This feeling is reinforced when looking at how in-car systems are now more prolific than ever. Even if sat-nav is not available in the base model of a modern new car, it is typically available as an option, albeit somewhat over-priced at times.
And then there are the devices themselves. The latest MY670LMT GPS unit is nothing too flash to look at, it is simply a screen surrounded by a matt black and dull-silver bezel. and then there is the whole power cord organisation and wind-shield mount with which to muck around.
The good news is that this is not too hard to set up, the mount and unit itself are fuss-free, and generally speaking there are many good reasons to turn to a dedicated device rather than relying on a personal smart device that needs to be constantly de-mounted, is illegal to touch, and may receive the odd phone call or two during the journey.
“We’ve all had those bad days where things just aren’t going our way, whether we are taking the kids to a birthday party, after taking them to soccer and can’t find a particular street, or when there has been an accident on the freeway and half an hour gets added to the trip home from work. It’s frustrating and who has time for those moments? A reliable stand-alone GPS can really help cut time and keep your driving experiences more sane even if the rest of the day has been a bit hectic,” said Wendy Hammond, managing director, Navman Australia and New Zealand.
“For example, the Live Traffic Updates on this model will monitor traffic conditions every few seconds and suggests routes to avoid incidents so you can get on with your day. Directions are also easier to understand with Landmark Guidance that uses objects such as traffic lights, petrol stations, parks and churches combined in its directions to help guide you in unfamiliar areas. For example in 200 metres at Daily Park turn left into Smith St.
“The device even makes dinner plans easier as the in-built Zomato Restaurant Guide helps you find a great dining option for the whole family with reviews and restaurant recommendations in every Australian city and guide you to the door, even suggesting a nearby parking station if you need one.
“More importantly the safety features on the device are second to none with safety alerts that actually tell you when you are approaching a school zone or speed camera. Premium Driver Alerts will also warn you of changing road conditions such as upcoming merges, high wind areas or steep inclines. The MY670LMT additionally has a Roadside Assistance feature that will locate the closest help in the event of a breakdown and even provide GPS co-ordinates so you can give emergency services your exact location – a very useful feature for your next road trip.".
It was actually these later features, the we found most useful. Safety camera alerts and speed zones – even if, at times there can be some confusion between side and main road speed limits, as well as the disappointment that school-zones are not based on time-of-day.
We like the responsive 6.2” touch screen and the refined presentation. We are also big fans of being able to funnel our phone into the device via Bluetooth, a further encouragement to stay away — while driving — from those pesky distractions that can rule our lives at times.
Whilst we will probably never use the much lauded Zomato Restaurant Guide, there are plenty of ways a dedicated “get me to the place” device can remain useful.
The MY670LMT is a workmanlike product, Navman has refined the interface, they could refine it further we feel, but it does the job in a no-fuss way that many will appreciate for the price – which is a RRP of A$199.