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Date Registered: 10-2006
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Hi Jalal,

Please let us all know what your GPS is like ,performance wise, I bought a Navman S80 that talks to me (more pleasant than wife), only failing that I know of , is that it tells me my house is on the left hand side of the road, I am on the right emoticon I had to get in touch with sensis re their mapping, was told there were abnormalities due to geocaching or something that sounded like that. I will have to wait for the next map upgrade in 12 months time to fix problem. 8(


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Hi Bob,

I am very happy with this GPS unit and have tested it on the road, it is very accurate indeed and my house is where it should be on the map LOL emoticon

It is using the latest Sensis Whereis software maps and they seem to be accurate, so maybe this is the upgraded version you're waiting for.

Here is how the Tevion GPS unit looks like in action:

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I like the school zone, red lights camera and fixed speed camera alerts emoticon

The only thing that I don't like about this unit is that it takes a while for it to locate a GPS satellite, by that I mean about 2-3 minutes. Where I live, it will not work indoors and will not pick-up any satellites.

It fits perfectly well on the windscreen and it looks very compact, so it doesn't block your vision.

It comes with a stylus type pen to use with the touch-screen and the lady's voice is nice as well LOL emoticon

With one touch of the "Go Home" button, you just let go of your steering wheel and the GPS drives your car straight back home while you sit back and relax. hahahahahaha emoticon I WISH emoticon emoticon emoticon

Seriously though, for $229 and 1 year warranty, as well as map upgrade capability, it is a bargain!

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Hi Jalal,

That unit looks quite good, from what I have been told, a gps signal needs to come from outdoors/or at least near a window looking towards the sky, and to be stationary into the bargain. You are right when you said, it will not drive you home even after selecting "Auto" on the transmission.
Red light cameras/fixed speed cameras, my unit gives me a loud chime if my speed is only 2-3 kms over the limit emoticon
Mine also sits the same place you have yours.
Congrats on your purchase.


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I have a Road Angel, bought it when they were on offer in DSE with another $50 off from Whereis. I wouldn't recommend it as the routes in finds aren't usually the most straight forward, and if you miss a turn (eg road works) it doesn't recalculate the whole journey and determine if it is better to go back or take a new route, instead keeps wanting to back to the point where it thinks you went wrong.

As an example, my wife came back from Granville towards Hornsby, coming up on the 6 then at some stage it told her to turn off somewhere. As the road signs indicated Hornsby straight on she kept going. She said that the device kept telling her to U-turn as far as Pennant Hills.

And last Tuesday from near the airport it directed her through the CDB to get to the North shore rather than going south one or two streets then follow the Eastern distributor. It isn't supposed to bypass toll roads, just to calculate the quickest time wise - but it doesn't.

I'm going to dig out my old Tom Tom PDA software and get the Australian maps for it, then compare the two.




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Ron,

I noticed the same with the Tevion GPS when I set the route to go from my place in Kirrawee to Macquarie Park, it suggested the King Georges route, but when I ignored the direction and as soon as I hit Alfrods Point Rd, it recalculated the route and finally agreed to adjust it to go via Punchbowl and Olympic Drive at Homebush.

There are two important settings which I later on discovered, Quickest Route and Shortest Route, so I think these make a difference.

The other thing I noticed on my drive to work and back yesterday is that it didn't give me warning of red light cameras and there were 2 of them on my route, but it did warn me of school zones and going over the speed limit.

The school zones alerts as well as the speed changing along the route were VERY accurate indeed.

I was getting bombarded with BEWARE voice prompts along the way LOL emoticon

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The voice prompts are fine if is directing you somewhere but I've turned them off for everything else as in Sydney the thing just doesn't stop talking. Plus I turned the volume for the annoying "proximity beeps" that supposedly allert you how far from a camera/school zone you are down so I just have visuals for these warnings - much better in my opinion.

My unit is set to take the quickest not the shortest route. I wish there was a "least traffic lights" option emoticon

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Ron,

I am astonished as to how there is no law in place to stop or prevent someone from watching a GPS screen while driving, yet there is a law to stop people from talking on mobile phones or watch a TV screen. I think it is very distracting and you completely forget about the road when you look at the GPS screen.

The first day I had it on and tested it on the local street, I nearly hit a kerb, as I kept watching the GPS screen!

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I wish there was a "least traffic lights" option emoticon



I think you'll find it would become an aircraft GPS then LOL emoticon

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Jalal!
Just make sure that the setting that states, shortest/longest is in not in fact the setting for the gps to find the satellites. When I read my instruction manual, it states, shortest time to access satellites, meaning, not always the best option for travel, whereas if I pick, longest time, MUCH better travel scenario. My unit does not warn me of Red light/Yellow light, if my speed is below setting of camera, only puts red/yellow icon on screen at the preset distance I nominated (being 500mtrs), same applies for school zones. Mine recalculates after missed turn or purposly ignoring it after about 500 mtrs, not sure if this is programmed from the settings I set for warnings!!!

I went for a small drive the other day, about 55kms, on a main road and the unit tried to send me down a fire track to my destination, I was nearly going to try it except, I would have had to open several gates along the way, hope this helps. emoticon emoticon

Did you know that while, we as in normal drivers are at risk of a fine while using mobile or similar units, police are in fact ALLOWED as they are BETTER drivers, leaves a little bad taste in one`s mouth. 8( 8(

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Hi Guys,

From your experience with GPS navigators, which is a better and more accurate software to use:

1. Sensis Whereis
2. Route 66

Any info. on Route 66 will be appreciated. This looks like a US program that has been enabled for Australia on some GPS navigators, but am not sure who accurate it is compared to WhereIs?

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Doesn't Whereis just provide the maps, not software?

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