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Good for the money!
on 16 September 2009
i got this sat nav as an upgrade from my garmin 310 as i felt it was time for a newer unit.
i got the unit 3 days ago and as i do use the sat nav alot i thought i would share my opinion.
First off when you get the box you are greeted with the sat nav facing upwards and instant impression is "its bigger but thinner!"
so no messing about i instantly took it out the box and it felt light smooth matt finish on it, but sturdy i then looked at all the cables, you get the car charger, window suction holder and also a sticker pad for the dashboard which i use because i find the units size gives a rather bad blind spot on the window.
i first connected it all up to the computer and instantly their was a firmware update required, done this and then went out to the car.
intially put it on the window and let it get the signal, i then went into options were you have the usual garmin settings for map detail from least to max, voiees can be changed and you can also use the "eco route" and put in what your car does for mpg etc and as your driving along it gives you an idea of your carbon footprint, fuel cost, miles covered average speed etc, it also has a function were if you want to be really economical then you can use the function that tests your acceleration and braking times etc to try help you save. never used it much tbh.
while driving along the unit keeps up with you and with each turns you make which you would expect.
so i put a route into a destination i was going to and knew the road well, also set the settings for shorter route not fastest time as this usually goes to the motorway.
the sat nav did try take me another route but i stuck to my guns and not long after it was telling me the road i was turning into, the speed limit along with my speed etc, the unit isnt the fastest for a detour route but that doesnt sometimes matter.
the screen is clear but a little difficult the hit the letters sometimes if you are driving, not that i do this!
the only reason i gave this 4 stars is because they havnt given you a cradle that holds the cable, so any time your not using the sat nav you have to tuck away the cable or is slides from the dashboard, but maybe im just being fussy!.
overall great unit so far, newest maps loaded onto it with camera updates etc.
at this price its far better than the new tomtom as ive used them aswell, the interface is just so much better and you wont be dissapointed! Garmin invest in their products and customer services, tomtom invest in their advertisment.
Hope this helps