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“I wanted a portable car sat nav for some European...”

Written on: 09/04/2010 by Big Dave Midlands (25 reviews written)

I wanted a portable car sat nav for some European travel but during these hard pressed times, I didn't want to spend a fortune.

Initially based upon personal recommendation I looked at buying a Garmin or a TomTom but even at sale prices I was looking at £100+ or so. I then came across the brand Navman which overall seemed to carry enough favourable reviews across their range. I found a brand new Navman F10 on eBay for £59 + delivery which arrived the next day. I believe this unit was originally priced when a new model around the £150 mark about three years ago?

I wasn't 100% sure what to expect for the money but was immediately impressed with the clean and slim design of the unit and overall quality feel, which extends to the windscreen mounted holder which also feels solid and durable. The in car charger though is not quite up to the same standards. It is made of cheap shiny plastic, and I find that I have to move the charger around inside the cigar lighter socket to get a decent connection and get the little green light on top of it to come on and stay on, so the unit stays charged up. I also find the battery life away from the charger quite short.

I found the software very easy to setup and configure out of the box, and to date I have only referred the instructions a couple of times as I found the multi trip feature oddly quirky, until I had allowed trips to not ignore ferries. This unit also warns of speed cameras and tolls and can be configured to alert you if you go above a speed which you select. Points of interest including tourist attractions, petrol stations and cash machines are all available. What more do you need?

Compared to a built in Toyota system I had previous experience of using and various Tom Tom units friends have got, the location and positioning was quick to pick up which is good. However when navigating at street level it is a few houses out which isn't a big problem as such but rivals do this a bit better. For example when you arrive home it is odd to be told you have parked in driveway four doors up. But a useful feature is postcode, street and house number display.

In summary I would say apart from the street level accuracy and the in car charger, for the money this unit is hard to fault. I also understand that this unit can be reconfigured to use TomTom software if that is your thing, but to be honest I would bother as my view the Navman F10 works fine as it is. Recommended.

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