Re: Tell me what satnav to buy
There's a few things that need addressing here, firstly your need NOT to have a windscreen mounted satnav is going to limit your options. The alternative for a PND is to mount a permanent disc (comes with the sytem) to the top of your dash and mount the system on that - in my eyes this is even more of a magnet to the thieves than the telltale rings on the windscreen.
An alternative is for a hardwired system that takes the place of the radio, these are considerably more expensive to buy and update, though there's less faff when you want to use it and no cables.
Aside from this your looking down the phone route coupled with a handsfree cradle, the screens are small and the phones expensive, I'd steer clear.
All depends where your priorities lie, personally I'd look at a Garmin Nuvi 255T. The system's very easy to use and contains NAVTEQ maps.
Alternatively the TomTom units are very good, and very easy to update. It's true that they have a free mapshare update, but this is a map update derived from user info, not from the map supplier (Teleatlas).
To be honest, the loss of signal in cities is common to all systems, though doesn't tend to last too long and most of the time you can figure out where you're headed whilst the systems trying to locate itself.