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Failing on basic navigation features,
This review is from: Garmin NuLink! 2340 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps, Live Services and Traffic, and Bluetooth (Electronics)
I bought this satnav(actually it was the 2320 model but for the purpose of the review the difference between the two do not matter) as my current one's batter goes flat in no time and can hardly charge as I use it.
I got hooked up on the NuLink/Live features and it had good reviews, so I went for it.
I used it 1 day and returned it!
Main Problem: the spoken commands, will very, very often not announce that you need to make a turn at very last moment before the turn.
So the Sat nav will tell you: "In 300 yards turn left on Oxford rd". Then you drive and you expect some 10 yards before the turn to hear: "Turn Left", but that does not happen. To me this is a very fundamental flaw with how the spoken commands are designed. Basically if there is no other cross street before your next, it will announce the turn only once and way too early, so when the street comes you feel unsure if you should turn.
Problem 2: The computer generated voices/commands would sometimes split a command in 2 parts with large pause in the middle:
"Turn left on A5 and at the roundabout" + separate command 30 seconds later: "...take the second exit"
Problem 3: Route simulation is only at actual speed. Imagine trying to watch a simulation of a 2.5 hour journey!!!
Problem 4: Adjusting volume while driving (active navigation running) requires that you re-enter your destination. Annoying if a passenger does it for you, and really unsafe to require all those extra actions from the driver.
Problem 5: While driving on the M1, it told me to take an exit, just to make me rejoin the same M1 200 yards further down (It was one of those exits where it splits and one lane just stays parallel to the motorway and rejoins it.)
As you can see none of my complaints are linked to the unit's top features - appearing in the advertising brochures. However, using the satnav for a day only I realised that the Lane Guidance/Junction view are quite useless features. Being shown to take the left lane when you are about exit the motorway is hardly necessary. All the exits in the UK are via the left lane. What I was hoping for is a lane guidance in large multilane roundabouts, but the lane guidance is for motorways only.
Junction view, will show you a realistic image of the slip road, but this is only available for a handful of motorways, and it is really no help to know how the sliproad looks as they are all quite similar.
Did not get to experience the quality of the live traffic info, there were no traffic jams that day.
In general, I found just the Google services useful feature and the large clear indications of distance/time left was great.
The built quality also felt very good, solid.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2014 10:19:00 GMT
R. J. Smith says:
Thank you sooo much. I was going to buy for my wife as on offer in maplins for £80 but glad I didnt as would have to explian garmins errors.
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