So which to pick out of the plethora of alternatives? Gaimen, TomTom, Globalsat, Tibo, Navigon - there are loads of them. On top of that there is getting software for your PDA. Well I dismissed the PDA option because I didn't want to have a separate GPS thingy and I don't have a PDA. I kinda liked the TomTom Go but it was a bit bulky and there are many reports on the Interweb that it doesn't work very well through a BMW windscreen without an additional ariel.
But as luck would have it, my frolleague Darren has just taken the plunge and purchased a TomTom One. It's like a TomTom Go but less chunky, less money and more modern. The gushing write up on his web site was still not quite enough to make me flash the cash, but I had a quick Sametime chat with him that assuaged my remaining concerns - not least that it would work on my Beemer since it works fine on his.
So I am now a proud owner. It works brilliantly well and I can't wait for my next customer visit when I just have to tap in the post code to find my way. I have also downloaded all the Safety Camera (you may remember when they were called filthy speed cameras) locations for free (TomTom wanted to charge me E70 the cheeky clog bothering Dutch reprobates). The only down side is having to take it off the screen and put it in the locked glove box after every journey because of the despicable little scrotes who will smash a window to nick them. Why didn't I get a Hummer?