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I am a tour guide and GPS navigation is an absolute essential. Screen size is a marketing gimmick.
I have had a Navman N60i [4.5" widescreen] T/Tom something or other [3.5" screen] and run T/T Nav 6 in a Nokia 61 phone. The Nokia has proved, over the years and thousands of miles of travel in UK, France, Belgium and Holland, to be perfect for the job, better than either of the GPS units.
One of the things that these great big screens do, apart from providing redundant information on either side of the route, is drain the battery down chop-chop when not plugged into the car. My E61 will give me 6 hrs of unplugged navigation from one charge. I tested how long it would run once the battery low warning light started flashing. The answer was Oxford to the M1/North Circ junction in London - about 1 hr 30 mins.
My Nokia will do all the things a Symbian 60 smart phone will do AND run Nav 6 for hours, unplugged.
It is infuriating to me that 1] manufacturers of GPS units restrict small screens to the low end of their ranges - my T/T 3.5" would not do B to C route planning whilst at position A, useless for a tour guide. 2]TomTom has not replaced Nav 6 for pda/mobiles [last updated in March 05] with anything else, other than something for iPhone. Nav 7 was only bundled with a small selection of high-end £400-500 phones and was only available for about 5 mins before T/T pulled it.
As long as my 2 Nokias with Nav 6 continue to work, I will continue to use them. If someone comes up with another good nav up to date app for a phone that does not involve running up vast bills in roaming charges [cf Google Navigation] when ex-UK, I get that. The stand-alone GPS unit is a waste of money.
What rubbish the last comment was! I don't think the screen size is a gimmick at all. My husband is colour blind and even with a TomTom's colour changing destination route / road colour, it still proved a problem for him. We used to have a Garmin, then a TomTom. He used to struggle with distinguishing the colours ... Until we bought this! This device has completely changed everything for us. It is useful, easy to use, fantastic for getting us to our destination (better than the Garmin was) and the screen makes squinting a problem we can forget about... And it was a bargain of a price. Winners all round.
I'm planning to buy one for my dad next who always struggles with his Garmin. He desperately needs a sat nav that doesn't require him to Switch glasses to use and this one will do just that!
initial findings are 1 the icon denoting your position is very big and obscures the name of the street that you are at (very very very very annoying and is NOT changeable like other satnavs)2 that there is not much difference in screen contrast in any of the map display themes making it hard to see smaller roads on the screen in the daytime mode 3 if you need to manual zoom it involves 3 touches(tedious&dangerous) I think the software developers need to ACTUALLY go somewhere in a car preferably in a city they don't know, to find out how hard this thing makes it 4 after updating to the latest maps I've already in two weeks been taken to 3 out of date road modifications 5 route finding is not easy
has the navman panoramic got blue tooth and speed camera BUILT IN ?
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