Sat-nav http://www.stuff.tv/car/reviews en-GB Schwinn's CycleNav tells you where to ride http://www.stuff.tv/schwinns-cyclenav-tells-you-where-ride/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This app-controlled Bluetooth accessory guides you with lights and sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Schwinn CycleNav" alt="Schwinn CycleNav" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/schwinn-cyclenav-press-image.gif?1389620506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">A simple, dependable way to find your route on a bike that doesn&#39;t involve sellotaping a smartphone to your handlebars or investing in a dedicated cycle GPS has been a long time coming, but Schwinn might have just the gadget.</p> <p class="p1">The Schwinn CycleNav hooks up to an app on your smartphone and guides you via three LED-lit green arrows - left, right and forward&nbsp; - and voice instructions.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GP-yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The brains behind the operation is Schwinn&#39;s CycleNav app for Android and iOS. Using map data from Mapquest, you enter your destination and it plots routes based on your preferences, incorporating cycle lanes and off-road sections if you want to.</p> <p class="p1">The button in the middle of the (slightly gaudy, slightly plasticky) device makes it repeat the last instruction, so you shouldn&#39;t miss anything crucial.</p> <p class="p1">At present there appears to be no in-built traffic data (a shame, given what a difference it makes to cycle routes), nor does it incorporate user-created routes as the likes of Bike Hub do. But there&#39;s time for it to develop, particularly as it&#39;s confined to the USA right now.</p> <p class="p1">It&#39;s water-resistant, charges via microUSB and, according to Schwinn, has a 10-hour battery life.</p> <p class="p1">Handily, the CycleNav also doubles as a bike light, and at the end of the ride gives you ride statistics including distance travelled, speed and calories burned. Not bad for US$60. It&#39;s available in the US on March 1, and should see release elsewhere in the world later this year.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all of the biggest stories so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Schwinn CycleNav" alt="Schwinn CycleNav" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/schwinn-cyclenav-image.gif?1389620506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/schwinns-cyclenav-tells-you-where-ride/news#comments CES 2014 Sat-nav Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:55:21 +0000 Will Findlater 1430716 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin HUD (Head-Up Display) http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Garmin HUD can turn any driver into a fighter pilot. Sort of. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/6a00d83451bb7069e201910420f9f2970c.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clutter will be the death of you, driver, be it physical detritus ranged around your cockpit or mental chaff rattling about in your brainbox.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Delightfully geeky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Directions that don’t block your view </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticks without needing to be stuck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not an actual sat-nav </div> <div class="field-item even"> Overall increase in clutter and fuss </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What the deuce? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HUD is a sat-nav sized box that lies flat on your dashboard, projecting it&rsquo;s duochromatic data on to its own clip-on plastic screen or an adhesive reflective panel that sticks to your windscreen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/gallery?viewid=108873" target="_blank"><strong>CHECK OUT OUR FULL GARMIN HUD GALLERY HERE</strong></a></p> <p>It holds its position, not by any physical or sucker attachment, but simply with gecko-like tenacity - it has a squidgy, grippy mat on the base. Providing you have a suitably flat dashboard area on which to place it, no further faffing is necessary.</p> <p>In our entirely scientific experimentation (and on private roads, natch) we only managed to get it to move slightly by throwing our vehicle into such furious motion that we were apt to think less of navigation and more of survival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin%20hud.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t blame the messenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the subject of navigation, the Garmin HUD is only a display. For a GPS fix, mapping and navigation it looks to Bluetooth and a connection to apps on your smartphone, either <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/maps/on-the-road-maps/on-the-road-apps/garmin-streetpilot-onboard/prod98479.html" target="_blank">Garmin Streetpilot</a> (iOS, &pound;32) or <a href="http://www.navigon.com/portal/uk/index.html" target="_blank">Navigon</a> (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, from &pound;22.75). Voice directions will also be handled by your smartphone, not the HUD.</p> <p>It is, truly, only a display - albeit one that manages to show a multitude of simplified green information: turn arrows; roundabout exits; lane guidance; speed and speed limit; time of day; and distance to next turn. Plus, in its second red colour, speed camera warnings. All - dashboard design willing - in your line of sight, yet without fully obscuring anything behind it. Clever stuff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/71hepu02DyL._SL1500_.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin HUD tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen - 2-colour vacuum fluorescent display</p> <p>Power - 12v car socket with additional USB charger port</p> <p>Size - 10.8 x 8.8 x 1.9cm</p> <p>Weight - 277g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clutter: discuss </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those with powerful imaginations will already have foreseen the drawback of the Garmin HUD: it aims to simplify your vehicular existence, yet actually creates complication.</p> <p>Despite it&rsquo;s power cable having a USB output to charge your phone, you&rsquo;re still looking at getting the HUD and your smartphone and an app and a Bluetooth connection up-and-running before you can get going.</p> <p>Connection is fairly seamless, as you&rsquo;d expect, but once the novelty has worn off are you really going to be bothered to set the whole kit and caboodle up every trip? Surely if you&rsquo;re plugging in your smartphone anyway, just whack that in a cradle and use it solo?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin_hud_package-100045236-orig.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Set up and profiled properly, as befits a Stuff-reading geek-cogniscent, a smartphone shouldn&rsquo;t prove any more of a distraction than the HUD. And you&rsquo;ve saved yourself &pound;130 into the deal, and reduced the clutter in your cockpit instead of increasing it.</p> <p>So although the attempt to Top Gun-ize our daily commute is to be applauded, in the end the HUD is a Maverick that Jester doesn&#39;t make enough sense.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gal-2199058.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Geeky and clever, but only a very dedicated driver would continue to use it once the fighter pilot novelty has worn off</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review#comments Garmin Geek accessories HUD Sat-nav Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:22:26 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430599 at http://www.stuff.tv TomTom Rider (v5, 2013) http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-rider-v5-2013/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this motorbike-nav persuade us to part with £350 or are we better off just sticking with a smartphone mount? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-start-screen.jpg?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This latest iteration of TomTom’s motorcycle-specific sat-nav – still called just ‘Rider’, but known&nbsp;around the internet as ‘Rider v5’ – looks straightforward enough.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Out of the Box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our first impression on seeing the new Rider was: ‘Crikey’. It’s a chunky thing. The screen size&nbsp;has been upped to 4.3in, from its predecessor’s 3.5in, but it’s the large bezels, screen cowl and&nbsp;depth that really make it look ‘cuddly’. And that means that you have to be careful where you&nbsp;stick it on your bike. The go-to guys for motorbike mounts, RAM, make the ball-and-socket&nbsp;hardware. </p> <p>Bits and bobs are included to either mount your TomTom on the bars, or clamp it to&nbsp;exisiting bolt-holes on your brake reservoir/clutch lever fixings – but try as we might, we could&nbsp;not find a bar-mount position that didn’t obscure either instruments or warning lights on our test&nbsp;bike, a biggish 850cc adventure tourer. Garmin’s rival, the Zumo 350LM, is just 5mm shorter&nbsp;and 20mm thinner but looks a lot less cumbersome – though even it needs careful placement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-2013-review-mounts.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can run the Rider off its internal battery, having charged it by mini USB. TomTom claims six hours stamina and, although our wizened geek bodies can’t stand six hours in the saddle, three hours did indeed see the (tiny) on-screen battery meter at about halfway. Again, worth mentioning that the thinner Garmin also manages a claimed six hour battery life despite having a built-in speaker and the TomTom has no speaker. If we could find a Torx driver, we’d be keen to see just what is inside it.</p> <p>The Rider also comes with wiring to connect its cradle to your bike’s battery, transmitting it to the device by a strip of spring-loaded contacts rather than the USB port. These are exposed if the bare cradle gets rained on. Time will tell if they survive a British winter. Or, indeed, summer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-1.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Options; that’s what you get with the Rider V5. You can look up your destination by address, or town, or Point of Interest, just like any sat-nav. There’s a ‘glove-friendly’ three-letters-per-button keyboard option which works, albeit slowly. Unfortunately, the lines on the subsequent results screen are too narrow to accurately stab with a bike glove, which often involves the unit laboriously plotting a route to completely the wrong part of the country. Plus, the oft-used ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ keys are tucked too close into the bottom corners of the recessed screen. For a device claimed to be ‘designed by bikers for bikers’, this seems a glaring error.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-maps.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still Setting Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New feature! The Rider has a Winding Roads button that plots an alternative, potentially more fun route compared to the standard minimum distance or time algorithms. It seems to work, plotting, for example, a route from London to Brighton that took us down the biker-preferred A24 and A272, instead of the M25 and A23(M).</p> <p>Of more interest to weekend warriors is the TomTom’s Itinerary Planning capability, in association with third-party motorbike routes website <a href="http://www.tyretotravel.com">Tyre</a>. Via your PC, you can download community-generated routes to your moto-nav where, if you want, you can edit, delete or move the waypoints that make up the route. One caveat: decide you want to take a detour – a petrol station, for example – and it removes all your programmed/downloaded waypoints to add the new petrol station as a single waypoint, re-routing the rest of your journey as a standard calculation. Your custom itinerary is still in the memory, and can be re-selected after you get petrol, but it’s an unsophisticated process. And we dislike unsophistication. The sharers amongst you can record your own route as you ride, then upload it back to Tyre.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-setting-up.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On The Road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Destination, winding route or itinerary chosen, it’s go-time. Calculating the route can take a long time, seemingly regardless of the length of the journey. While out testing, after deliberately ignoring a single direction, the Rider seemed to pause to recalculate the entire journey, by which time (in urban areas) further turn options had also been missed and on-the-fly decisions made. Having paid £350 for a dedicated nav device, a kick-ass processor would be welcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mapping is typical TomTom – clear and intuitive, and customisable as always in a variety of different colourways, included one chosen for its visibility in bright sunlight. The Rider’s backlight is powerful and, coupled with the mini cowl over the screen, we had no trouble seeing the screen in British springtime sun. As mentioned, there’s no speaker, so the only way you get voice instructions is by pairing with a suitable motorbike helmet headset.</p> <p>Fair enough – on a bike at cruising speed, you wouldn’t hear a speaker, but the Garmin Zumo comes with both a speaker and a second mount for your car, which makes it double useful and, at time of writing, it is cheaper than the Rider. And, while we’re at it, the Garmin has better installation instructions, too. Mind you, there’s a TomTom Rider Premium coming out any day now, with car mount, carry case and lockable mount – but that adds around £100 to the already hefty price.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-on-the-road.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leading in to the sum-up, a word about live services. The TomTom Rider V5 has no live services. You can subscribe to and download speed camera locations – currently £20 for 18 months – using the TomTom HOME software, and download community-sourced map updates, but that’s it. No live traffic, no fuel prices, no weather reports - nada.</p> <p>Which, given that you can get a super-connected TomTom Go LIVE 1005 online for £250, plus a waterproof bar-mount case for £20, begs some questions. (If you’ve got a 12v socket on your bike to overcome the 1005’s meagre two-hour battery.) Heck, Google Maps on a smartphone is free, includes live traffic and will also give you voice instructions over Bluetooth. Garmin’s Zumo 350LM – also no live services – is cheaper, (marginally) smaller and has similar, if clunkier, BaseCamp software for sharing routes. If we were being obtuse, we’d point out that Garmin’s Edge 810 cycle computer, bought with the Europe maps bundle, makes a pretty good motorbike nav if you can handle the on/off backlight and small screen.</p> <p>And yet, for all that, the Rider’s also a pretty good device. Decent mapping, community routes, tough enough for a life on the road. But, bulky, expensive and underwhelmingly featured. One thing’s for sure - if you thought choosing a bike nav was a two horse race – Garmin or TomTom – it isn’t.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-garmin-versus-verdict.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-rider-v5-2013-review-verdict-group.png?1372183953" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Capable, clever, but chunky and feature-light, the new Rider motorbike-nav punches below its&nbsp;price-point in a world of ever cheaper solutions.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-rider-v5-2013/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-rider-v5-2013/review#comments Sat-nav TomTom Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:57:12 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423972 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin Edge 810 http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-edge-810/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take the latest of Garmin&#039;s cycle-specific GPS computers out for a spin in our in-depth Edge 810 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-edge-810-review-1.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The latest and greatest of Garmin’s cycle-specific GPS computers is more&nbsp;than just a colour tweak and screen res upgrade. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £380.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hanging out on bars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unboxing reveals two handlebar mounts that affix using tough rubber&nbsp;bands, and hold on to the Edge using Garmin’s easy quarter-turn&nbsp;attachment. We were also sent the new Out-Front mount, a £30 plastic&nbsp;accessory that puts your computer a few inches in front of your bars.&nbsp;Handy, if your bike is compact, or crowded in the bar department.&nbsp;</p> <p>There’s an expanding ecosystem of third-party mounts for the quarterturn system too, so there’s no excuse for not having the thing in your&nbsp;eye-line. Control layout also remains the same: power button on the lefthand edge; lap and play/pause buttons under the screen; USB and microSD card slots under rubber flaps on the rear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-out-front.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-bars-2.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maps on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why do you need a microSD card slot? Maps, sir! For this is a navigation device, not just a computer. The Edge 810 supports both CityNavigator road maps and GB Discoverer 1:50k Ordnance Survey off-road maps.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tape up our specs and call us a geek, but we find the idea of having complete European sat-nav on our bike computer very exciting. You can only have one or the other loaded at a time, but the GB Discoverer does have NAVTEQ road data, so can turn-by-turn you over the Ordnance Survey map – not on trails, obviously.</p> <p>Being geeks, we had the top-whack Edge 810 Performance and Navigation Bundle (£480) that includes CityNavigator Europe maps, as well as the heart-rate and speed/cadence sensors that the Performance Bundle (£430) lauds over the basic £380 device-only kit. We should point out, through our enthusiasm for all this, that GB Discoverer mapping downloaded from Garmin is, um, £200. Though you can get regional versions for (slightly) less.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-maps.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-microsd-slot.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I see pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As aforementioned, the screen is a carry-over from the previous model, so 2.6in and 160x240 pixels. Doesn’t sound like a lot, and it isn’t – the maps look OK on the small screen, but text in menus is clearly pixelated.&nbsp;</p> <p>Were it not doing such awesome things, we would be more disappointed. It is plenty bright in all but the most unBritish sunshine, easily adjusted and responsive, and works with gloves on if you give it a decent prod.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The weigh-in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And plenty a decent prod will you give it, as the new UI allows you to set up custom profiles for different activities and bicycles, with a cornucopia of data fields and screens that can be assigned to each. The first night of Edge ownership will see many hours of prodding and mumbling, weighing yourself and all your bikes. This is by no means a criticism. This is happy time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We can see you&#039;ve stopped </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And yet still you are not ready to ride. Now you need to download the new Garmin apps for iOS and Android, which connect to your Edge 810. They let you download courses from your Garmin Connect online account, as well as automatically uploading your activities once you press ‘stop’ on the timer.</p> <p>But the new Flake of functionality – making the 810 into a glorious ‘99’ of a bike computer, not just a plain cone – is LiveTrack. Keeping a constant Bluetooth connection to your phone, you can share your ride before you set-off, allowing your Twitter and Facebook followers to click on a link and track your ride in real-time. Will you use it after the first few times? Probably not, but it is cool nonetheless. Live weather info is also a useful connected extra, if not essential.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-verdict-2.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Out on the black stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So now you are finally out on your ride. If you’re using navigation, there are no voice instructions, nor can you connect to a Bluetooth headset. Turn instructions on-screen are punctuated by beeps. It works. The Edge 810’s claimed 17-hour battery life is achieved by having the screen’s backlight timeout after some seconds; turn instructions also turn the light back on.</p> <p>No problems there, although the Edge’s small screen and use of car sat-nav style fancy direction arrows sometimes prove awkward bedfellows at a particularly complex junction. Scrolling between various data screens is a simple finger swipe, and you can set custom alerts for calorie, distance, heart-rate zone, and so on. You’ll never get bored on long rides again.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-backlight.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back at the ranch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As soon as you collapse back at the house/café/pub, your ride, track and data will be uploaded to Garmin Connect. If you don’t take your phone on rides – and you should, in case you find a rabbit with a sprained ankle – you can connect the Edge to your PC or Mac via USB and upload data via the web client. Recharging via USB as you do, you clever thing. You can save your ride as a course, and then race your evil virtual self next time out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-rides.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Post-ride analysis (Verdict) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All the way through this review you’ve been screaming at the screen about apps like Strava, and free maps from Google… and you’re right. We were just ignoring you until the right moment. Yes, the Edge 810 is expensive, but there’s no doubt that the customisation and level of data recording will make it worth it for enthusiastic cyclists.</p> <p>And we love having proper offline sat-nav on our bike. We’ve even used it on a motorbike. There’s the cheaper Edge 510 with no maps, and there’s rivals from the likes of Mio, Bryton and Cateye, but none can match the Edge 810 for its matching of functionality and ease of use. If you want the king of bike-navs, this is it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-verdict.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-edge-810-review-verdict-3.png?1372183932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well out in front of the bike computer peloton, but you pay handsomely for it&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-edge-810/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-edge-810/review#comments Garmin Sat-nav Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:45:44 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423969 at http://www.stuff.tv CoPilot Live Premium UK & Ireland http://www.stuff.tv/copilot-live-premium-uk-ireland/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A solid navigator despite some usability issues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoPilotScreen1.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>CoPilot Live Premium, for iPhone and Android, looks and feels like a hardware sat-nav rather than a smartphone app, which is a good thing and a bad thing. On the good side there's better voice instructions than you get with most apps, lane guidance for motorway junctions, live traffic information and a constant display of your current speed, your road’s speed limit and a warning if you exceed it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £21.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CoPilot Live Premium – speed cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speed camera data is on hand too, and a Europe edition is available for £40 to avoid racking up data charges in foreign climes. Yes, <a title="Google Maps Navigation review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/google-maps-with-navigation">Google Maps Navigation</a>, we're giving you a hard stare at this point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CoPilot Live Premium – destination search </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately there are some less appealing parallels with those hardware sat-navs. Entering a destination is a regimented postcode and street name affair with far too much input required before the app has a stab at finding your destination.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoPilotScreen6_0.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CoPilot Live Premium – traffic info </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That traffic info is yours for&nbsp;12 months but to keep the service active it'll cost a tenner a year after that. It's common practice with hardware alternatives, but in the land of apps that sort of thing doesn't seem fair. When you're already paying for your own data connection on your phone, shouldn't this just be part of the service you paid for when you bought the app?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="750" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoPilotScreen7_0_0.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CoPilot Live Premium – map fail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disappointingly there are some schoolboy errors on the maps – not unique errors by any means, but when a sat-nav guides you over a pedestrian bridge that has never taken road traffic, your faith in its road knowledge takes a dent.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoPilotScreen4_0.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CoPilot Live Premium – extra features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You get a few extra features to fiddle about with while you munch on your Olympic Breakfast at the Little Chef. Wikipedia searches can be done from within in the app, you can tweet or update your Facebook status, listen to music stored on your phone, check out the weather or navigate to the location of a geotagged photo.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoPilotScreen3_0.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoPilotScreen8_0.PNG?1372183943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/copilot-live-premium-uk-ireland/review-0#comments Sat-nav Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:22:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 1423870 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Maps Navigation http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-maps-navigation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most intuitive, fluid and well designed sat-nav app ever made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/GoogleNav3_0.png?1372183957" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exclusive to Android, Google Maps with Navigation is a thorn under the toenail of the sat-nav industry. Why? Because it's free and quite brilliant. So long as you're on an Android phone, that is. Google hasn't extended the sat-nav skills to the iPhone edition of Google Maps.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps with Navigation – searching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It gets off to a flying start, powered by the world’s best search engine. You can enter postcodes, street names, towns, businesses, landmarks or a general search term… just about anything you like, as you would in Google. The app is reliant on a data connection for its maps but can cache all it needs for your route before you set off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps with Navigation – satellite view </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The star of the show is the Google Earth-style satellite view option, and it's not just a gimmick. This makes it much more like using a proper paper map (in a good way), because you can instantly see rivers, parks, train lines, major buildings and natural landscape features around you and get a sense of what's beyond the next street.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="833" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GoogleNav6.png?1372183957" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps with Navigation – traffic info </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By collating realtime data on the positions and movements of other phones on the road (and hence other cars) Google Nav is able to feed back accurate info on traffic levels around you, and it does this by colouring roads on the map accordingly: red for a snarl up, yellow for fairly busy and green for a free run. It's so simple and works so well. If you're stuck in a queue you can pinch-zoom the map out and instantly get an idea of how serious it might be, and also check out alternative routes or shortcuts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GoogleNavTraffic.png?1372183957" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps with Navigation – voice control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Reliable voice recognition makes it easy to use in-car, and Google Nav's search skills are phenomenal. You’ll never want to enter a postcode again. Routing is as intelligent as any rival, with alternatives on hand if you don't like the first suggestion. You’re guided by a text-to-speech robot which is sufficient but not ideal, especially if you're relying on the audio rather than looking at the display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps with Navigation – data charges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The snag with Google Nav has always been the need for a data connection, and that's still the case. The Google Maps side of the app will allow you to cache selected areas of the globe, but these can't be used for navigation, and until the navigation end can pre-load entire country maps you’ll still incur big roaming charges if you use it abroad.</p> <p>So, not a good choice for your European tour, but for UK-based driving this is way out in front.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GoogleNav5.png?1372183957" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most intuitive, fluid and well designed sat-nav app ever made</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/google-maps-with-navigation </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-maps-navigation/review#comments Google Maps Navigation Sat-nav Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:33:31 +0000 Tony Horgan 1423868 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin Nüvi 3590LMT http://www.stuff.tv/garmin-n%C3%BCvi-3590lmt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This sat-nav gets smarter by nabbing your phone&#039;s data connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-3590-main_2_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-3590-3_2_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-3590-4_2_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-3590-5_2_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Garmin's latest sat-nav takes a novel approach in its quest to keep you up to date with the very latest traffic developments. Rather than having a 3G data connection built in, the 3590LMT downloads realtime updates over your smartphone's data connection, linked via Bluetooth.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £280.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packed with features </div> <div class="field-item even"> Elegant design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Subscriptions a turn off </div> <div class="field-item even"> Search could be better </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> costs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might think that would banish the concept of subscription services, but alas not. You can use the 3590 as it comes without paying any additional costs and still take advantage of free traffic info delivered via TMC (over the FM radio airwaves), and also access free map updates for life, including alerts for speed cameras.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-GeneralNav_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, once you've downloaded the free Android app (an iOS app is in the works), the live traffic upgrade will cost you £19.99 a year, static images from traffic cameras are £8.45 a year and if you add subscriptions for advanced weather forecasts, parking info, fuel prices and speed cameras, the total cost is £62.24 a year. All of a sudden it doesn't look quite such a clever idea.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-HomeScreen_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Based on the solid foundations of the <a title="Garmin 3490LMT review" href="/review/garmin-nüvi-3490lmt">3490LMT</a>, the 3590LMT has the look and feel of a small tablet, with a bright, colourful, multitouch screen that's still a rarity in the sat-nav world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Rear_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> search box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking up a destination is made easier by a universal search box, but even so this has its frustrations. For example, it likes to search very close to your current position, so if you enter just the name of a road that's, say, five miles away, it'll draw a blank unless you give it the name of the town as well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Building_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Route_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> almost excellent </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Entering "York" whilst in Brentford returns 50 results, with the ancient city at the bottom of the list, below numerous pubs, a pet shop, a building society, a camera shop and a deli. You can mess around with the settings but it never quite nails the search, which is a shame because it's so close to being excellent. You can still look up addresses the old fashioned way with towns, postcodes and so on.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Mountains_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> on the road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the road it's very easy to live with, switchable from landscape to portrait orientation, and it can keep going for about four hours on the battery. Once it's plugged into the 12-volt socket (a requirement for the TMC traffic info), thankfully the cabling is much tidier than the 3490.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Weather_0.JPG?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The ability to pinch-zoom the maps and skim around them as you would on a phone is welcome, and the maps themselves are clear but still detailed, with the bonus of 3D terrain and 3D buildings in big cities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Features_0.jpg?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If it's features you're after, the 3590LMT will give you plenty to play around with. Hands-free calling works well, importing your phone's contacts via Bluetooth. Combined with the 3590's voice control skills, it's quick and easy to dial and chat while driving. If you don't want to pay for the enhanced weather info there's a pre-loaded weather widget that works just fine without a subscription, and you can be entertained by audio books in Audible format to pass the time. There's also built-in lane guidance and "photoReal" junction views at certain intersections.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Traffic1_0.JPG?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> traffic cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those live traffic camera feeds are great when they work. You won't see video, but you do get up-to-date stills of the current road conditions from stacks of cameras around the country. It can be temperamental, perhaps if your phone's 3G reception is less than perfect at the time, and in some cases will give up, but when it does work it's empowering to see what lies ahead.</p> <p>We like the idea of the smartphone link, but when you factor in those subscription costs, the tidier solutions to live traffic offered by TomTom seem to make more sense.</p> <p>The 3590LMT is still a great sat-nav, but you might be better off saving a few quid and opting for the 3490 instead. You'll get much the same deal, minus the smartphone link.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" alt="Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3590-Traffic2_0.JPG?1372183939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A resourceful approach to smart sat-nav but too fiddly to be a winner</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/garmin-n%25C3%25BCvi-3590lmt </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin-n%C3%BCvi-3590lmt/review#comments Garmin Nüvi 3590LMT Sat-nav Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:37:02 +0000 Tony Horgan 421698 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Drive http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-drive/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slick sat-nav for Windows Phone 7.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="312" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NokiaDriveHandset.jpg?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before Nokia got into bed with Windows, its free navigation app, Nokia Maps, was the best reason to get a Nokia phone. Now Nokia Drive comes pre-installed on the company’s Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones, such as the Lumia 800.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – downloadable maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike <a title="Google Maps Navigation review" href="/review/google-maps-with-navigation">Google’s alternative</a>, Nokia Drive allows you to pre-load your maps over Wi-Fi when you're at home or in the office, so you’re not reliant on a data connection to stream the map data on the road. That includes maps for over 100 countries worldwide, all available for free, so it’s a tempting option for foreign travellers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen1.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – simple searching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finding a destination is just how it should be: just enter any term you like into the search box, whether that’s a partial address, company name or landmark, and you’re off. From here it’s either refreshingly minimalist or under-developed, depending on your outlook. We lean towards the former.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen2.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – what&#039;s missing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s no traffic info, which is a bit of a blow, and if you’re overseas it still needs a brief data connection to look up a new destination even if you've pre-loaded your maps, but otherwise it’s a great little app. Voices are plentiful and all sound clear, and most importantly it knows a lot about the world and how to get around it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen4.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – easy to use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it lacks the features that bolster many of the paid-for apps, such as motorway lane guidance, Nokia Drive is a great advert for Windows Phone 7.5, embracing the interface so that it feels like an integral part of your phone, rather than a new batch of custom menus and buttons to fathom. Even so it can leave you wondering which button to press at times, as the display can be a bit too minimal. We’d rather it was a bit bolder with more obvious on-screen controls.</p> <p>Nokia Drive is a great companion for confident expressway explorists, but those looking for a more complete navigator will miss some of those big-boy features.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen7.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Low on extra features but it’s free, free to use and is a reliable navigator</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/nokia-drive </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-drive/review#comments Apps and Games Sat-nav Windows Phone Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:57:58 +0000 Tony Horgan 419725 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-n%C3%BCvi-3490lmt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin&#039;s phone-styled sat-nav shows the way forward </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Garmin-nuvi-3490-main_2_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Garmin-nuvi-3490-2_2_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Garmin-nuvi-3490-3_2_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hardware sat-nav needs to get with the programme if it’s going to survive. That programme includes capacitive multitouch screens (you know, like you’ve had on your phone for the last five years), Google-style location searching and a battery that won’t start bleating after an hour.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocketable design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Touchscreen works nicely </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Will get you home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice control is a bit rubbish </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – phone or sat-nav? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, Garmin has realised this. The 3490LMT looks and feels more like a phone than a sat-nav. It’s just 9mm thick and has multitouch screen that reminds you just how archaic those resistive tappity-tap displays are on most of its rivals. It’s also got a four-hour battery life, which in sat-nav terms is pretty good.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands7_0_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – messy cables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, if you want to take advantage of the Garmin’s subscription-free traffic info you’ll have to plug it into your car's 12-volt socket, since the antenna that’s needed to pick up that TMC data from the FM airwaves connects via the power cable. That’s a shame because on the battery it’s a remarkably compact little unit, but plugged in you’ve got two cables snaking around the dashboard, gear stick and windscreen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands8_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – traffic info </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The traffic info itself is neatly integrated into the maps, with roads coloured according to traffic levels. You can also get a traffic report for your route once you’ve entered it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands5_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – clear maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On-screen the Garmin scores an easy victory over its rivals with colourful but clear Europe maps that even include 3D mountains, should you be Highland-bound. And if you are, seeking out a destination without a postcode or full address is much easier than with most hardware, thanks to its general search box and reasonably responsive virtual keyboard.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands4_1.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – searching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s not Google, so it won’t dig up everything, but if you have a vague idea of where you want to be, or the name of a park, business or some other attraction it’s worth tapping it into the search box before pursuing the full address method.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands3_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands2_1.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – voice control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We had less success with the voice control. Perhaps it just doesn’t like a southern mumble that’s been likened to that of David Beckham, but in our laboratory tests the Garmin failed to recognise our vocal prompts and searches as often as the <a title="TomTom Go Live 820 review" href="/review/tomtom-go-live-820-europe">TomTom 820</a> and Google Maps Navigation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands2_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands6_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are loads of extras, as we’ve come to expect. Some are undeniably useful, such as lane guidance, whereas others are more niche. Enter the Apps menu and you’ll find options for reading audio books in Audible format, a picture viewer (no, it doesn’t have a camera), calculator, unit converter and a trial version of a multi-language dictionary, yours for £30.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" alt="Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin3490-hands1_0.jpg?1372357480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT – unbeatable? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But these are mere distractions from the main issue, which is how well it finds places and how easily it takes you there. On that score the Garmin 3490LMT is just about unbeatable, with a more forward-thinking interface design than its rivals and far more responsive screen. It hasn’t quite reached its destination, but the 3490LMT has got farther down the road than anything else at this point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most user-friendly hardware sat-nav around</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/garmin-n%C3%BCvi-3490lmt </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-n%C3%BCvi-3490lmt/review#comments Garmin Nüvi 3490LMT Sat-nav Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:01:32 +0000 Tony Horgan 419700 at http://www.stuff.tv TomTom Go Live 820 Europe http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom-go-live-820-europe/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TomTom&#039;s best little sat-nav yet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TomTom Go Live 820 Europe" alt="TomTom Go Live 820 Europe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TomTom-820-review-main.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="977" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TomTom-820-3_0_2.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's assume you've already decided that you want a hardware sat-nav to direct your roads trips rather than a smartphone app. Well, let's assume that to start with anyway. In that case, you probably want something smart, simple and easy to use. One box for one job, right? Good, because the TomTom Go Live 820 Europe is just that.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No hassle set-up </div> <div class="field-item even"> Voice control works well </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Traffic and weather info with subscription </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clunky interface </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery will need charging en-route </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's a good start. The 820 is ready to go, straight out of the box. There's no Krypton Factor mount to assemble, just a sucker on a ball-and-socket joint that's permanently attached to the back. Depending on your windscreen and dashboard you might want to mount it "upside down", and that's fine as the screen automatically flips itself accordingly, just like a tablet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands2-resized.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first hurdle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most sat-navs fall at the first hurdle: entering a destination. The 820 doesn't exactly fall, but it's a frustratingly familiar stumble via a resistive touchscreen through icons and onscreen keyboards. Unlike many of its smartphone app counterparts, the 820 demands you categorise your search before you enter it, so rather than a global search box you have to say whether you're going to enter an address, a point of interest (and then wants you to choose from five types of POI), a favourite, a recent destination, do a Google local search (then say whether you want to search near you or near a city), drop a point on a map, enter co-ordinates...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands5-resized.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice commands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>... But once you spot the option to speak your location things pick up. The voice recognition and spoken feedback works well but still you have to tell it your destination in the format it demands, starting with a city name. What if you're headed to a farm or a beach? Grrr... If you do have the full address of your destination then it's very quick and easy to get on your way from this point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And now the good news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once that nonsense is out of the way the 820 starts to make a lot more sense. Even though the battery life of 2 hours means you'll have to get used to wires trailing around the dashboard, almost everything else it does is very tidy and useful.</p> <p>Realising you've suffered enough, it doesn't hassle you once you're on the move but does deliver all the info you need, including a readout of your current speed next to the current speed limit, along with alerts for upcoming speed cameras. Once you get to a motorway junction it puts up a static artist's impression of which lane you need to be in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands1-resized_0.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Traffic info </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Traffic hotspots are beamed to the 820 every couple of minutes, which appear as highlighted sections on your route or on the map. You get this service included in the price for a year. After that you'll have to shell out for a subscription to keep it active. While you're driving, one of the many voices you've chosen from likes to keep you updated on whether or not you're still on the fastest route accordingly to traffic conditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands3-resized_0.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That built-in data connection allows the 820 to serve up some other handy extras, such as weather reports and Google searches for businesses and activities in a particular area. Not the kind of things you're likely to use on a regular basis but they might just save the day when you need them. As with the traffic info, you'll need to renew your subscription to keep these activated in the long-term.</p> <p>As hardware sat-nav goes, this is about as good as it gets. Even so, there's still much room for improvement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands4-resized_0.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTom820-hands6-resized_0.jpg?1372183919" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A little old-fashioned but still a rock solid navigator</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tomtom-go-live-820-europe </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom-go-live-820-europe/review#comments Go Live 820 Europe Sat-nav TomTom Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:44:02 +0000 Tony Horgan 419548 at http://www.stuff.tv Mio Spirit 687 http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-687/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a Mio Spirit V575 TV and remove the rubbish TV and media player. Now you have the Mio Spirit 687, and a very good product </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="777" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/5_0.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mio-Spirit687-hands-on-2.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mio-Spirit687-hands-on-3.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Mio Spirit 687 vs Mio Spirit V575 TV</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A brilliant navigation experience and an enticing price make this satnav a real winner. Don’t expect it to be pretty, though</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/mio-spirit-687 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-687/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-687/review#comments Mio Sat-nav Spirit 687 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:57:33 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 417924 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin nuLink 2390 http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-nulink-2390/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to see into the future of driving? This Garmin lets you, with access to traffic camera images </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="716" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-2390-main.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="664" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-2390-2.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="843" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-2390-3.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-hands-1.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="346" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-hands-2.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="365" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-nulink-hands-3.jpg?1372183926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the road ahead and check out jams before you got snagged in them? That’s the Garmin nuLink 2390’s secret weapon. Via its integrated SIM card it can feed you up-to-the-minute still images from traffic cameras all over the UK.</p> <p><strong>Ready, set, go</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £230.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google search, weather, fuel prices and traffic images, all for a reasonable £230</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/garmin-nulink-2390 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-nulink-2390/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-nulink-2390/review#comments Garmin nuLink 2390 Sat-nav Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:40:20 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 417497 at http://www.stuff.tv Mio Spirit V575 TV http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-v575-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a TV, it’s a sat-nav and it’s temptingly priced </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="667" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mio-spirit-v575tv-main.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="611" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mio-spirit-v575tv-2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="500" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mio-spirit-v575tv-4.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="346" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mio-Spirit-V575TV-hands-1.JPG?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="387" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mio-Spirit-V575TV-hands-2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With phones taking more sat-nav territory by the day, some sat-navs have started fighting back. The Mio Spirit V575 TV adds a Freeview TV tuner and media-playing skills to its directional talents. </p> <p><strong>Mounting: a challenge</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £235.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fair enough sat-nav skills for the price and the TV is a bonus, but not a great one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/mio-spirit-v575-tv </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-v575-tv/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mio/mio-spirit-v575-tv/review#comments Mio Sat-nav Spirit V575 TV Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:37:57 +0000 Tony Horgan 416972 at http://www.stuff.tv Navigon 70 Premium http://www.stuff.tv/navigon/navigon-70-premium/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A svelte sat-nav packed with the latest tech for a decent price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="798" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/navigon-70-premium.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="348" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Navigon70Hands1.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="298" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Navigon70Hands2.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Faced with stiff competition from mobile sat-nav apps, hardware equivalents are having to up their game. Take the Navigon 70 Premium for example: it's squeezed European maps, motion sensor technology, voice control, Bluetooth connection and 3D landscapes into a very slim case. The chrome details, lacquered plastic body and widescreen display will lend any dashboard a touch of class. </p> <p><strong>Easy to handle</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £180.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only does this sat-nav work well, it looks fantastic and won’t break the bank, either</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/navigon-70-premium </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/navigon/navigon-70-premium/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/navigon/navigon-70-premium/review#comments 70 Premium Navigon Sat-nav Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:06:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 416865 at http://www.stuff.tv TomTom Go Live 1005 http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-go-live-1005/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not the cheapest, but we reckon the big screen, software and slickness are well worth the outlay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TomTom Go Live 1005" alt="TomTom Go Live 1005" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TomTomGoLive1005-main_2_0.jpg?1372184035" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TomTom’s Go Live 1005 calculates its routes double-quick, taking into account the time of travel, using the most accurate traffic info and laying it all out on the clearest, newest, most smoothly animated mapping. There’s even multi-touch zooming on its big, bright, 5in screen and Google Local Search for, well, searching for stuff nearby.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not the cheapest, but we reckon the big screen, software and slickness are well worth the outlay</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tomtom-go-live-1005 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-go-live-1005/review#comments Go Live 1005 Sat-nav TomTom Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:24:26 +0000 Tony Horgan 419732 at http://www.stuff.tv