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Pressing at the top or bottom of the sidebar brings up menu over the map, and there are three different settings pages to choose from. The problem is that it’s hard to work out the logic of where the various options are located. I eventually got used to it, but that was more from pure trial, error and repetition than any obvious logic.
The C710 can run in full screen mode and to get to this you have to tap the route detail fields in the sidebar and then select ‘Fit to Screen’. For some reason the 3D view is not available in this mode, though you can choose the overview mode.
It’s ironic then that the POI database is arranged so logically and is one of the most impressive aspects of the device. The database is comprehensive to and you can easily change the reference point of where you’re searching from to get what you want easily. Alternatively, you can just search by name rather than hunting through menus and invariably it will come up trumps.
Inevitably, I did spot some anomalies. I was directed to the nearest post office from the TR office, which turned out to be someone’s house and not actually a post office at all. Also the nearest park to my home is apparently, Hampstead Heath, despite it being eight miles away. The next is St James’ Park and the next one after that is in Belgium! I presume it means national Parks.
One handy routing feature is the ability to choose between not only the fastest or the shortest but the most economical, which will give you the best of both. One feature I was eager to try out was the built-in TMC traffic info, only available as an added extra on the lower end C210 and C510 models. When I say built-in, it still requires an aerial attached, which has to be attached by suction cups to the windscreen, which looks unsightly.
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