We took a look at Navman’s MY500XT back in January, and concluded that a couple of small problems held it back from greatness. Well, you can’t say that Navman doesn’t listen, as the latest entries into its MY range boast improvement after improvement over previous models. Text input could be a difficulty with earlier Navman GPS units, and while some key presses still may not register first time around, improvements to the general interface ensure that you’ll have to do less input. For example, the new Navman units will grey out any keys for characters that can’t possibly follow as it attempts to predict your destination (for instance, if you’ve keyed “wh”, then only vowels will remain onscreen). It’s a clever means of avoiding mashing the wrong key while entering a place name, a problem that that was all too present on the 500XT. It would be nice if the MY65T populated a list of possible destinations like other GPS units; as it is, it will show one possible destination at first that may only be very similar to the place you’re after, which caused me one or two problems during my testing. I also encountered regular problems where the speed-limit indicator would get it wrong and tell me off for travelling 100kmp/h on a stretch of State Highway 1 that was most definitely a 100kmp/h zone (as evidenced by the 100kmp/h sign I drove past shortly beforehand). However, this is a limitation in the Geosmart data and not the device itself, and the only way to fix these errors is for users to notify Geosmart. These relatively minor gripes aside, the MY65T does provide exceptionally clear and concise directions, both visually and aurally, once your destination has been keyed in. Handily, you can also key in another destination on the way to your intended final destination (say, a petrol station). The MY series also receives live traffic updates on the fly, so your device will be up to play with the latest incidents. The power input also slots nicely into the excellent unit mount, so it prevents fumbling around every time you go to use the device.
PROS: Nice big clear display. Excellent audio directions. Excellent suction-cup mount. Multiple improvements to the general interface.
CONS: Some slight usability issues and a few inaccuracies regarding some of the speed-limit data.
VERDICT: Navman has brought its ‘A’ game with the latest revisions of its GPS units and improved in all of the areas that needed attention. Best of all, it’s come in at a competitive price point.