We only sell the latest maps that are available (Garmin update these every 3 to 4 months) and a map card can be purchased from here Ireland & UK SD card If your sat-nav has a 'LM' designation, for example, the nuvi 2415LM or nuvi 2597LM then your device comes with free lifetime map updates.
In this case you update the maps on your sat-nav using Garmin Express which you download from Garmin's website and install on your PC or Mac.
Let me start with the cons:- No Bluetooth hands-free, FM transmitter, SD reader, etc.
I consider Tom Tom Go 730 a pretty modern GPS with a lot of good features, so I will review Tom Tom 550TM in comparison to that one.
I never really worried about small changes to the road network. And don’t forget the time they take to download and install – it’s probably longer than the time you’ll take figuring out the correct route!
If I came across an unexpected mini-roundabout or toll road, I figured out a way to get to my destination. On the other hand, Tom Tom claims ‘on average 15% of roads change every year.’ This sounded like a lot, so we asked Tom Tom to explain the figure. Maybe you live in a modern housing development where new roads and roundabouts have been recently added. However, it is worth taking advantage of your sat nav’s ‘latest map guarantee’.
Once downloaded and installed, the update process is relatively straightforward.
You connect your sat-nav to your PC or Mac using the USB cable that came in the box.
The lanes are clearly displayed on the screen at critical times.- Reads names of streets just like the Go does (though this is a standard feature now).- Last but not the least lifetime traffic and map updates.
They told us that the 15% covers the addition of new roads and, interestingly, changes to existing roads, such as new street signage or points of interest (like a new cinema or petrol station). Most manufacturers will give you the chance to download the latest map free of charge within a few weeks of turning on your sat nav for the first time.
Since most sat navs will be on sale months after they come out of the factory, it’s worth checking if you have the latest map and downloading if not.
Secondly, when I tried to update the map, I found out that I have never paired my gps with my Tom Tom account before.
Which is bad news, because I already tossed the retail box which had the activation code.