Navman MY30 review: Navman MY30

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3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Clear, loud safety camera alerts. Clean, minimalist look. Slide-to-scroll now only an option.

The Bad Constant school zone warnings irritating. Chunkier than 4.7-inch models. More lane guidance would be nice.

The Bottom Line Good looks, good price, but let down by overzealous school warnings and limited lane guidance.

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Design

This is the baby of the 2009 Navman range and, as such, it comes fitted with a bog-standard, entry-level 3.5-inch touchscreen. This is quite a step down from the rest of the MY range , which all sport larger-than-normal 4.7-inch screens. The lack of screen girth is most evident when entering destinations, where the keys on the virtual keyboard are on the teeny weeny side.

On the map screen, instructions are only slightly smaller than on the big screen models. This small miracle is achieved by moving the distance-to-destination/time/speed box, which normally resides in the top right-hand corner, to an awkward spot just underneath the info bar that runs along the top of the screen. Another item that's migrated is the touch sensitive menu button, which moves to the bottom left corner. The on/off/reset slide switch remains on the unit's top edge.

Despite being considerably smaller overall, the MY30 is thicker and chunkier than its siblings. That said, it utilises the same windshield mount as the rest of the MY range; it's quite compact, so glovebox storage shouldn't be too much of an issue, and it sticks like a limpet.

The stark minimalism of the map screen and the large pastel coloured icons of the main menu would make Samuel Beckett happy. Destination entry is a snap, especially when using the keyword search feature. Unless, of course, you're scrolling through a list of the 1000 George streets in your city. By default, the menus are navigated via a button scrolling arrangement, although the iPhone-style slide-to-scroll system is still available — it's better than on last year's much maligned S-Series Platinum models, but still occasionally confuses a slide with a button press and vice versa.

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Where to Buy

Navman MY30

Part Number: CNETNavman MY30

Typical Price: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.