I also don’t like the way that the map only takes up the two thirds of the screen, with a border at the bottom and almost the whole of the right hand side of the screen covered in icons. The icons themselves are also really rather poor, looking like they’ve been knocked up in Windows Paint.
What I did like though was the clear way the directional information was presented on screen, with the next turn, the distance to it, and the street name very legible. It was especially clear when you view turn-by-turn instructions. The POI database also was comprehensive and many items were easier to find than on other devices I’ve tried.
When you’re driving a clear icon also flashes up showing the type of turn that’s coming up. The audio volume level from the unit was reasonable though it sounded strained at the highest setting.
When you plot a route the software gives you a choice of the fastest or the shortest routes, which is good. However it lacks many features that are present in the TomTom range such as route redirection, let alone more advanced features such as integrated Bluetooth and connection to a live traffic information service and a speed camera database. I use this feature on my TomTom One and though it’s far from flawless by comparison the d150 was decidedly, well, dumb.
To get you from one location to another the d150 did its job well however, and didn’t let me down during my time with it. However, it lacks the finesse and features of the equivalent TomTom. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was a cheaper option but it’s not. It’s actually more expensive than the TomTom One, which you can pick up at Dixons online now for £240. Oh dear. On this basis I can see no reason to spend more to buy the Acer d150.
An effective sat nav device from Acer, but let down by its looks, its interface, its relative lack of features and its price. It does the job, but it fails to present any compelling reason not to buy a TomTom.