Those who go out for buying a SAT Nav unit often get stuck between these two brand names Garmin and Tom Tom. In such cases it is like no gain no loss situation for the buyer as if in some cases Garmin has a better set of features to offer then similarly in other cases Tom Tom performs better than Garmin. As the both the brands manufacture same product at the same level in terms of technology then in that case the answer to buy the product depends on various factors associated with both the brands the user first needs to decide which factor he or she needs to consider prominently.
Before deciding the brand name be sure about your needs that you wish to fulfill through a SAT nav. Here we will divide the factors in few points and will then discuss them in detail taking into consideration both the brands of Sat Nav that is Garmin and Tom Tom.
- Budget- The first and foremost factor is the budget of the buyer both the brands offer a wide verity of products and this wide range offers verity of budgets as well that means these two brands are best suited for almost every pocket. If you have a pocket that only allows expenditure of $100 instead of $400 then there is no use of wasting time on the expensive range of these products. Therefore the buyer should first be clear upon the exact budget that is available.
- Easy to use- If we talk about the major difference in the products manufactured by both the brands then that is of user interface. In both the products you will start by entering the address the device will then show you the possible matches. Once you will select your destination the device will then start working on finding out the best route for you. You can also specify your preferences such as avoiding toll roads and a lot more. Both the brands have a different usage procedure but the process of calculating, finding and searching is very easy.
In case of Garmin the interface is easier to use the graphics and the on screen icons are easy to understand and also the design of the interface makes the icons clearly visible. This type of clarity is needed when a person travels on a busy road. Tom Tom on the other hand is not very impressive with the display but yes it offers the person with a lot other useful information while the person travels on the road using it.
Some devices are designed with so many options as a result a person is left with a lot of confusion on the interface. It is also important that the SAT Nav gets enough of the satellites in order to get an easy lock on the position of the user. Tom Tom has always been faster with the process of locking the position as compared to Garmin. Tom Tom is also better and fast at calculating the routes.
Other than the cost per unit another significant point to be taken is to see that you need maps of which place be it UK, North America, Ireland or European countries. Now a days world maps are included with the purchasing package but also there can be some added cost for some added maps. This will make it easy for you to drive anywhere in the world.
Now the user also gets lifetime updates on the maps on the device these updates make your device capable of showing you all the newly built roads and it also provides you information about the roads that are no longer in use.
The Forums tell that Tom Tom shows better maps for European countries where as Garmin is better at showing the USA maps. But it is not really easy to validate this statement.
Information about traffic and updates- Both the brands provide update about traffic in the shape of Tom Tom traffic and Garmin digital traffic. The products are designed in a way that they provide accurate information about the traffic situation on the route. Through this it becomes easy for the user to avoid traffic by looking for some alternate route.
In case of traffic updates Tom Tom is considered better and accurate this is actually found out through a study that was conducted in January 2014. Tom Tom achieved a better score as compared to Garmin.
Searching becomes easy – The Sat Nav devices make it easy for the users to look for the places of their interests. People can easily search for supermarkets, restaurants and also all the tourist points. This particular feature actually makes some difference.
There are some notable differences in the abilities of Garmin and Tom Tom. The features of Tom Tom are very generic. As you will go to search for a shop you will get a whole list of various shops. Such feature keeps your holidays in other countries especially in those countries that are new and unknown to you.
Some of the additional features are as follows –
Voice recognition – This particular feature helps you in using the device without using your hands. That means if you are busy driving then you can actually talk with your sat NAV in order to get desired directions.
Bluetooth – Through the Bluetooth you can easily keep your device paired with your cell phone. After pairing it you can easily dial and receive calls on your SAT Nav. In order to use this option you should already have some sort of cell phone kit in your vehicle.
Speed camera Alerts –This particular feature can be used by the user free of cost in the initial months of buying the product. In some cases even the premium versions of these products may offer this feature as the standardized feature. This service helps you with the detection of location of all the speed cameras along with the journey.
Before actually making a decision about which product you need to buy it is advisable that you understand all the features offered by the products. This will help you in taking a smart decision keeping in mind all your needs. – Garmin.Com/Express