Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Choosing a new Navigation System for your Car

If like me, you are sick and tired of your flaky in car navigation and entertainment console this article is for you. This quick overview will help you to research and choose the best sat nav and entertainment system for your car.

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What features do you want?
The first thing to do is to work out what you want your in car navigation and entertainment system to do. Talk to friends and family and make a note of the features they like and use frequently as well as any that you already know that you want.

What is your budget?
Next, you need to determine how much you can spend. When looking for systems within your price range look out for hidden costs. For example, if you cannot install it yourself factor in the cost of hiring a professional to do it for you. If you regularly travel in Europe, find out whether detailed European maps are included in the package. These can be quite expensive, so little details like this can be important.

Once you have those two points covered, you will be in a position to narrow down the list of possibilities to those that meet your needs and are within your budget.

How reliable is the system?
Next, narrow the list down further by reading a few user reviews. They are a great way of finding out whether a system you are considering buying is reliable or not.

How easy is it to use?
Whilst reading the reviews pay particular attention to any negative comments. This is the best way to work out how easy and practical the system is in everyday use.

Is it compatible with your current tech?
Most systems integrate with your smartphones and provide hands free capabilities. It is always wise to check that the system you are thinking of buying is compatible with your phones and other gadgets.

If you use certain apps to listen to your music, you need to check that they are available on the multimedia car head unit you are thinking of buying. Should you find that the apps that you want are not pre installed bear in mind that you can usually load them onto the system and run them, but to do so you need a unit that can be connected via Wi-Fi or a smartphone.

Most modern cars have sufficient room for these systems built in, but it is worth checking sizing before buying.

The best way to ensure that you buy the right system for you is to take your time and do your research. Just in case you are short on time, I have chosen a system that suits the needs of most people. It is the Parrot Asteroid Smart. This in car entertainment and navigation system is made by one of the most reliable and oldest manufacturers in the sector, is easy to install, use and update, and yet is very reasonably priced. Take a look and see what you think.

Monday, December 15, 2014

#ReadySetBuild The Shell V-Power Lego Collection is Back!

My two girls are very much into Lego this year and I will admit that I was ever so slightly disappointed that my 5 year old wanted to construct our new Shell V-Power Lego collection kits (I secretly wanted to make them all myself).

This year, Shell V-Power are celebrating all of the fascinating worlds of motor sport that you can built yourself with their #ReadySetBuild campaign.  If you build your own racing world at home and submit a photo or video of your creation online to twitter, facebook, instagram or youtube then you could be in with a chance of winning a trip to Legoland Billund.  The competition closes at the end of December so get building!

This year's collection of Shell V-Power Lego kits includes my favourite car of all time, the Ferrari 250 GTO!  As well as some classic Ferrari sports cars, this year's range also includes a podium, a Shell filling station and a fuel tanker to help you really build out your Lego world.  Each set costs just£1.99 with any purchase of at least £30 of Shell V-Power fuel.  We absolutely LOVED building out the kits, especially the filling station which now has pride of place in my girls' Happyland village!

Get building before the end of the year for your chance to enter the #ReadySetBuild competition.
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