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Just over a year ago I started in my current job which is a community based job, meaning I travel around and visit people in their homes. As I have big difficulties with map reading and directions, I knew immediately that a sat nav was going to be a must have. I spent the first couple of months borrowing my boyfriends, but decided to put this on my Christmas list knowing that I would need one of my own.
Christmas came and I was lucky enough to receive the Navman Ezy Wide sat nav. This sat nav is called the Ezy Wide as it has a wide screen - 4.3". The sat nav itself is white in colour with a grey back and the Navman logo on the bottom of the front, also in grey. Upon taking the sat nav out of the box I was pleased to find that it was slim and light weight, giving it a modern feel. The sat nav comes with a holder which allows it to be attached to your windscreen using a suction pad. The holder also charges your sat nav and it has a wire which plugs into your cigarette lighter to power it.
When I first took the sat nav out to my car to give it a go, I found the holder really easy to attach to my windscreen. I have found that it sticks well and only once or twice during nearly a year of use has it fallen off, and this was probably because I didn't attach it correctly!
When you switch the sat nav on it is very easy to use. The sat nav is touch screen, there are no buttons on it, you simply press the screen to operate it. You can search for an area or an address. If you are looking for a particular address you can type the address itself in, or my preferred way of doing this is by entering the postcode. If you enter the postcode, the sat nav will bring up a list of streets to choose from, you then select the street you want and enter the street number.
When you put in an address, the sat nav tells you how many miles it is to the address. You can also view the estimated time of arrival and the estimate journey length. In the settings of the sat nav you can set it so that it will take you 'easiest' route or 'fastest' route. If you want you can also set it to avoid motorways or private roads.
I have found that the touch screen isn't as sensitive as other touch screen items I own (iPhone and iPad), and sometimes I need to press a button twice to get it to work.
This sat nav has a UK and an ROI map. I have had this sat nav for 10 months now and have found that it gets me where I want to go correctly almost every time. I use it a few times a day every day I am at work to find various addresses. It knows all streets including new developments.
Some other functions that the sat nav has that are useful include telling you which lane you need to be in, this is useful on the motorway when you are approaching your junction. On the motorway when you reach your exit the whole screen changes to show you that you are meant to be exiting, I find this really helpful as it is so easy to miss your exit on the motorway.
The sat nav has a places of interest option, here you can browse for things nearby. They are sorted by type, for example food, cash machine, airport or petrol. I use this regularly to find petrol stations! On this sat nav you can also save favourite places, meaning you don't have to keep searching for them if there are places you regularly go. I have my home and my office as favourites, this saves me a lot of time.
The sat nav has a speed limit function, on the bottom right hand corner of the screen it shows you the speed limit of where you are driving. It will light up red if you are going over the speed limit, and if the sound is switched on it makes a little noise to alert you to this. I have noticed once or twice that the speed limit has been incorrect when I looked at road signs, for this reason I don't really rely on the sat nav to keep me right on speed.
I always use the sat nav with the sound switched off, preferring to have a quick glance at the screen to see where my next turn is. I do find on occasion the sound randomly switches itself on even though I have it set to mute, meaning I have to go back into sound and switch it off again. This is a little bit annoying and seems to be an error in the sat nav. Another problem I have noticed from time to time is that I get an error message on the screen, and I have to switch the sat nav off and on again. If I wanted I could probably return it to the store because of this problem, but I haven't bothered as it is quite simple to fix and doesn't happen too often.
This sat nav currently costs £49.90 in Halfords, and for this price I think it is a bargain. It is cheaper than some of the higher range sat navs but still has all the functions that I need and use. Whilst there are some little niggles, it does get me from A to B which is all I really need. I give this sat nav 3 stars, simply because of the little problems I have described above.
Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review useful.