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The Bluetooth is reasonably well implemented, and if you need handsfree, it functions well enough. A hardware button in the column to the left of the screen jumps immediately to the phone screen so you can take and make calls.
The music player only copes with MP3 files. You can use the provided cable to connect the RAC Sat-nav 220 to your PC for file transfer, but you’ll also need to install a driver. The alternative is to pop MP3s onto an SD card using a card reader then put it into the card slot on the left edge of the hardware.
There is a real problem here in terms of storage capacity. The device comes with an SDcard which contains the maps the kit needs. Remove the card and the device can’t navigate. And the card is almost full. So it is a challenge, to say the least, to play music while driving.
I guess the idea is that you can use the music player when you are not navigating. But a dinky and sylish little iPod the RAC Sat-nav 220 isn’t. Don’t even think about hanging it round your neck. It is more useful to give to the kids to keep them quiet for a bit.
What about the AV-in system? If you have a DVD player or set top box without a TV attached, then use the provided cables to attach it to the Sat-nav 220 and use its screen for viewing. Hmmm. Not sure about that one.
The fuzzy searching alone is enough to make me want the RAC Sat-nav 220 in my car. Add in the wide screen, superbly loud and precise spoken directions, TMC information and European maps and I’m hooked. If the RAC wants to offer added, non sat-nav features, though, it needs to think carefully about what to offer and how they should be implemented.
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