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I am having a little trouble getting my head around this as an idea that will encourage people to buy Navman navigation devices, but the company has committed itself to NavPix beyond the 700 series, and has made a business alliance with the Lonely Planet, which has a series of NavPix at the Web site for you to download. Apart from a general wondering about whether the idea will prove popular, I can’t help thinking that the iCN 700 series devices are just too heavy to carry around in order to snap photos – especially if you are carrying a digital camera too.
It feels a little old fashioned in these days of PDAs with integrated GPS antennae that you have to twist the antenna out of its flush fitting at the back of the casing to get things going, but this is as good a method as any of asking the kit to ‘please start fixing my position now’.
The SiRFstarIII Generation 2 antenna gave no trouble at all during testing, and maintained a signal even with the Navman iCN 720 on a table by a window with a very obscured view of the sky.
The right edge of the casing has a volume control wheel, which you can simply press to mute the system. On the left edge is the power socket (you get both mains and car power adaptors), connector for an external antenna, mini USB port for PC connections, and an SD card slot. You can use SD cards for storing maps and NavPix. On the top edge is the mains power switch and camera shutter button.
The column of buttons sitting to the right of the screen that I’ve already mentioned holds some of the best features of the iCN 700 series. Ported from its predecessor device are two buttons marked with a P symbol and a fuel pump. Press the former and it shows the nearest parking to your current location. Try the later and you get the nearest fuel stop. Both of these could be a real boon when you are travelling through unfamiliar territory.