Navman MY50T review: Navman MY50T

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Swipe to scroll now merely an option. Traffic messaging at a low price. Larger than usual 4.7-inch screen.

The Bad Bluetooth, but not for hands-free. More illegal turns than we'd like. Overzealous school zone warnings.

The Bottom Line Thanks largely to the large 4.7-inch screen, good looks and demotion of swipe to scroll, the MY50T is a serious contender. Now, if only the Bluetooth was for hands-free communication...

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Design

With its piano black front and faux-metal plastic back, the MY50T isn't quite as spiffy as the preceding line of S-Series Platinum models . What it gives up on the runway, though, it more than makes up for in terms of usability.

Thanks to its stark minimalist look and big colour main menu icons the interface looks to be a straight carry over from last year's much derided Glide Touch system. Improvements have been made and the system can now more accurately determine the difference between a button press and an attempt at scrolling. As the MY50T is only fitted with a pressure sensitive screen, it's laggier and more error prone than the darling of the touchscreen crowd, Apple's iPhone . Possibly chastened by scathing user feedback , Glide Touch is disabled by default in favour of the button scrolling system found in all other portable GPS devices.

In general, it works well, although some screens, such as the route overview, are clearly designed with swipe to scroll in mind. We're big fans of the keyword destination search, but some features, like volume control, require way too many button presses. The MY50T's processor seems to lack the requisite grunt to pull off many animations, which crawl on and off screen with efficacy of a drunk caterpillar, although route calculation is prompt enough.

At 4.7 inches diagonally, the screen is larger than the 4.3-inch norm, although resolution remains at the class standard 480x272. We didn't notice the extra screen space until we placed it side by side with another GPS, though. While the screen is no longer flush, it's now matte, so driving during the daytime is much more pleasant. Physical controls are limited to a touch-sensitive Home button in the top left corner and an on/off/reset slide switch along the top. The windscreen mount is quite compact for easy storage and — hooray — comes pre-assembled.

Features

As its name suggests, the MY50T includes traffic messaging as standard — indeed, it's currently the cheapest available GPS with traffic — with the traffic antenna hidden in the recharging cable. A lifetime subscription to the Suna traffic messaging service is included with the device; at the time of writing the service is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. Traffic performance is passable; on several occasions we ran into delays on roads we can only assume were too minor for Suna to monitor, while in other instances we ran into reported incidents that had already cleared.

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Where to Buy

Navman MY50T

Part Number: CNETNavman MY50T

Typical Price: $399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.