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Interface and optional extras

By James Morris



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However, the Spirit interface's unique feature is keyword search. Although the traditional address and POI category searches are available, you can also do a keyword search across both databases. This makes finding a street or point of interest without knowing the host town or city possible. In fact, it's so much quicker than the usual method of drilling down through levels that you will probably use this as your first port of call for any address where you don't have the full postcode to hand. If you do, though, the Panoramic supports the full set of UK digits, so can navigate you directly without needing to know an address at all.

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Other than this, the usual facilities are in evidence. You can plan a journey with multiple waypoints using the Trip Planner, navigate to a city centre or map coordinates, and store a list of favourites including a home location. If you upload NavPix images to the device, you can use the location information of one of these to set up a destination. A list of recently found locations is also stored - always a handy feature. When you've chosen your destination, the Panoramic gives you a choice of four different routes - the Fastest, the most Economical, the Easiest and the Shortest. It has to calculate each of these in succession, so takes four times as long, but you can choose one before it has been calculated and the Panoramic will discard the others and focus on your choice.

Navman Panoramic

The Panoramic has a few premium extras, although in quasi-trial form. Cityseekr travel books are included for six major European cities. These are essentially POI databases on steroids, providing a lot more detailed information about amenities - such as opening times for museums, and a short review of each one. This will help you plan a holiday trip, but of course you can also choose to navigate to them directly once you've found something you want to visit. You can obtain some travel books of individual countries for £7.99, or the whole of Europe for £39.99. Another optional extra is RDS-TMC traffic notification. The receiver for this costs £36. The Panoramic has the requisite menu option for traffic, but it's non-functional until you connect the extra hardware.


March 6, 2012, 11:17 pm

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.


March 27, 2012, 10:17 pm

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!


June 23, 2012, 11:40 pm

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


June 16, 2013, 2:08 pm

has the navman panoramic got blue tooth and speed camera BUILT IN ?

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