I finally went for a Garmin NuVi 200.
It took me quite a while to decide which Sat Nav to go for.
I was looking for a unit that had what I wanted i.e. U.K street level post code recognition, safety cameras loaded.
So I plumped for the Garmin NuVi 200, as it had all that I required at a good price - compared with others on the market.
I took it out of the box, put it straight into my vehicle using the mounting cradle provided, then plugged it in - and "Bingo" it was up and running.
On my first outing with it in operation it performed faultlessly, the voice gave clear and precise directions, also the safety camera locations were flagged up (although I do not go above posted speed limits - of course) anyhow it is an extra factor when you are in an area you are not familiar with.
On returning home after a day out using the unit, and putting it through it's paces - I interrogated the unit further to see what other extra functions were loaded on it, and it has where to find Points of Interest, Restaurants, Hotels, Petrol Stations etc, Set your home address as a favorite, A four digit pin-code for security, and the ability to adjust the voice volume and screen brightness to your particuler requirements.
I no doubt will find other extras it has in due course!
Needless to say I am highly satisfied with my purchase, so if you are like me and require the uk road network only this is the one for you.
68 of 68 people found this review helpful.
the blondes guide to not getting lost
i bought the garmin nuvi 200w for my girlfriend,it will pay for itself in phone calls for directions very quickly.the widescreen on the garmin is very easy to follow and makes the satnav much more user friendly.it is fool proof and comes complete with mounting bracket and in car charger,it is easily removed too when leaving the vehicle unattended.it has everything needed to make a journey easy,giving clear instructions and precise distances to turns.it also gives at the push of a button,points of interest,car parks,fuel stations etc.the touch screen is superb and i would recommend the garmin nuvi to anybody.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Garmin Nuvi 200W
After a steady diet of TomTom for the last few years, I needed a new GPS for my bike.
My daughter had just bought a Nuvi 200 and I was quite impressed with the quality and usability.
Having gotten the wraps off, I plugged it into the PC and connectd up to Garmin.com to see what was what.
Registered the unit, a Uk/Ireland model, and was pleasantly surprised to see Garmin offereing me a free full Euro maps upgrade.
Upgraded the firmware and started the map download.
Garmin do things differently to TomTom, especially in the way you manage maps. I plugged in an accessory SD card and set about updating the maps.
Not so successful at first go, I wanted to add Benelux and Nth France maps to the existing UK/Ireland ones - ended up losing all my UK maps!
Once I worked out what it was doing, it was pretty straightforward - the software doesn't add to the existing map set, it replaces it.
Getting the maps onto the SD card was simple - point it to the SD drive letter and everything went on smoothly.
Did a bit of customising - put a bike avatar on in place of the car one, set up security with a pin code and home location as the secure location (if you forget the pin, you can get it to unlock by going to your secure location).
Using the unit is a bit different to TomTom, but once you have gotten the knack it is all straightforward. If I had been using a Garmn from day one it would have been very intuitive, but I had to unlearn the TomTom.
Things I wish I had: Routes - there is no way to import a route, even though it can read the files, it only puts in start and end and one 'via' location, so setting up a route on something like viamichelin and exporting it is a bit of a waste of time. Ability to change colour scheme - it may be there, but if it is, I haven't found it.
Likes: The ability to drive the route in the unit without actually getting a GPS signal is great! The ability to find an address then go to that address and browse the map is fantastic and so much better than TomToms' browse map function.
All in all, a great unit for a budget buy!
There is so much out on the web for Garmin's, such as free POI (hotels, specialist stuff like golf courses, etc.) Free foreign speed cameras, etc. that I doubt I will need to buy any of Garmins' add-ons.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful.
Garmin nuvi 200W GPS
The Garmin nuvi 200W GPS is lightweight and portable. I like how it has audible instructions that are easy to follow. The GPS recalculates quickly when straying from the recommended course. The suction cup is easy to apply to an interior window with a simple plastic lever. Importantly the suction cup leaves little trace on the window making it more difficult for thieves to notice. However, understand that upon entering a tunnel you may lose satellite signal. The signal will be quickly recovered upon exit.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
One of the best sat-navs around
The new Garmin Nuvi range of sat-navs take a lot of beating in m opinion!
The clarity and brightness of the screen are really impressive, as is the simplicity of the user interface.
While they may not have quite as many features as the Tom Tom equivalents, and may cost a little more, for sheer quality of manufacture and design, ease of use and good service (in my experience) the Garmin is a really excellent buy.
I first had a Nuvi 250 (UK and European maps) and have been very pleased with it. It simply looks and feels like a nice thing...
I've subsequently used a 200W. The wider screen means it doesn't slip quite so easily into a shirt pocket - but this slight inconvenience is more than made up for by the fact that the map can be seen even more easily with the 'wide screen' view. A great sat-nav!
Garmin have been making sat-navs longer than anyone else - and it shows!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.