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    Recommend a Sat Nav

    I could do with some help with picking out a sat nav,

    -it will be used for the UK only,

    -Budget: well ideally low a possible but as long as its reliable, plus, I dont mind paying a bit more for a bit of quality

    Any suggestions???

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    have you considered going mobile phone based? Allows you to chop and change the software, somes free, some costs. Theres the android san francisco for £80-100 at the moment, should be good for sat nav.

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    tbh I've not really been keeping up with the smart phone/hand held/mobile markets. But I would consider it I suppose

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Orange are doing the san francisco for £100 + 10 topup (pay as you go), but there are various discounts including student, public sector, or £20 if you have an orange simcard laying around. To be honest I use a winmo phone and have tried a variety of satnav packages, current fav is IGo8, but the beauty is being able to try differet software.

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    TomTom GO 300 from eBay - yours for under £75 easily.

    I'm still using a 1st gen TomTom GO - now known as a Classic(!).

    Android + Google Nav is also good, walking direction, cycling, everything - make sure you have/take a car charger though, it eats battery life.
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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    Android + Google Nav is also good, walking direction, cycling, everything - make sure you have/take a car charger though, it eats battery life.
    Agreed. Works well, but battery life is not long enough to get to any destination that you were unaware of.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    It will be used in car so the battery is not an issue however if my brother/friend wanted to borrow it a normal sat nav would be easier

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Just get a cheap satnav from ebuyer, they often have them on offer for under 50 quid but should still qualify for free shipping. Looks like today they have one for 46 quid.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Home-&-L.../Sat-Nav---GPS

    Love my Android phone and the navigation built into that is ok, but it eats through data so you need to factor in the price of a 3G contract.

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Love my Android phone and the navigation built into that is ok, but it eats through data so you need to factor in the price of a 3G contract.
    There are a few offline mapping apps like MapDroyd out there.
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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    There are a few offline mapping apps like MapDroyd out there.
    Indeed there are, and in the long run I don't see how satnav companies can survive with smartphones getting cheaper and cheaper. I think that is what is driving the cost of traditional satnavs through the floor.

    I get through about 300MB/month (without using the navigation) on my Hero, so to me it only makes sense to get such a beastie on contract.

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    Co pilot is probably worth the investment if you are going to use an android as a satnav. Then you don't need to put a sim card in!
    (download your agps data over wifi when you are at home)
    http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.alk....place.eu.major

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    For a stand-alone satnav, I would highly recommend the Garmin Nuvi. I've got the 205, and is great, with approx 5 hours battery life, although we have a car charger too, which it comes with. Think its now been replaced with the 215 which is the same with bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phones. Apparently garmins are better than TomTom when you deviate from course - ie re-routing you rather than simply telling you to turn around!

    I got mine as a reconditioned one (by Garmin) from Amazon.co.uk for £65 and was as new. Also works well as a GPS for geocaching!

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    Re: Recommend a Sat Nav

    If you've a Nokia (or rather Symbian) or Windows mobile device, I'd recommend Route 66 (check www.66.com for compatible devices). MUCH better than Nokia maps imho.
    The only quarm I have with SatNav on mobile devices, is that they can struggle for processing power

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