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“A Useful Navigator”

Written on: 11/08/2011 by patrickjohn (4 reviews written)

Having to make a trip to Birmingham without my wife to act as navigator I checked the SatNavs on display in Halfords. The assistant has a Garmin which she recommended but her father has a Navman which he likes. The Navman Tourer UK & RI was on sale at £99, rather cheaper than the Garmins, and is a new model introduced in July 2011 and presumably up to date with all the latest tecnology. A demonstration seemed to indicate that it would serve my purpose of navigating from Lincolnshire to Birmingham very well.
Have tried it out and made a couple of trips within Lincolnshire, today venturing down the A1 to Great Gonerby and Grantham. The satnav performed perfectly, with one minor exception (see later).
If you deviate from the set route (because you have a favourite shortcut or whatever) it very quickly recalculates a new route and doesn't try to make you do a U turn.
Quibbles: The manual says to charge the battery for 8 hours before use. However only an in car charge lead is provided and of course there is no power to the cigarette lighter plug when the ignition is off. Solved this by leaving ignition on 'accessory setting' while charging the car battery itself.
To download map updates you need a USB lead for your computer. This is not included. The shop assistant said my digital camera lead would fit, but it didn't. (Solved by buying one from Amazon for £2.69). This works fine and a free update of maps was successfully made. The USB lead also charges the Navman while it is attached to the computer.
Passed several speed cameras. but the satnav did not alert me, despite being set to do so. Will see what happens when I go off to Birmingham tomorrow.
Overall am pleased with my first satellite navigation system and would recommend it.

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