You have just passed your driving test and purchased your new car. As part of your driving lessons, you were introduced to the sat nav as this is now a staple part of the new driving test. Sat nav’s replaced the old version of the independent driving element on the practical exam. Whereby, learners have to follow directions on a sat nav as opposed to verbal directions from the driving test examiner. These changes come about to reflect ‘real-life’ and to ensure new drivers have some formal training in using them.
More and more drivers are using technology to assist them with route planning when trying to get from A-B. Although many drivers sometimes use apps on their phones, this is proving to be less effective due to GPS restrictions and connections. Also, with the stricter mobile phone laws, sat navs are becoming more and more popular amongst drivers, both new ones, and old ones.
- 1 Sat Nav’s V Mobile Apps
- 2 Best Sat Navs Under £100 Reviews
- 3 1) TomTom 5-Inch Start 25 Satellite Navigation System with Lifetime European Map Updates (Certified Refurbished) £69.99
- 4 2) TomTom Car Sat Nav Start 52, 5 Inch with Lifetime WE Maps, Resistive Screen. £99.02
- 5 3) 7 Inch 8GB Touchscreen Car Sat Nav GPS Navigation For Car Includes the European Maps and Free Lifetime Updates. £55.88
- 6 4) Garmin 010-01678-32 Drive 51LMT-S 5 Inch Sat Nav with Lifetime Map Updates for UK and Ireland and Free Live Traffic – Black £89.99
- 7 5) SAT NAV GPS Navigation System, Jimwey 5 Inch Wince 8GB 256MB Capacitive £48.88
When it comes to choosing a sat nav or a phone app, it is important to understand the pros and cons with each type. Of course, new drivers may not be able to afford expensive sat navs with the cost of gaining their driver’s licence, and getting on the road. The costs start to add up. Here is a quick guide to their pros and cons.
When it comes to viewing, the humble sat nav wins hands down. With a bigger screen and a windscreen holder, you are able to position the sat nav in the best place to view the screen whilst keeping your eyes on the road. Mobile phone apps screens are a lot smaller to see and are more fiddly to place within the windscreen area. With smaller screens, drivers are forced to take their eyes off the road to study the directions on the mobile phone device.
Although both sat navs and mobile phone apps have jumped ahead with advanced features in recent years, the humble sat nav is still more advanced than the mobile phone app. Sat navs enable the driver to input their vehicle dimensions into the sat nav, which-in-turn enables the driver to avoid restricted roads. For example, if you are planning a route whilst towing a caravan, the sat nav will plan a route that doesn’t have restricted road widths.
Mobile phone apps have come along way, but their features do NOT surpass that of the sat nav. Of course, the more dosh you are willing to part with, will in-turn produce more features, but, again for the new driver – budget is everything. So, depending on what type of features you require will depend if the sat nav is better for you than the mobile phone app.
Sat navs, in general, are less distracting than mobile phones. When using a phone app to navigate, you MUST have your data switched on for the mobile phone app to work. This would mean that you would still get notifications whilst you are driving. This can be very distracting whilst driving and potentially encourage you to look at your phone and your messages.
Sat navs on the other hand, do NOT have this problem. The only beep you are likely to hear is the beep of speed cameras or when you exceed the speed limit.
Loss of Signal & Power
When it comes to mobile phone apps, they are only as good as the amount of power left in the bank. If your phone is NOT fully charged, nor do you have an in-car charger, your mobile phone app is about as good as a wet lettuce. If you are headed out into the countryside, your loss of signal will affect your phones ability to produce a route, or at least continue a route if you get lost.
Data drainage is also a problem for some mobile phone apps. If your phone contract doesn’t have enough data, again your mobile phone app may not be worthwhile. Unlike with the sat nav – this would never be a problem.
So, we conclude that sat navs are better than using mobile phone apps. They are safer, more reliable and less distracting when out driving. But, when the budget is important and when funds are tight – what can you really buy for £100 or less? Here is a guide to the best sat navs under £100.
- Lifetime maps for 48 countries
- IQ Routes: Fastest routes & accurate arrival times
- Quick search
- Advanced line guidance: Best lane for your journey with best lane highlights
What The Reviewers Say
So, if budget is important this sat nav may just be the right one that you are looking for. On closer inspection, this sat nav is more suited to experienced sat nav user as apparently, the instructions are not all that clear. One of the reviews suggested that the manufacturer assumes the consumer is sat nav savvy – and should know how to set up the sat nav. With very poor instructions for use.
Another reviewer was NOT so keen with the said item. When travelling in Scotland, the sat nav wasn’t as accurate as it could have been. Baring in mind the postcodes in Scotland could cover quite a large area. Inputting the house number was imperative to the accuracy of the destination route. The lifetime maps that are featured with this item – actually ended in 2015! Which, doesn’t really help the customer who ends up purchasing this piece of equipment. If live traffic updates are your thing; this sat nav won’t cut it!
However, if you are looking for a standard piece of equipment, to get you roughly from A-B this refurbished sat nav may be your cuppa tea, just try and find set-up instructions online!
- Lifetime of maps
- 3 months speed camera updates
- Enhanced lane guidance
- Free software update
- TomTom MyDrive
What The Reviewers Say
With one user stating that the voice control kept getting lost, and found it infuriating whilst driving and not being able to hear the directions. Another user stating the graphics weren’t as good as the previous model. The voice directions were also a little confusing for another user who claimed poor directions whilst trying to navigate around a roundabout.
- 7 inch HD screen
- 49 languages
- 52 country maps
- 8GB memory
- Provides music, video & games
What The Reviewers Say
This product has only 12 reviews, averaging a 4-star rating on Amazon. One user travelled from America and used it whilst travelling through Scotland. The reviewer was very impressed with the 3-month map updates and heartily recommends this sat nav.
A few reviews touch on the easy functionality of the device, with many stating the big screen was favourable. One user, however, did mention that the holding windscreen bracket was not working and it took a while to fix the device securely. On the whole, the reviews suggest this is a functional sat nav and good enough quality for the initial cost of the device.
- 5-inch dual display
- Easy to use and navigate
- UK & Ireland lifetime maps
- Live parking information
- Driver awareness features sharp bends, corners, speed cameras, speed changes, school zones etc.
What The Reviewers Say
Overall this sat nav has been rated over 300 times and averages a 4-star review. With 55% of all customers rating 5-stars. One user who was an avid Google maps user stated the product was excellent value for the money. However, he was a little disappointed with the ‘lane assist’ feature.
- Multi-media entertainment
- High Definition and Large Capacity
- Multi-use: Supports postcode, address and POI search
- Provides 12 GPS channels for the exact position
- 2D and 3D map view
- Lifetime map updated for free
What The Reviewers Say
Based on 27 reviews, 71% rate this product 5 stars. One reviewer rated it 4 out of 5 stars, and stated that it is not good for new drivers as the lane assist is not available and that it does not detect all speed cameras. However, the battery last approximately 1 1/2 hours, so the battery would need to be kept nearby. The user all mentioned that the device doesn’t send you to weird and wonderful places, and for the cost of the device, it is a really good buy.
A mother of a new driver was really happy with the product and the amount of technology for the cash paid. She stated that the set-up of the device was a little tricky, but overall once this was done, the product was good to go. Another reviewer stated it was brilliant and helped her when she travelled around Europe. She particularly enjoyed the multimedia she got from using the device.
Overall, the majority of reviews suggest it is a great piece of equipment once the initial set-up had been done. The multimedia function would attract a younger audience, and if you can cope with checking the speed signs, this little sat nav may just be our top pick – when it comes to budget and features!