Late last week, Navman grabbed a heap of Aussie tech journos, threw us into cars and had us play around with their new MY series range of satnavs while we were driven around Sydney. During the brief hands-on time we had, I can happily say that the new range works.
There are four models in the new range. The entry-level MY30 featues a 3.5-inch 320x240 screen, while the MY50T, MY55T and MY500XT all have a 4.7-inch 480x272 widescreen. They all run the latest NAVTEQ maps, and all three of the widescreen models include SUNA traffic out of the box. The top-of-the-line MY500XT also features a capacitive touchscreen.
The menu system has gotten a bit of an overhaul from previous Navman range, and now features a really simple, large button touchscreen interface like its Garmin and TomTom brethren. But where they really hope to differentiate thmeselves is in POIs, thanks to partnerships with Lonely Planet and Wcities travel guides, as well as the ability to search Google and TrueLocal direct from the device through a Bluetooth GPRS connection.
Pricing for the range will be announced later this week, with the devices hitting shelves later this month.