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John Davidson reviews the Navman SmartGPS for the
Australian Financial Review. The review states, before you leave the house, it
will use your home’s Wi-Fi network to download information from the social
media sites Yelp and Foursquare, to give you an up-to-date guide to restaurants,
cafes and other points of interest on your route. It will download petrol
prices for the day, so you can navigate yourself to the cheapest petrol. And it
will download the latest traffic and safety alerts. Davidson says he had some
difficulties with these features from the first device he tested. The second
device worked much better, especially with the petrol prices. Davidson states,
the information display on the SmartGPS is excellent, it uses a series of small
flip cards, which shows a good deal of internet-derived info on the same screen
as the map itself. Where you’d be forced to flip between apps on your phone to
get, say, petrol prices, Foursquare information on nearby restaurants and the
map, the SmartGPS shows it all in a single screen.
The Navman SmartGPS is featured as the ‘Gadget of
the day’ in The Advertiser. The article states, Navman’s latest GPS
synchronises with a companion smartphone app for iOS or Android, as well as
social services Yelp and Foursquare, so you can save frequent trips to view on
your PC, or search for destinations on your smartphone and send them wirelessly
to the Smart GPS and be on your way. The Smart GPS updates its details over
Wi-Fi while parked in your garage and can then deliver those details in real
time as you pass them, whether it’s a mobile speed camera or coffee shop offer.
Matt Sun reviews the Navman MiVue 388 Digital Drive Recorder and states for its size, the quality of the footage is good. In normal and low light, number plates and the make and model of cars in view were easily identifiable. The wide lens captured activity across the full width of the windscreen. The article also mentions other features of the device including ability to record audio, the “emergency” button to save videos in the protected folder and the ability to connect to computers or TVs for viewing.
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The June issue of Overlander magazine writes about the best products from the world of 4WDing. The Navman MY Escape II is featured in the article, which mentions its features, including a large range of travel and lifestyle information pre-loaded, 4WD Hema maps, as well as specialised information for 4WDers.