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Intempo Digital Buddy

£229 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Intempo

Our Rating: We rate this 2 out of 5

There are pink PlayStations, pink mobiles, pink iPods, pink laptops… so why not a pink satnav? Well, in this case it's a bit too basic for our taste and it isn't great value. A GPS only for those girls (and boys) who like to cut a dash, then.

It's pink. Pink with sprinklings of flowers and butterflies, yet it's a surprisingly good product. After all, there are pink PlayStations, pink mobiles, pink iPods, pink laptops… so why not a pink satnav? (And yes, we do bridle at the clichéd suggestion that girls know nowt about technology – and can't read maps either.)

The Buddy's simplicity is likeable. UK and Ireland maps displayed on its 3.5in touchscreen are clear and easy to use, the spoken instructions are helpful, the interface intuitive and the combination of large buttons and a stylus is convenient. The Buddy will even get you to your destination – it just can't tell you the name of the road you're on. While it knows exactly where it's going, on occasion it thought the road was called something completely different.

While the Buddy doesn't include extras such as an MP3 player or picture viewer, it has plenty of POIs, postcode navigation, multistop planning, quick rerouting, a choice of displays and even a pedestrian mode for when you're out shopping. It won't get scratched in your handbag if you keep it in the pouch Intempo supplies (pink, naturally). Unlike some models, Intempo has thoughtfully included a mains charger.

We reckon you might pay a little extra for the styling, because it's hardly the best value for money we've seen. But if you're into pink and want a basic satnav, it'll do the trick.

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Intempo Digital Buddy Expert Verdict »

Maps: Destinator v5.5.0.111, UK and Ireland
no traffic updates, speed warnings
3.5in, 320x240 screen
Rerouting, faster, shorter, turn by turn, overview, avoid roads, full postcode search, pedestrian/vehicle modes
3.5 hours battery life, USB, cigarette lighter, AC adaptor
112x73x18mm, 200g
Touchscreen, stylus, car cradle, carry case, POIs, 2D/3D/day/night modes
  • Build Quality: We give this item 5 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 4 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 4 of 10 overall

It's a bit too basic for our taste and isn't great value. Only for those girls (and boys) who like to cut a dash.

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