S-Series is a changed Navman

As extreme makeovers go, we'd say 500 changes was pretty out there. Navman's designers have nipped and tucked the new S-Series beyond all recognition.

As extreme makeovers go, we'd say 500 changes was pretty out there. Navman's designers have nipped and tucked the new S-Series beyond all recognition.

Gone are the dowdy black exteriors and in come svelte silver sat-navs ready to grace any dashboard. New menus promise to make navigation even simpler and there are safety camera alerts throughout the range.

There are still some of the old Navman touches, such as the 3D direction arrows and the nifty NavPix feature for geo-tagging photos and saving them as one-touch destinations. Even that's had a revamp and now works with Flickr's 23 million map-logged snaps – nice.

The four models span all four lanes of the sat-nav highway from complete beginner to geo-tagging pro. Sitting in the slow-lane, wearing its L-plates is the 3.5in S30, which misses out on the NavPix feature and pretty much everything else. Flashing its lights to overtake is the 4.3in widescreen S50, which adds optional traffic info, NavPix and Bluetooth handsfree.

The S70 adds European mapping, but burning it down the fast lane is the top of the range S90i (pictured). It gets the whole caboodle plus free traffic info for steering round jams, text-to-speech for pronouncing road names and a built-in 2MP camera for taking its own geo-tagged NavPix.

It'll be ready for its close-up in October, the rest arrive this month.

Essentials
Navman S30, S50, S70, S90i
Price: £150, £180, £200, £300
On sale: September, October
Contact: Navman

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