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Not quite there yet !
on 5 November 2009
I have had this product for a while now, as a whole its not bad. Sat acquisition is quick, booting is quite fast, and operation at the front menu is obvious.
However, and here's the BUT ! There are many niggles that could put you off this device please read on :
1) Map updates aren't automatic, camera detection is once connected to a pc should you wish to pay the extra for it, update is reasonably simple. Snooper say that when map updates are available they will either notify or send out the update to the customer. Our roads are constantly changing, so I should have had an update already.
2) The disk with the sat nav software on is on a SD card ONLY !!!! loose the card and sat nav stops or if the card corrupts your stuffed, although again Snooper say without obligation to them at their discretion they may sort out a SD card replacement but no commitment to cost to the end user should the card be lost or damaged.
3) The device does not remember if your a car or caravan, so you are always presented with this option every time you start Sat Nav ?? Saving favorites is a nightmare, not easy at all ! lots of menus to go through to save - no idea why ??
The Caravan site search is ok and pics of some sites is cool, but again not upgradeable and search can be confusing again - Wouldn't it be frustrating driving all the way to a site and it just be a field full of cows now.
No auto night view, this has to be selected from the menu. Overall its the small things that niggle, selecting/searching where to go int he menus is a bit cumbersome and awkward a lot of room for improvement needed there Snooper.
3) Volume is quite, I have mentioned this to Snooper with no joy from there end as to an improvement. If you have a diesel MPV/Jeep and a trailer/caravan on the back, forget trying to hear whats said, there's no on board fm transmitter although you could attach your own.
The mount for the device is very sturdy, but is a nightmare to install/un install your device regularly, my hands aren't huge and I struggle having to remove it at the end of every trip, can't believe they tested this mount that much, no clip on / off lots of un-threading, lifting, wrestling and swearing on the dashboard.
4) My biggest bug bear, yep I can put up with the above if I had to but, I bought this device so that when I reached my destination I could watch TV. Well the on board aerial is laughable, a lollipop stick would stand more chance of picking up DBV TV, The external aerial has to be mounted on something METAL so you have to hang it out the window as most dashboards are wood or plastic, no window rubber sucker then !!
Reception is ok whilst driving (not for the driver of course) in our area which is a very poor area. But out of the car you don't stand a chance,as it needs to be earthed to work. The connector to the back of the TV ext out is non standard plug in, so no chance of attaching to a portable powered aerial, so it sits on the side collecting dust as a TV at home and at its destination, what a waste of an otherwise great TV potential.
5) Bluetooth is fine, although it doesn't notify you of connection to your phone and you can't use the bluetooth facility to call whilst driving ??? as a hands free feature you have to go out of the Sat Nav software into bluetooth to call, not good whilst driving.
6) Media and music playback is good playing avi's and mp3's play with little fuss, but you won't be using it to listen to music whilst driving a diesel vehicle, again due to low volume output.
If you've managed to stay with me so far, you may think I'm dead against this product. I'm not - there is a lot of quality there, and I am hoping Snooper will put some of the things wrong with this device right, and then it would be the best out there, but as it stands, my recommendation is buy a cheaper Sat Nav device and a separate portable tv you'll be happier in the long run.
Points to improve.
1) Increased volume
2) Better phone / bluetooth interaction
3) Better searching and favorites saving / recalling.
4) A coaxial connector to a proper aerial
5) Proper map updates and guaranteed replacement of damaged SD card
6) Being able to record the TV program (dreaming here)
Its good but not that good Yet.
Thanks for reading this well intended appraisal, I hope Snooper are listening as it'll be on a well know selling site otherwise.