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The Road Angel Navigator
When you open the box you get the Road Angel Navigator itself of course, you also get what turns out to be a very useful carry pouch (given the amount of Sat Nav systems being stolen from cars these days). You get a straight power lead, a coiled power lead, a USB cable, a car mounting cradle, a windscreen mounting bracket, an anti-glare film for the display and the Road Angel Navigator user guide.
The look and feel of the unit itself is one of very good quality, it has a silver and graphite colour housing which will fit in with most modern cars dashboard colour schemes. It appears to be robust and solid. The card that carries the UK mapping is preloaded into the Navigator and sits in the side, flush with the surface. The 3 ½” display has a protective film on it, which is easily removed.
When I switched on the Navigator the inbuilt battery
was already charged so it was ready to use straight away. Going through
the help menus there is a demo mode called CoPilot, which gives an easy
to understand graphical run through of the various operating features.
There is a check box on the help menu so that this screen can load up
each time the Navigator is switched on.
Once I’d had a play with the various screens and
options I was ready to start using the device properly.
You can also pick destinations from ones that have been
previously stored as favourites, points of interest, work or home. I wouldn’t
recommend storing your home address though for security reasons, in case
anybody unscrupulous gets hold of the device.
All these navigation features are accessed via the graphics on the touch screen. There are also some buttons to the right of the display, which are for - power, zoom in/out, mute on/off, day/night mode, Road Angel menu, delete/store. The Road Angel menu will be familiar to those that have previously had a New Road Angel speedtrap locator.
So ready to put in the car then, the windscreen mount is easily attached to the screen and when the suction lever is pushed over it sticks like a limpet. The power lead is attached to the mount and to the cigarette lighter. When you use the powered mount the sound is amplified through a good quality speaker at the back of the mount so the warnings can overcome any road noise. There is a thumbwheel volume control on the front of the mount. With the mount in place the Navigator can be placed into the slot with a bit of care to ensure the connections are made securely. To release it there is a push button on the face of the mount.
On the route you can have 1 of 3 views, in all 3 views you have the touch sensitive options up the left hand side, the ETA and the distance to the destination at the bottom left and the battery condition on the bottom right.
These views are easily changed with the options on the left.
On the journey the female voice gives instructions at
distances of 2 miles, 1 mile, 3/10s of a mile and then as you approach
the turn. Each of these distances can be turned on or off in the options
menu. The digital voice coming through the amplified speaker is the best
quality that I have heard on any speedtrap detector or Sat Nav system
Travelling along our route the Navigator gave warnings of various speedtraps, these included as an example going through roadworks on the motorway a verbal warning of a “Temporary Safety Camera” as well as going into a series of beeps it gave a graphic image of a camera on a Tripod and also showed the speed limit, again as a graphic of a speed limit sign. This is only advisory and I would advise that drivers do keep an eye out for the posted speed limit, although in every case while we have been using this new device the database speed limit has been correct. On the journey we also had warnings of accident blackspots, which are represented by a hazard warning triangle along with the verbal and beep warnings.
In conclusion the only niggle I have is that the backlight
could possibly be slightly brighter but I found that the Sat Nav part
of the system is about the best one I have used, it is certainly very
easy to get along with and use the touch screen. It wasn’t ‘flakey’
like some Sat Navs are, changes of route are dealt with in seconds if
you should stray off the prescribed route. It knows exactly where you
are on the map whereas some Sat Navs seem to get confused and send you
down dead ends etc. with out of date mapping. There are many Sat Navs
that are just a pain to use, too small, too big, separate antennas making
it difficult to move around or use on foot, but the Road Angel Navigator
was simple, easy and restored my faith in satellite navigation as an easy
to use technology. It’s about the right size for slipping in your
pocket, it has a folding inbuilt antenna, you can use it on foot and for
those new to this kind of technology the CoPilot walk through demo is
a massive bonus.
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