Navman Mio S500HF reviews

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This sat nav is a good all rounder.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
Navman Mio S500HF: Covers Single countries sat nav See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Use it for work

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Large icons, easy to use, full postcode entry.
Bad points:
Traffic updates don't always come through
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Nov 2009

Lee, Coventry Always use sat nav

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy user interface and good graphics. detailed junction view is a very useful tool. Slim profile but screen big enough to have a clear detail of route. Clear functionality buttons.
Bad points:
Sometimes takes a few seconds to respond to buttons being pressed. Detailed junction view, although being very good sometime stays displayed for too long and not displaying the correct lane after the junction has been navigated resulting in having to jump lanes and annoying other drivers
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 9.0
Size 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Apr 2010

Paul, Windsor Occasional user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good screen, easy to use and calculates re-routes in an instant.

Good tip : buy a Nav Mat (excellent product) saves sticking the Navman to the windscreen and can be stowed away out of sight.
Bad points:
Unable to purchase a printed hand book, only a downloadable 130 odd page handbook available.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 8.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2009

alan, hollywood Use it for work

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
default female voice has to much base and is hard to understand
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 10.0
Design 9.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Mar 2010

Product Features

Type of satellite navigation Portable Navigation Device
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 1.0
Map storage medium On board Flash Memory
Monitor type Fixed Monitor
Connections Pedestrian mode
Screen size (Inches) 4.7
Touchscreen Yes
Map Coverage Single countries
FM tuner No
Monitor format 16:9
Release date 2009-07-01

Also known as: NAVMAN S500HF

Satellite Navigation Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

It’s all in the design
Mio is taking a fresh exciting approach to navigation with its new Navman Spirit range for an experience that goes well beyond A to B.

With three models across two design options, what’s immediately striking when you pick them up is just how slim and lightweight each model is. Ergonomically designed with soft-curve edges, these are some of the thinnest Sat Navs in the world. But it’s beneath the stylish, compact exterior that the really innovative stuff happens. Switch them on and the new menus, maps and navigational tools are simply a joy to use.

Widescreen navigation
The S500 range takes widescreen navigation even further to an impressive 4.7’ screen size.

More than just the basics
Like most other Sat Navs available today, all the basics are covered, such as finding your destination easily, avoiding traffic, being aware of road speeds and safety cameras and helping the driver negotiate difficult junctions. In particular, Navman Spirit’s new Junction Views feature is a great help as the screen accurately displays a motorway sign in 3D as you approach an exit.

Bluetooth Technology
Enjoy Hands-free calling whilst driving with integrated Bluetooth built in.

Mio Spirit software
Heralding a new ear of navigation, Navman Spirit is designed for a new generation of adventurers. Able to plan their trips ahead of time and take them down to the correct route, whilst providing more real-time information for exploring what’s nearby, the ‘Spirit’ part of the name refers to the new software that powers the range. Redesigned from the ground up, Spirit uses a simple and colourful menu system that takes you to all of the features within a couple of ‘taps’. The Navman Spirit’s new Slide Touch™ screen brings up windows that glide on and off to help you find what you’re looking for quickly, so you only ever need to go back to the main menu when you want to.

Top Features

Stay ahead of traffic
Avoid traffic hold-ups and congestion. Using the very latest technology, the Navman Spirit gives you real-time traffic information so you’ll always know what’s on the road ahead.

A new approach to lanes and junctions
With Lane Guidance, the Navman Spirit helps you get into the correct lane to make a turn, so useful with today’s busier roads. The Spirit software also features realistic 3D Junction Views that match major road signs, giving you more time to understand what’s ahead as you approach an exit or major junction.

Know your limits
Pre-loaded safety camera data helps keeps you on the right side of the speed limit. If you’re speeding or approaching a camera, a visual and verbal warning gives you time to safely slow down. The Navman Spirit can also flag up the speed limit of the road you’re on, encouraging safer driving.

Smarter, greener routing
The Navman Spirit’s Economical Routing option assesses and reduces the number of junctions on your chosen route, so you can cut down on stopping and starting, fuel usage and also help lower your car’s CO2 emissions.

Go with a guide
Pre-loaded into every new Navman Spirit are Travel Books from Wcities. Browse the in-depth listings of tourist attractions, places to eat, stay and visit, full of facts and photos. There are hundreds more to choose from, all quick and easy to download when you connect to MioMore™ Desktop 2 via your PC.

Go even further on foot
The Navman Spirit works brilliantly both in and out of the car. Walking Mode is developed to help you find your way around major cities on foot with buildings outlined for easier navigation. By helping you discover new places not accessible by car, Navman takes navigation a step further. Now you really can explore more.

Explore with photos
You can also browse through a huge variety of pictures such as tourist sites, hideaway beaches, hotels and restaurants with NavPix. And connect your Navman Spirit to your PC to upload from over a million geo-tagged photos, free on the NavPix™ and Flickr® websites. Then simply touch the picture on your Navman Spirit and it navigates you there.

Connect to Spirit
You can also connect your device to your PC and download geo-tagged photos (we call them NavPix), connect to online services and customize your own POIs and update maps and safety camera locations.

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