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    Default Portable sat Nav

    Weve decided to get one but like an alien dumped on planet earth and asked to buy a mobile phone, ive got no idea where to start...

    I keep hearing about tom tom, but what is it?

    I want something for approx £300, portable and can run through the cig lighter. It must be up to date with all current info etc.

    What will i get for my cash?

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    I use a Navman 610. It cost £299 from Currys a couple of months ago, It really does just plug and play through the cigar lighter. I think the main differences between all of the GPS units on the market are what maps they use like Teleatlas/Navteq. Loads of info and downloads here PocketGPS.co.uk
    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspektor
    I use a Navman 610. It cost £299 from Currys a couple of months ago, It really does just plug and play through the cigar lighter. I think the main differences between all of the GPS units on the market are what maps they use like Teleatlas/Navteq. Loads of info and downloads here PocketGPS.co.uk
    Hope this helps.
    That's the one I've got. It is outstanding. I do a lot of trooping around the country to competitions and I know that I ain't gonna get lost. For the price, it's hard to beat. There are ones with more features on than the ICN 610 but how many more features do you want than getting directed to any location in the country If all you want is a nav system then why spend any more. Oh and you can download all sorts of points of interest like speed camera locations (not that you would need them ), even where all the Macdonalds restaurants are. Get one, you won't regret it Andy. Have a look at mine on Sunday.
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    cool, cheers guys

    how do the downloads work? do you just download them to your pc then plug your sat nav in with a usb?

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    The pocketgps.co.uk is an excellent site to look at for reviews etc and there is also a discussion forum.

    Another all-in-one unit to consider is the GO range from TomTom - www.tomtom.com - they are very nice little units.

    If you want to have a chat about SatNav Andy, give me a bell - I've been using TomTom for years and can show you the TomTom software at Trax if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    cool, cheers guys

    how do the downloads work? do you just download them to your pc then plug your sat nav in with a usb?
    Basically yes.

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    I'm pretty established with tomtom as well...damn good product.. Ive got it working on my spv, and work has provided me with a tomtom go which comes in handy.. unfortunately, both are better then the vx nav system, by a very long way!, no comparison really

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    I agree with bruceybonus about the tomtom being better then the standard vauxhall sat nav.
    I have a vauxhall system in my signum but find it very slow compared to the tomtom. The tomtom gives you plenty of notice of what to do (i.e. turn off) the signum seems to wait until you are on top of the junction.
    I also find entering destinations etc easier and quicker on the tomtom as you have a full keyboard displayed on the touch screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    cool, cheers guys

    how do the downloads work? do you just download them to your pc then plug your sat nav in with a usb?
    That's right Andy. On the CD there is a desktop utility. You download the updates/points of interest to the SmartST desktop utility, then with the ICN 610 plugged in via the USB it will ask you if you want to update the ICN.
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    i'll have a look in dixons tommorrow. They have both the Navman and tom tom in store

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