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# 18008 22-Dec-2007 09:37
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Hi everyone,

Sorry I am not sure where to post this topic as there doesn't seem to have a GPS-dedicated forum (GPS stand alone units).  Please move this topic to the right category if required.

Question - looking to buy a Navman or Tomtom Sat Nav unit.  Just wondering when these devices will have new 2008 mapping?  I wouldn't want to buy one now only to find out the new maps are coming out in a few weeks, etc.  Thank you.

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  # 101375 22-Dec-2007 11:30
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freitasm: I'd go for the TomTom... They offer updates over the Internet, and I haven't seen any big thing coming from Navman for NZ lately...


Thanks for your input.  Interesting comments, because many people have said TomTom maps are out of date. Would this be true for New Zealand?

I just read that Garmin has released 2008 maps for New Zealand this month and is giving free upgrade DVDs to customers who have bought a GPS system since September of this year.

OK, Garmin vs. TomTom, would you still go for TomTom? At the end of the day the mapping is most important.  Thanks.

 
 
 
 


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  # 101381 22-Dec-2007 11:59
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TomTom have just released their 2008 map aswell.

If anyone buys a TomTom and a new map is released within 30 days of activation, then they can get a free download of the latest map.



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  # 101532 23-Dec-2007 12:59
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rscole86: TomTom have just released their 2008 map aswell.

If anyone buys a TomTom and a new map is released within 30 days of activation, then they can get a free download of the latest map.


When buying the TomTom or any other GPS device for that matter, how can you check that it contains the latest maps?  Could one check the outside of the box?

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  # 101536 23-Dec-2007 13:29
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None of the GPS units that I have here (TomTom, Navman, Uniden and Garmin) tell me what version of maps are included inside of them.

However, some of the newer TomToms, say that the 3rd edition of the maps are included, so I can only assume that they are the 2008 maps.



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  # 101537 23-Dec-2007 13:32
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rscole86: None of the GPS units that I have here (TomTom, Navman, Uniden and Garmin) tell me what version of maps are included inside of them.

However, some of the newer TomToms, say that the 3rd edition of the maps are included, so I can only assume that they are the 2008 maps.


Hi rscole86, thanks for your comments.  Since you have four brands of GPS units, could you give me your top brand and the reason for it?  I would put mapping at the top of the evaluation criteria.

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  # 101538 23-Dec-2007 13:32
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Spotted a TOMTOM the other day in DSE, had a play and it's a great looking unit and works superbly. Very tempted though i'll see what I can get utilized on the HTC touch firstly.

 
 
 
 


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  # 101582 23-Dec-2007 20:23
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Working for DSE, Navman is 2X better than Tom Tom, We have had so many customers come back with the TomToms complaining that so many streets that have been in NZ for years are not even in the Tom Tom. Navman has brought out their S series 2 months ago. Its a mint series and beats the Garmin and Tom Tom by miles. Also the Navman's comes preloaded with all countries map, so you only have to buy the CD-KEY from Navman's website and you can unlock the maps instantly + Navman comes with standard 2 year warranty compared to other brands 1 year.




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  # 101605 23-Dec-2007 23:01
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Where abouts are you?

Down in Wellington I have used both Navmans and TomToms, both of which were missing some streets. Neither were perfect, however I found the TomTom to be the better unit.

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# 101622 24-Dec-2007 08:38
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Which is a shame seeing that Navman was originally developed here in New Zealand... But since the first sale to an American company and this year's sale to Mitac, I doubt we will see any quality New Zealand map coming out of Navman.

I'd stick with TomTom. I've been following this crowd's news since they were just a small company and look at them now...




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  # 101627 24-Dec-2007 10:28
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rscole86: Where abouts are you?

Down in Wellington I have used both Navmans and TomToms, both of which were missing some streets. Neither were perfect, however I found the TomTom to be the better unit.


I am down in Hamilton. Although I must say we get a lot of people who move to NZ from Europe and all they ask is for is Tom Tom. Our GPS Specialist pushed for the Navman very hard but customers still want to buy the Tom Tom. I personally like everything about the Tom Tom but when I look at the map displayed in both the Navman and Tom Tom, the display is more descriptive in the Navman's. One thing to point out is that Tom Tom's XL version is way cheaper compared to the Navman's S50 version.

PS - Yes both the TOM TOM and NAVMAN S series have come out with the latest map available.




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  # 101661 24-Dec-2007 14:00
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Really good end-user comments guys!

At the end of the day, nothing is perfect.  I would go either for Garmin or TomTom now - most likely TomTom as you can download maps online without needing to purchase a SD card.

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Hey heavenly_wild

If I was you I would go for Garmin, it has a better user interface and the maps are better (in my view). How do I know well my in-laws currently have a Navman PiN 570 bought in the last 12 - 18 months, so reasonable up to date maps, now I have Garmin Mobile XT using Garmin City Navigator v3 on my Dell Axim X51v (the software is the same that you would find on the Garmin GPS devices) using a CF GlobalSat GPS receiver.

I decided over the weekend to finally go head to head with the two GPS applications I used the same address, Hamilton CBD. I started at my in-laws on Ohaupo Road, the Navman told me to turn left and go down to Urlich Ave and go around the block to get back on to Normandy Ave... however Garmin told me to turn right on to Ohaup road then right at the roundabout to go down Normandy Ave.

Here are some pics of my Axim showing some of the menus and maps, I think the old saying "A picture speaks a 1000 words".

Detailed Map Zoomed Out.



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Probably worth mentioning that Navman's maps aren't their own, rather they are provided by GeoSmart, now owned by the AA.  I've sat through a GeoSmart presentation, and they've driven every road in the country and that's how they've come up with an accurate set of maps.

I have a Navman N60i, and am looking at upgrading shortly to the S90i.  I did try one of the TomTom units and it was good, but I feel the Navman windscreen mount is superior and the display and maps are nicer on the Navman.  Some of the TomTom features such as the different navigation voices were more of a novelty for me than actually being useful.

The biggest issue with Navman is the updated maps are very expensive when compared to the purchase price (around 50%).  I'd be happy paying a small monthly subscription to keep my unit's maps up to date (the alternative is to buy a new Navman every 12 months).






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NZHarrier: Hey heavenly_wild

If I was you I would go for Garmin, it has a better user interface and the maps are better (in my view). How do I know well my in-laws currently have a Navman PiN 570 bought in the last 12 - 18 months, so reasonable up to date maps, now I have Garmin Mobile XT using Garmin City Navigator v3 on my Dell Axim X51v (the software is the same that you would find on the Garmin GPS devices) using a CF GlobalSat GPS receiver.

I decided over the weekend to finally go head to head with the two GPS applications I used the same address, Hamilton CBD. I started at my in-laws on Ohaupo Road, the Navman told me to turn left and go down to Urlich Ave and go around the block to get back on to Normandy Ave... however Garmin told me to turn right on to Ohaup road then right at the roundabout to go down Normandy Ave.

Here are some pics of my Axim showing some of the menus and maps, I think the old saying "A picture speaks a 1000 words".

Detailed Map Zoomed Out.



Cheers

Jace



Thanks Jace for the in-depth evaluation.  Over the past week or two I have been doing my research and now I am going for a Garmin:) 

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