Product Type: Binatone in GPS Navigation
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In 100 yards, throw away this Sat-Nav.
Binatone Carrera A350
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Binatone Carrera A350
Date: 27/01/13, updated on 27/01/13 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Very cheap
Disadvantages: Resistive touchscreen, slow
We do not use the Sat-Nav much as we tend to stay local when driving about and therefore we wanted a very cheap sat-nav. At only £50, this sat-nav seemed perfect for us.
Lets start with the build of the device.
As soon as you take the sat-nav out of the box it feels pretty cheap. It is made of 100% flimsy plastic and pressings is most place will cause it to creak and bend quite a lot. This doesn't really bother me as it is not really a device where this matters as you will merely have it on your dashboard and nobody will be handling it during operation (hopefully!) - but it does give a negative first impression.
Next, the interface.
The interface with this device is almost 100% through the resistive touch screen (as opposed to capacitive). Resistive touchscreens are far cheaper to make than capacitive and hence that it why it is on this value range sat-nav however the responsiveness severely suffers and swiping across is next to impossible usually. Resistive touchscreens can be controlled using anything however, not just your finger, and Binatone therefore included a stylus which slots into the back of the sat-nav to control it. This is pretty handy and does overcome some of the rouble the resistive touchscreen has with fingers.
The only buttons on the device are a main on/off switch and a large sleep button on top.
Now, the software.
This is possibly one of the biggest let downs of this device. The software is very slow and cumbersome. The menus are arranged in not the worst possible way but certainly not the best either. I spend most of my day working with computers and electronics and even I struggle to navigate through the system when I haven't used it for a while.
This sat-nav is slow. I could probably end this section here but I will elaborate. if you have switched off the sat-nav instead of putting it to sleep, before using the device you must wait about 5 minutes for it to initially turn on, after selecting your destination, you must then wait a further 10-15 minutes for it to acquire a GPS signal. This means that you can be delayed by up to about 20 minutes plus however long it takes you to navigate their awful menus waiting to know where you are meant to be going.
Summary: If this wasn't so cheap, I would have returned it straight away