Summary: I had been looking for a sat nav for a while and I didn't need anything fancy just one to get me from A to B and I eventually came across this, after doing abit of research I went ahead and bought it and I have to say it has never got me lost so far. It has got me everywhere I needed to be. Granted it maybe doesn't have bluetooth, music player etc but for getting you to your detination I think its great.
Navman iCN 530: A good, solid sat nav, that isn't perfect
2 March 2009
Summary: At first glance it is a good product. And it is for the most part. The maps are quite well labelled and it is usually fast with redirects. I do worry however about the sturdiness of the product however. Often I do have to reset the box and then go through the process of setting it up again. Other features are also good when looked at first, but then are disappointing.
Pros: Good at redirecting, solid
Cons: Bad in poor weather start ups, some features disappointing
Summary: Let's start off by saying that for the price of this Unit you cannot go wrong. If people expect it to have the same functionality as the latest and greatest TomTom at less than a third of the price then they need to take a reality check. I bought this specifically as I was moving to London and obviously didn't know my way around so wanted to get some help on that front.
Summary: I have used this unit for 2 years now. When I started using it I found that it took time to find the sattelite. Any thing between 25mins to 50 mins. This was in the House near the window and in Harrow, Middx. For short journeys I used to switch on the Navman 530 previous night with the post code keyed in. For longer journeys I would do it before setting on the journey. I have seen my colleagues using TOMTOM and other makes. Their units find the sattelites within 3 mins.
Summary: Bought this Navman whilst on holiday last year in France, found to be a great asset once I set up user preferrences. I returned from holiday to my home in Ireland to find the unit is useless in Ireland, very little map details only 33% coverage of country. Contacted company that makes maps and they have no plans to change this situation.
Summary: I quickly discovered the Navman has several flaws. The rechargable battery drains it's charge completely when not used frequently. I must often drive for 5-10 minutes before it will even switch on. The lack of alternative route feature is especially annoying. When the M25 is jamed up (every day!) and I want to find an alternative route, the Navman just keeps directing me back into the traffic jam. But the worst problem is the mapping is often inaccurate.
Excerpt: "The Navman 530 is the successor to the ICN 520 Sat Nav that I own. Buying this was a present for my parents that I landed up keeping myself and buying another for them. Originally I was looking for a simple yet quality packed Sat Nav. As per its predecessor, the 530 is a simple Sat Nav to use and not one of the many PDA's with a Sat Nav function. Navman have been making Marine navigation for a long time and have used the advances they made for sea ...
Pros: Start up speed, signal strength, cost, onboard memory, USB charging
Excerpt: "I have had my Navman 530 for about 3 month's and I am very happy with it, good battery life ability to upload your own points on interest, including speed camera locations. And this particular model comes with the ability of using the add-on traffic module. I have found the quick use Parking and Fuel locater buttons invaluable, as well as its back on track facility being better than any other sat nav I have seen. The 530 also has easily accessible ...
Pros: Quick use buttons to find nearest parking and petrol stations, Large screen .
Cons: Doesn't show speed ETA current time all at the same time like the tom tom's do .
Summary: Purchased this recently. Haven't used any other satnav device. I thought until I got this one I did not need a Satnav but have changed my mind now. It is great, although, UK map is not quite up to date. A recent trip to Bedford, I found out that roundabouts have been changed to traffic lights. I have come across this on few occassions, makes me wonder how old the maps are.