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This review is from: Garmin NuLink! 1695 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Live Services and Traffic, and Bluetooth (Electronics)
I had expected this satnav to deliver all I had expected and it did.
It was very accurate when I used it to navigate from my home in Wiltshire, through France and Belgium to a destination in Germany. The traffic reports were very accurate and it truly saved the day when we entered a massive traffic jam on the Ring Road just north of Brussels. Immediately, the traffic indicator turned to red and the display provided me with alternative routes to avoid the jam caused by an overturned butcher's lorry! Well done!
The screen refreshes very rapidly thus avoiding any delays in latest display and the navigation through the menu is relatively simple.
However, there are some things that I must mention and which really do require attention:
1. Indicating where you have been and travelling to is fine but details of the route name/number one is on is not indicated unless the screen display is changed in which case the movement indicator stops at the point where the car moves out of the screen. Similarly, it would be nice to have essential services, e.g., petrol stations, car main dealers offering repairs, A&E, etc indicated on the map simultaneously as one drives along.
2. The pronunciation of many place and street names can be very bad and in Germany I actually found it misleading. Typically, "Ruislip" in west London is pronounced as "Rooosleep" while the German "Hauptstrasse" is pronounced as "Hepstress". In the case of the foreign names, it is probably better to ignore the voice and look at the screen where the name is actually spelt out or else you wil be left pondering while the car moves along! Dangerous!
3. I would like to hear a louder gong signal when approcahing a speed camera: it is very feint.
Overll though, I am well pleased with my purchase and would buy it again if I had need to replace it for any reason.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2012 04:05:43 GMT
Desmond Lechner says:
Very true indeed with the weakest loophole concerning speech on foreign pronunciation. Stop thinking like the darn French & their egos over all other languages!!! Simply, strip-in a linguistic talent from Google's long list of talented Staff and record it as it should be... AS IS... and no one can debate on how a local street or road should be heard or pronounced!!! My solution, I use a TomTom 950 to dare defy & support my Nuvi 1490, yes, I have two (2x) SatNavs wherever I go, even on rental SUVs I use on vacation albeit Thailand, NZ or Ozzyland to other Asian countries besides Europe & the UK. I now have a 3790 and its incredible but I'm curious at just how well this model performs besides being a 5".
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