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In the lab we determined how well the products located destinations and created routes. We searched for 15 urban and 10 rural destinations – a combination of addresses and points of interest – with and without a data connection. We then took each product on a road test, covering an urban and rural route (that took us out of mobile reception). We tested the visual and voice guidance, plus the ability of the app or device to reroute after a missed turn and continue guidance after a tunnel. We also assessed how easy they were to set up and use.
Price is taken from an October 2014 survey.
Overall score is comprised of:
17 Feb 2016, Damian H.
Product use: 6 months or more
This review is actually on the 1490 model which is the same size but a higher specked predecessor to the 55.
Graphics are good on the unit and it connects easily to the phone with lots of features.
But apart from that it is the worst GPS unit we have had, (vs a much older 2008 TomTom and a newer 2015 built in unit). So bad it is no longer used and has sat in a glovebox for a year without being taken out.
Main issue is route recalculation logic, if taking an alternative route it will continually try to take you back to the original route.
E.g. Auckland to Tauranga via some Waikato back roads it will accrue close to 2hrs extra drive time trying to get back close to the original SH2 route it planned before recalculating just before Matamata with a correct route & journey time.
We have also found the maps are also missing a number of minor country roads in the Waikato region so it is not good for planning journeys to remote locations.
No, this product has too many drawbacks.
20 Nov 2014, Mike P.
This has a good trip planner which the others don't seem to provide
(Load heaps of way points)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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