The navman s30 was a welcome birthday from present from my son, as i spend alot of time getting lost on my way to golf courses!!
The navman s30 is very easy to use, the touch screen menu is easy to access and very easy to programme, even for me a bit of a techno-phobe.
The screen is nice and large and very easy and clear to see.
Now that I have used it for a summer season of golf club trekking there are a few problems I have found .
When i try to use the cradle the satnav falls off at every corner!! so i now have to have it propped by the gearstick where i can see it (just about) but where it wont end up on the floor ( i am going to invest in some blu-tac for next summer).
The instructions from the voice command are very good and timely but the volume is quite low, even on full, and i have missed instructions. Certainly cant have the radio on when i need to hear where to go.
When first turned on it can take quite a while5-10mins, for it to find a signal, which is fine setting off from home as i have a rough idea of which direction i am going, but not very useful when heading home from a strange place, i just find myself sat in the car waiting fir a signal.
Overall whilst i have managed to get from a to b better than without it there are some issues i have with it. Not the ideal satnav if you need to use it day to day but a good cheap option for occasional use.
i was looking at tom tom ones for 129 qiud and then this was on the shelf in a supermarket for 89 quid so i looked closer and after reading all the features were the same i went for it and to be honst i have regretted every time i use it. It takes ages to find sattelites when you switch it on and is very fiddly to fit in the cradle. It also thinks i am driving like lewis hamilton because it gives unreal driving times. Okay it has got the important 6 digit postcode and speed cameras on it but it is no way near as good as the tom tom. i say this but i have still got it and use it every day so it cant be that bad can it??? To get to the point.. if you are going to use a sat nav alot then spend the extra on a tom tom but if its only now and then use so you dont want to spend alot then it does the job. Hope this helps you
The S30 Navam definately gets the thumbs up from me. The unit is light, durable and stylish. It comes complete with a grib to attach on the screen. The grib stays firmly on the screen (unlike another Sat Nav i used to have!).
The screen is the pefect size and is completely touch screen. The unit is easy to use - you really can't go wrong with it!
The menu allows quick access to postcode, town and road search and stores your favourites to make it even easier to find.
You have the options of fastest route, avoiding motorways and avoiding tollroads.
It gves you clear warnings of a variety of speedcamera types and reminds you of the speed you are going if you go too fast.
The instructionsare clear and you are given plenty of notice. There's nothing worse than reaching a junction or roundabout and panicing because you on't know whch way to go.
It also allows you to program in muliple stop routes for when you need to drop your mates off!
I really would recommend this to anyone as it is easy to use, not expensive and is fantastic at getting you from A to B.
The s30 is an entry level satnav with a slightly cramped 3.5in display.
The other two new models in the s series, the s50 and the s70, both boast larger screens.
At the top right is an indicator showing how many more miles you will be staying on the same road, along with its name.
The centre of the screen shows the street that you are on and your progress along it, while the roads you pass are displayed in a subdued grey with thinner lines.
The big story with the latest navman range is supposed to be the 3d representation of instantly recognisable buildings. That said, if I couldn't recognise the real life big ben, I doubt a large cartoon image would have helped much.
The s30 3d makes a valiant attempt to distinguish itself as a local travel guide rather than a navigation tool, but I wonder whether its business-search features are more suited to the larger models.
With a budget product such as this Navman S30 GPS unit, your reviewer starts by looking for the areas where costs have been cut and in this case the search doesn't take especially long.
I am new to satnavs and did my homework by looking at reviews and comparing brands like the Garmin nuvi and Tom Tom one.
The Navman S30 stood out from the rest. It did not disappoint me.
The Sat Nav unit consists of a 400MHz Samsung CPU and SiRF Star III GPS chip. There's no surprise that the screen measures 3.5 inches on the diagonal and has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, as you could hardly expect anything more for just over £90. Navman has used a combination of SmartST 2008 software and Tele Atlas 2007 maps that proves to be very effective.
The map uses graphics that are colourful and chunky, with your route laid out in green and turn arrows clearly marked in yellow. At the top left of the screen is an icon that indicates the type of junction you're approaching so you should never have to wonder whether you are bearing left, taking the second of four exits or going around a hairpin. I like this feature as it tells you the road ahead for around 2-3 miles.
On the right side of the screen there's your 'distance to go' figure and three large buttons that you use to change the view of the map, to zoom in and out, and to change the mode. Press one of these buttons and you'll be presented with a sub-menu and more options.
Despite the small screen size, address entry is quick and easy as the virtual keyboard includes both letters and digits on the one screen.
It doesn't spell out street names at junctions but does call out the junction numbers on major routes. The speaker is loud enough to let you know what is happening. You can alter all of the settings for speaker loudness, detail of the maps etc.
You'll find it worthwhile to dig around in the route planning options to find the setting for 'route type' that best suits you. With the slider on 'fastest time' the S30 will take you to the nearest motorway regardless of whether it involves a detour but adding a touch of 'shortest distance' redresses the balance.
I travel a lot from Scotland down to the Midlands and have found the Navman S30 Satnav to be invaluable and would recommend anyone to buy it.
The slim, light S30 works straight out of the box and is simply a joy to use. Hidden inside its slender frame are a host of features that you really need. Of course, Navman's industry leading voice and visual guidance, as well as the intuitive menu come as standard. The S30 is perfect for anyone who wants secure, powerful navigation at an affordable price.