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Intuitive set up. Paired up with phone through blue tooth it's also a hands free. Pretty good value.
on 2 March 2016
I was travelling to the Czech Republic and I was doing some driving there. I needed a reliable Sat Nav. I looked at the prices of hiring one - and I figured that hiring one three times will be the same cost as buying this one.
I've read reviews and researched which one to buy and this one came top of the charts. It has all UK maps and European maps.
Like most things I buy I don't read the instructions - I plug it in and see how it goes. And this went pretty well. I got the cable that connects the power outlet through USB to my computer - this charges it. Then there's also cable to connect it to the cigarette lighter in the car. Couple of fittings for attaching the sat nav to the windscreen is pretty straight forward - just click together and the suction cup holds the sat nav on the windscreen - it's easy to take off after the use.
I went to the Garmin web-site to register my sat nav and downloaded the app for doing the updates - this took quite a long time - couple of hours - but it worked ok - so I've started with the most current routes.
I've included 20 pounds note in the pictures to get an idea of the size.
I managed to program the routes fairly easily - though I got a surprise on a way to my local gym - while testing and on my way to work - It took me on the back roads - which is the shortest distance. It even found a round I never new existed - after travelling the same way for 15 years. I was only trying this out on my way to work before I needed it for real. All I needed to do was to change preference from Shorter distance to Faster time and next time I was travelling in the main roads again.
The real test was getting me to the Luton Airport and then travelling in the Czech Republic. Both was spot on. I like the choice of being able to avoid U-turns - I hated that on my old sat nav.
About anything on this sat nav can be customised. The screen brightness, the volume, the talking voice, choosing an icon for your vehicle, . There are preferences for the routes: for shortest distance, most economical, no toll roads just to name few.
There is a help button that has all the instructions needed.
It could be used - just putting the destination in just as you sit in the car - or as I prefer it planning the trip in advance. This can be done through trip planner and using a plus button to starting point and destination.
It uses blue tooth to connect to your phone. The voice commands are activated by saying: VOICE COMMAND - then choosing a selection following commands on the screen. I can't hear 100% but I have no problems having conversations over it whilst travelling - hearing the person on the other side of the phone and they can hear me clearly too. I managed to find the closest Tesco whilst driving through voice commands.
There are some extra features such as most up-to-date information through Smart phone link. Some are free and some are through subscriptions such as live traffic or advance weather. I'm not sure which is the paid for services as I've not used any of them. The Smart phone link can be downloaded through GR code directly to the phone - which then gets paired up through blue tooth to the Garmin.
Also a back-up camera can be purchased separately for this sat nav - for reversing.
There is also an option to buy a baby cam - enabling to switch between sat nav and baby cam in the vehicle.
All in all this is a pretty smart gadget. Anything would have been an improvement on my 15 years old sat nav with only half of the roads on it - but I'm very happy to have chosen this Garmin.
My ex-husband lives in the Czech Republic and was visiting recently - uses the same sat nav as this - many times travelling right across Europe - He was pretty happy with it too. Just jealous I had the latest version ;-))