NAVMAN iCN 520 Tested in my car and on my motorcycle
7 February 2008
Summary: NAVMAN iCN 510 Vs. iCN 520 Portable GPS Navigation System My original purchase was a iCN 510, After about a year I bought the software upgrade that now ships in the newer model, the iCN 520. with the new software installed, my older iCN 510 now has the same specs as the iCN 520. Only the color is different. Both on my bike and in my car, I can give a more robust review, after having used this unit for several months in addition to testing it with its original software.
Summary: I have owned the product for over a year, and it has always performed wonderfully. Gets a GPS fix in 30 - 45 secs the first time you turn it on each day, and if you shut it off during the day, it fires right back up getting its GPS fix within 15 seconds. I have the 2005 Smart ST maps, and they are very accurate. I have only noticed a few incidents of mapping errors (telling you to make a turn that is illegal, house number range off, etc...
Summary: Worked well maybe once! After that I couldn't get a satellite lock no matter what. I live in sunny Florida. No reason for it to have such a hard time locking on. Too bad the actual GPS part didn't work well because the graphics, user interface and shape were quite nice.
Summary: I bought this item as a suprise for my husband, he uses it every day for work. He no longer has to print out maps, he just types in the address and it takes him right to his destination. Good product for the price.
Summary: The unit started to send error messages when I was loading the state maps off of the CDs. All data was lost (I spent several hours loading the data at that point), and then it wouldn't take any data off of the CDs at all. I ordered a different brand, and am much happier with it.
Summary: I have owned this GPS for 2 month. This GPS takes very long time to load and transfer maps from a CD. One hour to transfer 250 MB. total 2 GB of map data for North America. Map are outdated. Sometimes the voice instruction are confusing. The map on the screen showing that you should turn right, but the voice will tell you "keep left". I got into the wrong lane and missed the turn because of that. The routing calculation algorithm is not smart.
Summary: I spent $544 bought a Navman iCN 510 last year in June. It only works for about 13 months. The memory card stops working. I called the tech support; they told me that it passed one-year warranty. I have to spend $150+ to ship it back and get it repaired. I can't believe this thing can really find a good time to die! At least this company is good at making it's GPS last till the warranty passes.
Summary: After reading many glowing reviews of this product, I decided to take the plunge and order one. One week later it was repackaged in the box and shipped back. The unit has some nice features including quick route calculations, many POI's, and a nice touch pad. However the time it took to acquire a sat signal makes this thiing pretty much useless.