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3.0 out of 5 stars
Easy to use but Garmin need to seriously work on the detail, 5 Dec 2007
Brought this a few months ago and I'm fairly happy. It is the first Sat Nav I brought and went with a brand expecting to get the best of breed.
For the stuff it does well oyu can buy another for £100 less. The bits it does bad badly, well thats the bit that costs more.
Easy to use, good features, has good detail on speed cameras (saved me a few times), never failed to find an address in the UK and blue tooth is easy to use. Web update software is easy as well, Good information on local petrol stations. this is essential.
Con's and areas for improvement
Battery life is short, TMC traffic update is next to useless unless your already in a built up area and been travelling for 30 mins. The delay is also late or has cleared up by the time you get it so the estimated delay is mostly incorrect as well. I recommend you always have the traffic on via your car radio. The fastest route is almost always 100% wrong, fine for the last 5 miles but get a route map off web for the long bit of the journey. It thinks the shortest shortest distance is quickest.. err not on our A and B roads Garmin !! Finally when unit is plugged in on charge, then it would be good to dim the screen. It is too bright to drive on the dash at night and dangerously distracting.
I really don't see the point in an MP3 player either. The speaker is poor so I would use my car radio or IPOD. Also on the food and shop finder its a shame they restrict the options to those who pay Garmin. I don't live off Mac donalds and chinese restaurants.. Would be better if this feature was there for the user not the Garmin sponsors.
If I were to buy again I would take a serious look at the cheaper models. These devices are still incredibly over priced for the technology they use and Garmin is no exception. Consider whats important to you.