On the right hand side is a reset button, which is a tacit admission that the device will crash on occasion. I didn’t experience any total lock ups during testing, but I did get the odd Windows style meaningless error message and you have to press a small, awkward OK button, several times to get rid of the message.
When you first go into the navigation software, you’re treated to a overview of your location from high in the sky, with the map moving down through the clouds and zooming in on your location, until you finally get down to street level. It’s pretty flashy, but the downside is that it takes ages, which isn’t what you want when you just want to get going.
One you eventually get there, you have buttons down the left from where you can plan your journey or go into another settings menu, where you can adjust the language, country but bizarrely inside this there yet another settings menu, which lets you choose between day and night and 2D and 3D views.
My other bug bear was that it was slow. There was a noticeable lag between pressing the screen and something happening. Again, after prolonged use you take this into account, but I found it frustrating and off putting.
Back at the main screen, you can plan your route by choosing Destination. You then find your destination by putting in the City, Street and number or straight via a Post Code, my preferred method. The device supports full 7-digit postcodes for the UK, which lets you get right to where you need to go. Once you’ve entered this you get a white screen with a very basic bar with the words’ Calculating Route’ across the screen.
Once this is done you get the usual affair of a 2D or 3D map, with an arrow showing the next turning in the top left. Along the bottom, there’s information such as distance to destination, the current time and the expected ETA. If you tap the screen you can naturally, go into a Settings page, and you can also choose an alternative route to take you round obstacles. From a Nearby option, you can go into the Points of Interest Database, which found all my usual locations.
The speed you’re travelling at is shown clearly on the bottom right, which is important in a device like this, which is designed to help you avoid speeding fines. When you do approach a camera you get a warning that flashes at the top, with the speed camera icon and the speed limit. What’s quite irritating though is the harsh beeping sound that it emits repeatedly as you approach the camera. You can change this behaviour by going into those initial menus and telling it to beep once, which is recommended to retain your sanity while driving.
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