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Paul_59
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Tom Tom versus Pocket GPS World speed camera database ? Reply with quote

My Tom Tom camera subscription runs out in a couple of days.

I had heard good things about the Pocket GPS world camera subscription.

The opinions I have read imply that it is superior to the Tom Tom version.

I was considering purchasing, until I read the installation guide.

It appears to be a quite lengthy and not very straightforward procedure.

Am I being naive in expecting to pay 20 subscription, click on a link and then have things set up automatically, or at least with relatively little input on my part ?

Can anyone who has switched from using the Tom Tom speed camera to Pocket GPS world version convince me of the virtues of the latter ?
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the guide DOES look complex but if you read through it you will see that it is very literally step by step with explanations of what copy and paste are etc etc!

if you are computer literate then it will be a piece of cake!

put simply:

download zip file
extract files
copy files to map folder on tomtom
go to edit pois
go to warn when near pois
go through each camera type/speed and set warning and warning distance
drive :D

setting up the warnings only needs to be done once as updating the files simply updates the data without having to re-set up the warnings.

you can also use our voice warning files and have warnings such as 'warning, gatso ahead, speed limit 50 miles an hour' as opposed to 'ding' :D

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Re: Tom Tom versus Pocket GPS World speed camera database ? Reply with quote

Paul_59 wrote:
Am I being naive in expecting to pay 20 subscription, click on a link and then have things set up automatically, or at least with relatively little input on my part ?

Naive? No, but we support some 30+ systems not just TomTom and with the wide variety of database options we offer it simply isn't feasible for us to offer an automated installation.

As MaFt says though, it's perhaps a 5min process the first time and then for subsequent updates it's 30secs. It's very simple and straightforward, we're here to assist you and once you've done it you'll see it's not difficult.

We have members in their 80's who update without issue, and most importantly you will have the very best database available Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to MaFt and Darren for taking the trouble to reply.

I take your point about supporting a large number of manufacturers.

Whilst I welcome your helpful replies, I would also like to hear from anyone who has made the change from Tom Tom own camera subscription to Pocket GPS World cameras who are not Pocket GPS World staff.

I must clarify that I am not suggesting that your opinions lack impartiality
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul_59 wrote:
Whilst I welcome your helpful replies, I would also like to hear from anyone who has made the change from Tom Tom own camera subscription to Pocket GPS World cameras who are not Pocket GPS World staff.

I must clarify that I am not suggesting that your opinions lack impartiality


Me do?

This will be possibly the best 20 you'll ever spend. (Just allow a bit longer than suggested above fot the first download and set-up if you're a bit hamfisted, like me, but 30secs is about right for updates if you use an unzipper like ZipGenius that automates that part of the process.)
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul_59 wrote:
Whilst I welcome your helpful replies, I would also like to hear from anyone who has made the change from Tom Tom own camera subscription to Pocket GPS World cameras who are not Pocket GPS World staff.

I must clarify that I am not suggesting that your opinions lack impartiality

Quite understand, we'll leave the thread alone now and let the subscribers comment Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same as what everyone else says, it is not a problem.
It is different to TT, but no big deal.

Written instructions can be a bit daunting, but when you work through them, it's fine.

Just download the file you want to desktop, unzip it as you would any other file you download, and copy to the map folder on your device, using the process you usually use for copy and paste.
That's it really, then set up the warning distances from within 'Preferences' and 'Manage POI' on the device.

I'm not quite as old as the 80 years mentioned, but I am what could be called a Silver Surfer, and I manage OK.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just did a quick count up and I think it's just 5 mouse clicks to download and install the database to my TomTom 520. OK you have to set up your warnings and preferences, but that's generally a one off, unless you get a new Navcore or map.

Second and subsequent downloads are just as easy and you don't touch anything else.

The TT database is not a patch on this one and yes, it will be the best 20 you spend on navigation.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To to add my two pence worth after having the Tomtoms own camera database on my sat nav I compared the Pocketgps one against it and to be honest the Pocketgps was so much better !!

Regarding loading the pocketgps on your sat nav believe me I am not very good with computers and I manage it okay without any problems.
The support you get on this site if you do have any problems is exceptional
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Tom Tom versus Pocket GPS World speed camera database ? Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
We have members in their 80's who update without issue,
I'm B-well NOT in my 80s, how dare you? I'm not even in my 70s until four months' time. AND I'm not a Silver Surfer, I'm utterly brilliant with computers - it's not my fault I lost 9,000 photos when I made a small mistake copying them from old to new computer - how was I to know that "Format" wasn't to do with how they'd appear?

Read - Why Choose the PGPSW Database
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to reply.

Particularly liked DennisN comment (humourous ?) about format and photos

I've been convinced.

I am just going pay for a subscription now.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you've been convinced anyway, but thought I'd say that I purchased my first TomTom yesterday (been using Navman until now), and the method of installing the database is so well documented on this site, that it's really straightforward - even for someone who has not used the TT operating system before.

I'd say that 5 minutes for the first install is a little optimistic - I think it took about 15 for me to set up all the warning distances and sounds, but as this is a one off process, future updates will take around 30 seconds!

Compared to Navman where you have to upload each type & speed separately, and takes about 30 minutes, the TT system is far superior - and when you sign up and start submitting any cameras you find that aren't on the database (although I've only found 3 in about 3 years!), then you'll be helping all of us Smile

If you did sign up and install the database, how about posting some comments to help anyone else who may have the same dilemma?
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