Join Date: 24th July 2006
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I found the SatNav very useful. The excellent screen, clear voice that automatically mutes the radio/CD and very easy interface are all worthwhile plus points. Traffic info also worked quite well, though its doubtful if the re-routes it came up with actually helped much as too many people have SatNavs! I found the directions and routing very adequate, but haven't compared with a TomTom etc. The points of interest were OK for tourist attractions, museums airports etc, but useless for most other things (e.g. pubs, resstaurants) - but I didn't miss that at all. It is, however expensive compared to TomTom etc and doesn't have speed camera locations.
The hands free worked well with reservations - these being that at speed the microphone picks up A LOT of background noise. At low speed etc its fine. The vice operated index/directory was slow and not always accurate, but could be made to work with a little patience.
The voice recognition for other than HFT proved a complete waste of time. Very slow, hopelessly inaccurate - and why bother as the standard controls are exceptionally well laid out. Count that as a bonus if you can get on with it, but expect to give up after the novelty has worn off!
Overall - you must decide if the extra money is worth it for the fixed SatNav and HFT - forget voice control.
If you have another car or use hire cars without SatNav, a moveable one such as a TomTom might be a better solution for you and save money too.