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Not good GPS reception for me
on 5 December 2013
I ordered this because of all the positive reviews, to pair it with an iPhone in the car for improved GPS reception and tracking. (The iPhone sucks at this out of the box.) However from day 1 in the car it wasn't good at holding a satellite lock, and often took a while to get a lock. I was using it with the TomTom maps (E. and W. Europe) and it wouldn't play well with that app, either. If it was taking a while to get a lock, the TomTom app would simply use the internal GPS, and then wouldn't switch to the external one once it came online with a lock. At other times the TomTom app just seemed to stop using the external GPS, switching back to the internal one. To be fair, this product is better than using the internal GPS receiver of the iPhone in the car, but it isn't massively better. I ended up returning it and ordering a Garmin GLO instead, which is immeasurably better, for about the same price. It is faster to get a lock, holds the lock almost always, is more accurate (the fact that it uses GLONASS as well as GPS, which this product doesn't, helps I'm sure), and updates 10 times a second instead of once a second. I wasn't sure if this would make a difference with the TomTom app (if the app is insensitive to a faster GPS because it only looks for an updated position once a second, a faster frequency GPS isn't going to help) but the TomTom app is now much smoother as well. The map updates more frequently, so scrolling is smoother, and the speed is more accurate and updates faster, too. With the above GPS, the car and be stopped and the speed will still say 30 - 25 - 20 - 14 - 9 - 3 - 0, taking several seconds to catch up. Not so with the Garmin GLO, it updates almost immediately. This is better at turns, too. Often I was frustrated when taking a turn because there would be a delay with the map not turning in orientation as well, so I wouldn't see what the next turn was, which if it is coming up fast, you need to know fast. If the map is 2-3 seconds behind in updating your position and doesn't swivel to show you the next turn, it is very frustrating - sometimes you almost feel like pulling the car over to wait to find your next turn. Once I got the Garmin GLO, there were no more such problems (which I had erroneously put down to the TomTom app).
In short, don't get this product, get the Garmin GLO instead, it's better in every way. There is one niggle, which is that you have to order the non-stick mounting pad (a must in a car) separately. It really should be included in the package (ESPECIALLY in the car version of the package, which comes with a car charger) and it is really unacceptable Garmin doesn't just include it and you have to order it for an extra £14 or so.