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    Ive been using a Garmin 760 which I find not too bad - slow to acquire satellites, no enhanced lane guidance, no over speed-alerts and some confusing voice directions.

    Im interested in the new Navman MY series, particularly the MY500XT which comes with built in lifetime traffic updates *:)

    I understand Navman uses Navteq maps as opposed to Whereis, its supposed to be better *::)

    Has anyone tested Navman against Garmin?

    Love to hear any comparisons *;)

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    I use a Tom Tom and have been happy with it.
    My son uses Tom Tom on his phone and hes happy too.

    It has over-speed alerts, some lane guidance (that I can tell), voice directions are not confusing.

    I can also edit POIs (best one is red light and speed cameras) and install map overlays, do my own voice overs, all fun.

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    Thanks Thundergod.

    The Tom Tom is up there with the best of em and gets a lot of good reviews.


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    I vote for tomtom as well, ive only got the One though

    the new 720s have tha traffic alert built in as well I believe, the map share is a nice feature for user contributed updates, as well as the safety camera option too

    only thing I find a bit weird is you need to know the suburb that the address is in, and the suburbs can be a bit strange compared to maps on occasions

    If you want the basic One model, theyre close or less than about 200 bucks now too

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    We use the Uniden TRAX 436 4.3" screen, lane guidance, blue tooth, optional live traffic. WOW sell them at $269 RRP is $449.

    Great machine at a great price, like all things once you sort out how to use, its simple.

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    i have a XL classic tomtom, pretty good.

    does have that needs to know which suburb issue Phrostyboi ^^^ typed about. which can be annoying if you dont know the next suburb etc

    i do need to update the maps, but it is good to have. Most i have used have confusing voice commands at some times, maybe its my driving style?

    Mine does get confused with underpasses and overpasses in the city sometimes and can be slow to find a sat in the city to.

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    Do any units come with voice commands "as in say the address ect" ??

    I need to upgrade so all these user reviews will also help me decide

    I was an early user of this technology and still use my first unit the Navman iCN 320
    Very Basic but it has served me well so far

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    Ive got a Navman, whom I like to call Fred.

    When I dont like what Fred tells me, I just ignore him and go my own way. Usually, he goes silent after trying to tell me to do a u turn when possible. When Im getting the silent treatment from Fred, hes trying to figure out another way to go, which he does and then were both happy...doesnt take long for Fred to come round to my way of seeing things! ;D

    My Fred is the 500i. I didnt buy him because I wanted the Navpic function, actually, Ive never used it.

    However, the functions that I do like and use are...

    The Petrol Button. When you want to know where the nearest fuel stop is, you can just press this button and Fred brings up on his screen a list of the petrol stations. You can then select one and get directed to it. There is also the Parking button, but Ive never had a problem with being able to park my car, so havent had to use this function. :D ;)

    When going into a tunnel (like the Sydney Harbour Tunnel), Fred just gives you a list of the next directions to take. Which is handy as there is no satellite coverage under sea (as yet, unless of course the US military knows something we dont. Which is highly likely...)

    GoTo Button. Fred was designed to resemble the GPS of aircraft and the GoTo button is what youll find on most of them. Easy and obvious to use as it immediately takes you to the screen where you can make your selection from either Your Home, Favourites or just find a new address.

    I guess, ultimately, regardless of which one, they are better than a street directory, as it tells you where to go. By far, my favourite feature is the ability to flick through DTG (distance to go), ETA, current speed and time functions. Often, I just turn Fred on so I can see my speed. Between my speedo and the GPS, I can be sure Im close or on the posted speed limit.

    If the next generation of GPS include such things as lifetime updates, I think that that will be great. My biggest bug is that you cant get map updates for less than the price of a new GPS. But I dont believe that that is the fault of GPS providers, rather it is the mapping people trying to make a buck or two. However, the only place Ive had a problem with the map in my GPS being out is actually in my town here. And seeing as I know it quite well, Im not too worried about that!

    Just some of my GPS experience...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43535F5F44516F57515C300 link=1248569358/7#7 date=1248612045
    When I dont like what Fred tells me, I just ignore him and go my own way. Usually, he goes silent after trying to tell me to do a u turn when possible. When Im getting the silent treatment from Fred, hes trying to figure out another way to go, which he does and then were both happy...doesnt take long for Fred to come round to my way of seeing things! ;D
    Yes I get that also

    It would be great if one was offered & can choose from a number of routes
    for example cutting through suburbs & back roads instead of the main roads unless its the shortest and quickest way

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    Attached is the press release from Navman on their new MY series units. *It looks very good but doesnt go into enough detail on some of the features *:-?

    I would really like one that warns me when Im exceeding the speed limit - a visual and audible alert would be great.

    Before I buy anything electronic I download the user manual to see how it works, but the MY series manuals are not online yet *:(




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    I have tested and tried about 6 different GPS nav systems including off road systems... Over about 9 months.


    1: I hate the $ they want to charge for updated maps.. That goes for all.

    As to ease of use and and ability to edit / add and customise..

    2: Then I have to strongly recommend teh TomTom system

    I use a PDA version ( No TTS at this stage but that is not a major issue) and the ability to navigate to a contact can be great. School zones and the ability to manage POIs is a major bonus. Thus depending on ya PDA there are many other features that may or may not be available.

    The PNA version that are out now have TTS, and like other also act as a Blue Tooth unit for ya phone...

    I am upgrading my Car radio to a fully integrated system and to have maps etc and will be opting for TomTom... The reason... I need to get rid of too many nick knacks on my dash.

    Maps will never be 100% and until the companies work out a way of patching / updating and making it more affordable... Then many will continue to find faults that exist with any mapping system... They are OUT of date the moment they are produced.

    My 2cents worth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 02262F2F2C2C1602263A2426490 link=1248569358/6#6 date=1248611556
    I need to upgrade so all these user reviews will also help me decide

    Quote Originally Posted by 02262F2F2C2C1602263A2426490 link=1248569358/8#8 date=1248612624
    It would be great if one was offered & can choose from a number of routes
    for example cutting through suburbs & back roads instead of the main roads unless its the shortest and quickest way *
    The MY series Navman does just that with four options for routes:
    Fastest
    Shortest
    Easiest
    Fuel Economic

    It all sounds great to me - will get my MY500XT next week *:D

    The user manual for the Navman MY series is online:
    http://www.navman.com.au/Final%20Manual/DOC-170-B%20Software%20User%20Manual%20AUS.pdf



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    Quote Originally Posted by 785C555556566C785C405E5C330 link=1248569358/8#8 date=1248612624
    It would be great if one was offered & can choose from a number of routes
    for example cutting through suburbs & back roads instead of the main roads unless its the shortest and quickest way

    KK
    my tomtom clasic XL has a "find alternate" you can do this a few times to go different ways, it shows a map view of the route .
    also asks if you want to avoid tolls
    but it does not know the secret backroad shortcuts that you get to know

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    My wife is always amazed that my backroad shortcuts always take longer ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5A7D7B7C71080 link=1248569358/13#13 date=1248765636
    My wife is always amazed that my backroad shortcuts always take longer *::)
    giggled like a schoolgirl... My wife not only says the same but is amazed that I talk to it and argue...

    Needless to say, when I say that it is not of the male gender.. In a less than complementary manner.. I get it from all sides... :-*


    There was a great Utube clip about back drivers etc and one driver really goes off... It is only at the end that the camera zooms out and you see that he is having the whole arguement with a GPS system.. Worth a laugh.

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    I find myself telling Fred "no, Im not going that way..." and that hed "Better get with my program because Im taking this route"... ;D

    I would have thought most GPS systems would have had the fastest route option in them? :-/

    I like the sound of the most economical route but how does it calculate that out exactly?

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    Fastest Vs Shortest is a pain as it try s to calculate an approx time for all lights / roundabouts etc etc and then also attempts to predict the average overall speed...

    Thus the fastes Vs shortest can some time be in reverse .... Depending on teh system your using.

    Try setting you destination and then give it a time byu which you want to arrive... Interesting outcomes.

    Note: Depending on how I am feeling I change my icon and teh voice.. Note to self: Even when teh girls are pissed at x-mas and I am teh taxi driver; they do not like Naughty Nattily..

    I did have great voice of an Indian guy, but the Accent and reference to Elephants and cows on the road meant I forgot to listen to the directions...

    I also like to plot the POIs for coffee stops...

    As well as always uploading and change teh settings on my mates TomTom.. He gets BUNNINGS and GJ.. He hates GJ and has an independent hardware store ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2535393922370931373A560 link=1248569358/15#15 date=1248766997
    I like the sound of the most economical route but how does it calculate that out exactly? *
    ECONOMICAL: Least stops, turns and urban areas.

    EASIEST: Simplest with least turns. *Favours motorways.

    At least thats the theory *::)

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    Having now completed my extensive research on GPS units, I conclude that Garmin is the best quality. On top of that, there is no such thing as a perfect GPS. *You may find one that is perfect for your needs but it wont be everyones cup of tea (coffee) *;)

    Balancing features that are important to me with quality and price Ive decided on the Garmin 1390T. *I know the traffic feature is presently over rated, but I believe it is improving all the time.

    The best price on all Garmin units was from Johnny Appleseed GPS and their knowledge and service is excellent *:)

    Thank you all for your input.

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    I use tom tom 720. Works well but when entering an address unless you have the suburb exactly right it will not accept it e.g. If you enter Burton Ave Ivanhoe Vic it says it does not exist but the most frustrating thing is does not give you an option of the suburb. Burton Ave does exist in Ivanhoe East.
    It has proved to be very reliable but if you are in construction or similar and always in the new estates any of these GPS units will not be that helpfull. I have rung Tom Tom and they make no appologies for that and say that untill a new estate is completed they wont map it.
    Be warned that all the majors in this industry use the same map provider the difference is the way they work e.g. Tom Tom:- to enter an address you enter-Suburb>Street>No.... No option is shown for another suburb.... American method??
    The Navman goes<Street>No.>Suburbs and then list comes up of suburbs with that street... Australian method??
    Also be aware Melbourneites About eight months ago frustrated by the method of entry with my Tom Tom and the lack of support in the new suburbs I rang NavWay thinking it would have the same as Melway maps and challenged thier machine against mine which they accepted.
    I had Six addresses in new suburbs Four of whichTom Tom could navigate to the NavWay Could only navigate to one address managment admitting that they in fact used AusWay mapping nothing to do with Melway at all stating they clearly had problems and would not sell me a unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06332233240905353E233A2C560 link=1248569358/19#19 date=1248927746
    I use tom tom 720. Works well but when entering an address unless you have the suburb exactly right it will not accept it
    I always enter teh suburb as the city... Never had a problem here or in Melbourne.


    Quote Originally Posted by 042325222F560 link=1248569358/18#18 date=1248924544
    I conclude that Garmin is the best quality

    As you state every one has their own needs...

    For me TomTom allows me to drive off road without any issues... Most others will not.

    POI and ease of use... Truck maps available for some countries... Very handy for low bridges and roundabouts etc..

    Can be easily customised and modded to suit your needs. Many of the other systems are more restrictive.

    The important issue that many forget is the accuracy, and that comes down to hardware and response of the unit / map.

    A few of the systems I have trilled have been out by a significant amount and use a setting to put you on the map (where they think you should be). This is BAD in my books, as it can place you on a road, when your some distance from it... and may be in a new estate.

    The Destinator map had a nice feature where it would display house numbers... Handy when not using it to direct you but your just driving in an area you know, but want to know the numbers...

    At present the latest TomTom map has many of the proposed roads and upgrades for Brisbane.. So while not active, you can still see where you are and drive....

    Rote 66 and IGO also had some nice features, but userbility was a pain not unlike the MioMaps.

    The other issue is TTS which is available on the PNA systems but not on the PDA units..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 032C2527300F232C2325272F272C36420 link=1248569358/16#16 date=1248768154
    I also like to plot the POIs for coffee stops...
    I might get around to this one day.

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    Have a look at this...

    http://jrepetto.free.fr/ttmaps/en/manual.html#1

    Now for off road and walkers this is great... And all on the same unit and same app (so to speak)


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    I use Garmin Mobile XT for Symbian OS on my Nokia phone. Great application and I use it all the time when I dont know how to get to a place or on coffee deliveries. The great feature I like about this GPS application is that it has Google search. Simply type in the name of the place you want to go to and voila, it pops it up on screen with the address and distance from current location. Another great feature is that although it uses Sensis maps, it also uses Navteq traffic data to calculate routes based on traffic.

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    Im a bit old fashioned - I use a refidex ::)

    Yeah, yeah, get with the times you may say, but no sat nav means my car is less likely to be a target for mongrel thieves.

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    I have reviewed several of these for publications and ended up buying a Mio myself. What I liked were the spoken street names that werent available elsewhere at the time. Its so much better to hear: "turn left into Smith Street", than "At the next street, turn left".
    I am currently reviewing a new arrival from Navigon, a European amker just entering the Australian market, and so far, it ticks all the boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7A4F54535972537958505C53593D0 link=1248569358/24#24 date=1249000294
    Yeah, yeah, get with the times you may say, but no sat nav means my car is less likely to be a target for mongrel thieves
    This is why I think the PDA/phone satnav solution is the way to go. I use TomTom on the Imate JasJam and it leaves the car with me.

    I know of people who have managed to get TomTom Navigator 7 running on a HTC Diamond using the internal GPS receiver. Cool.

    Of course, TomTom arent exactly making the PDA version a simple thing to embrace in Australia, so I think their market share will erode as people get fed up with carrying a separate unit for satnav when the current and next generations of phones/PDAs will leave them behind.

    Pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 242E2336352A2B3627420 link=1248569358/25#25 date=1249001244
    I have reviewed several of these for publications and ended up buying a Mio myself. What I liked were the spoken street names that werent available elsewhere at the time. Its so much better to hear: "turn left into Smith Street", than "At the next street, turn left".
    I am currently reviewing a new arrival from Navigon, a European amker just entering the Australian market, and so far, it ticks all the boxes.

    Let me know how it goes.. From what I have seen it looks too much like the Mio system and I found that hard to work with.. I also understand it was able to use the IGo maps at one stage ??

    Just about to upgrade the Car radio with a complete system and it uses WIN CE so in effect is a PDA as I understand it... A shame as I do prefer the PNA as teh Linux OS means that it can do some extra things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15203B3C361D3C16373F333C36520 link=1248569358/24#24 date=1249000294
    but no sat nav means my car is less likely to be a target for mongrel thieves.
    Not if you remove the GPS as well as the cradle and wipe away the suction mark from the windscreen ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 505A5742415E5F4253360 link=1248569358/25#25 date=1249001244
    ended up buying a Mio myself
    Quote Originally Posted by 77585153447B57585751535B535842360 link=1248569358/27#27 date=1249007211
    it looks too much like the Mio system and I found that hard to work with
    Same here. My daughter loaned me her Mio before I had my Tom Tom.
    Besides trying to get me to do illegal U-turns at trafffic lights, it appears to have 3 settings:
    *Fastest
    *Shortest
    *Get Dad lost (undocumented)

    Quote Originally Posted by 644345424F360 link=1248569358/28#28 date=1249008531
    Not if you remove the GPS as well as the cradle and wipe away the suction mark from the windscreen
    Thats what Ive done in very suss areas but Im putting my faith in human nature now and hoping that in seeing the cradle and power lead prominently diplayed they will realise I took the unit with me.

    Of course if they just need a cradle and power lead Im screwed. ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5E627F646E6F786D656E0A0 link=1248569358/29#29 date=1249010732
    Quote Originally Posted by 505A5742415E5F4253360 link=1248569358/25#25 date=1249001244
    ended up buying a Mio myself
    Quote Originally Posted by 77585153447B57585751535B535842360 link=1248569358/27#27 date=1249007211
    it looks too much like the Mio system and I found that hard to work with
    Same here. My daughter loaned me her Mio before I had my Tom Tom.
    Besides trying to get me to do illegal U-turns at trafffic lights, it appears to have 3 settings:
    *Fastest
    *Shortest
    *Get Dad lost (undocumented)

    Quote Originally Posted by 644345424F360 link=1248569358/28#28 date=1249008531
    Not if you remove the GPS as well as the cradle and wipe away the suction mark from the windscreen *
    Thats what Ive done in very suss areas but Im putting my faith in human nature now and hoping that in seeing the cradle and power lead prominently diplayed they will realise I took the unit with me.

    Of course if they just need a cradle and power lead Im screwed. *::)

    When they first came out they were highly desirable.. *Today... *Aldi sell them and the Kids have the maps on their Mobiles ... *

    Thus I no longer give it a second thought... *

    Unless I am in a bad area having a meet up with a CS *:D *Then, I dont know what I should be protecting

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    Quote Originally Posted by 506C716A606176636B60040 link=1248569358/29#29 date=1249010732
    Of course if they just need a [s]cradle and[/s] power lead Im screwed.
    So TG, where exactly do you park your car? ::)



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    ? *What about one I can use in OZ and the USA, Son will be getting married in the USA in October and we will probably be traveling from Virginia to Georgia then to Florida by car. Is it a better option to just get one over there and throw it away when we leave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 49584D54531D0 link=1248569358/32#32 date=1249012857
    ? *What about one I can use in OZ and the USA, Son will be getting married in the USA in October and we will probably be traveling from Virginia to Georgia then to Florida by car. Is it a better option to just get one over there and throw it away when we leave?
    Most will work any where... Ya just need to get the maps for the area you want..

    Some systems are cheeper and easer to use than others.


    Mate just left for England and had to pay $135 for the English maps.. (Garmin)

    For the USA, it can be a pain as you may not be able to get selected states and have to get the lot..

    Some systems - Destinator and others allow you to crop and save local areas... This is good if ya never leave ya local area / township and it helps in performance... When ya do, you just select anothe map or your main one..

    Mine has been to Canada / USA / GB / Ireland / NZ and France etc... Just changed maps as needed. As it was also my PDA... It held addresses and contact details as well.







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    Quote Originally Posted by 0213061F18560 link=1248569358/32#32 date=1249012857
    ? *What about one I can use in OZ and the USA, Son will be getting married in the USA in October and we will probably be traveling from Virginia to Georgia then to Florida by car. Is it a better option to just get one over there and throw it away when we leave?
    Ive used TomTom successfully in Hawaii and I have the France map loaded and ready to go for a trip later this year.
    My brother has used the USA map with success. The issue with getting the whole lower 48 USA map is size. Ususally over 1Gb, so you normally need a dedicated storage card for it. State by state is smaller, but can be more of a pain if travelling across the state lines and needing to swap maps mid-trip.
    Most of the main players have webpages that will give you an idea of the maps available and their cost.

    Brett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14353E3E3923500 link=1248569358/31#31 date=1249011114
    Quote Originally Posted by 506C716A606176636B60040 link=1248569358/29#29 date=1249010732
    Of course if they just need a [s]cradle and[/s] power lead Im screwed.
    So TG, where exactly do you park your car? *::)

    At Optus - secure carpark under the building including armed guards.
    (OK so they arent armed.)

    Quote Originally Posted by 041500191E500 link=1248569358/32#32 date=1249012857
    ? *What about one I can use in OZ and the USA, Son will be getting married in the USA in October and we will probably be traveling from Virginia to Georgia then to Florida by car. Is it a better option to just get one over there and throw it away when we leave?
    My Aussie version Tom Tom One 3rd Edition, only has 512MB of built in memory.
    Overseas version IIRC still have the card slot (which they removed from the Aussie one to reduce the cost).

    Id buy one over there and then buy an Aussie map when I got back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 7160756C6B250 link=1248569358/32#32 date=1249012857
    What about one I can use in OZ and the USA, Son will be getting married in the USA in October and we will probably be traveling from Virginia to Georgia then to Florida by car. Is it a better option to just get one over there and throw it away when we leave?
    You might find something of interest here: http://www.ubid.com/electronics/gps-systems/?lfthmlink=1


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    Just hire a car with one in it...I think that that would be your best choice. Friends of mine did that and drove themselves from the north to the south of the US with out missing a turn or getting lost...reckoned it was the best thing they did...

    As for having one thing that does all...

    Im still getting my head around my phone which, essentially is meant to be a communications device...has a camera in it, let alone a GPS unit...I dont mind at all that my GPS is in my car...whilst my phone is in my pocket...it kinda seems like the world is right in that regard... [smiley=bath.gif]

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    I had a laugh.

    Just checked my email and Tom Tom have sent me an offer of 30% off for new maps.

    ;D

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    Heres a question for all you TOM TOM (which seems to be the most popular on this forum) owners.

    How often do they break down and how long does it take to get them repaired?

    Im asking because a TOM TOM dealer told me that even though they were good performers with great features they were virtually throw away units - if they breakdown there is a delay of months getting them repaired *:o

    He had just finished telling me this when a customer came in with an 18 month old TOM TOM which wasnt turning on and he told her the same thing. *He was able to get hers working by doing a firmware update - seems she had stuffed it trying to do one herself *:(

    He is one of the biggest GPS dealers in Oz and seemed to know what he was on about. *

    Please dont shoot me *:-[ *Im just the messenger ;)


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    Mine has never failed (6 years) and they all have issues..

    4 others have purchased PNA TomTom units at work and never had a problem..

    As to user stuffing up grades.. Users always do that...

    1: System upgrade or a Map upgrade.

    2: Removing the Battery often fixes lock-ups.. Garmen and others included.. *But most get told not to open teh case etc etc. *Then they get a service charge or get charged for a Exchange.

    I have about 6 people that come to me to do upgrades / map changes and even just configuring the units.. Some people just do not get it..

    I also do teh odd repair and some system get abused like you would not believe...

    PS... TomTom units do not liked to be dropped from very high swing bridges on to rocks.. I guess they just are not tough enough ;)

    They all have their pros and cons.. Just like Coffee machines.
    I still love teh EM 6910... Yet *if you ask teh same question..

    How often do they break down and how long does it take to get them repaired?
    Many would say they are Crap disposable units... :o ;)


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    A good balanced response as always AM ;)

    Have a good weekend :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B7C7A7D70090 link=1248569358/41#41 date=1249076097
    A good balanced response as always AM *;)

    Have a good weekend *:)

    Thanks... I may come across a bit one sided at times...

    But do try to have an open mind...

    As per coffee - It whats in teh cup, and that will depend on what one expects / wants / Needs :)

    Thats why I like CSs.

    Take care.




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    Another plug for Tom Tom.

    I had my car in for service today.
    The car has been running a little rough and my mechanic wanted to replace the spark plug leads with genuine Ford leads because he says they never give him any problems.

    (I have my own ideas about genuine parts but thats a different topic.)

    Anyway, he services a lot of taxis and they dont like down time.
    The longer a taxi is off the road the more money is being lost, so they insist on quality parts.

    As I was about to go for a walk to Hazels for a coffee (2.5 as it turned out) one of the mechanics passed me in a taxi on his way to do a test drive around the block (ok ok Im getting to the point) and I noticed that there was a Tom Tom on the dash, same model as mine.

    (Like AM, my unit has never had a problem, though its only two years old now.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 785F595E532A0 link=1248569358/18#18 date=1248924544
    Balancing features that are important to me with quality and price Ive decided on the Garmin 1390T
    Hi, dont know much about gps units, but after LOTS of reading I think I have decided on Garmin 765. Just wondering why you went the 1390 instead? thanks. And what do you think of your new GPS? Much better than the 760?



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