Navman S90i review

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Since Navman now owns Mio, we were a little surprised that the company chose not to submit a device from each brand. Mio won our last GPS Labs, and we’ve always been fans of its clear mapping engines and competitive prices. Still, the firm’s top-of-the-range S90i is hardly expensive at £149, and it’s got most of the features you’d expect at this price too.

Navman S90i review

There’s traffic information included via the integrated TMC aerial, Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation, full maps of western Europe and speed camera data, too. Like the Medion and Sony systems, it’s based on the Navigon mapping engine, and the maps are accurate and cleanly displayed onscreen.

Route calculation is swift – the test route was dispatched in 20 seconds – and once we were out on the road the Navman performed adequately. Voice instructions are clear and easy to understand, and the S90i didn’t put a foot wrong on our test route: this device will get you from A to B without fuss.

But the S90i has its weaknesses. Its screen update is slow and, despite a bright and friendly interface, it isn’t as intuitive as the Sony or TomTom. Route planning was another problem: it doesn’t let you plan multipoint routes without a current GPS position, and adding waypoints by browsing the map is hampered by a sluggish map redraw and awkward zoom controls.

On the plus side, the S90i’s digital camera lets you attach photos to locations and share those geo-tagged pics online. But this isn’t a core satnav function and can’t paper over the cracks in the S90i’s performance and route-planning abilities.


GPS recommended use In-car


Maps supplied Western Europe
Map data provider Tele Atlas
Navigation software Navman SmartS 2008


Screen size 4.3in
Resolution 480 x 272
GPS chipset make/model SiRFstarIII
In-car mount type Windscreen
External GPS antenna included? yes
Bluetooth support yes
Front panel memory card reader yes
Headphone output yes
Sync via cable? yes
Sync via cradle? no
FM transmitter? no

Other functions

Traffic information Via TMC receiver
Speed-camera warning yes
Postcode search 7-digit
Tracklog export yes

PC Software

Software supplied NavDesk 2008


Dimensions 140 x 20 x 80mm (WDH)

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