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Navman S50 3D - Navman S50 3D

By Jonathan Bray



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With everything added together one thing is clear - this is a highly effective and very usable sat-nav. Maps are extremely clear and easy to read, especially the onscreen next turn indications. These are displayed as icons in the top left corner of the screen and with a 3D arrow overlaid on the map itself, both of which make it abundantly clear which way you need to go. I found complex roundabouts particularly easy to navigate with the S50 3D - an area that many sat-navs fall down on. The big 4.3in, 480 x 272 screen, too, allows loads of detail to be squeezed onto the screen, and you can see a long way down the road and around you, even in 3D view.

In testing, I found voice instructions were delivered in a timely fashion and very clearly and there were very few problems with the routes it chose, though it won't - as the high end TomTom's do - take into account real world journey times, just speed limits. Routes were recalculated swiftly when I strayed off route and you get 12 months worth of speed camera updates too.

It isn't quite perfect. There's no lane assistance feature as there is with the latest TomTom and Navigon devices and traffic information is not included as standard. The screen updates with a slow and stuttering action, which isn't ideal when you've got lots of turnings linked tightly together and a strange choice of which mapping details it displays makes browsing the map to add waypoints rather more difficult than it should be. Cities and towns aren't marked especially clearly in overview 2D mode, for instance, which makes finding points on the map by hand tricky.


Despite some niggles, however, the S50 3D is a usable and effective navigation device and one that's particularly good value for money. It's unique - as far as I can tell - among sat-nav's this cheap (£111) to feature a 4.3in screen and its business directory search is another feature that sets it apart from other low-cost navigation devices. More importantly, it beats the disappointing TomTom One V4 and just edges in front of the Navigon 2100 as the best budget sat-nav around.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Features 8


August 20, 2008, 10:47 pm

Sat-Nav units have a great secondary use as speed/safety camera warning systems. Probably the best speed/safety camera database is the PocketGPSWorld database which can be installed on most sat-nav systems. Unfortunately the maximum user installable point capacity of the Navman S series units like the S50 is less than the number of cameras in the database. So the database can be used, but not in it's entirety. Some camera types must be left out e.g. mobile cameras which is not a very satisfactory solution.


February 22, 2010, 12:17 am

i have one of these and would not recommend itfor the following;

1) out of date maps.

2) appalling routing - b and c roads at first chance, longest in time and distance routes.

3) battery life of 45mins - 3 hours quoted.

4) no support - not by email and they have a premium phone number.

on the plus the interface is not bad and it is quite accurate in its positiponing once you are there!

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