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Buy a map instead,
This review is from: Garmin NuLink! 2390 4.3" Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps (44 Countries) and Live Services (Electronics)
This is the second Garmin satnav we've bought in 2 years. We sold the first one on ebay one month later because we didn't like the way it directed the route (compared to our old Navman). The instructions to turn (R or L) came so late that you've often driven past the turning by the time the instructions were vocalised. We bought the NUVI 2390 because it was recommended in one of the motoring pages in the Telegraph. We are thinking about getting rid of this one as well. The software seems to be better in this model as regards directions but there are still a few irritating quirks.
1) if you want to go to the centre of a town (say Bath or Lyon) - for example, if you don't have a specific address in mind and just want to get to the place, you can't simply chooses it from the address - there is no "centre of town" option. Instead, you have to go to a different menu item "Town" and go from there. The Navman, although very ancient, allowed you to choose specific address or town centre from one simple operation.
2) Live traffic update comes free for a trial period. Throughout our 3 weeks in France and Spain, we kept hearing the warning "traffic ahead" when there was either not a car in sight or the traffic was just normal or light density. In contrast, we came across a number of roadworks and delays and the Garmin never warned us about these. It was the same when we first used it in England.
3) The pronounciation of the French (and similarly Spanish) road names was so awful that if you have even an elementary ability to read or pronounce these languages, the Garmin's "dialect" would throw you off completely. Only towards the end of our holiday in France, did we find that the pronunciation was correct if you changed the voice language from English to French, although the directions were spoken very very slowly. Irritating.
4) Compared to web-based route planners (e.g. AA, RAC, Via Michelin), the Garmin's route planning is very basic. There is no option to avoid minor roads, prefer motorways or give you a choice of alternative routes. One day, we were heading back from Folkestone to Brighton; the Garmin managed to keep re-directing us to take every minor road cross-country instead of simply coming up the motorway. Yesterday we drove up to Nottingham from Brighton; we wanted to avoid the M1 near the M25 so decided to take the M40, planning to cut across to the MI further north (turning off the M40 near Silverstone). The Garmin routed us via the M1 and when we turned off the M40, it was unable to recalculate an alternative route. We got there in the end without its help.
In summary - nearly new Garmin Nuvi 2390 for sale...good condition..free postage!
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2012 13:20:59 BDT
Mr. R. C. Gardner says:
how much do you want for it?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 08:59:06 BDT
R. Kong says:
Sorry I just saw this. We are putting it up on eBay for £80. Paid just under @£200 in August 2011 for it. Threw the original box away but everything else is there. It works perfectly but we just don't like it for the reasons given in the review. We can manage with a traditional map.
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