Portable sat nav devices may be losing ground to the increasing number of excellent smartphone sat nav apps available, but our latest round of lab tests shows there’s still life in the traditional windscreen-mounted navigation unit yet.
Smartphone navigation apps may be a convenient solution for many drivers, but if you spend a lot of time on unfamiliar roads – or perhaps don’t have a data allowance sufficient enough to support heavy app use – a proper dedicated portable sat nav can be indispensable.
Our latest test batch includes a trio of new sat navs from leading brand TomTom, including two brand-new entry-level models and its first device specifically aimed at caravan and motorhome owners. Read on to learn more about these models and click on the links to read the full reviews.
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TomTom Go Basic 5 and Go Basic 6
Despite already offering a wide range of sat navs, TomTom has managed to squeeze a brace of new models into its range of devices for cars. Sitting between the most basic Start and the mid-range Via models, the new Go Basic sat navs are available with both five and six-inch screens.
Doing without the full raft of features, such as voice calling and an always-on data connection, the Go Basic models do come with essentials such as lifetime map updates and traffic information. There’s even a three-month speed camera location package thrown in.
TomTom Go Camper
Where dedicated sat nav units can be particularly useful is if you drive an unconventional vehicle. We’ve already reviewed a number of TomTom devices aimed at HGV drivers, but the Go Camper is the first from the brand to be aimed at those whttps://www.which.co.uk/reviews/sat-navs/tomtom-go-camperho enjoy the great outdoors.
Not only will it allow you to enter the specific weight, dimensions and top speed of your vehicle – letting you avoid tricky roads and/or other obstacles – but it’s also loaded with a point-of-interest database useful to camper and caravan drivers.
Its premium status also makes means it comes with premium features, such as data via a dedicated Sim card, lifetime map, traffic updates, and the ability to update maps and software over wi-fi.
Find out how this new camper sat nav compares with models from rival Garmin in our full TomTom Go Camper review.
Popular free sat nav app Waze has recently been updated, and we’ve had both the iOS and Android versions back into our lab for reassessment.
The major change is to the app’s ETA function. Utilising crowd-sourced travel data for accurate traffic information, Waze will allow you to schedule a drive to arrive at a destination for a particular time, with the app suggesting a departure time based on traffic trends. It will even alert you if traffic levels change in the meantime.
Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps
Another smartphone navigation app that has undergone a recent overhaul is Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps, which is available on both Apple and Android devices.
Key updates include the splitting of larger country maps into different regions, to benefit those with limited data or storage space on their smartphone.
When we last tested Sygic’s app offerings, we weren’t too impressed with some of its functions. Head over to our full Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps reviews for both Android and iOS to find out how the updated versions fared in our tests.
Unsure whether a sat nav app or dedicated sat nav unit would be best for your needs? Head over to our guide to how to buy the best sat nav.