Garmin i3 £129.99 - any good?

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  1. Jon Boy

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    I do a lot of travelling to car shows and meets etc and have always fancied a sat nav but the prices have scared me off untill i saw the garmani3 advertised in Halfords for £129.99.

    Is it any good or is it that cheap for a reason?

    Jon
     
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    It does the job pretty well and covers everything most people need to get to a to b.
     
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    Excellent piece of kit.
     
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    I think it is great! Just make sure you can place near you line of vision as the screen is not huge, but then I mostly listen to the voice commands. I also like the extra sticky disc they supply to allow dashboard mounting (as well as usual windscreen/side window option) - this allows me to place it dead centre right behind the steering wheel so I can view through the middle.

    I saw an Halfords advert in paper today ... I thought it said you also get a £10 voucher too.
     
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    Fantastic lads , at the price it is i was expecting a barrage of replies saying how useless it is but i think i may have to purcahse one now!

    Cheers guys :thumbsup:
     
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    I think It's great for the price!

    Check the bar code on the bottom of the box to make sure you get version 8 maps. You should see a v8 in the corner.
     
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    yes i must agree this is a beltin unit for the price ,i bought 1 for 129.99 and got a 10 voucher, so i might buy another with it ,and i uploaded it with all the poi loader, speed cam database, and i personally think its better than the tom tom, mind u the price of it probably has something to do with that, but i think its an excellent unit im very impressed!!go buy 1
     
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    Would love to buy one, if I can find one in stock anywhere :mad:

    Spent all weekend looking. all my local branches of Halfords have sold out, and I'm to impatient to buy one on line !

    I'll keep trying though
     
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    I just read a Garmin advert (Top Gear, Nov05 I think) and it was announcing that the price had just been reduced from £299 to £199 ... and to think I got this for £99 (the Somerfield offer of Jan/Feb) with v8 maps too ... it's an absolute steal! I'm very happy with it.
     
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    A quick question for you all. Do you leave the unit inside the car at all times? Are you worried someone may nick the unit?

    If you remove it when it's not in the car, is it easy to do? And lastly, does it run off the cigarette lighter or off a battery?
     
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    I remove the unit & put it in a drawer under the drivers seat when away from the car ... this is obviously a highly desirable & nickable piece of kit!

    It has a car lead to run off the lighter socket and you can run it off 2 AA's too (eg for use in another car or as a handheld).
     
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    Also £129.99 in staples. there are quite a few aound, 2 in leicester that i know of.

    Anyone seen them for any cheaper.

    Wish quiksave and somerfeild had them back in stock again aat £99.

    Asda sell them for £155
    Maplin £159.99
    Motorworld £179.99
    :eek:
     
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    My local Halfords now have them back in stock for £129.99, still a bargain even without the £10 voucher (it finished Sunday :mad: ).

    I bought one anyway and I have to see I am well pleased with it, an excellent piece of kit. Only driven locally so far so haven't really tested it fully, can't wait till my trip to Manchester next week to give it a full going over.
     
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    I think it is outstanding for the money. For me the small screen is a big plus not a negative. I've previously used a large PDA and was constantly looking at the display rather than the road. The Garmin is not distracting and i'm led by the voice commands and look infrequently at the screen as a backup.

    It takes some time to link up to Satellites when you turn on but that's a minor irritation. The scroll wheel instead of a touch screen is not a major drawback as it is simple to use - and that is the byword with the Garmin - it is so easy to set up and use.

    I can't personally find any justification for forking out £250+ on another device. The Garmin gets you from A - B no problem.

    Maybe if you were a commercial traveller you might want something with more features. For the infrequent driver the Garmin is all you need
     
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    Could not agree more :smashin:
     
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    Halfords at Bangor Co Down have 15 in stock at the moment. If you ring and pay by credit card they will send you one.
     
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    :smashin: and me also
     
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    :lease: Hi,
    I have recently bought 1 and think it is excellent. It was voted "Best Value for Money" satnav in March's Which Magazine survey. That says it all and i went out and bought 1 at Halfords for £129.99.

    I HAVE MANAGED TO DOWNLOAD THE poi DOWNLOADER BUT CANNOT FIND HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE SPEED CAMERA DATA FOR FREE.

    Can any 1 tell me how to do this or do I have 2 subscribe to get it?
     
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    hi yes it aint free anymore but its only 2 quid to get it!!
     
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    Send me a pm with your email address and I can send you the last free POI's that were available if you don't mind them being out of date. i think the only difference will be the roadworks cameras as the static and mobile sited cameras don't change. (Government have now stated there will be no more static cameras for the forseeable future)
     
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    cheers lads , glad i put this post up! i'm going out to hunt one down next week on payday :thumbsup:

    Jon
     

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