Summary: I cannot really trust this. Sometimes, the Garmin Nuvi gets me to the right place and other times it is really off. I don't know if any other brand is any better. My friend has another which works the same.
Summary: go buy a tom tom, took me of the m6 too early on way to the wirral and on way home to southampton it told me too come off the m6 toll which i ignored and it then corrected its self and was ok. dont buy this sat nav !!!!!!!!!
Garmin Nuvi 1340 Sat Nav. £88.10. Amazon purchase.
Lee Newman "Alibongo", Amazon
11 January 2012
Summary: Also my first Sat Nav. Budget under £100 Very good solid construction. Simple to set up and use with obvious symbols on a touch screen; does all the basic jouirney requirements. Good solid easy to fit screen mount, a disc to stick on the dash-board to fix your mount included in the box if required. Unit to car cigar lighter power lead supplied. Voice volumn and screen brightness controls.
Summary: First of all, this SatNav actually works well. Easy to use and intuitive. My only gripe is that there's no option to select 'fastest' route, or 'no motorways'. And it acquires satellites much faster than other GPS units I've used. The downside is that I can't update the maps. And if I could, I could only update the maps once (without paying almost the unit's price again for lifetime updates). This isn't made clear in any pre-purchase information.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for a 5 year old Sat Nav, as it was cheaper to buy a new one than update my old one. I now wish I had updated. After not recognising the new A16 bypass in Lincolnshire (that had been there for a few months) I got home to try to update the product. There is no hand book with this product, so I went online. The update progress was slower than slow and it eventually took over 2 1/2 hours to update.
Summary: In the midst of this foul, unrelenting/scenically seasonal weather (delete as per your preference), it's not much of a time to be on the road - needs must, however, and when those needs find you trudging up motorways and chasing dead ends through unfamiliar city centres, this sleek and sassy Sat-Nav is a minor godsend - at least when it's working. And that's really my major - in fact more or less my only - gripe with the Garmin Nuvi.
Pros: Looks nice, decent touch-screen, good variety of options and strong performance ...
Cons: ... when it works. Which isn't all that often when you most need it.
Summary: I choose the Garmin over TomTom and now regret this choice. The Garmin has a much better interface, but after less than a month of occasional use, it became very unreliable - resetting while on the motorway and eventually showing an incorrect GPS position. I've reset the device and it is working again, but of course I lost all the saved locations (which for me is trivial - just two locations in there).
Summary: I bought this to replace my old navman - but I've gone back to the old one already, even though its maps are years out of date. The garmin is a nightmare to use in the West Country. Yes, we have a lot of single track unsurfaced country lanes, but we do also have tarmaced roads and even motorways. The garmin doesn't appear to know this.
Summary: I had a TomTom Go 550 that broke down on me so I thought I'd go for a different brand. This one came to my attention because of its lower price and free traffic warning. However I was rather disappointed and returned the product back to Amazon. The problems were 1. 95% of the time, the traffic warning says 'poor reception' and doesn't display anything. This is within central London and also with the external aerial attached to the unit 2.