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Well, the inlaws lives across the country (110miles) and the fastest way is to take one ferry, then skip the next ferry, although it seems logical to take that one too, and then do some motoring on the autobahn. Garmin doesn't even know the first ferry exists, other GPS prgs I have tested (like Nokia Maps) wants to take both ferries. The only program that figures out the perfect route is McGuider.

I then tried another tricky route, which also includes ferries. It makes McGuider die :( With 1 mile left, approx the distance from the ferry to the target address, it relculates an extra 300.000 routes before crashing. Apparently it has trouble figuring out how to cross the water

So, as of yet, still no perfect GPS program for our phones. But right now McGuider is my preferred option.

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Old 07-05-2008, 02:54 PM
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How do you find the voice instructions?

(probably moot since Ive ordered it, but Im impatient and like other peoples opinions also).

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Well, just ordered it. Hopefully I'll have a review up in a week, maybe two. So if your patient, wait for it before buying.
Excellent news. Taking one for the team yet again

Looking forward to another excellent and informative review

This might just swing it for me.
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Thankyou


But it might be a couple of weeks, as the main journey I use I dont always do that often. But once done, it can compare to other satnavs routing exactly.

If you want to see what I mean, download google earth (if you havent already) and download the attached file (ZIP file containing 2 KML files).

Use google earth to open them, and its best to make one route another colour.

That way you see the different routes clearly. Bear in mind its exactly the same start and destination points.

Thats exactly what Im planning to do with sygic (and all other satnavs I review), so comparision will be nice.
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I have no issues with the voice instructions, except the 'turn SLIGHTLY blah-blah' thing...

I have dl'ed your .kml files and will check then now...

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Old 07-05-2008, 03:46 PM
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With luck, and a little work, I hope to have that on the website displaying all the satnav programs routes. Im sure some will be exactly the same, but the difference between copilot and Garmin alone are very interesting.

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I have taken the coords from your kml files and entered them into McGuider. The first route was completely different from yours, the second (recalculated) looks to be a 100% match to the Garmin.

Original route:

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Old 07-05-2008, 06:58 PM
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The first one is actually correct, assuming your allowing tolls, its usually the quicker journey. The second one is avoiding tolls, which I always set it to.

It'll be interesting to see if it takes me down any smaller roads than usual

I didnt think they would, but maybe they did fix the routing. If they did, and have sorted out the voice bugs, it might just end up being my satnav of choice.

Shame they never got back to any of my emails asking for information though.

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Yes, the lack of replies are very, very bad PR. How can a serious internet company anno 2008 behave like that?

Still, they have a very good product, so even though it has been leaked on the net, I hope people will consider paying for it. Otherwise they may end up as TomTom did, giving up due to piracy. Personally I have no plans of selling my McGuider, it really is worth the money

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For 40 I've decided to go for a copy as well...

So any offers for an unwanted copy of Garmin XT ?

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For 40 I've decided to go for a copy as well...
And courtesy of Expansys's speedy delivery my copy has arrived.

From the packaging (just a case containing a Sandisk Mini-SD card with microSd and SD adaptors and a product code on a label inside the case) it appears to be an OEM version which would explain the price but as long as it works OK I can live without a fancy box.
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Mine should arrive soon then, I hope.

Interesting that its being sold OEM. As you say, explains the price, under 40 for Europe, never seen anything like that before.

Although Im getting a copy and doing a review, Id welcome any comments you have about it.
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Bravo! Let's shower Sygic with licenses for giving us the 'TomTom' GPS, that TomTom never did

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Old 08-05-2008, 10:24 AM
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Remains to be seen if I think its worth it

I admit one thing Im worried about is the support structure behind it. What happens when you want map updates? Postcode updates? Program updates? That sort of thing.
Its all very well it being cheap, but thats expensive if you cant ever update it.

Mind you, having said that Navigon has not offered an update of any sort for a long time, and dont look likely to either.

We shall see, Im rather looking forward to trying this one out, Im really hoping my suspicions will be proved wrong and its better than the rest.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:52 AM
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Just went to the shops and tried it.

Not sure about routing yet, as its far to short a journey to test, but I was heavily impressed with the voice instructions, something Im extremely picky about.

If they keep up to the same standard, and the routing is good, this could well be a Tomtom beater.

However, before anyone rushes out to buy it, it could well fall down on many other things.
 

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