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“The Garmin C510 Deluxe is potentially a good product...”

Written on: 25/01/2007 by pobinr (4 reviews written)

Good Points
1) Probably other makes & models of sat navs have irritating flaws in the design of the software.
2) Customer support better than that of Tomtom, but then it probably needs to be.
3) The unit clips onto the windscreen holder easier than the Tomtom 710.

Bad Points
1) It's only possible to enter one 'via point' on a journey. A minimum of two is required to avoid the unit taking one through congestion prone areas of large cities etc.
2) If you're indoors & it asks the question 'poor reception are you indoors' & you reply yes you are in doors, then enter a route, when you go outside you have to turn it off then on again to make it seek satellites, otherwise it still thinks it's indoors!
3) It doesn't show final destination of your route.
Too many key strokes to go to browse map to find out what the final destination is.
4) I saved a route then opened it up & it didn't include the 'via point' I'd entered as part of that route.
5) Not possible to delete individual recently found locations.
6) Display of 'miles gone from start' & 'miles to go to destination' should be clearer/larger.
7) Too many keystrokes required to change navigation from 'fastest' route to 'shortest distance' route or vica-versa. It would be good if it always displayed which type of navigation is selected.
8) Why does the thing keep asking me the country of the address I want to go to! Very annoying. It's a sat nav isn't it. It already knows which country it's in or which country it was in when last switched on. It should assume the destination is in the country it's already in, unless I tell it otherwise.
9) Once 'Go' is pressed to calculate the route the unit asks 'do you want to simulate the route'. The simulation is done such that a 2hr journey would take 2hrs to simulate so it's too slow. It was only incorporated for vendors of this product to show potential purchasers of the unit what the screen displays during a route. Therefore I don't know why the unit give this prompt every time as it's much to slow to be of any practical use.
10) If one is indoors the unit dithers looking for satellites rather than just calculating the route using a start point based on it's location when last switched on.
11) The instruction manual wasn't very comprehensive & would benefit if examples of programming in a journey with a via point was given.

General Comments
The Garmin C510 Deluxe is potentially a good product let down by poor ergonomics of software design.

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