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Don't buy the Navman ICN 320!!
on 24 January 2007
I have a Navman 320, got it for my Birthday in July 06. I have to say, it is absolutely awful! I''m just so glad I didn't pay hard earned money for it!!
On average, it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to obtain a 'GPS fix'. Very often, I arrive at my destination before it has even sprung to life, and end up slinging it in to the glove box in temper. Sometimes it doesn't even find one 'yellow' satellite, let alone 3 'green' ones (Navman owners will know what I mean). This poor signal cannot even be attributed to weather conditions. I have actually sat on the bonnet of my car on a hot summer's day, with a perfectly clear blue sky, with the Navman held pointing up at the sky, and it still hasn't achieved a signal.
As for the mapping side ... I am also somewhat disappointed. When I took the unit out of the box in July 2006, I would estimate that the mapping was approximately 5-8 years out of date. I know this, because the unit fails to recognise a major traffic light junction, which was converted from a roundabout approximately 6 years ago, and still asks you to "take the 3rd exit". A whole residential estate, built in approximately 1998-9 in Lichfield, Staffs, is completely missing from the mapping. A major junction, which was converted to a fly-over about 5 years ago, still manages to confuse the ICN320 as you go over it.
I wrote a letter to Navman, detailing all of these problems and was basically told "It's a cheap Sat Nav, what do you expect?" They fobbed me off with some statistics about mapping accuracy and gave me some instructions to reset the GPS receiver, in a vain attempt to improve the signal. Funnily enough, it didn't work. Not once did they offer me even a repair service, let alone a replacement unit.
I accept that it's a low priced, entry-level Sat Nav, but surely it should be fit for the purpose for which it was designed?
Please, don't waste your money. Save up and get a decent unit, it's false economy.