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This is a superb satellite navigation and for the price you pay, has got to be one of the must buys. Ok its no TomTom, but this little sat nav is perfect for every day use and alot cheaper then most of its rivals. Its large, clear display makes the menus easy to browse through. Also when up and running, the large map is easy to follow even at a quick glance. There is a variety of views to have the map in, including birds eye and text display.
The womens voice tells you where to turn in plenty of time which is handy for no sudden lane changes. Speed cameras and speed limits for the road are diaplayed too. Battery life has a healthy time with it lasting for around two and half hours from fully charged.
Overall, I think this is one of the best sat navs to buy for the fact its cheaper than others, has clear and accurate maps and easy to setup. A must buy for road users!
I am a professional Golfer which means i have to drive all over the country to play. As you can imagine finding the Golf Courses can be very difficult so it soon became apparent that a SatNav was a necessary requirment of what i do.
What i was looking for was a touch screen SatNav with rechargable batteries and at a reasonable price. This was the one that was recommended by all shops i went to ask. As it was a reasonable price i bought it.
The F20 is so easy to use and has the ability to save addresses you think you may be visiting again. It has never taken me to the wrong place and has a 100% success rate of of getting me to a place on time. It is a partial touch screen with a few buttons down the side for easy of use. It comes with a car charger and has the capacity for a memory card if you want to download and save more maps of different countries. It can also be charged using a USB port.
I have also had the chance to use a Tom Tom SatNav and in comparisson the NavMan F20 is so much better, looks better, maps are better and is so simple to use.
I would recommend this over anything else.
I've had my nav man over a year now and it's stopped working.It keeps cutting out,and the only way to turn it on is to put the charger in, but it soon turns off,even though it is fully chargedis it built in ob. has this happened to anyone else?
I recently started driving HGV's as a new job, but am useless with directions and map reading. Luckily I started the job just after Xmas and had received a Navman F20 as a present.
I think the sat nav is an amazing piece of kit, and has helped me a lot. (And it gives me somebody to talk to whilst I'm driving long distances : ) ).
When I received the present they were on offer for £149.99 at Halfords, but i know they are cheaper at other retailers. The Navman F20 comes in a small box which contains a 12v DC in car power adaptor, in-car mounting bracket and user manual with installation guide. The instructions were very easy to use, in fact you don't really need them as when you turn it on everything is explained on screen.
On the menu screen there will be six options. My home,(this is obviously your address) New address,(this is where you want to be going) Places of interest, This will list the nearest POI, eg Airport, Cash dispenser, Golf course, Hospital, Place of worship, etc etc.) favourites,(This is all the places you have been to before, and saved them into your favourites menu). Recent addresses(This lists all the places you have been to recently) and preferences.( This is where you can decide how you want the Navman to work, eg Male or female voice, fastest time or shortest distance, brightness of the screen, etc etc.
When you come to enter a new address you want to go to, You just press New address, you will then be given three options. City/Area, Post code and Street. Just press post code and the name of the street you want will programme in with the route you need to take. Sometimes it will show a different street name to the one you have been given, if this happens then you just enter the name of the city or town the street is in and then the street name. You will then be given another three options. Centre of street, house number or intersection(if you press intersection this will list all the connecting roads to the one you want).
If for some reason you can't use the adapter then the battery will last about two hours, but if you turn the volume down and the brightness to about 20% then you will get about another two hours. This can sometimes be a problem because there are no at home chargers for the Navman, but i found a mobile phone charger with the same connection, which works perfectly. I found this at a market but have heard you can get hold of one for about £10 on the Internet.
I Think the Navman F20 is fantastic and has stopped me from getting very lost. Being a HGV driver i found the only thing i had to watch out for was weight restrictions and low bridges, as the sat nav does not recognise these as obstructions. You buy upgrades though that will provide different routes for this problem. Altogether though its an excellent buy.
Since passing my test 3 months ago, my family has noted my poor navigational skills. On recent drives to Portsmouth and Eastbourne (where getting lost doubled the journey time!) I relied on print outs from AA and the old fashioned A-Z. You can imagine my joy at receiving a Sat Nav system for Christmas!
***Navman/The Navman F20***
I have always been skeptical about navigation systems, in particular hearing about the systems directing people the wrong way. However, the F20, is supposedly the simplest, most reliable GPS navigation system on the market today. So on recommendation from friends and because it fitted his price bracket, it led to my other half buying this Navman for £150-£250 (he wouldnt tell me the exact cost!) from Halfords.
The packaging itself is enough to get anyone excited! The device came in a small, colourful, rectangular box highlighting the features and capabilities of the system. I was so excited to play with my new toy, and couldn't wait to prise the box open, but it wouldn't budge! It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to open the thing! Once inside I wasn't disappointed. It had everything I could need including;
1. The Nav Man F20
2. A 12V power socket
3. User manual
4. FAQ guide
5. In car mounting bracket
I had heard from TV adverts and friends that sat navs require complicated installation. However, installing the device into the car is so simple even I can do it!. Attach the simple suction cup holder to a suitable place on the windscreen and plug in the cigarette lighter power unit. After answering a few simple questions about the type of roads you like etc, the system is up and running. I didnt have to read the instructions until wanting to use it for directions.
***Hitting the road ***
The non-reflective 3.5" touch screen looks and works exceptionally well. When mounted on the windscreen you can just reach out and programme information in. It is easy to see in sunlight and resists fingerprint smudging. It is also great to store. I simply unplug and pop in my handbag. It makes a clicking sound when placed safely.
The F20 has four buttons arranged along the right-hand side of the screen. There's a Navigate button that returns you to the map view from the menu system and scrolls through various views during navigation. The Menu button takes you to the top-level menu. The best feature this sat nav has to offer is the dedicated buttons to find the nearest petrol station or car park ideal when youre somewhere unfamiliar, or like me a new driver who is getting used to finding the appropriate parking spaces! If youre holidaying in the UK or fancy a drive, the system also shows you points of interest (zoos/theme parks etc) which are nearby! Or if youre not sure where you have left your car, you can program your car location, and use it as a navigational system to assist you back to the car!
On the right-hand side of the device, there are two buttons for controlling volume, making it easy not to navigate through a menu tree to find the volume control for making adjustments.
Being the big kid that I am, I couldnt wait to get started, and with 95-100% coverage of the UK I was confident it was going to work. I programmed in my home address, which I stored as home on the system. This must be entered before it allows you to search for anything else. If wanting to go to this address I simply have to press home. Favourite addresses can be stored in the favorites section.
When going to a new address, the F20 allows you to choose between the quickest route or the shortest route by using the postcode, street name of town/city search. Once you've selected a destination, the F20 calculates your route and takes you to the navigation view. There are actually four navigation views you can scroll through by pushing the navigation button. The main view is a 3D view that adds a turn arrow with the distance to turn in the upper right-hand corner. The direction and name of the street are shown in text across the top of the screen. The second view is a 2D view that adds the "Next turn" graphic with the distance after the initial turn. The second turn is shown as a smaller graphic below the first turn. The third view is the list view showing turn directions, the distances between turns, and names of streets. Finally there's a "zoomed out" route overview that shows the distance to go and the percentage of trip completed.
I tested the Navman on route to Watford recently. I vaguely knew the route, so I decided to test the system and purposely missed my junction on the M1 to see what it would do. I was very impressed when it instantly rerouted to accommodate my route. I have also learnt many new routes from the system, which have come in handy to avoid traffic. What I found particularly useful is it tells you if there is a speed camera nearby by beeping loudly and beeping again if you go over the speed limit for the road you are on.
You can choose to either have a man or womans voice giving you the directions or can actually see the route on the screen. I would recommend the audio option, as trying to watch the screen can be distracting and dangerous when on the road. When needing to make a turn, the system gives you two warnings, one ahead of time and one just before you have to make the maneuver. This is great for ensuring you are in the right lane. Also useful in the lower left-hand corner of the screen is an icon that displays GPS status and signal strength. In the lower right-hand corner is a field that you can customise with one of six choices: Time; Battery Condition; Speed; Heading; Distance to Go; and Estimated Time of Arrival.
*** Problems ****
In a nutshell, the Navman alerts you to speed cameras and calculates the shortest route. What it doesnt do is give you traffic updates so in effect it could direct you to a route that is blocked off. However, you can buy a T1 Traffic Pack for real-time traffic updates for a one off fee rather than a monthly subscription. This is due to be launched at the end of January 2007
The only issue I had with this system is that there is no mains charger. With the in car charger having a battery life of 2 hours, I am considering purchasing a mains adapter from the Navman website for about £15.
Also worth noting is vehicles with a heated windscreen may require an external GPS antenna.
*** Summary ***
Since hearing some horror stories from friends and the press, I was skeptical about sat nav systems reliability and ease of use. However, take the F20 out of its box and its ready to use with an easy to use menu display on its high-quality, finger-friendly 3.5 touch-screen. And if you thought GPS capabilities and features would command a high price, think again. The F20 introduces a wealth of new features previously only found on much more expensive GPS navigation systems in the price bracket of £150-£250 (depending on what store you visit) As a unit at the lower end price bracket, this Navman F20 is an exceptional buy. However, you still need to be a competent driver and use your own common sense when driving and employing the F20 and just to be on the safe side, keep youre A-Z nearby in the car!
*** Contacts ***
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After getting lost for the thousandth time my family decided it was time for me to join the 21st century and get one of these little gadgets.
So on the Internet I went armed with my £200 budget from early Christmas money. I had very sepcific requirements
1. Easy to use
3. Easy to fit
4. Fit in my handbag
After looking at many different models on the net and a headache later I decided to hit the shops and actually ask people.
1st stop Halfords - Tom Tom One and the Tom Tom Europe were pushed at me as the salesman kept saying that places like the Isle of Man etc weren't covered by the Tom Tom One. £249.99 that one was way too expensive and I felt didn't meet my needs. I asked about the Navman F20 as it was on special offer and he said that I didn't want to go for that one as the customer service wasn't brilliant if it broke and they had better dealings with Tom Tom. I decided I needed more advice as being a girl I am a bit of a Technophobe.
PC World was the next stop - salesman brilliant. Had choices between the Navman F20 and the Tom Tom - I had already decided that the others that had built in MP3 players etc weren't for me - I just wanted one to get me from A - B without me getting lost.
The Navman alerts you to speed camera's and calculates the shortest route. Doesn't give you traffic updates but you can buy an extra piece of kit for a one off fee aleviating the pain of parting with a monthly subscription. After asking the salesman what the difference was between the Navman and the Tom Tom he just said price. So over to Curry's I went.
I asked to see them working - what amazed me was by the time the salesman had worked out how to switch on the Tom Tom I had programmed a route on the Navman - brilliant - no need to read the instruction manual. You really don't! I bought it on the spot.
Over lunch I programmed in my home address and other favourites that I might need. It works on either postcode, street name of town/city. You can also programme in points of interest so if you're like me and always end up dying for the loo halfway up the motorway and wonder how far the next services are the Navman finds out for you. You can choose to either have a man or womans voice giving you the directions or can actually see the route on the screen. The 3.5" touch screen is great as when the Navman is mounted to the windscreen you can just reach out and programme information in. Best of all is that it warns you if you go over the speed limit for the road you are on so if the road signs are 'hidden' then you know if you are speeding.
It was easy to fit with the suction cup on the mount and it is very flat - about an inch and a half thick so fits in my handbag a treat and the mount comes off the windscreen easily to fit in the glove compartment.
The only issue I had is that there is no mains charger only an in car charger but with a battery life of 2 hours this isn't major anyway. You can buy them from the Navman website for about £15.
I tested the Navman on route to Manchester recently and purposely missed my junction on the M6 to see what it would do - worked a treat, instantly rerouting.
Some downsides are that yesterday it did tell me to try to exit right off the M1 - not possible unless I wanna dice with death over 4 lanes nears Kegworth! And it doesn't always come up with the point of interest you want. I tested it with a restaurant I was trying to find in the Derbyshire Peak District last week and resorted to ringing 118 118 to find the number and then ask for the postcode!
This years must have item seems to be Satellite navigation. Of course over the last few years these little in car devices seem to have been growing popularity but this years run up to Christmas has really seen an explosion in the advertising and purchase of them. So being into my gadgets and not having one I decided with the offers about it was time to invest, especially as I spend a lot of my working week in the car going from one place to another. I did a bit of research on which one to go for and in the end went into Halfords and asked the assistant.
I expected the hard sale and to be pushed towards some top of the range model that was miles out of my price range. Instead it was recommended that I go for the Navman F20, one of the cheapest on the market at the moment. In fact at £149 it was Halfords cheapest GPS navigation system. There were a couple of things I was looking for from my Sat Nav system as it had to be able to keep me informed about Speed Cameras and I wanted something that would provide traffic alerts and alternate routes, but I'll get onto all that shortly.
The F20 is one of the more sleek designs on the market and doesn't really seem as bulky as the two TomTom models I had a look at. Instead with it's touch sensitive 3.5" screen it has the width but with a lot less bulk behind it makes it a system that is easier to carry with you when you park the car. The thinner design definitely put a tick in the box and meant that it was simply a case of deciding which Navman model to go for. Of course the other models all had more features but at almost double the cost I thought I would be best sticking with this one, especially as it was £50 cheaper than the TomTom equivalent.
The Navman met my need for Traffic Cameras; I mean come on who could really deny how handy that feature can be. The locations all come pre installed on the handset, but to get any updates it does cost extra. With the price set at £49.95 for a years worth of updates it seems a little steep and something that may only be worth doing every couple of years rather than on a yearly basis. Of course in comparison the cost is about the same as the other GPS navigation systems on the market. As well as Cameras the F20 comes complete with a number of local amenities including cash points, restaurants and cinemas. Unlike other models out there it also comes complete with the locations of the nearest petrol stations and car parks at the simple touch of a button, something that again seemed like a handy extra to have.
The only attachment the F20 didn't have that I was looking for was the traffic alerts. In order to get these Navman have cunningly brought out another piece of kit, called the T1. This gives you the Traffic alerts service without the subscription fee the other companies are charging, but it will cost you a one off payment of £120 quid if bought from Halfords. Instead I managed to get mine for just over £50 from Amazon meaning I have paid the same as the TomTom equivalent but I don't have to pay a monthly fee to receive the traffic alerts.
My first and only real complaint came as soon as I opened up the box. The F20 doesn't come with an AC adapter, only an in car charger, meaning until you can get hold of one you can only charge the system in your car. The AC adapters can be obtained from the Navman website for £13.50 but I really felt this should have been included in the standard pack. The battery does have a two hour life span, so it doesn't have to be constantly hooked up to the cigarette lighter, but I'd much rather be able to charge it in the house occasionally. Likewise the PC connection cables are another extra, but that isn't really as important at the current time as I don't intend to buy the Traffic camera updates.
Installation of the device is incredibly simple. It comes complete with a cradle that simply attaches to your windscreen using a suction pad and a lever that locks it in place. You can choose any point on your windscreen and attach it with ease. I was offered a service where by Halfords, for just £39.99, would fit the F20 for me but with the installation as easy as it is, it really didn't seem to be worth it.
Once you switch machine on it comes with a little bit of charge. The menu and preferences are incredibly easy to setup and the tutorial leaves very few questions. Once you've set your home location it makes using the F20 a very easy process. Likewise entering your destination is incredibly easy as the F20 can look up street names, Postcodes and town names to try and get you to where you are wanting to go. After setting all that up the navigation is even easier. There are 4 different views from the straight forward directions to a moving map that shows any adjoining roads and any Points of interest you've selected in your preference menu.
As you drive along the F20 can give you vocal directions as well as onscreen and this can be quite handy as you don't have to constantly look at the screen. The display is very easy to read and with quite a simplistic look makes it easy to follow. The display has the options to see your current speed, estimate time of arrival and even the battery left on your F20. The only draw back will be for anyone with a heat reflective windscreen as for the F20 to work in these cars you will need an external aerial to pick up the GPS signal.
Overall for a reasonably priced Sat Nav system the Navman F20 is certainly a highly recommendable product. It's incredibly easy to use and makes for an ideal system if you have no experience with them at all. They do seem to sting you with hidden costs and extras but when you look deeper into all the systems on the market even the top of the range systems have a lot of similar hidden charges and necessary extras. The F20 is very good value for money and if you shop around the extras can be picked up for a lot less, meaning the Navman is still the best value product on the market, especially if your looking for something on a low budget. So if like me you're a big kid at heart and love to have the latest gadgets I can thoroughly recommend the Navman F20.
AC adapter: £13.99
T1 Traffic system: £53.99 from amazon.
GPS navigation should help you get where you want to go easily, reliably and accurately. The F20 is Navman's simplest, most reliable GPS navigation system.
Take the F20 out of its box and it's ready to use with a completely redesigned menu display on its high-quality, finger-friendly 3.5" touch screen. And if you thought its class-leading GPS capabilities and features would command a high price, think again.
The F20 introduces a wealth of new features previously only found on much more expensive GPS navigation systems. So, you get dedicated buttons to find the nearest petrol station or car park - ideal when you're somewhere unfamiliar, full postcode searches and the easy-to-use touch screen. The latest GPS technology is also included in the F20 to achieve that accuracy and reliability, meaning you get high-quality navigation straight out of the box.
What's more, the F20 is made compatible with the optional T1 Traffic Pack for real-time traffic updates where you most need them - while using the F20 in your vehicle. And as you'll see with the Navman F20, there's now no longer any reason to fear GPS navigation bamboozling you on your journey.