The Navman N60i has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, which doesn't stand up to the picture taking prowess of the average mobile phone these days, but it's what you can do with the snaps it takes that's the pretty cool part. The Navman N60i, and its companion N40i (AU$849), lets you navigate to an image rather than an address. You can download photos of famous landmarks from the NavPix library hosted on the Navman Web site or get back to a favourite unnamed beach or hunting spot by taking a picture there which automatically loads and stores a GPS fix of the spot where you took it.
To build the NavPix library, Navman teamed up with leading travel publisher, Lonely Planet, so not only do you get the latest Lonely Planet images, but also up to 100 words of travel information from the guidebooks including hotels, shops and restaurants across 19 major cities.
This content is all free to download, and, in addition to photography supplied by Lonely Planet, users can create their own photo libraries taken on Navman cameras and upload them to share with others on www.navman.com.
For more conventional 3D navigation, the N60i is pre-loaded with Australia-wide street level mapping. Speed and red light camera warnings are also available via free download from Navman website.
The design of this unit is slimmer than previous models, making it very portable. The 4.3-inch colour touch-screen boasts a new anti-fingerprint/anti-glare surface and there are convenient quick-access Fuel and Parking buttons along the right side of the screen.
It has SiRF Star III GPS receiver which produces a much stronger and faster signal than many older GPS devices. It also features an infrared remote control, 64MB SDRAM + 2GB integrated Flash ROM, (you should be able to store up to 200 favourite destinations or multi-stop trips) and a spare SD slot for additional mapping. Navman claims the rechargeable Li-ion battery should last up to five hours.
The N60i will be available in Australia in mid November and will replace the Navman iCN700 series.