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I'm looking for best value in car portable Sat Nav under 100

Recommendations please.
Only need UK one
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I use the Tom Tom app on a smartphone - cost about 45 a few years back and is free to update.
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I bought the "TomTom Start 50 5 inch Sat Nav with Lifetime Maps of UK and ROI" a month ago, but I have little to compare it with. I did have the Alfa/Fiat TomTom Live in the MiTo but never used it much.

A basic easy to use (for a first-time sat nav user like me) unit and I like its simplicity. Map downloads are free but speed camera up-dates are free only for 3 months.

Amazon about 94 but I paid 99.99 at John Lewis for the 2 year warranty.
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Using a phone is probably easiest these days. 2 USB charger plug for the cig lighter socket, 2.50 charger cable for the phone, then put it up on the dash somewhere or buy a screen mount. On my 156 I just wedge it inside the infocentre housing and it stays put with the help of a tactically placed 20p piece. I just use the free Maps app which gets me all over the country without difficulty.
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Waze. As long as you have a half reasonable data package, it is free. Free, including speed camera alerts, mobile speed trap alerts and traffic data.

If you don't have a smart phone, go an buy a generic droid for 40 on PAYG. Still cheaper than tomTom.
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I use the Tom Tom app on a smartphone - cost about 45 a few years back and is free to update.
Me too.
Works really well and to me not having an extra device is a bonus


(plus at the time you got Western Europe for the same price as UK only, not sure if that's still the case?)
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Probably the best Android mapping app is Here https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....here.app.maps

Its the old Nokia Maps updated for the smartphone age and as an offline mode so you don't use your data as you travel.

Full world maps are available at the amazing cost of FREE!!
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Probably the best Android mapping app is Here https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....here.app.maps

Its the old Nokia Maps updated for the smartphone age and as an offline mode so you don't use your data as you travel.

Full world maps are available at the amazing cost of FREE!!
TomTom app uses GPRS - all the maps are on your device, so NO data usage (unless you have traffic updates too). Important to note, especially if using outside UK.
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Hmm interesting thanks, still would probably want a dedicated Sat nav.
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I have a six years old TomTom XL2 which was brand new and I hardly ever use it.
Because it was cheap and I fancied trying one I bought a Becker Traffic assist, again it's a few years old (2nd hand off eBay) but for 12 who cares.
It's a little less friendly than the TomTom though not much, and it has European maps and an SD card which my TT doesn't.

That said I use my iPhone with Google, Navii or NavFree as a rule. Mainly because the phone is with me all the time and the GPS devices aren't
If I plan something I do take a dedicated device.

I'm not going anywhere, I'm just going.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.
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I've got a TomTom Start 60 which I'm very happy with - basic, but user-friendly menus & a good clear, informative display make it a pleasure to use. To get under 100 you'd probably have to go for a Start 50, basically the same device with a 5" rather than a 6" screen.
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I always went with Garmin up to now. After the hullabaloo of trying to update the maps recently I shall be looking for either an app for a smartphone or a Tom Tom next.
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I've just been using the Here maps on my Lumia for the last 2 years. We took it to the States on a driving holiday, downloaded the maps before we went and just used GPS for location so no charges anywhere in the world (just put phone in flight mode). Can get a Lumia 435 for about 50/60 and if you go for a 640 (5" screen for about 120 I think) you also get the year free of Office 365 (inc. 1Tb storage).
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