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GO5000
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TomTom GO 5000

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: HD Traffic; Weight: 229 g

Despite the GO 6000 being larger, the GO 5000 makes more sense as the company's new flagship, since its size makes it more manageable for most dashboards and it's a bit cheaper. The amazing …

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1 review | 317 opinions

 

TomTom GO 6000
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TomTom GO 6000

Type: In-car; Display size: 6"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 292 g

The only thing TechRadar could find wrong with the GO 6000 is that its plastic build makes it look cheapish, but everything else about it is simply exceptional, making it possibly the best satnav on …

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2 reviews | 317 opinions

 

TomTom Go 500 (2013)
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TomTom Go 500 (2013)

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 229 g

The only thing about the Go 500 that disappointed PC Pro was its poor search function, but elsewhere it ticks all the boxes and then some. It's not cheap, but considering it includes lifetime …

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3 reviews | 128 opinions

 

 
nuvi 2598 LMT-D
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Garmin nüvi 2598 LMT-D

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 188 g

Garmin's nuvi 2598 LMT-D is one of the best satnav devices in its price range on the market right now. Its traffic updates can't compete with the company's own 3D Live Traffic or …

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1 review | 233 opinions

 

GO600
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TomTom GO 600

Type: In-car; Display size: 6"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 292 g

While the GO 600 is a superb offering in all respects, Trusted Reviews didn't see the need for such a large screen, and recommended going for the cheaper GO 500 or GO 400 in its stead. In any …

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1 review | 55 opinions

 

Go Live Camper and Caravan
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TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan

Type: In-car, Camper van; Display size: 5"; TMC: HD Traffic; Weight: 220 g

The extra outlay that the GO LIVE Camper & Caravan demands over its GO LIVE 1005 stablemate is a bit hard to swallow, but Trusted Reviews reckon that if you are a regular caravan or camper user, …

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1 review | 38 opinions

 

RIDER (2013) EU LifetimeMaps
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TomTom RIDER (2013)

Type: Motorbike Navigation System; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: Unavailable; Weight: 353 g

After putting TomTom's Rider through its paces, TechRadar concluded that it's a great choice if you're looking for a sat-nav device for your motorbike. It's not perfect, since it …

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2 reviews | 1 opinion

 

nüvi 3590 LMT
Garmin nüvi 3590LMT

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: Yes, No; Weight: 203 g

Garmin's full package of Live services is more expensive than TomTom's, but Trusted Reviews reckon it does pay off thanks to the fact that the nuvi 3590 LMT comes with lifetime updates for …

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2 reviews | 103 opinions

 

Start60 Europe Traffic
TomTom Start 60 Europe Traffic

Type: In-car; Display size: 6"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 236 g

The large size of the Start 60 Europe from TomTom is both its best and worst attribute for Computer Act!ve. It can be awkward to place, but it is slim and the large screen is wonderfully bright and

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5 reviews | 306 opinions

 

More information at: TrustedReviews, 7/2012 TomTom Start 60 Not so long ago, most SatNavs sported screens of 4.3 inches at the most, and larger displays were reserved for specialist models. With prices falling, however, 5-, 6- and 7-inch consumer-oriented navigation systems are starting to become commonplace. … to review

Navigon 40 Premium (EU)
Navigon 40 Premium (EU)

Type: In-car; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: Yes, No; Weight: 160 g

“Plus: quick route calculation; time-saving, short routes; easy operation. Minus: Points of interest a bit out of date; slow start up.”

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5 reviews

 

More information at: NAVIconnect, issue 3/2010 Take me home! Five new sat-navs, five ways to find your way there: How well do the new guides from Medion, Navigon and Russian newcomer Prestigio rate in the battle of the sat navs? In test: Five navigation systems were tested. Test criteria were features, handling, destination guidance and route calculation.

 
TomTom Go Live 1005 Europe
TomTom Go Live 1005 Europe

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: HD Traffic; Weight: 266 g

“Free LIVE services for two years which are subsequently available for an annual payment of 50 euros. TMC receiver available for a one off payment of 50 euros. Destination input using voice

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5 reviews | 490 opinions

 

More information at: promobil, issue 4/2011 Travel guide Can that small navigation device really make all the difference when you’re on your travels? We reveal which sat navs will be your trusted companions when you’re on holiday. In test: Ten navigation devices were tested. Amongst them were two GPS devices for caravans, four GPS systems for cars and four for heavy goods vehicles.

Navigon 40 Plus (Europa)
Navigon 40 Plus (Europa)

Type: In-car; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 160 g

“... The Navigon 40 Plus only costs a couple of euros more but for the higher price you get maps for the whole of Europe and better quality voice commands. ...”

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4 reviews | 4 opinions

 

More information at: navi-magazin.de, 12/2010 Reviewed: the Navigon 40 Easy, Navigon 40 Plus and Navigon 40 Premium Navigon has decided to use its own (now well-established) design concept on its 40 model range as well: they took a more or less standard hardware platform and kitted it out with various software versions, depending upon the user’s needs. This simplest version of this solution has been dubbed the ‘Easy’, the middle option ‘Plus’ and the one with the most sophisticated features list is the ‘Premium’. We asked if we could test out the 40 range and examined how each of the three devices performed in practice. Surprisingly, it wasn’t just the most expensive model which got a massive thumbs up from us. In test: 3 navigation devices from the same range were tested.

Garmin Zumo 210 CE
Garmin Zumo 210 CE

Type: Motorbike Navigation System, In-car; Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 215 g

“Clear display, fantastic operation. But the Zumo 210 also comes with the well-known input accuracy flaws of the 220 model.”

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4 reviews

 

More information at: Motorradfahrer, issue 7/2011 The war of the ways The battle is about to enter round two. The two heavyweights, TomTom and Garmin, have long been ominously squaring up to one another on the motorbike sat nav market. Three navigation devices were reviewed.

GoLive 825 Europe
TomTom Go Live 825 Europe

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: HD Traffic; Weight: 244 g

Even though the TomTom Go Live 825 seems rather expensive, you're actually paying for more than just the device itself, explains Pocket-Lint, who feels that much of its asking price reflects the

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6 reviews | 316 opinions

 

More information at: connect, issue 8/2011 Straight to the point Easier, cheaper, more straightforward: six new sat navs priced between 150 and 250 euros tell you where to go. In test: Six sat navs were tested. Test criteria were features, operation, destination guidance and route calculation.

Nuvi 2360LT
Garmin Nüvi 2360LT (Europe)

Type: In-car; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: No, Yes; Weight: 160 g

“Handsfree function. You can opt to enter your destination easily using voice control. Good route guidance. Display is easy to read even in bright light. Effective help function. Rather light for its

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5 reviews | 3 opinions

 

More information at: connect, issue 5/2011 Trend setters In-built sat navs and navigation apps for smartphones are making life harder for the Tomtoms of this world. We tell you why it’s still worth considering a portable sat nav and reveal which model is the right one for you. In test: 16 navigation devices were reviewed including four for frequent drivers, four for normal drivers, four for infrequent drivers and four for specialists.

Nuvi 3790T
Garmin Nüvi 3790T

Type: In-car; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: No; Weight: 113 g

In spite of some minor quirks and the occasional crash, Computer Act!ve were very happy with the Nüvi 3790T, commending its compact form factor and great screen on one hand and the quality of its …

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8 reviews | 114 opinions

 

TomTom Start
TomTom Start

Type: In-car; Display size: 3.5"; TMC: No; Weight: 125 g

"... While we've got no major gripes with the TomTom Start's build and navigation, we're a bit baffled as to why the company thought pretty colours would be a selling point, when …

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7 reviews | 169 opinions

 

Garmin Zumo 220
Garmin Zumo 220

Type: In-car, Motorbike Navigation System; Display size: 3.5"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 215 g

“The sleek, compact form looks impressive, and the intuitive menu guidance is also very pleasing. With its recording of routes, it is particularly well-suited for travelling professionals. Could be …

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6 reviews | 11 opinions

 

TomTom Go Live 820 (Europe & UK)
TomTom Go Live 820 (Europe & UK)

Type: In-car; Display size: 4.3"; TMC: HD Traffic; Weight: 203 g

"... the battery life of 2 hours means you'll have to get used to wires trailing around the dashboard ... As hardware sat-navs go, this is about as good as it gets. Even so there's …

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2 reviews | 316 opinions

 

Navigon 70 Premium (Europe)
Navigon 70 Premium (Europe)

Type: In-car; Display size: 5"; TMC: No; Weight: 184 g

"... Out on the road, the Navigon performs just as well. ... Voice instructions and clear directions make understanding the route a breeze. ... if you've a budget of under £200, this unit

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5 reviews | 6 opinions

 

More information at: test (Stiftung Warentest), issue 1/2011 Phone vs sat nav GPS devices: smartphones can also navigate without costing you anything extra. Some mobile phones can navigate just as well as proper sat-navs. But sat-navs still have their place on the market. In test: We tested ten mobile navigational devices and four smartphones that can be used as navigational devices at no additional cost. The results for the portable navigation devices were 8 x “good” and 2 x “satisfactory”. The smartphones were not given a final rating. Test criteria were navigation (start time and positioning / route calculation, route guidance, driving recommendations: voice commands / display), operation (instruction manual, installation / shipping, daily use, display), as well as workmanship, battery and versatility. The smartphones were also tested for navigation, pedestrian navigation and range of features on the navigation software.

 


Product information and further reviews for satnavs

Above and Beyond NAVIconnect 4/2010 - Arrive quickly, avoid traffic jams and reduce your fuel consumption: three new top-end sat-navs mark the current pinnacle of navigation technology. Review details: Three sat-navs were reviewed. Test criteria were features, operation, destination guidance and route calculation.

TomTom Start 60 TechRadar UK 6/2012 - Combining lots of useful features from the brand's other sat nav devices, the new TomTom Start 60 has a lot to offer. Is this the navigational device to go for?

You haven’t quite reached your destination. MO Motorrad Magazin 10/2010 - More and more people are leaving the good old paper map at home and instead trusting electronic guidance systems to get them to their destination. We put six waterproof navigation devices to the test and carefully examined their suitability for motorcycle travel. Here are the results. Review details: Six navigation devices were tested. The test criteria were body, display, holder, power supply, features, routing, route planning and operation.

Pixel Planner Motorrad News 3/2011 - An increasing number of motorcyclists are interested in electronic guides. However love and frustration are always close to each other in the world of technology. We’ll tell you what the situation is, and what device you should choose to decorate your ride. Review details: Five navigation devices were tested. The test criteria were hardware, software, PC connection and value for money.

Arrive safely at your destination at an affordable price CAR & HIFI 1/2011 - With the F series and Camper Navigation models, A-Rival is offering cheap systems that perform well. Review details: Three sat-navs were compared to each other. Test criteria were route calculation, guidance to destination, operation and features.

Extras for an Extra Charge test (Stiftung Warentest) 6/2010 - Navigation devices: Especially in the case of top class navigation devices, the provider still wants to earn money after the purchase: Additional services, such as traffic jam warnings for an additional charge, are increasing. Review details: Eight mobile navigation systems were tested, including six devices from 10.9 cm (4.3 inches) to 12.7 cm (5.0 inches), as well as two devices starting at about 8.8 cm (3.5 inches). The verdict: 6 x “good” and 2 x “satisfactory”. Test criteria were navigation (start time and positioning / route calculation, route guidance, driving recommendations: voice commands / display), handling (installation / transport, daily use, display, instruction manual), processing, battery and versatility.

Test: Falk M4 3rd Edition / Falk M8 3rd Edition navi-magazin.de 3/2010 - ’Don’t get lost, get a Falk map’ was a typical slogan of the Falk publishing company for itineraries and travel plans. Today printed Europe maps would be far more expensive than a small electronic navigation device. We reviewed both entry-level models, the Falk M4 3rd edition and the Falk M8 3rd edition. Review details: Two navigation systems were tested.

In the lead SFT-Magazin 5/2011 - Car navigation: the latest sat navs offer great route guidance and lots of functions to make driving easier. Review details: Three sat-navs were reviewed.

In test: Garmin nüvi 1350T, Garmin nüvi 1390T, Garmin nüvi 1390Tpro navi-magazin.de 12/2009 - A current standard navigation system has a 4.3-inch display, map content of Europe and a receiver for traffic news in TMC standard. These are the most significant features of the nüvi 1300 series by Garmin. Review details: Three navigation devices were reviewed.

On Target 2Räder 3/2011 - 2Räder tested out five navigation devices for motorcycles, so that you can arrive relaxed. Review details: Five motorcycle navigation systems were tested.

Mio Navman V575 TV iGIZMO 52 (February 2011) - At the traffic lights...'Neighbours...'. This isn't a schizo sat nav, it's got built-in Freeview. ...

Huge cinema autohifi 3/2009 - They offer huge screens and limitless multimedia options: double DIN inbuilt navigation systems. We tested out five of these devices. Review details: Five double DIN navigation systems were reviewed and were rated 4 x “reference class” and 1 x “absolute top class”. soundTest criteria were quality (sound drive, radio, navigation) and technology (features, operation, workmanship).

“Escaping Traffic Jams” - Navigation devices for up to 300 Euro PC Praxis 1/2010 - You have reached your destination, says a soft voice more and more frequently before the car driver turns the key and leaves his vehicle. Navigation systems, which at one time were only available as permanent installations in vehicles of the higher and upper middle class, can nowadays be found in vehicles of all classes and ages. This is no surprise, since the electronic guides not only became affordable, but they also became pretty intelligent. ... Review details: Six navigation devices in the 300 Euro and under price range were reviewed and each rated “good”. Among the test criteria were navigation, features and operation.

“Escaping Traffic Jams” - Navigation Systems for over 300 Euros PC Praxis 1/2010 - Review details: Three navigation devices of the price class 300 Euros and under were reviewed. They were rated 1 x “very good” and 2 x “good”. Among the test criteria were navigation, features and operation.

The mountain is calling mobile next 1/2011 - The Becker Active 43 Talk impresses with its effective lane assistant and reliable route guidance. The voice control function is a highlight; it even works with hard to pronounce city or street names.

A Free Way mobile next 1/2011 - Thanks to an internet connection, the Navigon 40 Premium Live can safely navigate around traffic jams, and the lane assistant is also impressive. The display is the only flaw that buyers should be aware of.

TomTom GO LIVE 825 Europe IT Reviews 7/2011 - TomTom have taken on a similar marketing strategy to car manufacturers by drawing peoples attention with low priced basic models then waving very tempting upmarket products under their noses. The Go Live 825 is a prime example of this.

Leading the way HIFI-STARS No. 8 (9-11/2010) - It’s much the same with navigation devices as it is with computers: buy the product, and it’s out of date pretty much as soon as you’ve left the shop. But the fact remains that the introduction of new models occurs with considerably high frequency, as sure as night follows day. ... Review details: Two navigation devices were tested.

Miniature revolt Tourenfahrer 7/2011 - With the addition of the Zumo 220 and the 210 CE, Garmin is expanding its range of products available at the lower end of the price spectrum. This not only means that it’s encroaching on competitor TomTom’s territory, its invading its own back garden as well. Review details: Two navigation devices were tested.

Easy Riding NAVIconnect 2/2010 - Finally back on Track! Here you can read what to keep in mind when purchasing a motorcycle sat-nav and how two new Garmins performed in the test. Review details: Two motorcycle navigation systems were tested. Test criteria were features, handling, destination guidance and route calculation.

In the Right Lane NAVIconnect 2/2010 - How good are truck navigation systems really? We have put six truck navigation systems to the test. Review details: Six truck navigation systems were tested. Test criteria were features, handling and guidance.

New Generation CAR & HIFI 2/2010 - The new devices by Becker and Falk offer high value navigation with exciting features at favourable prices. Review details: Two top-class navigation systems were tested and rated 1.3 and 1.5. They were rated on route calculation (route choice, speed), destination guidance (audio and visual), operation (general, destination input, speed) and features.

Safe Arrival camp24MAGAZIN 3/2010 - Navigation devices have turned into the driver’s favourite; we do not want to miss out on an electronic route finder in any car. Specially equipped navigation systems have now also been launched for truck, motor home and trailer drivers. We thoroughly examined the motor home navigation system Snooper Ventura S 7000 from top to bottom. Review details: Single test. Among other things, test criteria were scope of delivery, features, navigation and handling as well as menu navigation.

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The trend currently lies with mobile navigation devices, as they are inexpensive and can be used in different vehicles. Fixed installations, however, have larger displays and provide valuable additional information. Software solutions for smartphones and PDAs are an alternative, which saves on extra equipment. There are various types available with mono or multi colour displays.


At the moment, mobile navigation devices are in vogue. An alternative is the classic vehicle add-on kit or the increasingly popular navigation software for mobile phones and PDA navigation systems. Devices are available with either a monochrome displays, which indicates direction with an arrow, or with colour displays, which have much more detailed maps. People choosing monochrome displays save money and still get full basic functionality. The mobile solutions are particularly convenient and can be used as needed in different vehicles, however, they have smaller displays and do not always offer additional features such as information transfer from the speedometer or sensors, which can become apparent during route guidance. Consequently in tunnels and underpasses, the GPS signal (Global Positioning System) is constantly interrupted, and the device can no longer calculate the route correctly. Users who value a large display and additional information should therefore be looking at fixed installations, however, this comes at a price. A real alternative is the software now available on PDAs and Smartphones. These can, like the mobile devices, be securely mounted with retrofit kits in the vehicle and have the additional advantage that you save on having to buy and carry yet another device.

Trends and developments

The market for navigation devices is booming, naturally aided by the rapid price drop of SatNavs which had a particular impact on mobile devices. The fact that producers can still drive significant revenue growth, in spite of this price drop, shows the enormous growth dynamics of the market - and the development currently doesn't seem to be slowing down significantly. Since mobile devices have knocked fixed mounted devices from their top position, there is now a similar rivalry occuring with PDA and smartphone software competing against specialised mobile navigation devices. PDAs and smartphones have one great advantage: they save the user from having to have yet another unit to carry around, and they can also be used on foot. This is not quite as easy as it first sounds though, as firstly, such devices must be equipped with a GPS module in order to place the users location. And secondly, maps are usually optimized for car navigation, which is not always helpful for pedestrians.

Outdoor use places manufacturers with new challenge

There are as yet hardly any routable maps for outdoor use – after all, pedestrians use other paths and routes than motorists. That's the whole point of a navigation device: it serves to define not only the position but also show the shortest route to the desired destination, making this type of navigation device harder to design. This applies even more so in areas such as forests - it is extremely difficult for current navigation solutions to calculate a sensible route from point A to point B. Those expecting useful routing for outdoor use will be disappointed, though more maps are now becoming available. Using PDAs and smartphones as a navigation solution for use in a car though is on a par with using other devices.

GPS versus Galileo

Another decision that may sway you when buying a navigation system, though this may come down to personal preference, is the full operation of Galileo – the European satellite navigation system. This will set Europe free from the control of the US GPS system, which until 2000 was purely used for military positioning and not made public because it was only accurate to within 100m, which was too much for rational vehicle positioning. Since 2000 though, this deviation has been reduced to around 10m. There is always the concern that the Americans could artificially defuse or totally switch off GPS during times of crisis or for military strategy reasons, bringing civilian navigation to a halt. Therefore, Galileo will give Europe complete independence. Though they will use the same frequency, the two systems will not be compatible as their signals use different coding, modulation and bandwidth. A treaty has been signed between Europe and the US stating that Galileo and the new generation of GPS satellites will use the same channel coding, thus enabling manufacturers to develop devices with circuits integrated for both systems. In the mean time, however, the customer must make a choice of which system to buy into – "old"GPS or "new" Galileo.