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I bought this myself today.
So here is my review of the RoadPilot MicroGo:
It was about £85 (including Swedish VAT at 25% from Misco.se) and that is with a 6 month subscription.
A further 3 years subscription is about £100.
There are some other products out there with free subscribtion, but to have the same functionallity as the MicroGo you have to pay around £150 including Swedish VAT.
So this was not much more expensive.
And the other products cover less geography.
The MicroGo is much smaller and better designed than any of the other products available here.
They claim it works straight out of the box - and it did!
It was also preconfigured for my country (Sweden) with all setting and language and everything.
You get the MicroGo, a suction-cup with ball-joint thing to stick it to your windscreen with, a cigarette lighter power cord (with built in power conversion down to usb level), a usb cable to connect it to your PC, a CD with software and a product manual. All nicely packaged.
Easy to deal with the one button interface and the display is clear.
The colour backlight really only shows up well in the "dark", in daylight the colour is nowhere near as obvious as they would have you beleive in the marketing material - but such are LCD screens and I am happy with it anyway.
The software (an application and a driver) installed easily just like the (on CD) supplied software manual said it would.
Then you need to register in order to update (if you dont update regularly it stops working). This also worked well.
I ran into problems with the actual download of the update (Download interupted). I thought it was my firewalls etc but nothing I tried helped. I put it down to go away and think and eat. When I came back it worked great. So probably a problem at their end.
I was amazed to find that the over-read on my Mercedes speedometer (havent got my Civic yet, will report when I have it) was only approx 1-2 km/h compared to the MicroGo. Other cars I have driven with GPS devices have all had the expected 10%-ish over read.
Could be that they have built over-read into the MicroGo, but I don´t see why they would. Will try it in the Civic and see.
The suction cup thingy is not bad, but when I get my Civic I will try fixing it to the dash with velcro instead.
All in all I am happy with my new toy!
Why didnt I get a Garmin or something like that?
Well because I have ordered my Civic with sat-nav and only wanted the camera positioning feature.
Last edited by FWH; 31st July 2007 at 20:26.