posted 8 years ago

Best Sat-Navs For Summer 2011

Defining the best sat-navs for summer 2011 can be rather tricky.

Defining the best sat-navs for summer 2011 can be rather tricky. After all, there are dozens of these computerised playthings begging for attention – and which is 'best' totally depends on your needs. So, the starting point is to establish your requirements. Occasional users, for example, might want something cheap, basic, and easy to use – whereas high mileage drivers may prefer a unit that does everything apart from tap dance.

So, let us consider a few units. One of the most important factors is screen size. Options include small, fairly square, systems of 3.5”. The £60 Navman EZY springs to mind. These compact sat-navs suit those who frequently use 'pedestrian mode' as they are easier to carry than larger machines. They tend to be easy to understand too, as they often only have basic features. Alternatively, those who leave their sat-navs on the windscreen may prefer a wide-screen 4.3” display. These are easier to read and show far more information.

The Garmin Nuvi 265WT is such a machine. It also has UK, ROI, and European mapping so it makes a fantastic summertime workhorse. This £130 unit also helps motorists avoid bank holiday-type jams, as it recognises delays in advance and suggests routes that avoid the trouble. Comparable alternatives include the Navman Tourer and TomTom Via Live 120. These sat-navs are versatile, intuitive, and work beautifully both at home and abroad.

Another feature to watch out for is motorway lane guidance. This does exactly what it says on the tin, and shows which of the sometimes numerous lanes points to the correct destination. Very handy. Text to speak is also a great idea as this says road names. For example, 'turn left to London Road' rather than simply 'turn left'. Some sat-navs also have calculators, unit converters, and picture viewers for added convenience. Choices choices.