From: Scotty on 3 Apr 2010 18:06
"Kev" <kevcat(a)optunet.com.au> wrote in message
: Scotty wrote:
: > Most likely the cheapest of the Garmin range then. My Nuvis been great, had one lock up which
: > solved by a quick reset and thats the only issue I had.
: > Oh and the fact that mines low on memory so to get the latest dual country maps I had to delete
: > character voices and some photos to install but thats the only issues its had in three years. I
: > it daily and it sits on the dash in the full Qld sun every day.
: Does it have an SD slot?
Yes it does.
: put the voices, POIs and maps(and anything else like vehicle images) on
: it, the unit will find them
: extra maps should be renamed GMAPSUP2.img, GMAPSUP3.img, GMAPSUP4.img
: and GMAPPROM.img
: I name the main city navigator NT map as GMAPPROM.img and the rest as
: GMAPSUPP.img, GMAPSUP2.img, GMAPSUP3.img, GMAPSUP4.img
: I think it will only use 4 maps, but as long as they are compatible and
: unlocked they will load up, the Nuvi needs are routable map so you do
: need the NT map
The only loaded map is the CITY NAVIGATOR NT from memory.
It does okay for me but with the new Gateway, Clem 7 and other new roads I wouldnt mind that
upgrade. Mine the 2010 maps but obviously the older version.
From: Dingo on 3 Apr 2010 19:39
On Sun, 04 Apr 2010 09:04:34 +1000, John_H <john4721(a)inbox.com> wrote:
>The problem isn't the maps, or lack of roads and tracks, it's the
>Even when set to "shortest route" both of units I've got (Garrnin and
>TomTom) always attempt to navigate to the nearest main road via what
>they judge to be the next most major road. For example, if I attempt
>to navigate from my own home to the nearest large city, which is
>around 290 km away by the closest all bitumen route, the sat navs will
>take me approx 100 km further (since the closest main roads are in
>To confuse them even further, I live roughly equidistant from two main
>roads, each being around 40 km away, via bitumised minor roads. If I
>run the Garmin and TomTom side by side they want to send me in
>different directions (to a different main road) with neither being
>anything like the shortest route. The Garmin wants me to go south,
>the TomTom says west while the closest route is to the east.
>Either unit will only find the shortest route if they're already on a
>main road, or on a minor road that intersects with a main road. In
>more remote locations than my own (ie further from a main road) both
>will happily send me many hundreds of k's out of my way.
>To summarise... both are very good at findind their way around in
>towns and cities. Both are equally bad at finding those towns and
>cities, other than from a main road. Either will take you to a remote
>address, provided it's on the map, but it usually won't be by the
Ever tried finding a route (that's 'route', not 'root') in even the
city using Google Earth? Sometimes okay but other times some very
From: Chrlz on 3 Apr 2010 19:42
On Apr 4, 1:20 am, Kev <kev...(a)optunet.com.au> wrote:
> Chrlz wrote:
> > On Apr 2, 5:50 pm, Dingo <dingo...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> >> I know nothing about them. What basic features should I look for, how
> >> much should I expect to pay, and where is a good place to buy? Thanks.
> > I'd reiterate much of what has been said but to summarise, most of the
> > known brands are similarly featured - so just try the units out and
> > see which interface you like. I tend to agree that of the big three,
> > Garmin seems to have a nicer interface but that's just me. As a
> > couple of suggested tests, you should be able to:
> > - enter an address easily without having to ask for help from the shop
> > assistant..
> > - get into 'browse' mode, where you can move around and zoom in/out
> > and use it like a map..
> > Some of the newer units have 'terrain' data, which makes the view
> > truly 3d. Sounds gimmicky, but I really like it and at times it adds
> > to the usability (esp. when offroad.. or lost/wandering..!).
> > If you are in a region with freeways, lane guidance is worthwhile.
> > I really like how IGO displays not just the next maneuvre, but the one
> > after as well - do the big three do that nowadays?
> > And what about TMC? I don't know how well that works in Aus, but it
> > sounds good..
> > I now have a cheap gps running IGO 8.3 (+ Ultra skin). If you go for
> > a generic unit, I think IGO is the software to get - just make sure it
> > is up to date and has the Sensis maps. Terrain data, lane guidance,
> > speed limit and compass continually displayed, next maneuvre, good
> > browse mode, sensible speed warning system... No wishlist left.
> IGO 8.4 Amigo has street signs for up coming exits on freeways, Does 8.3
> have these?
> I bypassed 8.3 as the only maps available at the time was the useless Navtek
Yes, if you mean the exit signs that pop up at the top, giving road
names/no's and arrows for preferred lanes. I like the Ultra skin's
slightly amended version, where it puts obvious crosses in the lanes
you don't want to be in for your destination. And yes, the Navteq map
that came with it sucked - apart from about ten errors for every one I
can find on the Sensis map, it had no speed limit info. I was very
glad to find a compatible Sensis replacement.
John, don't those units have selectable calculation methods? IGO has:
Shortest: smallest possible distance
Fastest: assumes you can travel at the speed limit (a very rash
Economical: same as fastest, except it may take a route that is a
little slower but less distant to save fuel
Easy: same as fastest but will eliminate complex routes if only a
little time is saved.
I haven't tried 'easy', but I've actually compared some of the others
and they seem to do what they say. Every now and then it takes me by
surprise, but usually after a while there is that "aha, I see where
she's going with this..' moment.
From: Dingo on 3 Apr 2010 19:57
On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 16:42:46 -0700 (PDT), Chrlz
>Yes, if you mean the exit signs that pop up at the top, giving road
>names/no's and arrows for preferred lanes. I like the Ultra skin's
>slightly amended version, where it puts obvious crosses in the lanes
>you don't want to be in for your destination. And yes, the Navteq map
>that came with it sucked - apart from about ten errors for every one I
>can find on the Sensis map, it had no speed limit info. I was very
>glad to find a compatible Sensis replacement.
>John, don't those units have selectable calculation methods? IGO has:
>Shortest: smallest possible distance
>Fastest: assumes you can travel at the speed limit (a very rash
>Economical: same as fastest, except it may take a route that is a
>little slower but less distant to save fuel
>Easy: same as fastest but will eliminate complex routes if only a
>little time is saved.
>I haven't tried 'easy', but I've actually compared some of the others
>and they seem to do what they say. Every now and then it takes me by
>surprise, but usually after a while there is that "aha, I see where
>she's going with this..' moment.
You know, after all is said and done, I might just stick to my trusty
(new) printed UBD plus a few other paper maps.....
From: Noddy on 3 Apr 2010 19:59
"Dingo" <dingo963(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
> You know, after all is said and done, I might just stick to my trusty
> (new) printed UBD plus a few other paper maps.....
I thought exactly the same as you, until I bought one. Now I wouldn't be
without it. They're *way* more convenient than any map, with the added bonus
of hands free phone or speed camera warnings even if you're not using the
thing to tell you where to go.
Regardless of preferences in here, you'll most likely be happy with
whichever one you buy.