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★☆☆☆☆

“I was disappointed with this purchase. The particular...”

Written on: 27/08/2008

Good Points
Good memory - you can upload things like photos and music in lieu of using your car stereo.

Bad Points
Pretty bulky and heavy by modern standards. Specific unit purchased was unreliable from day one despite being completely new and being the top of the line model (at the time) in the TomTom range. Screen can be difficult to read in sunlight.

General Comments
I was disappointed with this purchase. The particular unit we bought seemed to have difficulties simply registering to the satellite network. This happened despite us purchasing a completely new unit that was at the time the best unit offered by the manufacturer.

Despite having tested all of the variables (eg in different cars, out of cars entirely, various locations UK and abroad, sunny/cloudy days, when fully charged and when partially charged) there was no pattern to the problems.

The unit went back and while turnaround time on this was great, despite having a part replaced this made no difference to the unit. Roughly 60% of the time it still seems to take 20 to 30 minutes to connect to the satellite network - so ok to use on occassion but certainly not quality that I expected after paying hundreds of pounds.

My next purchase of a sat nav will probably be a different brand - something simpler, cheaper and hopefully better. A smaller unit is probably going to be easier to quickly slip into a bag when leaving the car too. Sounds like a small consideration but satnavs really have to be locked in the glovebox each time you leave the car or taken with you - it's a hassle so a smaller more portable unit would be far better.