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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't really cut it..., 13 July 2009
This review is from: Looket G8 3.5" GPS With UK and Ireland Maps (Electronics)
I've tried to like my Looket G8 - I really have tried... In my opinion, the unit only has a few real problems, but since they are some of the most important features of a SatNav, I don't think they are forgivable.

First off, you cannot enter a full destination postcode (as in AB1 2YZ). You can only enter the "AB1 2" part, then you have to select a road name and a house number (or 'Any'). But, you can't select a road name from a list of options; you have to enter the first two letters of the road name which, of course, you need to know in advance. This is fine if you know the road name, but I had to find a B&B in the Cotswolds recently and the road was unnamed. Result: had to navigate to the nearest known road name and find my way from there. (And if you have to look up the nearest road name on Google maps, you might has well not have a SatNav!)

Secondly, it really does appear to take you down some very odd routes to get to your chosen destination. On more than one occasion I have been directed down some minuscule country lanes and ended up simply getting the map out instead as I couldn't trust where I was being sent. (Perhaps if I had set my 'vehicle type' to a truck instead of a car it might have avoided these - maybe I'll test that theory one day.)

Thirdly, if you are in a hurry and actually set off before the G8 has calclutated your whole route, the unit gets confused and cannot work out the last few yards of the journey. I'm guessing this is because it calculates the route backwards (from the destination to the origin) and if the origin (i.e. your current position) in constantly changing, then it struggles. This isn't a one-off, this has happened to me a number of times.

Also, the mapping updates appear to be very few and far between - nothing since April '08. I guess this is what you get if you buy a SatNav from a very minor player in the market.

The unit has some good points - build quality is great; you get a neat PDA-type stylus; it operates as a music player and picture viewer (I've never tried this so can't comment on quality); the mapping function actually has some very neat features that are probably usually found on higher-spec SatNavs (for example, you can choose landscape or portrait orientation and left- or right-handed preference).

In the end, you get what you pay for and this is a cheap unit. However, if I was buying again, I would look for something dearer but better.
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