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much better than earlier version (apart from the voice)
on 17 September 2012
my old western Europe Garmin (Nuvi 205), bought in Dec 2008, was very out of date mapwise, & also insisted on rebooting - very slowly - every time the car ignition had been switched off. This one does switch itself off 15 secs after the ignition goes off, but is back in action very swiftly when turned on again.
OTOH my old one had a very inoffensive voice. This one's voice is an incredibly irritating, with Australian rising inflexion on top of the Germanic "B one thousand six hundred" rather than "B one six oh oh" - does the actual road number even need to be given, rather than just "take the second exit"? I think not. As a result I keep the voice muted all the time, which is satisfactory as long as I remember to keep an eye on the screen approaching junctions (otherwise chaos may ensue).
I don't find the feature showing an image of approaching motorway road signs at all helpful, but the lane directions in the top LH corner are very useful. (eg if there are 2 lanes leaving to the left, & 3 going straight on, the ones you should be using are shown in white & the others greyed)
Athough bought in July 2012, this version is at least a year out of date as far as local speed cameras are concerned. I am entitled to a free update, as long as I take it before October; but the unit functions beautifully at present, & would require the addition of a memory card to update, so I'm inclined to muddle along paying attention to speed limit signs instead. I have also previously had a Tomtom, with (expensive) updates added to a memory card; when it was switched on following a flight to Italy it had a nervous breakdown & was useless. This one, when switched on after a flight to Spain, worked perfectly, & directed me precisely to a small house in a small street in a small town in a rural area. My old one, when taken to France by ferry, also worked well & presented no problems.
In summary I am very pleased with this satnav, especially at only £80. I wish though that it was possible to put in a town as a general destination without having to come up with a specific address.