Bargain In-Car GPS Satellite Navigation With Touch-Screen, 3d Maps, and Speed Camera POI's
Navman hit the mark with their last budget entry-level in-car Sat Nav, the F20, and they've followed the same equation to produce the superior S30, GB and Ireland maps, Full Postcode, Speed-Camera Warnings and a price point lower than the TomTom One v3 and the Garmin Nuvi 200. Do we have a winner?
Lets have a look at the specification of this great looking Sat Nav.
3.5" Widescreen Touch-Screen, 256mb Internal Memory, 3 maps of GB and Eire, Samsung 400mhz processor, pre-installed Speed-Camera Warning database, Full Post-Code look-up, voice-guided instructions, automatic re-routing, thousands of POI's and maps by Teleatlas.
Navman have done away with their (in my opinion) popular quick-nav buttons on the side of the device and gone totally touch-screen (apart from the power button), but this does make the Sat Nav much sleeker and modern looking.
All the most often used icons are easily available, the menus logical and data entry is simple enough. There isn't that much more to say about using the S30 - it all seems to work well enough, picking up a GPS lock quickly, and all the voice instructions are timely and the screen bright and clear.
It is worth pointing out at this point the S30 is not compatible with Navman's Bluetooth or Traffic modules, but at this price-point that shouldn't be a problem.
Comparing price at Amazon at the time of writing you can get a S30 for about £130, that's slightly cheaper than a TomTom One v3, and I'm sure we'll see some more discounts as units start to be shifted.
Would I recommend the Navman S30? It's a little early to say, we need to know more about the new Software's stability and hardware reliability, but if it's like the old Navman range we shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Comments / Questions:
Navman S30 UK / Ireland Sat Nav, is that southern Ireland aswell, because i have the F20 AND THAT ONLY INCLUDES THE MAIN ROADS none of the minor roads. Anthony.
Thats because the mapping in Eire is distinctly poor - I expect better over the next few years.
i started a new job and needed a quick fix, no hassle cheap sat nav, i brought this in the UK for £89 at my local halfords, its a great peice of kit and amazing how well it responds and sorts out your routes, even better than some even more expensive but often rushed unknown 'named' models.
Bought it new here in Sweden for 68£. For this price i can't complain about anything. It's a GREAT little piece!
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