seems pretty up to date, however with things changing all the time I expect it is not 100% bang on.

This edition is spiral bound which I must say I didn't really want, tending to like a proper spine. However I was surprised that it has turned out to be quite useful in the way you can wrap the pages round. I also feel that the pages are made of good enough quality paper to take a bit of roughness, without ripping.

If you want a good quality, high detailed road atlas, this is a must for any car, also, unlike a sat nav it comes with no annoying voices and doesn't need charging.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Up The Mariners on 4 Mar. 2013
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A few weeks ago as we were clearing out the office of someone who had just retired we came across quite a few atlases one being an old version of Philip's Navigator. As someone who loves his atlases it didn't take me long to decide this was by far and away the best UK road atlas I had ever seen. Not sure when it was printed but the M60 around Manchester hadn't been completed.

It was big but had detailed mapping and was very clear. So I thought I would upgrade to a new one. What a disappointment. I don't know which muppet decided to change the colouring on it but the old one was very clear with grey for built up areas, clear bright yellow for the roads, this new one has a green colour for the built up areas as well as green for the wooded and forest areas and to be honest they all blend into each other. Also some of the minor roads on the old one aren't included on this new one. It is also now spiral bound which in my opinion, constant use will soon see the pages tearing.

Although I do use a satnav when driving I always like a map copy of where I am going and to be honest I will still use the old map book as it is by far and away clearer than this new version.

To be honest, I wish I hadn't bothered.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Cook on 19 May 2013
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I had used a 2006 version of this atlas and found it easily the best I'd used. By late 2012 I was beginning to notice places where it was no longer up to date. So I bit the bullet and bought a new one.

Although it still has the same scale, its colours are more muted and less easy to read. It is also ring-bound and is already (May 2013) beginning to tear in places. I somehow doubt it will last as long as the previous one, which is a pity as I haven't seen anything else that matches it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Jun. 2013
I have been using Philips Navigator for a number of years now, currently on my 3rd version. At 1.5 miles to the inch (just under 1:100,000) they are the next best thing to OS mapping (1:50,000) at massively lower pricing.

Just a couple of comments -

First - DON'T CONFUSE "NAVIGATOR BRITAIN" with "5-STAR NAVIGATOR BRITAIN" - the 5 star version is lower scale - only 1.7 miles per inch. (1:107,000) - If you want best scale DON'T choose 5-STAR.

Second - Some reviewers have criticised the change to spiral binding - to me this is a star winner, not loser! It means you can easily keep the book open at the page you need without straining the spine.

I have been using a spiral bound version for over 12 months and have not torn a page yet!

I have only one criticism - the maps are not always as up to date as they could be! my 2012 version has some new roads missing that had been open for nearly two years at the start of 2012.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Micky C on 8 Oct. 2012
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I see that reviews from 2009/10 for the last version are still listed again this new edition. My comments are for the 2013 edition released in October 2012.

I have had the last 2 versions of this atlas and like the 1.5 miles per inch mapping. Great for more detailed trip planning than a basic 3 or 4 miles per inch atlas.

The mapping is slightly different to previous versions. Although still Ordnance Survey, the colouring and information supplied is different. For example in our village a large lake is not shown on the new one, but some older roads not previous shown are now included.

The thing for me that marks it down is the binding. Previously I had fixed spine editions. This one is spiral bound. Given the size and weight of the book, I don't think that it will be long before pages start unzipping themselves from the spiral. It all feels very weak and flimsy. So for it to last the 6 years that I had the previous one for, it's going to have to be handled carefully.
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