GPS Navigation

  sdf 22:43 22 Jan 2005

Hello all. today at work for the first time I had use of a ‘TomTom Go’ GPS Navigation system, and quite frankly I think it is, for someone like myself who can barely make it out of my street without getting lost, is THE best gadget I have ever come across! In an attempt to kerb my impulsive reaction to wildly rush out and spend £430 – has anyone had experience good or bad with this or any other stand alone GPS system? One thing that worries me is about future subscriptions – nowhere can I find any mention of having to pay to receive the information from the satellite for the long term… does this mean its free? I would very much appreciate any feed back anyone has.

  Bagsey 22:59 22 Jan 2005

Yes it is paid for when you buy the machine. The only cost to you in future will be if you want maps that you dont have.. I agree it is a super piece of kit..
The only down side is the touch screen get pretty messy with finger marks after a days travelling. so take screen wipes with you.

  Colinp 23:17 22 Jan 2005

You do not have to pay to receive the satellite signals. All you need to receive the signals is a GPS receiver. The Americans pay for those satellites.

  Beas-Knees 23:35 22 Jan 2005

If you have a GPS speed camera detector then you get 6 months of free updates and then you pay about £5 per month

  mole44 08:16 23 Jan 2005

i bought myself a navman 510 from halfords (£399),its brilliant put in your destination and just drive ,no stress wondering which road to take. once you learn to trust its directions going from a to b is stress free,it will even reroute you in the event of a diversion.

  g0nvs 09:38 23 Jan 2005

Had a Tom Tom GO since August & can't fault it at all. If you are thinking of buying one then do shop around, prices are comming down.

  TomG 14:08 23 Jan 2005

Mine works great - reroutes really quickly. One thing though is that before you use it you have to let the satelite receiver configure itself (you have to be outside a building with the system on - took about half an hour).

The other thing I found was that the GPS reciver goes flat quickly so I bougt the car holder which powers it from the cig lighter

  Bagsey 14:29 23 Jan 2005

I am surprised that your Gps takes so long to get itself up and running. Just a thought do you have a heated windscreen? If so you really need an external antenna. Heated screens are known to be the cause of most gps problems in cars I suppose that it is due to the screening effect of the heating elements.

  anchor 14:39 23 Jan 2005

There have been various threads on the topic of Satellite navigation. TomTom Go received the thumbs up!. I have TomTom 3 for use with my PDA and its excellent. "Go" is more convenient.

No, you don`t have to pay anything to receive the signals.

£396.50, icluding delivery, from the Comet on-line store.

click here

  TomG 10:26 26 Jan 2005


It was in the instructions? Which was confirmed when I emailed TomTom support. But that was the nearest thing to a problem I've had with it, it is really very good - reroutes happen in a matter of seconds

  Michael_R 15:42 26 Jan 2005

If anyone is new or wants info on GPS I would recommend a visit to this site. It is full of forums, discussions and information on all GPS devices.
click here

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