updated 12:50 am EDT, Fri October 10, 2008
Navman S Series S100 GPS
Navman has unveiled its latest GPS device, the S-Series S100. One attractive feature of the device is its 4.3 inch flat widescreen that runs clean across the front surface without the traditional bevels found on most recessed screen GPS systems. The new ClearView maps have been redesigned to offer more readability when making quick glances at the screen, with reduced clutter and simplified colors. Another new feature, Junction Views, replicates major intersections or complicated exits in 3D.
The S100 uses "Spirit" software to provide the touch interface, which allows users to tap and slide the screen to manipulate menus or access other functions. Europeans can take advantage of the local search service that provides Point of Interest (POIs) for shopping, restaurants, lodging, and more. Users also have the option of saving their own by pressing a capture button.
"Smart Economical Routing" is claimed to calculate the most efficient route between the start point and destination. The S100 also supports navigation with geo-tagged pictures via the online NavPix library or Flickr.
The 13.5 mm thickness and pedestrian mode could make the device more practical to toss in a pocket while walking in urban locations. 3D landmarks are also provided of some areas, and SirfStar Instant Fix II technology is designed to pick up and lock onto satellites in areas with a more cluttered view of the sky.
When entering address information, a predictive text function or speaking keyboard function can be used. Route directions and road names are vocalized using a text-to-speech engine, and MP3 files are supported. A service that alerts to speed cameras is provided free for a year, although the service varies between countries. The Navman S-Series S100 will initially only be available in the UK, beginning in November, for £200 (~$340).