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.
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.
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.