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Best Cheap Sat Nav

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Fr0dders, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. Fr0dders

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 33,330

    Location: West Yorks

    im looking around at Sat Navs

    ive got around £300 to spend

    but buying the software and PDA separately looks too expensive. Tom Tom 5 is about £120, leaves £180 for the PDA

    or i was looking at the Tom Tom One. But european maps are £125 on top of the £190 purchase price or just £75 for a france SD card. what a rip when they can do the whole thing for £50 more to charge £75 for one country.

    any other alternatives worth looking at ?
     
  2. John_V85

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,147

    I'm looking at the same things at the moment. The Tom Tom Go 510 can be had for around £300, and looks like a reasonable model.
     
  3. Jez

    Caporegime

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    £100 buys a brand new ipaq more than good enough to run TT5, £50 buys a decent GPS receiver.

    My solution cost around £100 in total, the PDA was brand new but a last season model. Still 400mhz with 128mb ram though, so more than ample.
     
  4. Whoop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,408

    Location: Loughborough

    I currently have someones tomtom one here as he wants a low bridge update. Is it worth searching the internet or all the good ones illegal and I wont find any free alternatives?


    Whoop :)
     
  5. UFX

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Mar 2004

    Posts: 704

    Have used the following

    PDA+Tom Tomtom nav 5+Receiver
    GARMIN StreetPilot c320
    Tomtom 500
    TomTom one.

    I really liked the PDA combo (Had a XD2i + Tomtom 5 + GlobalSat bt33 receiver) but it wasn't the most practical, having to remember to turn the GPS reciever on & attaching/removing the PDA & window mount between journeys & then starting tomtom nav5 each time waisted a bit time.

    The all in one's are the easiest to use, currently using the TTOne & cant fault it, The Garmin was the cheapest £140 iirc & done its job but slightly slower calculating journeys & locking on Satellites.

    If I was just using it for the occasional journey I'd go the PDA route again just for the extra benifits of the PDA but as I use it for work the TTOne is the best option imo its only worth getting the more expensive TT if you need more maps.
     
  6. Fr0dders

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 33,330

    Location: West Yorks

    thats the thing

    i travel to europe

    once/twice a year

    and the other half cant map read AT ALL

    so im constantly getting lost and pulling into lay bys to read myself. I really do need one with european mapping

    last time we went france, we tryed to find dieppe. We got so lost we just backtracked and went back to calais. we were only on a day trip so it wasnt worth getting lost

    next time id like some1 to tell me with GPS accuracy where to turn !

    whats the best way to add european mapping to the Tom Tom One ? is there only that £120 or so upgrade that gives you the whole of europe
     
  7. triggerthat

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,870

    Location: London

    I would suggest the tomtom ONE. Although, wow at the price of maps and cards. Am sure they can be had elsewhere for much cheaper.
     
  8. MagicBoy

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: South Manchester

    You don't need a mega powerful PDA for Sat Nav. I'm quite happily using a five year old iPAQ 3630 with TomTom 5.

    The TomTom One is good unit as well - my Dad is very happy with his.
     
  9. Sagalout

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Nov 2003

    Posts: 5,670

    Location: Harrogate

    Dont think they can. I've just bought Iberia for our holiday next week and it cost me £70. You can buy the whole of europe for £150 though, which includes the SD card.

    The hardware tomtoms, as far as I know, are unhackable - whereas the PDA versions are all hacked so you can, if inclined, download the maps or buy dodgy versions from ebay.
     
  10. triggerthat

    Soldato

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    Location: London

  11. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

    Posts: 569

    Location: Surrey

    What size sd card do you need for:

    1. Just Uk
    2. UK and Europe

    I want to build my own gps device using an old IPAQ as some have suggested. Any advice on gps receivers? Cheapest IPAQ model with bluetooth?
     
  12. Jez

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Receiver wise just get anything sirfstar3. I got a nice compact flash one for £50 (much less hassle than bluetooth)

    SD card wise, UK only is 100mb, UK+ is 180mb

    Whole of europe proper maps you'd need a couple of GB.
     
  13. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

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    Location: Surrey

    Thanks for info. I will go for a 512mb card.

    How do you mean a compact flash receiver? Also have you used any speed camera poi databases?
     
  14. Jez

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    Compact flash as in it goes into a compact flash slot.
    [​IMG]

    Just means it all slots into the PDA nice and neatly as a single unit, no messing about with separate charging and bluetooth etc. Can also use it nicely on foot too which can be handy in cities if you have just got off the train and dont have a clue where the office you are going to is.
     
  15. csd

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  16. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

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    Location: Surrey

    I see what you mean. Thats looks far better and I hadn't even though about using it on foot :)

    Was the Garmin second hand? Also do you subscribe to the pocketgps service or did you just do it as a one off?

    Any advice on holders?
     
  17. Jez

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    Holder wise i dont bother as mine sits on its side nicely on my dash.

    [​IMG]

    Thats pretty much what it looks like put together, personally i think the CF route is more convinient, and it also means you dont need to bother spending the extra on a bluetooth enabled pda. If you look on ebay there are a fair few brand new PDA's perfect for tomtom at around £60-£70.
     
  18. Tesla

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

    Posts: 17,410

    Location: Bristol, UK

    Do any of the current Tom Tom range have full postcodes on them?

    I have a SE P910i and Bluetooth receiver, tomtom mobile 5. Works wonderfully well but the sat nav is in use about 12hours per day everyday, constantly changing addresses etc...

    I am looking for a stand alone unit in the hope of it being more robust that the phone. If I break my business phone I'm stuffed as I get no work!
     
  19. csd

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  20. Ollie's Gadgets

    Hitman

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    I don't see how you mean sit on its side. Doesn't that mean the screen is in landscape and how do you stop it sliding off the dash. I think I have missed something here :confused: