The basic S30 3D comes with just UK and Ireland maps. The maps for other regions are on the disc, but encrypted. You can purchase a key to unlock Western Europe, Eastern Europe, USA & Canada, Australia or New Zealand for £69 each. The S30 has about 320MB free for further maps with UK and Ireland already installed. The bundled NavDesk software used to transfer maps is busy with features, such as the ability to upload different voices to your Navman, subscribe to safety camera information, and work with the NavPix system.
This brings us to the other major addition the S30 3D has over the basic S30 – Navman Connect. This uses the Infobel service to provide a much more extensive database of POIs. With the S50 3D, a Bluetooth-connected mobile phone can be used to access Navman Connect on the move. But with the S30 3D you will need to search the database on an Internet-connected PC whilst the Navman is attached via USB. Any locations you add are downloaded to the device automatically, and can be loaded as destinations in the Navman Connect section. We found the Infobel service contained the majority of locations we searched for. Navman Connect could come in handy for planning possible destinations in advance for a holiday trip, but although it covers Europe, it was missing a few countries – such as Portugal.
The S30 3D’s headline 3D model system may be a disappointment, but at least you don’t pay a premium for it. In fact, this is one of the cheapest standalone sat-navs currently on the market. Yet it’s still a very capable device, and easy to use. For many people it will have everything you need to get around from A to B, for a very reasonable price.
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