“ Manufacturer: Navman / GPS Type: Automobile / Form Factor: Fixed / Map capabilities: Internal / Enhanced accuracy: WAAS enabled, EGNOS enabled / Input Method: Touch Screen / Display Size: 3.5 in. / Display Type: LCD TFT Display / Resolutions: 320 X 240 / Included Software/Maps: USA Maps, Puerto Rico / PC Interface: Mini-USB / Built in memory: 32 MB / Antenna: Built-in / Battery Type and Quantity: Proprietary Li-Ion / Height: 8.5 cm / Width: 9.9 cm / Depth: 2 cm / Weight: 0.14 kg „
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My first experience of SatNav for a very long time, and I was pleasantly surprised. I briefly tried this technology many years ago when it was very new, very cutting edge and as useful as a chocolate fireguard, so I didn't rush to get one.
The Navman was a complete impulse buy. I bought it as Ebay's Deal of the Day, at so a stunning price it made me decide to join the SatNav age and stop being such an old codger.
The Navman worked straight out of the box. It's only small, fits in the palm of your hand, and has a nice clear colour screen. It's also very intuitive. I'm not one for reading the manual (that's what husbands are for!), I just dive straight in and start pressing buttons, and I found it easy to use straight away. The touchscreen is responsive and it's easy to understand what information to give it.
As luck would have it, I needed to make a long journey within the first week, so I could give the NavMan a good tryout. Fitting in the car was a doddle, the suction cup actually works on the windscreen really well, and it's easy to clip the unit into the holder and release it to remove from the vehicle.
I gave the Navman the postcode of my destination, sat back and let it get on with it. Even a dolt like me could understand the directions. The voice commands were helpful, well timed and made sense. It was slightly annoying that I spent the entire journey without the radio on, I was too busy listening to the machine to be bothered with music!
I found the 'speed camera' warnings pointless and annoying. Apparently I can pay to keep the locations updated, but as it 'dings' a warning every time you pass a point that has a speed camera, might have a speed camera, has ever had a speed camera at some point in the past, or might have a speed camera in the future I don't think I'll bother. Going round the 'traffic management' section of the M25 it sounded more like winning the jackpot on the pub slot machine than driving. Ding, Ding, Ding, yes I get the picture! It's easier to just behave and drive properly.
The Navman estimated my ETA to within 5 minutes. The person I was going to meet was amazed that I managed to find his house (tucked away in deepest countryside) without getting lost, and even accurately told him what time to switch the kettle on. I was like a little homing pigeon :-)
Since then, I don't venture out in the car without my Navman. OK, I sometimes disagree with the directions while close to home and choose not to take the suggested route. 'She' accepts my rebelliousness without complaint and quickly recalculates the route. The journey stats are useful, I like being able to see the current time, ETA, miles left to travel and average speed in one neat column down the right of the screen. I've not managed to break it or seriously argue with it so far, so I would say it was a very good buy.
A small niggle is that it's too easy to 'reset'. There's a slider switch to go from On-Off-Reset, and I can't count the times that I've taken it out of the car, meant to switch to 'Off' and mistakenly gone through to 'reset' instead. Not a show stopper but could have been designed with a separate 'reset' button.
I can't compare it with other, more expensive SatNavs sorry as I've no experience of them, but if you are looking for an entry level SatNav for around the £50-£70 mark, you could do a lot worse than this one.
I knew I wanted to get a sat. nav. for my partner as he had wanted one for ages, so when the opportunity to get him one arose, I looked around to get one that would be high quality at a reasonable price; which would also be fairly easy to use.
I looked in several places for a decent sat. nav. within my budget of around £80 but struggled to find the right one and I was getting really fed up, that was until one night when I was doing my food shopping in my local Tesco's, where I just noticed the Navman on special offer and I decided to purchase it as it was only £77.97. (I don't know much about sat nav's so my decision to purchase it was mainly based on price and comparing it to other sat nav's)
The sat nav is in a fairly small box, like the size you would expect to receive a new mobile phone in. The box is well presented, has lots of general information on it about the sat nav and also an image of the Navman f15. The box also stated, using images, what to expect to find in the box.
When I got home I opened the box and was pleasently surprised, as I thought because it was so cheap it wasn't going to look as good. The box contained, the Navman, a computer disc which shows you how to use it, an in car charger and a windscreen suction cup. The box also contains a quick start guide and information about the warranty.
The Navman itself is light in weight, black and quite small, which is good as it means that it's easy to carry around. The screen is 3.5" and it is touch screen.
Size (H)8.5, (W)9.9, (D)2cm.
The Navman is good because it has maps and points of interest already loaded onto it, so all you need to do add is your address, which it then saves and then put your desired destination in and it's ready to use straight away. My partner loves that it shows points of interest because when we have used it in the past it has showed us when we are near a McDonalds!
(also shows you where the safety camera's are)
You can also mute the sound on it, which is good because sometimes the voice can get really irratating.
To charge the Navman you need to use the in-car charger which you get with it. Im not really sure how long it takes to charge because whenever I have used it I've just left on charge, whilst I have been driving.
Overall the Navman is really good value for money and it certainly exceeded my expectations. It is very easy to use and basically self explanitory, however if you do struggle with it, there is a guide included with it.
Since I have purchased this product I have seen it at Argos for £67.99, so if you are thinking of buying it you will be better off going there.