Sat. Navs, TomTom and Garmin

  the hick 12:33 30 Aug 2010

I have been thinking of buying a sat. nav., to include western Europe for holiday use. I have never used one before. Does anyone know of any major differences between these two major brands please? Any advice much appreciated.

  anniesboy 10:13 31 Aug 2010

I have a Garmin 255w which I used recently in France,it preformed very well.
As for differences between Tom Tom & Garmin Im not sure each have their devotees .
You could look at a review of sat navs in "Which" at your local library or on line if you subscribe.
Be aware that some sat navs are now available with lifetime map updates for an extra cost about £50.

  anchor 09:06 01 Sep 2010

I have a TomTom, and to be honest have never used a Garmin.

However, the general opinion is that TomTom is the Satnav of choice, and is certainly the brand leader.

  Zorst 10:12 01 Sep 2010

I have owned both and slightly prefer the Garmin. But both are easy to use and very good at what they do. The only real difference is that Garmin use NAVTEQ maps where as Tom Tom use TELEATLAS maps. From experience, NAVTEQ maps seem a bit more up to date. If you want TMC (traffic info), Tom Tom is better for this feature.

  Simsy 10:27 05 Sep 2010

I've had a TomTom OneXL for a couple of years. Just out of the guarantee period it started to misbehave... To cut a long story short, with help from TomTom I deleted/reinstalled the main installtion and all was well again, for some considerable time... but with occassional errors; is sometimes has me about 50 yards or so from where I really am. Often that's not a problem, because if you are 50 yards ahead or behind where it thinks you are you can just turn sooner or later... but when it thinks you are 50 yard to the left or right of where you really are, it may think you are actually on a different road, or even in a river...

Now we're going to France soon, so I want to have a working one. I decided that rather than reinstall again we'd get another unit, because we'd have to buy French map for it anyway, and I suspect that the root of the problems with the TomTom is a faulty drive...

So we ended up with a Garmin 1340, with Western Europ maps included.

I haven't used it much yet, but so far I'm very happy with it. It definately finds the satellites and locates itself much quicker than the TomTom ever did. Maps have a slightly different appearance, but are good. Not better or worse than TomTom, just different. I'm still getting used to the interface, and haven't worked out things fully yet, so I can't give a comprehensive "review" yet, but I certainly wouldn't rate the TomTom as better than the Garmin.

They are similarly priced/specced units, (I think I paid about £120 for the TomTom 2 years ago, and have just paid a little over £100 for the Garmin. The Garmin is lighter/thinner than the TomTom, and would easily fit in a shirt pocket. The Garmin also has cycling and walking "modes", which I don't think my TomTom has, but that may be the case with current models.

The bottom line is, there isn't much to seperate them! If I had to buy another one, I'd probably go for Garmin again, but I'd be easily swayed by prices at the time!

I hope this helps!



  morddwyd 20:11 05 Sep 2010

Although TomTom is European based and very popular, don't rule out CoPilot.

It's certainly worth a look.

I've never used Garmin.

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