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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck! Not a very good sat-nav!, 16 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Garmin Nuvi 2340 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps (Electronics)
Oh my, what a terrible unit. Where do I begin?

First off, the map is not up to date, even if you "update the map" to the latest version. Garmin say they rely on data from Navteq, but half of the problems on the Garmin unit were showing correctly at Navteq, and where Navteq didn't have the update, they self confess it takes "up to 9 months" to fix!

Updating the unit is troublesome, the included CD generates virus warnings from two different virus checkers (couldn't they be bothered with getting it white-listed by the virus companies?), takes ages to update, and the instructions tell you to "disconnect" the USB device without telling you how to reconnect it (it totally buggers up recognition in the USB drive if you follow the instructions 'to the letter')

Half the speed limits are missing from the unit, and many are just wrong, and punching in the correct speed limit for the road is pretty difficult to do "on the move" (the speed has to be upped in increments of 5 mph, if you're doing 30mph on a National Speed Limit road, that's 6 presses on the arrow, then a confirm button)

Speed cameras are way out of date, bleeping in areas the cameras were removed years ago, and not picking up others that are there.

Calculation of routes take ages, plugging in a 200 mile route took it two minutes to calculate, and all it needed to do was say primary road for 5 miles, take motorway for 190 miles, then another primary road for 5 miles. A calculation of several minutes was endured for calculating a route through many country lanes.

It directs you along the Severn Bridge in the westbound direction when you have tolls disabled mode on, and routes through traffic from Newport to Swindon onto the Old Severn Bridge in the eastbound direction!

Many junctions are missing the "PhotoReal(tm) Junction View", it only seems to be about 50% of motorway junctions and I have yet to see a single one for Primary Road / A-Road / B-Road junctions.

"MyTrends(tm) learns your driving habits to predict destinations based on time of day and location" - and then sends you onto the longer of two options. Eastbound it sends me on a primary road which takes 2 minutes more than the motorway, Westbound it sends me on the motorway instead of the primary road and due to the junction and traffic on it, is also out by 2 minutes. If it's intelligent, then it's got the direction mixed up. It doesn't seem to "learn" which roads have the traffic queues, which ones take longer because of the extra road driven on at junctions, which one have time consuming roundabouts and lights, and even when you take it "daily" it's not learning like it should. Some journey times also seem to be impossible without breaking the speed limit!

Setting the "Home" feature is a feature in itself - it's impossible to change without going through 10 menu entries (such a horrendous thing to to, it's got it's own FAQ page at Garmin!). Adding your own POIs is troublesome, and needs software downloading from Garmin if you want to add a list on your PC - why wasn't this already included?

This unit really isn't cut out to give you trouble-free driving.
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