There’s no quick route overview screen either, which can make detailed route planning a bit tricky. To do this you have to switch to 2D navigation and use the zoom controls – not the most straightforward of methods.
But more annoying than this is the address entry system, which is both confusing and frustrating. It’s fine when you first start it up – you get three large buttons on screen offering the choice between postcode, city or street – but after you’ve entered a few addresses, the caption text on the buttons changes from Post Code, City and Street to the details of the last address you entered. Okay, it’s not a deal killer, but it does make you pause and think “eh?” each time you enter the screen.
What may be more of a problem is the lack of full postcode support. The Medion website claims the device has a seven-digit postcode search, but during testing I found it didn’t offer anything of the sort. In fact I couldn’t get it to resolve any postcodes I entered past the first digit of the second part of a postcode – which makes entering destinations more of a bind than it should be. The voice recognition engine – yes it even has one of these – is not a patch on TomTom’s either. Even in very quiet environments I couldn’t get it to recognise the simplest of city and road names.
And last, but by no means least, the address database didn’t seem very flexible. It found most of the addresses I searched for without too much trouble, but you have to know which area a street is in before you can search for it. You can’t simply search for Melrose Avenue or Loxford Lane and then pick from a list – you have to know precisely which area those streets are in, or have the first part of the address’s postcode.
So, what starts off so promisingly for the Medion GoPal E3410 unfortunately ends up in disappointment. On paper the GoPal E3410 is superbly equipped for the money, with built-in TMC, Bluetooth, text-to-speech engine, voice address entry, lane assistance and full European maps for under £200.
But an at-times confusing interface, limited postcode support and frustrating address search make it slightly less of a bargain than it otherwise would have been.
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