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Navman icn 330 Review

 

Navman 330Lets face it, the Navman 320 was a bit of a disapointment. No 3d maps, tiny screen, not what you'd expect for £180. Can its replacement, the Navman icn 330 restore our confidence in Navmans budget model?

At first glance the icn 330 looks identical to the 320. Same case, same (non-touch) small screen, same navigation buttons. The GPS antennae pops out of the back, and the windscreen sucker mount is the same.

Plugging the unit in and turning it on, everything is similair, usual navigation options of town, Point of Interest (POI), partial postcode. You enter your details with the navigation pad on the right of the unit, which is slow but ok.

The Navman 330 found all my test destinations easily, but now lets actually get us to take it on a real route.

The big change from the 320 to the 330 is the addition of 3d maps - they all clear, but still hampered by the small screen. Voice instruction is loud and well timed, if a little robotic.

A few wrong turns and Navmans "Back on Track" software got us back onto out route - the navigation performned flawlessly, no dropped signals or false routes. Very good.

Ok, short-comings. Small screen. No ability to download speed cameras. No touch screen. Too expensive for what you get.

If Navman priced the icn 330 at £99.99 it would be a great price, and they'd sell thousands, and I would heartily recommend it if you were after a bargain new GPS device. At £180 its just too expensive - Garmin i3s and c310s can be had for a similair price t the moment, and they are so much better.

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