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Editor choice TomTom Go 50 Review – Entry Level Navigation

TomTom Go 50 Review – Entry Level Navigation

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  TomTom currently have three differentΒ ranges of carΒ satellite navigation products. There are some differences in the capabilities of each sat nav and this is reflected ...

How do Sat Nav Systems work? – The science bit

How do Sat Nav Systems work? – The science bit

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  That little sat nav unit that you have stuck to the windscreen of your car seems to be a little box of wonder. How on earth can such a small unit be able to tell us not ...

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  1. Reply
    Dylan October 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    This is a great GPS and you will probably keep it for a long time. Just make sure you keep the maps etc up to date.

    Cheers

  2. Reply
    Dylan August 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    How did you get on with your trip on the Autobahn? Hopefully you got to see plenty of beautiful scenery away from those motorways πŸ˜‰

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    Dylan June 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Pete,
    Scenic routes are great for those Sunday afternoon drives! Let me know if you come across a fantastic route so we can share it with everyone here!
    Cheers
    Dylan

  4. Reply
    Dylan August 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    How very true πŸ˜‰

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    Dylan June 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Yes you sure can!

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    Dylan June 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Nicol,
    Do you have the device plugged in via the USB cable in the car? If not then perhaps the battery of your device is beginning to fail. Is it an old device you have? Changing the battery isn’t usually too difficult.
    Thanks
    Dylan

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    Dylan June 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Oh dearRoss, that doesn’t sound good at all. Unfortunately I don’t have any experience of using a GPS in Australia. Do you have all the maps updated etc?

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    Dylan June 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Glad I could be of help!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Hi Craig,

    The GO 510 is indeed a decent device and it should serve you well. There is very little you can do to extend the life of the TomTom battery. However, if you are only using it in the car then you should keep it plugged into the power. That way you won’t lose any battery life. I may do an article on how to hide the USB power cable behind the dashboard of your car over the next couple of weeks – if nothing else it hides the unsightly cable from view and it’s a pretty neat and simple weekend DIY project!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Hi Jerome,

    Many thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it’s much appreciated. Most people buy a sat nav to help them calculate a route however, the ability to receive traffic updates etc in my view is an undervalued feature of many of these devices.

    Many thanks

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Willber,

    Your absolutely right – my bad! I’ve updated the final score to reflect the results of the review.

    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Yancee,
    Thanks a million for your kind comments they are much appreciated πŸ™‚
    TomTom have a new range of GO devices coming out this month that will provide the standard features of lifetime maps, traffic updates and handsfree calling. These devices will also come with Wifi compatibility and will be able to sync with Siri or Google Now. These features could be great for an Uber driver?
    If you’d rather a device sooner then perhaps check out the TomTom Via as it’s a great budget option.
    All the best,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Hi Thomas,
    Many thanks for stopping by! I agree with you that there are other devices with better screen resolutions out there. Also, the lack of audio recording capability on the dash cam means that it won’t be able to record road rage incidents. It will however capture footage of any accidents that may take place.
    I guess no device out there is perfect but this does provide something different to the others. In taking the overall package into account I do believe that this is still a great little device.
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Hi Ron,
    It does appear to be something of an oddity that Garmin didn’t include sound recording with the DashCam. It certainly would be useful to capture those incidents that we all unfortunately see on our roads from time to time.
    Hopefully Garmin will rectify this in the future.
    All the best,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi Richard,
    My favorite part of Garmin’s nuLink was the airport flight status feature – it was great when I was heading to pick up the mother in law – I was always on time and I didn’t waste time hanging around waiting for a delayed flight!
    I understand why you wouldn’t want to have a smartphone. Unfortunately, it appears that technological manufacturers are trying to push everyone towards having one. Most new products push this idea of seamless integration as the way forward – is it a good thing? I’m not too sure either however, we aren’t going to solve it here today!
    The new TomTom range that you mention should hit the stores the middle of this month (October 2016) and they have WiFi capability. This means that you should be able to access your wifi point at home or at work (r even sit in a McDonalds restaurant and use their free wifi to update your device!). No computer is required as the device should just connect once it has been paired and it detects the wifi signal.
    I will be reviewing this device in the next couple of weeks and hopefully I can provide you with a better overview of the new TomTom. Until then I hope that I’ve helped you with making your decision…..
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Hi Glenn,
    Firstly, apologies for the delay in replying to you it’s been a hectic few days over here!
    Please remember that your camera will only come on when you are reversing, it won’t stay on permanently. Let’s try and solve the problem your having by repairing the devices.
    Head over to the menu of your device and unpair it with your camera. To do this go into the settings menu – then choose backup camera. You should now see the camera listed as an option – choose this and select the camera and then unpair. This will remove it from your device.
    Once you have removed the camera you will now need to reinstall the device. Apply power to the camera by putting your car into reverse (make sure that you have the brakes applied and there is no one stood behind you). This should enable your Garmin to pick up the camera on the rear – you’ll be prompted to pair the two devices, click yes and you should be good to go.
    Hopefully this will solve it! Please let me know how you get on,
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Hi Jeff,

    I really like the Garmin nuvi 2797as it provides good clear instructions. The other great thing for her is that it has a large screen too, meaning that she can keep her eyes on the road.

    Hope this helps with your decision.
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan October 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Hi Vincent,

    Thankfully memory cards have really come down in price over the past few years – check out this memory card which you can pick up for around $11.

    If you are unsure of what card is compatible with your device then head over to the TomTom support site where you can check compatibility.

    Hope this helps,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Kenny,

    The increase in smartphone apps providing navigational capabilities is actually a good thing for people buying sat nav devices. The additional competition in the market is forcing the more traditional GPS manufacturers to provide better software and more add ons as standard.

    When a particular GPS device has been discontinued by the manufacturer it typically means that they have released an updated device. Garmin have a new range of devices on the market today – check out one of my other reviews on one of these Garmin DriveAssist Review.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Owain,

    Thankfully it’s fairly straightforward to connect your TomTom with your smartphone. Here are some Explanatory Videos that should help you to get connected in no time at all.

    If you have any difficulties then please just give me a shout.

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Peter,

    Sorry to hear you are having issues with the Garmin software. I haven’t used the camera software on a windows machine as I have it installed on the mac. That being said the capabilities of the software shouldn’t be any different across the two platforms.
    Have you updated to the latest version? Garmin have released Version 5.9 recently and you can download it Here.Now you can rename your videos and import them as files. I have stuck a couple of “incidents” that I had (nothing serious thankfully!) onto a USB key for potential use in the future should the need arise.
    Please let me know if downloading the latest updates helps you. If not we could look at a couple of other things…
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Hi William,
    Hopefully you found plenty of info here to win your argument eventually! I guess for most people the choice is between the different interfaces, what features they absolutely must have and ultimately how much they are willing to spend.
    All the best,
    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words – they are much appreciated!
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Kerryn,
    Yes you should be able to upload your previous POIs onto your new machine. Garmin have a POI uploader which should take care of this for you. Once you install it onto your computer you should then connect your device and save your POIs. Check out the software here –Poiloader.
    If you have any issues then please get back in touch and I’ll do my best to help.
    Cheers,
    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Richard,
    I’m glad this was a help to you.
    Happy motoring,
    Dylan

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    Dylan September 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Glad I could help!

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    Dylan September 8, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Owain,

    I’m delighted that my review was useful to you in choosing which sat nav to go for.

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan August 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hi there,

    You could absolutely use your smartphone to travel around the place. It may drain your battery and the screen is smaller but it should work just fine. You will also need to bear in mind that you will require a data package with your cellular phone in order for the smartphone to work. Depending upon your package and where you are this may or may not be expensive option.

    In my opinion however if you are going to be travelling a lot then you just can’t beat a stand alone sat nav. It will be more reliable, easier to read and will always be up to date. Many of the newer devices also provide free worldwide data as part of the package. Check out the TomTom Go 6100 as a GPS that gives you unlimited roaming via the inbuilt sim.

    Hope this helps,

    Dylan

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    Dylan August 4, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    TomTom do indeed make some great devices so you won’t go too far wrong!

    There is also an app available on Android through the Play Store. I think that you get a certain amount of miles for free with the app. If you go over this preset distance then you’ll be billed. Another great reason to buy a sat nav with regular updates πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan June 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Hi Alec,

    Your absolutely right that the big GPS manufacturers have begun responding to the rise of the use of smartphones by consumers. Today you will get much more for your money – which is just great for us the consumers!

    Of course it depends upon which device you purchase as to what features will be included. You should look for a device offering free lifetime map updates, free traffic alerts and speed camera warnings all for free. If your GPS has a built in sim then you’ll never have to pay anything else i.e. no more data costs from your mobile carrier. This is particularly good when your travelling through a number of different countries.

    The size of the screen of any dedicated sat nav are typically larger and therefore easier to read whilst driving. Its also normally easier to input your destination or to search for a point of interest in your vicinity. It also means that you won’t drain the battery of your smartphone by having the GPS function active – mapping and navigation are notorious for requiring lots of juice to work.

    Happy motoring and feel free to drop me a line if I can help you with making any sat nav choices!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi Herke,

    Both of these devices are in a similar price range and have many similarities too! There are however some differences and these might help you make a decision.

    The TomTom provides better traffic data and comes with worldwide maps (with lifetime free updates). Whilst the Garmin has voice recognition and a superior ‘points of interest’ database (very useful for exploring the area around you).

    Ultimately, both devices are really good and therefore you should choose the one that best suits your needs. Hope this helps!
    Cheers
    Dylan

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    Dylan May 27, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Indeed this Garmin may not suit everyone because of its size. Its definitely suited to larger vehicles or someone who may struggle with a smaller screen.

    Overall though this is an excellent device and the good news is that the price has decreased lately.

    Happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    Don’t worry – believe it or not I’m dreadful with directions too!

    It’s great having a really decent sat nav as it does take away all of the stress of driving. The driver alerts are a really cool feature. As I mentioned in the review the warning that your approaching a school should be mandatory on all sat navs. Unfortunately the roads around the school where my children go to is notorious for cars driving erratically. The worst thing about it is that in many cases it’s the other parents dropping their kids to school!

    If you do decide to purchase the Garmin DriveSmart, then please do let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear what you liked and what you didn’t like.

    Happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 25, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Simon,

    It may be possible for you to get the sat nav fixed but without seeing it I can’t be a 100% sure. In an ideal world you might be able to buy replacement parts off Amazon. This would save you a fair bit of money – no need to pay for expensive repairs from a store and no need to buy a new device!

    Like you say the camera on the Garmin DriveAssist is a really cool feature. The quality of the film that you get from the camera is really rather good. Definitely good enough for any potential future insurance claim. It may make it sound as if big brother is watching your driving, but I bet anybody would be delighted to have it if there was an accident.

    Is it the best on the market today? That’ a good question. It certainly is a great device and the camera really does set it apart from other models. It is however somewhat let down by a poorer quality screen than the cheaper sat navs in the range. What I do know is that this is the device that I have been the most impressed with this year (so far!). Last year my favorite was the TomTom 6100………….perhaps there’ll be another contender over the next few months. Stay tuned!

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 17, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Hey there,
    Firstly, thanks for stopping by!
    I’m sorry to hear that navigational devices aren’t too good for you out in Japan. Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Japan (hopefully won’t be long before I do!) and therefore have no experience of using GPS devices there. It would be very difficult to get around if the sat nav only spoke to you in Japanese – and your right it must be tough for expats.
    I wonder if any of our other readers have any experience of navigating in Japan? Good or bad?
    Cheer
    Dylan

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    Dylan May 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Nahim,

    This is a really good budget offering from TomTom. The screen glitch is only down to the resistive type of screen. You may need to tap a couple of times on the screen occasionally in order to get the right letter on the keyboard etc. I really wouldn’t let this put you off though as it more than stands up against the other competitors within this price range.

    It’s also easy to use and straightforward to configure. To get the most of the device It’s worth spending a few minutes navigating the menus and setting up the device. Once you have these settings adjusted to your liking, it really is an easy sat nav to use.

    Check out the Amazon price here – at the moment they have a pretty cool 23% discount and it can be purchased for under a $100.

    Happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Jannette,

    Sorry to hear your having some trouble with the camera. As I can’t see how the camera was installed we’ll have to presume that it was installed correctly – your can try a couple of things before you have to head back to the store.

    The issue may be that the camera and your sat nav haven’t been paired correctly. In order to check this head to the menu on the screen your Garmin. You should see the settings option (from memory it’s on the bottom right of the screen and has a spanner symbol) and then choose backup camera.

    Within this menu do you see the camera listed? If so you will need to select it and ‘unpair’ it. If on the other hand it’s not listed then you should ‘add new camera’. From there you’ll need to follow the instructions on the screen – it’ll tell you when to put the car into reverse. Do make sure that you have the handbrake and/or the brakes engaged at the same time! Once you have the camera and the GPS paired you should be able to rename the camera. I always tend to call her something other than ‘Camera 1’ – I think our camera on the trailer is called ‘Bugs Bunny’!.

    You may need to take the above steps a couple of times if the camera doesn’t work as it should. Fingers crossed it does work and it’ll save you a trip to the workshop again.

    Please let me know how you get on,
    Good luck,
    Dylan

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    Dylan May 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Cohen,

    Crikey it was rather unfortunate for that store assistant as he/she didn’t really didn’t know his/her stuff!

    Whilst it is undoubtedly true that smartphones have enjoyed a meteoric rise in both capabilities and availability – there is most definitely a strong market for good standalone GPS devices.

    You just can’t beat a proper dedicated sat nav for giving you clear and concise directions. It’s easier to use because the screen is larger and you don’t have the issue of the battery dying or a phone call interrupting the navigation. Best of all for me however, is that you can use the maps and get up to date traffic information abroad for free – no roaming charges whatsoever!

    For a budget of $250 I would recommend the Garmin 2797 LMT (click the link to read my earlier review). It’ll lock onto your location quickly and it provides all the features your looking for in a GPS. And if you purchase this on Amazon today you’ll get a discount of around $30, meaning you’ll get some change too!

    Feel free to give me a shout if you need any further advice,

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Hi Travis,

    It’s fantastic that this camera is compatible with a range of devices. It’s also good to see that it will also work with Garmin’s new Drive GPS range. This means that the camera will be supported longer into the future.

    The reason I have this camera is because of the trailer. With it being wireless it makes it easy to more or less put it anywhere!

    Let me know how you find the camera works for you.

    Happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Evie,

    I’m glad the information was helpful to you and even happier if it means that it has saved you some money!

    Hopefully once you have updated your maps it’ll be like having a new GPS sitting on your dash! Feel free to give me a shout if you run into any issues with the updating.

    Happy navigating,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 2, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hi Maria,

    Thank you for your kind comments, they are much appreciated πŸ™‚

    The tips seem to be well received by readers as it can be rather frustrating trying to configure a brand new sat nav. The more I use these devices the more tips I discover. I shall continue to update this section as I come across some helpful ones.

    Happy navigating,

    Dylan

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    Dylan May 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hi Wayne,

    The map updating issues were very frustrating at the time, particularly as this should be a straightforward task.

    If your looking for a dedicated sat nav take a look at the cheaper TomTom Go 50 . It’s a great little device and it’ll get you to where you want to go for less money!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Eddy,

    I’m glad you found the review useful πŸ™‚

    Automotive GPS devices have become really advanced bits of kit. Each update seems to have some other cool feature. The free lifetime maps is of huge benefit – you get to have a full update every three months. That way you know that your maps are always up to date.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Jonathan,

    Delighted that you’ve found the guide helpful – it’s a great Saturday afternoon project!

    I installed this on my wife’s car because her office parking spot is awkward. It requires a fair bit of manoeuvring to get in and out. This seems to have made it a good bit easier.

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 28, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Absolutely, it’s incredible to think what that little rectangle box sitting on your dashboard can do! These GPS devices are having to become more innovative in order to keep their share of the market – particularly given the rise in use of smartphones.

    It would be a good idea if motor manufacturers in the future told drivers to pull in and take a break too. It might just save peoples lives on the road.

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    Dylan April 28, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Hi Walter,

    There are quite a few apps available for your smart phones, some of them are better than others. It’s worth checking them individually before you purchase or download them as to how often the maps etc are updated.

    With the car GPS you can update the software and the maps of the device by hooking it up to your computer. Many devices now offer free Lifetime map Updates.

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Borislav,

    Thanks for dropping by and I really appreciate your kind comments. πŸ™‚

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hey Carroll,

    This is a cool addition to your GPS and you also get a quality weekend project to do πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Hey Roope,

    It really all depends upon what you want from your navigational device – some people can manage with their phones whilst others prefer the stand alone sat nav device.

    A specific GPS will provide you with a clear easy to read screen that really comes into its own when your driving any sort of distance – no more squinting or trying to auto-rotate the screen. The maps on a sat nav will also be regularly updated meaning that any changes will be captured, therefore ensuring you will receive optimal routes for your journey planning.

    Using your phone can also have its advantages, particularly when your walking around a strange area. The battery life of sat nav units when they are not connected to the power in the car are notoriously poor. It’s usual to only get around 2-3 hours of battery life. However, when your driving the battery of your phone can drain rather quickly – you could be left without a phone or a navigational device, not ideal!!

    Happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m very happy that you found the information useful. It’s a good middle of the range device that’s missing a couple of functions but once connected to your smartphone comes into its own.

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Fabian,

    TomTom have certainly taken strides to make things better for the customer. It’s now possible to buy a GPS with Lifetime World Maps with free updates so buying additional maps should never need to arise.

    These devices can also come with an inbuilt sim card meaning that they are always ‘connected’ – meaning that there won’t be any need for a smartphone or any additional costs for receiving those traffic updates.

    These ‘future proofed’ devices do come at an additional cost to the more basic device. I guess it’s something to weigh up at the time of purchase. If you need additional features or want to be able to update maps for free periodically then it’s probably worth it.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hey there,

    An auto GPS comes preloaded with maps and you can most certainly use it in a different country.

    Just be careful which maps come with your device when you buy it. Today many of the manufacturers offer devices with worldwide maps preloaded onto them. This means that you can drive anywhere in the world with the GPS. Depending upon where you are located in the world your device might only come with maps for North America and/or Europe for example. It wouldn’t be the end of the world but it may mean some additional cost to get the extra maps.

    Happy motoring and please let me know how you get on!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Yunier,

    I’m very glad to have been able to help you. πŸ™‚

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Your right the smartphone is only needed for certain features – like the traffic updates. If you didn’t want to connect your phone then the next model up, the GO 5100 comes with an in-built sim. This means that you’ll continuously get the traffic updates automatically and for no extra cost!

    I’ve been using this sat nav (on and off) for around four months and I will update this review in a few weeks time. Hopefully I’ll still be getting on with the GPS at that stage!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Peter,
    It really depends upon where in the world your located. TomTom uses TMC & HDT to provide their live traffic information whilst as you point out Garmin utilises the Navteq system. Different users have reported different results (particularly with the live Traffic services) between the Garmins and the TomToms.
    Cheers
    Dylan

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    Dylan April 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hi Vince,

    Lucky you going on a big trip to the States!

    To fully answer your question it really depends on the device that you have. It also depends upon whether or not you have World Maps installed already – if not it may make more financial sense to bite the bullet and get a new device. Before you do that I would certainly recommend trying to update the maps on your current device first.

    Let me know how you get on and give me a shout if you need any assistance updating.

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Hi Scott,

    I’m very glad that I may have saved you some money! Hopefully once you’ve updated the GPS you’ll be driving around with no problems. Once any road changes and any new routes are updated you should have hassle free motoring.

    If you run into any problems feel free to drop me a line – always happy to help.

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan April 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hi Juan,

    I really like this device and yes it’s available at a good price over at Amazon. Please let me know how you get on with your journeys when using this GPS!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan March 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Dmitriy,

    It really is amazing how much we take this technology for granted today.

    I remember going on our summer holidays as kids with various road atlas books, pens and pieces of paper. In those days we were all taught how to read road maps properly. I’m not sure how many kids today could read the road maps in order to get to their destination!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Dylan

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    Dylan March 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Brandy,

    This could indeed the ideal device for both of you!

    Your mother gets a straightforward and easy to use device and you get to stay at home πŸ™‚

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  61. Reply
    Dylan March 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Some devices are indeed a little tricky to remove from the windscreen – sometimes it’s the device itself other times it’s the suction mount. However, in this instance it’s fairly straightforward to remove the mount. A quick twist should suffice to remove it from the glass. Also, I haven’t experienced any issues with the security of the mount to date, so far so good!

    There are some good phone apps of getting you around the place. I tend to use them when I’m walking around a city etc. When driving however, in my view you cannot beat a dedicated sat nav unit. The screens are larger, instructions clearer and it doesn’t interfere with your phone calls or the life of its battery.

    Take care,

    Dylan

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    Dylan February 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Lee,
    It all depends on the device and what features were included when it was originally purchased.
    If the GPS includes Lifetime Map Updates then you should be able to access the updates. The Lifetime Map Updates stays with the device and not the owner. Therefore, if you pass your GPS onto someone else or buy a refurbished model you should still be able to access the quarterly updates.
    TomTom state that “Lifetime Maps will be transferred to the new user if the device is passed on or sold.”

    If the GPS is an older device then the ‘updated maps’ is a guarantee for when you first purchase the device. You’ll be able to connect the sat nav to your computer and ensure that you have the latest version. Perhaps this is the problem you have seen?

    Please let me have the details of the offer you have found so that I may investigate further for you.
    Many thanks
    Dylan

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    Dylan February 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Hey there Alen,

    It can be super annoying having your phone running out of juice on the road. The great thing about this is that you can keep your battery topped up whilst simultaneously using the GPS.

    Cheers

    Dylan

  64. Reply
    Dylan February 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Duncan, Glad you enjoyed the review.

    I still do believe that there is a requirement for GPS units today. In my eyes a GPS is built with the primary function of getting you to where you need to go. They are simpler to use and more reliable than many of the smartphone apps that are available. They also have the benefit of always being plugged in when in the car – therefore you have no battery issues whatsoever. The screen you get on your GPS is also larger and clearer to read whilst driving.

    The main reason for me and my family in choosing a sat nav is safety. I need to know that I can rely on the GPS to get me where we need to go without any interruptions. Calls, messages and emails will all impact on the smartphones ability to deliver.

    All the best,

    Dylan

  65. Reply
    Dylan February 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Appreciate the kind comments – thank you!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  66. Reply
    Dylan February 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Appreciate the kind comments – thank you!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  67. Reply
    Dylan February 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Maurice,

    Thanks a million for your kind words – much appreciated!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  68. Reply
    Dylan February 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Jason,

    To be honest it depends upon how much driving you do and upon your budget.

    If you drive more than a couple of times a week then it’s probably best to have a dedicated sat nav. The mapping and the traffic alerts are nearly always superior to the smartphone. The screen will be easier to read and perhaps most importantly the battery of your phone won’t be drained!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  69. Reply
    Dylan February 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks a million for stopping by and I’m delighted the article was of use to you.

    Good luck with the map updating!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  70. Reply
    Dylan February 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Hey Ian,

    It is amazing how much junk there is floating around up there. Imagine seeing some tools flying past you at those speeds and the damage they could do! I’ve hit my thumb with a hammer a few times and that was sore enough!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  71. Reply
    Dylan February 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hi David,

    Thankfully most of the stuff will burn upon entering our atmosphere and will likely disintegrate before hitting the ground. I still think we’re fairly safe walking about outdoors πŸ˜‰

    Cheers

    Dylan

  72. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Dyl (great name by the way!)

    I’m glad the article was useful πŸ™‚ There’ll be plenty of GPS related articles coming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  73. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Evan,

    Great question and one that probably deserves a separate post if i’m being honest!

    There are positives and negatives for both Garmin devices and the smartphones that utilise Google maps. I have used both and would often compare the results and particularly the suggested driving route.

    The Garmin (or TomTom) devices are dedicated navigational screens and they have better, clearer screens. The smartphone however will now always have some level of traffic data provided (albeit potentially at an additional cost) It depends on the model of GPS device it the Traffic data is offered to you or not – and even then the older devices require a data connection to work correctly.

    The newer GPS devices have an inbuilt Sim that provides a continues Traffic connection (at no additional cost). They also won’t drain the battery of your smartphone!

    So, in response to your question it all depends on your GPS device! Check out another one of my reviews, the TomTom Go 5000 for a device that has all of these features.

    Hope this helps,

    Dylan

  74. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Ethan,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the review of the Garmin nuvi 67lm – it’s a great little device that comes at a reasonable price.

    The Garmin ‘real directions’ feature will either work for you fantastically or you’ll just be able to take it or leave it! As a concept it’s really quite clever and I do know that it will improve over the next few months as more details/landmarks are input into it.

    It may also be easier to use it if you haven’t owned a GPS before – perhaps I’m just too old and set in my ways!

    Either way your not going to go far wrong with this 6inch sat nav, particularly given the price!

    Happy driving,

    Dylan

  75. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Derek,

    I’m delighted you find my site useful and thanks for the kind comments.

    The Montana 680 is a good solid device for multi activities. It is a little pricey but it does provide a number of features. it has a long battery life of around 15 hours and can take the normal AA batteries (useful if your out and about on your travels). The screen isn’t as big as a normal vehicle GPS but that’s ok if you need it as a handheld. It’s a rugged device that you can also get a holder for your bicycle – great for those off road trips! You can read some reviews of it here Garmin Montana 680

    Oh and I also recommend getting some screen protectors if your going to be out in the wild!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  76. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Hey Kristena,

    Thanks for stopping by! My uncle is a trucker and he’s currently testing out a few units for me. He does a lot of driving and has found that the main issue he’s having is bridge heights! The problem for many truckers is that there is a premium attached to truckers gps devices. This does seem rather unfair but as it’s a vital tool for the job it’s difficult to get away from the cost implications. However, it might be a better solution to buy a certified refurbished GPS from a trusted source. Check out this Certified Refurbished Garmin Dezl 570LMT on Amazon for around 200 bucks. Uncle Trevor really liked this little device although it only has a 5inch screen.

    I’ll be writing a few trucking GPS reviews over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

    Happy Trucking!

    Dylan

  77. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Norman,

    Many thanks for your kind comments it’s much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  78. Reply
    Dylan February 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Many thanks for your kind comments – it’s much appreciated.

    I think that most of these installations are daunting at the outset. However, as long as you take your time and follow the instructions it should work out ok!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  79. Reply
    Dylan February 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Molly,

    Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate it.

    If all you want is a basic GPS device then, yse this is an excellent choice. Before you make your mind up it might be worth checking out the TomTom Go 50 Review – Entry Level Navigation too. It’s another excellent device at a great price.

    Cheers

    Dylan

  80. Reply
    Dylan February 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Michel,

    The rise of the smartphone has been almost relentless over the past few years. And yes, lots of people do use them for navigating too. However, many people prefer a dedicated sat nav in their car for ease of use and reliability.

    Garmin have a huge range of products on the market – including sport accessories, cameras, sailing products, fishing products and golf GPS devices. Interestingly in car navigational products still accounted for over 50% of their revenue figures.

    Cheers

    Dylan

  81. Reply
    Dylan February 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Ches,

    I’m glad the review was useful for you.

    The Garmin nuvi 67lm is a good little device but my favorite at the moment is the TomTom Go 5000 that I reviewed previously. I have found the Traffic updates to be more or less spot on and it’s what differentiates it from Garmin – it’s that little bit more accurate. I also really like the fact that there’s no data roaming charges to be paid as it comes with an inbuilt sim card.

    If you would prefer to stick with a premium Garmin product then take a look at the Garmin nuviCam LMTHD, which I am currently testing. And so far it looks like a super device and it comes with a lot of extras – including an inbuilt dash cam and driver alerts if you get to close to the car in front. It’s very likely to be my new favorite toy!

    Bear in mind that some people have found it difficult to change from one brand of a sat nav to another. It’s probably best described as moving from a PC to an Apple computer – they have different operating systems and it can take time to familiarise yourself with them!

    Feel free to drop me a line if you need anymore advice,

    Cheers

    Dylan

  82. Reply
    Dylan February 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Kalie,

    I think using my printer is what taught me the difference between ‘portrait and landscape’. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve chosen the wrong printing layout for a document!

    I too use a smartphone for navigating a city by foot, but for driving I would always choose a dedicated GPS system. I have found that the information provided is far superior – traffic updates and regular map updates can make a big difference. I also find that using your smartphone for navigating drains the battery very quickly and can impede taking/making telephone calls. The speaker on a sat nav is also usually better than that of a phone meaning that you’ll hear the instructions better!

    Again, this is purely my personal opinion, you may decide to stick with your smartphone. If you need any further advice then just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help out.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  83. Reply
    Dylan February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I think we all need an easier day on a Sunday don’t we?

    The self drive cars that manufacturers are scrambling to be the first to produce are definitely something for the future. I think they would have had to be in use for many months without any incident before I would trust them fully πŸ˜‰

    The next generation will probably accept these type of cars as the ‘norm’. As you say, that’s probably the way technology is going!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  84. Reply
    Dylan February 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Robert,

    If you were on Amazon I would recommend that you purchase those that are “Certified Refurb” or “Certified Refurbished”. This is usually stated in the title or at the very least in the summary description.

    As an example take a look at this Garmin nuviCam for sale on Amazon. This has been repaired and tested by Garmin to work like new. The price on this particular unit isn’t the best, but there are certainly keener priced devices available on there.

    Hope this helps,

    Dylan

  85. Reply
    Dylan January 31, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hi there,

    Many thanks for your kind comments its much appreciated and I’m delighted you found the reviews useful.

    A dedicated sat nav is definitely the way to go in my view. The batteries on smartphones seem to die very quickly once they have GPS enabled.

    Cheers

    Dylan

  86. Reply
    Dylan January 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hey Torrey,

    Many thanks for your kind comments.

    There are lots of reason to use smartphones and I believe that they have become an integral part of everyday life. However, for navigational purposes I only ever use a dedicated GPS – I just hate the way using maps on the phone drains the battery of my phone!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  87. Reply
    Dylan January 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Dominic,

    We love Geocaching it’s a great hobby and a perfect excuse to get the family into the fresh air. The Garmin nuvi 55 is a great device but its strengths are in driving navigation. The biggest problem with them is that the battery tends to die on vehicle sat navs quite quickly. Not great when your stuck in the middle of a field!

    The device I use for Geocaching is the Magellan eXplorist 510 and it’s available with almost a 50% discount over on Amazon. It’s accurate, comes with a camera and is waterproof! Perfect for finding those difficult to reach caches.

    Give me a shout if I can help some more,

    Cheers

    Dylan

  88. Reply
    Dylan January 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I think I’d probably wet myself if a number of Black Ops descended into my vicinity! Imagine just driving along and then all of sudden your surrounded!

    At least if you have a GPS device in the car you’ll receive advance warning of an operation!

  89. Reply
    Dylan January 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you found the review useful!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  90. Reply
    Dylan December 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Hey Ankit,

    Thanks a million for dropping by and it’s great to hear from someone who used to work in the ‘industry’! I’d say that you got to look at some really cool stuff?

    Your absolutely right that technology has changed our lives. The devices we all take for granted today to make our lives easier are amazingly clever. Being able to calculate the distance form one place to another, how to get there and the length of time it will take is fantastic. What has always fascinated me is the sat navs ability to recalculate your journey time if you go a ‘different’ route or run into traffic problems. It enables us to make decisions based on real tim information.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  91. Reply
    Dylan December 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hi Anthony,

    In my view a dedicated sat nav does the job of navigating better than a smartphone – particularly on longer, unfamiliar routes. Using maps on my phone seems to substantially eat into the battery life and that’s a real pain if your out for the day. I guess we are now so technologically dependant that we rely upon our phones and our sat nav devices to do their jobs!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  92. Reply
    Dylan December 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Cees,

    There are a couple of things to consider before you choose which model to purchase.

    1. The size of the screen – if your going to be carrying the device around with you it’s probably not a good idea to buy a device with the biggest screen on the market!

    2. Maps – where are you going to be going on vacation? It’s probably best to purchase a device with Worldwide Maps rather than just North America or European.

    For a budget option you can’t go far wrong with the TomTom Go 50 and you can check out my review of the device here. The Garmin nuvi 2555LMT is also a solid option as it includes Lifetime Maps and Traffic updates.

    Drop me a line if you need any further assistance, I’d be delighted to help!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  93. Reply
    Dylan December 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hi Derek,

    It’s a good time to be looking for a sat nav as the January sales are just round the corner!

    For using on a bike check out the Garmin Zumo 665LM – this device has improved since its launch a couple of years back. It has a longer than usual battery life (longer than other gps devices that is!) and it’s a robust device with a customisable 5inch screen. These units are more expensive but they are waterproof, shock resistant, glove friendly and the screen is readable in the sunshine. And the great thing with this is that you get the mounts for both the bike and the car in the box – install them both and you can move the Zumo from one to the next.

    The Zumo also comes with what Garmin call a GXMΓ’β€žΒ’ 40 XM antenna, this allows you to get weather updates and pick up the radio.

    Let me know how you get on.

    All the best,

    Dylan

  94. Reply
    Dylan December 16, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Hi Martin,

    I’m glad I helped you make your decision!

    It’s a shame about the GO 500 as it could have been a really great device. In the end I had to remove some of the maps that I didn’t use that often in order to make space. Not ideal but at least the device works now!

    All the best,

    Dylan

  95. Reply
    Dylan December 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Many thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. πŸ™‚

  96. Reply
    Dylan December 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Rhys,

    I don’t think you can go far wrong with one of these multi chargers. It’s a great little device and it makes those car journeys that little bit easier!

    Hope you like it!

    Cheers

    Dylan

  97. Reply
    Dylan December 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hey there, you raise an interesting point – would these technologies emerge without warfare? I’m guessing that this type of technology probably would be developed ‘naturally’. Warfare probably provides the impetus for these technological systems to be developed sooner rather than later. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had no need for warfare equipment?

    To be honest, I have no idea how much it would cost to implement military accuracy to our sat nav systems. From what I have read it’s certainly very possible for high levels of accuracy to be provided. However, I gather that they won’t be allowing civilians to have access to their GPS due to safety reasons. They most certainly wouldn’t want their enemies or competitors also having their striking capabilities.

  98. Reply
    Dylan December 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hey Ankit,

    I always felt that kids and electronics were a blessing and a curse. During long car journeys with the kids however, they are most certainly a blessing! πŸ˜‰

    The light on this multi charger thankfully isn’t distracting at all – if you find it is then you can turn it around. As the charger is a little wider than others then you can hide the light altogether if you preferred.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  99. Reply
    Dylan December 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hi Rich, your absolutely right that they may make great gifts for people. Cheers, Dylan

  100. Reply
    Dylan December 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Hey Kim, in other words we may find ourselves surrounded by junk and unable to get off the planet! I guess mankind attitude towards waste really needs to change both down here and up there!

  101. Reply
    Dylan December 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Hey Maynard, thanks for stopping by it’s much appreciated.

  102. Reply
    Dylan November 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Justin,

    I think we probably should be both! Amazed and (ever so slightly) concerned! It is incredible that we have left so much stuff up there so very quickly.

    It’s difficult to put a precise figure on how many decommissioned satellites there are floating around – some estimates place the figure in the early hundreds. There are most certainly left overs from secret military operations that we are probably never going to get to know about.

    Thanks a million for stopping by,

    Dylan

  103. Reply
    Dylan November 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Hey there, thanks for checking out my review and I’m glad you found it useful. It really has proved to be a great purchase for our family! As long as you have enough room around the centre console area you should be good to go with this multi charger.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  104. Reply
    Dylan November 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hey Chris,

    I’m glad you found the review useful and thanks a million for your kind words.

    This little multi charger has saved me heaps of headaches when travelling in the car – it’s absolutely worth every penny! No more kids turning off my sat nav to charge their devices!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  105. Reply
    Dylan November 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Lol! At least you now have Sat Nav!

    The easiest solution if your having difficulty updating the maps is to contact the manufacturer directly. But make sure you ask how much the updates will be – they can be very expensive. Believe it or not it may turn out cheaper to buy a standalone sat nav than it is to update the integrated car system!

  106. Reply
    Dylan November 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Hey RJ! The TomTom Go 50 isn’t for everyone as it is an entry level device. What it does do however is get you from A to B with no frills. If however your looking for a device that offers a bit more then check out either the Garmin nuvi 2599 or the the TomTom Go 5000. Both of these devices have a richer feature set. The TomTom GO 5000 shades it for me as the Traffic updates is superior and it also comes with an inbuilt sim – meaning no data roaming charges ever!

    Take care,

    Dylan

  107. Reply
    Dylan November 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Glenn,

    Thanks a million for your kind comments – it’s very much appreciated πŸ™‚

    When I was a kid we used to watch the fantastic tv show “The Sky At Night” with the late Patrick Moore. Did you know that this was the longest running programme with the same presenter ever? Over 50 years he sat in the chair telling us about the solar system!

    All the best,

    Dylan

  108. Reply
    Dylan November 8, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hey there,

    There are a lot of different sat nav devices on the market today so choosing a good one can be a bit of a nightmare. Manufacturers also don’t help matters by giving all of their devices similar sounding names. One of our readers told us that he’d read a review of a sat nav, purchased it and it was only when he got home that he realised it was a different model he’d bought! TomTom have the GO 50/500/510/5000/5100 etc whilst Garmin have the nuvi 2539/2559/2579 etc – really confusing for consumers!

    The main differences between the budget devices and the premium range will typically be screen quality, voice recognition, bluetooth integration and perhaps even a camera. Do bear in mind that you are unlikely to use all of those features ordinarily. The TomTom Go 50 is a great little sat nav that’s great value and it will absolutely get you to your destination.

    Hop this helps and thanks for stopping by.

    Dylan

  109. Reply
    Dylan November 8, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Hi Jay,

    Yes the quality of the camera is pretty decent and the picture is rather good. I have put this onto my brother in law’s flatbed trailer. At the rear of the trailer there is a lip that protrudes above the number plate and we installed the camera there. The trailer is just over 4.5 metres in length and a little under 2 metres in width. When he has a load on the back he’s found the BC30 a great help as it helps with those blindspots when reversing.

    Give me a shout if you need any further details and I’ll be delighted to help out.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  110. Reply
    Dylan November 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Hey there Bob,

    It would be one heck of a job to clean up the orbit – so much of a job that I don’t think that it’s feasible to carry out. There just isn’t a practical method of collecting all of the debris and disposing of it correctly. I believe that the only ‘fix’ is that going forward we don’t leave anymore rubbish in space. It’s vital that we clean up after ourselves up there!

    NASA have implemented a SPADE (Space Debris Elimination) system that is tasked with carrying out research into this whole area. They have also fired atmospheric gases into the orbit in an attempt to remove some of the debris. Now that really is the stuff of science fiction!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  111. Reply
    Dylan November 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi Brandon,

    Good idea to get everything in the car to integrate – it makes for a much more enjoyable driving experience. Unfortunately I don’t know the system that you have in your car well enough to give you some proper advice.

    Feel free to drop me an email and I’ll happily have a look at some options for you.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  112. Reply
    Dylan November 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Hi Brandon,

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could just send a big net (like a fisherman’s trawling net) up there to collect all the debris? Unfortunately there’s just so much stuff up there. I think the priority should be ensuring we don’t add anymore junk in space. There is a real responsibility on all space missions and their participants to ensure that they don’t leave any equipment behind them. I really did feel for the astronaut who lost her toolbar in space though!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  113. Reply
    Dylan November 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Gina,

    If you buying a sat nav for your mother you won’t go too far wrong with a Garmin. I like the fact that their screens and icons are easy to read. Your right that a quick glance at your device should be enough – you don’t have time to study the screen too hard when driving!

    If you think that your mother will only want a basic sat nav with no major extras then it might be worth having a look at the TomTom Go 50 Review. It’s smashing value and it’s a great little device too!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  114. Reply
    Dylan November 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Hi James,

    Smartphones and their various apps are an useful addition to solving our navigation problems. However, it’s difficult to beat a sat nav device when driving – it’s less fussy, it’s cheaper and as you note many also provide up to date traffic information.

    I hope you don’t end up in the middle of nowhere again πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  115. Reply
    Dylan November 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Brandon,

    I agree with you that memory cards are fairly cheap these days for the amount of storage space that you get. However, my concern is that some of these devices run out of space within the first few weeks of ownership. It might be better if manufacturers tell people that this is the case or alternatively provide the ‘extra’ memory card that will be required.

    All the best,

    Dylan

  116. Reply
    Dylan November 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Dwayne,

    Glad you liked the review πŸ™‚

    Over the past couple of years vehicle manufacturers have certainly upped their game with their integrated systems. The issue with these systems historically was always the accuracy of the mapping information provided. In order to update the maps you had to purchased the latest CD from your local main dealer – certainly not a cheap option!

    Today though the vehicle manufacturers have realised the benefits of providing solid in car systems. Opel OnStar is a such an example – integration of vehicle diagnostics, destination downloads and a wifi hotspot. There will however be an annual cost for the ongoing provision of these services. This is where I believe that the stand alone sat nav devices still have a role – buy a device with an inbuilt sim and incur no further costs. If you can integrate with your phone then there is no need to be locked into data plans etc

    Take care,

    Dylan

  117. Reply
    Dylan November 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Katia,

    Absolutely – the middle of the range products tend to be the best value for money. The entry level devices can be a little too basic whilst the top of the range include features you never really use. Sat Nav devices in particular tend to provide lots of additional extras that you tend not to use – after all the primary use of the device should be to get you from A to B.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the read πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  118. Reply
    Dylan November 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I’m delighted you found the review useful. I do believe that it’s far better to be upfront and honest with people with these type of reviews. If I’ve experienced any difficulties with a product then I shall document it in the hope that others can avoid those same problems. Some problems however are infuriating and should be an easy fix for the manufacturers – or so we’d like to think!

    Running out of space on the very first update of a new device is pretty much unforgivable! I’ve had a couple of messages from readers saying that you can just buy additional storage. Whilst this is true, the question shouldn’t arise until the device has been updated a number of times surely?

    Thanks a million for sharing the website it’s very much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  119. Reply
    Dylan October 28, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    It is a shame that the manufacturers don’t supply a case when you purchase a sat nav. However, I suppose they are trying to keep the initial cost of purchase down as low as possible. They would probably argue that they are also packing lot more features into the device itself. In striving to provide lots of features though they can and do forget the practical side of things. Surely a case or a screen cover can’t be too much to ask for?

    I’m planning to have a look at some other accessories this week, including some cases so that may help.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  120. Reply
    Dylan October 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Hi Janelle,

    I have a friend who also refuses to use any sat nav for directions – it works fine for her on a day to day basis but any journey out of the ordinary it’s a different matter! She is constantly late for things like kids parties, lunch dates etc lol but, like you she ‘remembers’ her route next time around. I do admire the tenacity you both have!

    What’s the best sat nav for voice recognition? It really depends on your budget – my choice would be the great value TomTom Go 50 . It has excellent voice functions but doesn’t have that responsive a screen. If you have more money to spend then perhaps you should consider the TomTom Go 5000.

    Happy shopping!

    Dylan

  121. Reply
    Dylan October 26, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Hey there Zac,

    The entry level sat nav devices available from Garmin and TomTom today, are better than the top of the range models from a few years back. The manufacturers have improved services like the Traffic Updates etc. but there are differences between the platforms and some do work better than others.

    If your using your smartphone then you must have a good data plan in place. For those that don’t it can work out rather expensive – particularly if you travel through different countries. Some of the better gps units today have inbuilt data sims included, therefore there is no additional costs to connecting to the services like Traffic and speed cameras.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Dylan

  122. Reply
    Dylan October 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Hi there,

    Glad you liked the review! I have found that most people when they buy a sat nav stick to that same brand when they upgrade a few years later. I believe it’s because you get used to the interface and therefore there is something rather comforting about the guidance being offered. My first device was a TomTom and it took me a while to get used to the Garmin interface. Now I’m comfortable with both systems but I can see how people stick to their ‘own familiar brand’.

    I have had mixed results when testing out Waze – probably because many of its features rely upon other users. If there aren’t as many Waze users in the vicinity then its effectiveness is reduced.

    How did you find the new CarPlay? The mapping system is powered by the iPhone maps app and so it will be interesting to see how this system develops.

    For now however, I am a dedicated sat nav device follower….. πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 26, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hi Chris,

    Car navigational devices have come a long way in the past few years. It has become a very competitive market which is great news for us consumers as we tend to get more for our money.

    Today you very rarely get lost when you use a TomTom or a Garmin device. The only time it has happened to me was in Croatia a couple of years back when a new road had only just opened that week. If I had updated my maps a few days earlier then perhaps I wouldn’t have found myself lost! However, thankfully it didn’t take long to reroute and get back on track.

    Smartphones can be great but as my father says they are a “Jack of all trades and Master of None”! If you do decide to use your smartphone for navigation then please ensure that you have a decent data plan as otherwise it can be expensive. It also depends what software you are using to navigate as some are far better than others.

    Ultimately however, you need to choose the device that bests suits your needs.

    If you require any further advice then please drop me an email at dylan@whichsatnav.com

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 26, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hi Alan, I agree that TomTom do work absolutely fine most of the time. I have had a number of them over the years. Due to the success of their Traffic Updates they tend to be my devices of choice for long trips. However, in this instance there were just too many issues with the whole updating process – it became beyond frustrating. The device still sits on my desk awaiting the day that I have the patience to sort out the updating process……cheers, Dylan

  125. Reply
    Dylan October 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Paul,

    I’ve been doing the lottery for years without any luck. Mind you I haven’t been hit by a piece of space debris either!

    An orbital hoover is a good idea – perhaps we should send up a Dyson, that way we won’t have to empty out the bag!

    One of my next articles will be on what is being done to monitor this problem of space junk. I’ll keep you posted!

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  126. Reply
    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Even though it’s like something out of a science fiction movie the way satellite navigation works isn’t overly complicated. It really is a fantastic technology though, and I believe we’d be lost without it (no pun intended!)

    Lots of people also use an app on their phone for navigation. I always say you have to pick what is the right device for you given your particular set of requirements.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Jurgen,

    I have used Waze in the past on my phone too and it worked well until I left the larger cities. I guess for it to work best it needs more Wazers particularly for detecting the traffic in a given area. It also seemed to like sending me down side roads whilst the TomTom tends to keep you in or around more traditional routes.

    The TomTom Go 50 is a great little device and I’ve used it frequently over the past few months. It has served me well as I haven’t got lost yet – that could be because I’m rerouted of course! πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Choosing between the Garmin and the TomTom can be difficult. In my experience once someone has owned a Garmin they tend to stick with Garmin when it comes to upgrading. The same is also true for TomTom.

    It really is personal choice as the two interfaces are different. Also, be sure that you check out what features are included with the ones you are considering.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Rob,

    Glad you found the review useful. You can’t really got wrong with the TomTom GO 50 – a good solid sat nav that’s great value for money.

    I got my wife a sat nav for our wedding anniversary and for some reason it went down like a lead balloon???!! As we were going on holiday the following week I thought it was a great gift! Let’s just say that was something I got very wrong πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Hi Angelica,

    A lot of people do use their smartphones for getting around. They are most certainly convenient as you tend to carry it all the times. But using a smartphone as your navigation device will eat into your battery, it will also provide you with a smaller screen and will usually cut off when you have an incoming call.

    Check out my Buying Guide for some more pros & cons of the different devices. Ultimately, you need to pick the device that suits your needs best – a smartphone or a sat nav unit. If you drive fair distances then, in my view a dedicated sat nav device is hard to beat.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Hi Paula,

    Crikey your well organised making your Christmas gift list in October! I usually leave it until at least Christmas week!

    If your mother is travelling a fair bit by car then having a sat nav will give you both piece of mind. To be honest this device is probably a little too technical for her – I doubt that she would want the addition of Foursquare etc.

    I would recommend a less expensive model like the TomTom Go 50 Review – Entry Level Navigation. Take a look at my earlier review on the device – it’s a more basic sat nav but it will get you to where your going.

    If you need any further advice feel free to drop me a line. Happy shopping πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Alexander,

    I’m glad you found the review helpful. This is a solid device and it’s absolutely great value for money. If you need any further advice then please give me a shout.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Hey Neil,

    Some of the photographs released by NASA are amazing! They recently released a series of pictures taken from the International Space Station – the Earth looks incredible from up there! Perhaps I might pull together a post of some of the best photos taken from space……could be a nice project!

    Mankind has most certainly spent billions sending all that junk into space. On the one hand it’s incredible that we can do it, but on the other hand it’s sad that we pollute ‘up there’ as well as ‘down here’ on the planet itself.

    We might learn one day……;)

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Hi Neil,

    It’s pretty crazy to think that all of this debris is spinning around in the orbit. I suppose it is rather reassuring that the junk burns up as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere!

    News on 6 reported that this lady from Oklahoma was struck by falling debris – http://goo.gl/CwWjv5. The bit that struck her on the shoulder was from the Delta II rocket and thankfully she wasn’t badly injured.

    However, given the odds I think we’re pretty safe outdoors πŸ˜‰

    All the best,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Welcome back Brandon!

    You raise some good points. Not everyone will need a standalone sat nav in their car – for many people their smartphone will suffice, particularly given the range of apps available on the market today. The benefits of the car sat nav is that it’s a dedicated navigational device that (usually!) gets regular map updates. If you don’t have a large data plan with your mobile phone carrier then it may be expensive to navigate using a smartphone. Also, the navigation will typically stop when you receive a call and the mapping will eat into the battery life of your phone.

    Like most things there are positives and negatives for both options. Hopefully this site will help people make an informed decision as to what is best for them.

    Many thanks,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 20, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Hi Brandon,

    Your absolutely right nearly everyone has a smartphone these days. Using your smartphone to connect to the traffic updates works fine via the smartphone if you drive mainly in the same country. It only becomes expensive when you drive in different countries – in Europe we would regularly cross borders and therefore it’s very possible to incur significant data roaming charges on a single journey.

    Thanks for stopping by, cheers,

    Dylan

  137. Reply
    Dylan October 20, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Hi Brandon,

    This is the premium offering from TomTom and so it is that little bit more expensive. It’s worth going for if you intend using the Traffic Updates etc on a regular basis. If not, then a cheaper model should suffice for most people.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Fredric,

    I’m glad you’ve found the site useful. It sure looks like you have tried plenty of sat nav units over the years! Each new model seems to have something ‘extra’ in order to tempt customers to buy them. I believe though that the right sat nav unit should last you for years – there’s really no need of people to buy the latest and best versions on the market.

    Cheers

    Dylan

  139. Reply
    Dylan October 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hi Kim, the technology to make it work is impressive stuff – like something out of a sci-fi movie!

    Once a satellite has reached the end of life stage there are a couple of solutions available. It could be sent back down to earth, where it will burn upon re-entering the atmosphere. Alternatively it may be sent the opposite way and go further up into the orbit. Here it will continue floating around a safe distance away from the newer satellites on the block πŸ˜‰

    There are also some residual satellites up in orbit as the ground control system can only currently maintain a maximum 31 satellite constellation. With some future modifications perhaps some of these residuals could be brought back into service if so required in the future.

    There are some images of so called “space junk” available and I’ll see if I can find one for a future post. It really is worth seeing!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 15, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Hi Shelley, I really dig the technology behind my little sat nav unit. It’s something that makes our lives easier – it really does help with cutting down my daily commuting times. I tend to use my smartphone when I’m cycling or walking around a foreign city as unfortunately the dedicated sat nav devices don’t have great battery life. Perhaps the manufacturers will provide devices with better battery life in the near future.
    Take care, Dylan

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    Dylan October 9, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Hi Belinda,

    My neighbour refuses to get himself a sat nav. He says that he’s happy to get lost once in a while as he may find something new. Last month he stumbled across a really cool restaurant which he says he wouldn’t have found if he had a sat nav! I guess getting lost could have its benefits sometimes πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan October 8, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Smartphones are fantastic devices but you just can’t beat a stand alone sat nav for some proper navigation. This device is definitely worth some serious consideration – just make sure that you need all the additional features that come with it before you part with any money.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  143. Reply
    Dylan September 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi Rina,

    Yes 3D maps are pretty cool! The sat nav devices we have in our cars are really advanced bits of kit. Even the most basic models will get you to your destination far better than reading a map will!

    The TomTom Go 5000 is indeed always connected. It has an in-built sim card that continually provides you with the Traffic Updates. It is one of the reasons why this model is more expensive to purchase. But it also means that you don’t pay for data usage – no matter where you are.

    Hope this helps & happy motoring,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Hi Don,

    Many thanks for your kind comments and I’m delighted you found the review useful.

    For travelling around South America I would look for a sat nav that has World Maps included within the package. If you want to have access to the Traffic Information from the sat nav company you have a couple of options.

    1. Buy a sat nav with an inbuilt sim card – this means that you’ll always be connected and there won’t be any additional costs

    2. Buy a cheaper sat nav that requires a smartphone in order to access Live Traffic Services – this may end up being expensive as you will have to tether your mobile phone to the device. You may then incur significant data roaming charges.

    If you choose the second option I would recommend getting a sim card from the country your travelling. That way the cost of accessing the data will be much less. Just make sure that your smartphone is sim free so that the local card will work.

    Enjoy your travels!

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Christian,

    I guess I’m not the only one who’s always looking for a USB charger πŸ™‚

    It’s an interesting point you raise about the safety of USB chargers generally. In fact I may blog about this very issue in the near future. The confusion (and subsequent warnings) with USB chargers stem from the variance between the charging ports and the devices. Some ports may be rated at 900mA whilst others are rated as high as 3000mA. Thankfully today we can charge our devices using most USB chargers. Where problems arise is where people use cheap imported plug USB chargers where the quality control would not be as stringent.

    I would recommend purchasing a quality car USB charger like the one above. This will ensure that you get a sufficient charge that’ll keep your devices running.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

  146. Reply
    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Lucas,

    I’m delighted you found the review helpful.

    The navigation software on this device works pretty well. It utilises something Tom-tom calls Advanced Lane Guidance – which basically means that you get plenty of warning on where to turn or which lane you should be in. It seems to work well and I am happy with it. My only problem is that sometimes I daydream and miss a turn – not a fault of the sat nav, just my own stupidity….lol!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Hi John,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the review. It most certainly is available in the US – check it out here at Amazon – Tomtom Go 50

    The device comes with a USB car charger and a cable to connect it to the device. The charger works off the lighter unit in the car. As the cable and charger are separate you could indeed just plug the cable into a solar charger. I have previously used the Revive Solar Charger in a clear map holder and attached it to my backpack. It does work but to be honest I would recommend a dedicated hiking sat nav device rather than the Tomtom Go 50. I am currently testing a Magellan Exploits 310 for this very reason – check back here soon for that review!

    The device appears to be fairly robust. I have left it attached to the windscreen in the Italian sunshine for an afternoon (and it was pretty hot!) with no damage. However, if you know that your going to be leaving it in the sun for a long time I would err on the side of caution and put it in your glovebox.

    Hope this helps,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Hey Bryan,

    Yes it is a great charger – no complaints from me or my kids yet! It has certainly made car journeys more tranquil as now everyone can charge their devices!

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Hi Jeff,

    James May is always worth a watch! He gives information in his own style and it’s no wonder he’s a popular presenter. Top Gear is a favourite tv shows of mine. On that show however, and despite all of this sat nav technology we have today they seem to continually get lost in deserts etc πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hey there, thanks a million for sharing your story with us. Wow!

    It’s amazing to think that you have real experience of how this technology impacted on peoples lives. It must have been not only more dangerous, but quite frustrating for you guys to be dropped some distance away from your destination. But I guess you guys just adapted, used your map reading skills and got the job done.

    At that time,would the introduction of the sat nav have been a morale booster for the military personnel? Knowing that you would be dropped in the right location would certainly make the planning and execution of missions far easier.

    Even today, technology is known to fail us at times. Most people today would be completely lost without their navigation devices. I believe that it’s important we know how to read maps & use a compass. I’d go as far as to suggest that it should be a mandatory subject in high school!

    All the best, Dylan

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    Dylan September 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hi Tamara,

    I think we’re all probably a little guilty of taking GPS technology for granted – it’s fascinating how it was developed and how it is now become an integral part of our everyday lives.

    And who knows? Theses few facts may well come in handy for you when your on those quiz shows!

    Good luck!

  152. Reply
    Dylan September 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hey there Elliedan, my sat nav obsession grew out of that trip. Trust me I’m like a boy scout when we go away now – I even go as far as pre-programming every stop into the device before we leave!

    Your absolutely right that it would be better if gadgets etc were made compatible for anywhere in the world. Another bug bear of mine are the electrical plugs and sockets – they have different ones in the Uk, Europe and the US! It’s only ever the consumers that end up paying more for this stuff.

  153. Reply
    Dylan September 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Roamy,

    Glad you enjoyed the review. I agree that the battery life isn’t too great on a lot of these units. Most of the devices last for around 2 – 3 hours max – the manufacturers would probably say that they are designed for use in cares only. They would also probably prefer to have you buy specialised hiking gps devices!

    I do use these for walking around foreign cities too – the trick to make them last longer is to turn them off once you arrive at your destination. They are usually very good at getting a fast fix on your location and so turning them on and off isn’t too much of a problem.

    Cheers,

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Chloe, oh the joys of driving around Europe πŸ™‚ You definitely got it right by having your TomTom with you! (they do make good reliable devices)

    To be honest I hadn’t even considered the safety aspects of having a satnav for people travelling alone. I can see how important it would be not to get lost in that type of situation. The reliability of these devices should also be something to consider in the future.

    Cheers

    Dylan

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    Dylan September 25, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Hey Valrie, glad you found the review useful. Despite being an entry level unit the TomTom Go 50 is smashing value and it’s served our family well these past few months.It got us all around France safely over the summer! Cheers, Dylan

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