Evesham is one of the few PC manufacturers that were around in the eighties that is still going strong today. It’s achieved this by paying attention to what the market wants and offering the right products. In recent years it’s launched a spin off web site called Lowest on Web, offering a range of components and electronics to supplement its main PC business and sells many products under the Evesham brand, offering great value for money. Recently we looked at one of its TVs and found it to be surprisingly good. One of the most popular electronic devices these days are GPS units, so it’s no surprise the Evesham offers a number of its own brand GPS devices.
The device itself is covered in a plastic that has a sturdy, chunky feel to it. The device has the 3.5in, 320 x 240 resolution screen with buttons on the right. The device is essentially a PDA running Windows CE, which you’ll discover after receiving several Windows style error message dialogues. It’s a touch screen device but you can also choose to use the stylus that’s located at the bottom right. However, when the Nav-Cam is sitting in its cradle in the car you can’t get to the stylus.
The car cradle is simple and effective and it only takes a few moments to attach it to your windscreen.
Before you turn the device on you need to move the power switch that’s located underneath the unit. This can be done with the included stylus. Once this is done you can turn the Evesham on and off easily with the power button on the left.
Next to this is a small hole for the reset switch for the inevitable lock-ups. On the right hand side you’ll find the power socket for the supplied wall charger and above this a mini USB connector. This is used for both connecting the device to a PC and for charging it in the car, as the supplied in-car charger uses this connection rather than the main power socket.
At the rear you’ll find a fold-out aerial, though you don’t need to extend it to get reception. On the top side you’ll find a SD card slot, into which you’ll place the supplied 256MB SD card, containing AA Navigation software with maps of UK and Ireland included. This leaves 142MB of space for photos and music, both of which the Nav-Cam can handle.
These functions are accessible from the initial screen that you see when you turn on the device but I’m not convinced why anybody would want these things in a GPS device. You can’t access either function while the navigation software is running – though that’s hardly surprising and the dull, low-res, slightly grainy screen, with only 64,000 colours, is hardly the best way of showing off your favourite pics. It also makes for a rather bulky MP3 player. These functions are always offered by Windows CE based GPS devices seemingly only for the reason that they can do it – which doesn’t mean that they should.