For this purpose you get a drawstring pouch that should protect the screen from scratches, but it isn’t large enough to accommodate the windshield mount or any of the other gubbins that comes in the box. This includes both vehicle and mains power adaptors, FM antenna for the TMC data that comes with the system, mini-USB PC cable and AV-in cable – yes really. I’ll get to that later.
Inputting locations is a real bugbear for some sat-nav devices. Any device that requires you to enter information in a set way – starting with a town or city for example, is asking for trouble. Any that don’t have full seven digit postcode searching are way behind the times.
The good news is that the RAC sat-nav 220 has full postcode searching. It adds something else too – Fuzzy Search. This is simply the best location entry system I’ve ever seen in a sat-nav device. You enter bits of your destination and the system offers you its best fit options. It could be a street, a town, anything.
For example if you live in Acacia Avenue, give it ‘aca ave’ and it’ll list all possibilities for you to select from. If you want to go to Richmond Park just south of London ‘richm par’ is all you need. It works with POIs too. ‘Hosp Manc’ gets you the hospitals in Manchester.
The only problem is that if you aren’t specific enough you get a lot of places to sift through, because the RAC Sat-nav 220 includes European mapping.
Spoken instructions were so loud that I actually had to turn the volume down from its full setting. I like that. Too often they can disappear in the roar of other in-car noise. Just tapping the screen repeats the last spoken instruction, and when you have a long way to go to the next turn, it tells you to follow the course of the road till further instructions are given. More good stuff for driver confidence there.
The RAC has decided to include Bluetooth in the Sat-nav 220 so you can use it as a handsfree kit with your mobile. There is also a music player and that already noted AV-in capability.