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Beneath this pair is a button which takes you to the main menu screen, while the next button down in the row takes you to the ‘Go To’ screen. Both these screens show off well Navman’s approach to the touch screen user interface – the six on screen buttons are very large, their graphics clear, and it is extremely easy to find the one you want and hit it with a finger.
The same goes for the address entry screen, which has a pretty large tappable keyboard. You do need to use a finger tip or nail here rather than the pad of your finger, but the system is well thought through. Both numbers and letters sit on the same screen, so you don’t have to make unnecessary taps to flick about between separate screens to enter these. When you enter a destination it is shown in preview format on a map, and you can choose to ‘go’ there immediately.
The bottom button cycles you through the various map views available – 3D map, 2D map, next turn, and turn list. As already noted the wide screen allows you to see a lot more information than you’d get with last generation devices. This amounts to more than just a bit of extra map. It means that the non map information, such as the distance to next turn, distance to go and so on, don’t obscure the map too much. And in the ‘next turn’ screen there is room for a huge direction arrow and a map of your current location.
The Navman iCN 700 series supports full postcode navigation, and on most occasions that was all I used when testing – though for some reason it wouldn’t let me enter a building number after a postcode which meant I didn’t quite get full ‘door to door’ navigation.