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Guys & Gals,

Am looking to get a sat nave and just wondered if anyone had any advice for a Sat Nave virgin? I'm looking to spend under £200 and have shortlisted the following as possibles:

Garmin Nuvi 255W Europe
Tom Tom One XL Europe 22
Snooper Strabo s370 Euro Plus

So which one would you guys go for, or would you get a different one from those I've shortlisted, and why....

Thanks :thumbs:
 

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The first thing is to decide what functionality you need. From your list, I guess you're going to be using it on the continent?
Do you want traffic updates?
Do you want a bluetooth connection so you cxan use it as a handsfree kit?
Do you want voice recognition?
 

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The first thing is to decide what functionality you need. From your list, I guess you're going to be using it on the continent?
Do you want traffic updates?
Do you want a bluetooth connection so you cxan use it as a handsfree kit?
Do you want voice recognition?
Maps - Europe would be good, NZ would be a bonus
Traffic updates - nice but not important
Bluetooth - don't care
voice recognition - don't care

I think from what I can see at under £200 I should get bluetooth and European mapping but not much else.
 

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You can get the TomTom XL Europe with the TDS traffic module for just under £200 - but it's a bit hit and miss in the UK at least.
I'm not sure you can buy one here with NZ mapping - and trying to remember back to the software store once you've got the unit plugged into your computer, I don't recall NZ as being one you can buy afterwards either.
 

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I think as far as I'm concerned the most important thing is good mapping / directions and a good speed camera database...so far the strabo comes out on top, if only because I can use it on the bike as well (has a headphone socket) but if anyone has any experience of sub £200 Sat Navs their comments would be gratefully received ( and not held against them...:) )
 

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Back in March I went for a Garmin 350T, which at the time was £188

It has full Europe mapping
Text-to-speech (so speaks street names & numbers during directions)
Traffic updates
Speed cameras

You also get the latest mapping DVD FOC by post when you register.


Now I would probably go for a Garmin 760, which is currently £220 in Halfords, but the traffic receiver is extra. Although if available the 350T would be an even better buy.
 

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That brings me to the other question...The Snooper has all updates free but I'm guessing the rest are paid subscriptions, can anyone give me an idea how much these cost as I cannot find anything on the Tom Tom or Garmin websites about subscription costs!
 

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Sell the bike and use the money to buy the best one. Your too old for it anyway !!


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Oi! Least I've still got all me own hair...:lol:
 

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Bald or Ginger :( I made my choice !!
 

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Should've gone Ginge...far classier...:lol:
 

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I'm a big fan of the Garmin systems. So easy to use. Just updated our Nuvi 310D with the new 2006 European maps:cool:
 

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There is a NZ map available for TomTom (at least my 720) but it is not cheap.
 

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Never used a Garmin but have used a TomTom and I think they're great :lol: When I looked into gettin one I was told to stick to Garmin or TomTom as they only make satnavs and therefor must be pretty good at it?? I dont know if the other one your looking at only do satnavs???
 

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Don't currently have one, but have used them with hire cars on holiday and I think the Garmins are better. Also, whilst in the US, they gave us a dash friction mount (illegal in certain states to stick anything off your windscreen). If you want to buy a sat nav that doesn't leave ugly marks on your windscreen you should consider it. I was surprised at how good they are - they move slightly when you initially start driving, but for a second or so, then finds the optimum location for the mount and then sticks. In 6 days of driving it didn't fall off once, even with some energetic changes of direction!

The only place I've seen it in the UK is in Halfords (works for Garmin 200s, 300s and 600s) :

Garmin Friction Mount - 200, 300 & 600 Series from Halfords Price £19.99
 

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Thanks for all the useful comments and pointers...:)
Alfa Moo, Snooper are a UK based company that specialise in Radar Detectors and Sat Navs. They are also doing the unit I'm interested in with free updates for life....though I'm not sure how much that is worth as I have been unable to find prices for the updates on the Tom Tom & Garmin units...any pointers would be very welcome!
 
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