Product Type: Navman in GPS Navigation
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Navman S30 3D Sav Nav System
Member Name: rji0907
Advantages: Simple to use, easy to understand
Disadvantages: Constantly needs charging
My partner wanted to get me a sat nav as he knows I am not exactly a natural when it comes to directions. When in our local cash convertor recently we found a Navman S30 3D for just £30.00 so we decided to go for it.
Obviously this isn't the price that this sav nav system retails at, when scouring the internet for prices I have found that this sav nav can generally be found for around £60.00 from most places.
In no technophobe, but I didn't want anything too technical either. I simply wanted a sat nav that I could type postcodes into and it would get me from A to B without any hassle.
This sat nav has really impressed me. It is simple, yet sleek in design and has all the features I wanted it to have, but without anything too complicated. The screen itself is around 3.5" x 2.5" so is easy to read. The womans voice is clear and surprisingly not too irritating.
When you first switch it on you have to wait a few seconds whilst it traces your current location, this took around 30 seconds. Once it has done that you are ready to enter your desination postcode. I did this with ease and the instructions on the sat nav were clear and easy to follow.
When you press the menu button on this sav nav there are six options to choose from, which are home, favourites, recents, maps, address, POI's. Each one is quite self explanatory really. I like the fact that you can store locations you are likely to use often under 'Favourites' as this means you do not have to keep typing them in every time you use them, they are already there waiting for you.
The POI's (points of interest) feature is quite good too. You simply enter the details of the town/location you are visiting and it will bring up local attractions for you.
The other parts of the menu are self explanatory. Again, they are all clear, simple and easy to use and thats just what I wanted from this sat nav.
The maps themselves are clear, simple and uncomplicated. The surrounding roads are grey with the route you are to follow mapped in green. There are then blue instructions on the page to assist you with which way to go and how far until the next instruction. Obviously you also have the lady telling you which way to go so you don't have to take your eyes off the road.
Within the box for this sat nav you get the sav nav itself, a car charger, cd rom disc, car mounting bracket and usb cable.
This sat nav also has a pre installed safety camera database which warns you of approaching cameras which I found very useful!
When I used this I was trying to find the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, and believe me driving around Birmingham when you are not used to it is no easy task! However with my trusty sat nav I got there and back with ease. Even on a complicated, busy road system such as Birmingham City Centre, I took no wrong turns and found the instructions to be correct and simple to understand too.
My only slight gripe with this sat nav is that the battery life is rather short so I would recommend keeping your car charger in the car with you at all times, or I fear this sat nav could let you down when you need it most and die on you! You donn't get a mains charger with this, but I have brought an additional one from Ebay for just £2.25, additional car chargers are readily available for the same price too if yours goes missing.
Overall I was really impressed with most aspects of the Navman S30 3D. It was light and compact, also quite stylish in the looks department, but did everything I needed it to with ease. I believe that many new products nowadays are overcomplicated with new features, and although thats what many of you may like, its certainly not what I wanted. If you want a simple, straightforward satellite navigation system that is trustworthy to get you to and from your destination with nice simple instructions then this may be the one for you.
It is reasonably priced, though if you scour the internet I am sure you could get it cheap as I did, and for me the £30.00 I paid for it was a bargain. Routes are easy to follow both by the map itself and also by the verbal instructions you receive and both voice and picture are 100% clear to understand.
I would highly recommend this sat nav to anyone wanting a stress and hassle free journey with a sat nav.
Summary: A great sat nav