Navman MY75T

The included Lonely Planet guides and Hema off-road maps make the MY75T an interesting choice for holidaymakers, but you may want to test the Bluetooth hands-free out before buying.


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Design

When Navman launched the S300t in late 2008, it marked a turning point: for the first time the GPS ingredients list included style, as well as utility and features. With a glossy 4.7-inch touchscreen, metallic elements, minimalist map screen and an interface featuring iPhone-style swipe-to-scroll and semi-hidden windows, the S300t was a pretty thing to behold.

Shame then that its unresponsive touchscreen, insufficient processing power and numerous other minor faults meant that the S300t's function lagged well behind its form. Fast forward two years, and Garmin and TomTom have just released their first high-style models, the Nuvi 3790T and Go 1000 respectively. Meanwhile, the new top-of-the-range 2010 Navman, the MY75T, does without the capacitive touchscreen, any metallic body elements and eschews the iPhone-esque interface introduced with such fanfare just two years ago. So, it's back to basics then.

The matte 5-inch resistive touchscreen does its job well — the cheaper MY60T and MY65T units have 4.7-inch screens — and we had no problems viewing the screen in bright sunlight or with polarised sunglasses on. The compact windshield mount also did a good job despite the rough Sydney road network, and unlike the mount for the entry-level EZY30 and EZY40, there's no need to fuss around threading the mini-USB plug through the mount.

Interface

The stark spartan look of the map screen from preceding generations remains. Tapping the map screen brings up a menu that lets the user adjust the volume, add/skip waypoints, zoom, detour and reroute, as well as view the current route.

To access the main menu one has to use a physical Menu button that brings up a suite of Windows Phone 7-style icons — there's also a physical Pin button that saves your current location to a recent destinations list, just by the by. Using a MY-series GPS is pleasant now that the slide-to-scroll interface, off-screen windows and confusing clicks with swipes have all thankfully been consigned to history's dustbin.

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Destination entry is easy to do via the keyword feature, so long as you're not searching for, say, a George Street. Unlike top-of-the-range Garmin and TomToms there's no voice control mechanism, so everything has to be done with the power of one's finger.

Features

While the physical aesthetics may have taken a step back, the top-of-the-range Navman's feature list keeps marching on. There's the commonplace items, like text-to-speech, lane guidance, junction view, Bluetooth hands-free, traffic messaging, 3D landmarks and automatic day/night mode switching. On top of which there's also an FM transmitter, MP3 playback, Lonely Planet travel guides, Hema off-road maps, and verbal camera and school zone warnings.

Most of the time the FM transmitter is powerful enough to provide static free verbal instructions and MP3 playback. In a massive improvement over previous Navman models, music files can be dumped straight onto a microSD card, inserted into the GPS and played straight away. Unfortunately, there's no map screen shortcut to the music selection interface, so skipping a track, changing albums and the like, requires a hunt through the main menu. Rebooting the device will, for some inexplicable reason, reset audio output to the MY75T's internal speaker.

Bluetooth hands-free was rather more problematic than should really be the case. Initial phone/device pairing takes a short eternity and often required us to reset the Navman for pairing to be successful. With an iPhone sound was fine over the internal speaker, but kept on breaking up when sound was set to the FM transmitter. On a Motorola Android handset we had even less luck: we were simply unable to communicate with anyone.

As for the Bluetooth Google and TrueLocal searching, we had no luck with any of our phones. After the 500th data profile error, we concluded that it was just easier to use our phone to do a Google search and then enter that address into the Navman.

Of more use is the bundled Lonely Planet data that offers more detailed point-of-interest info and a number of preloaded scenic routes, such as Victoria's Great Ocean Road and the Southern Forests tour of WA. A WCities guide for Canberra is also part of the package.

Performance

Along the top edge of the MY75T is an on/off/reset slider. Start up from sleep takes about 13.5 seconds, while there's a 35-second wait after a full reboot.

The MY's processor packs more punch than the one found in the cheaper EZY line, so simple tasks, like changing the volume, don't end up in a laggy animation mess. That said, the MY75T's transitions and animations aren't as smooth as they should be. Also, be prepared to twiddle your thumbs or begin writing your treatise on gender politics in War and Peace while the GPS calculates three alternate routes for every destination.

Routes generated by the MY aren't too dissimilar to those of its competitors: there's a marked preference for major roads and the routes are rarely ever close to being optimal. Lifetime traffic messaging is included and is helpful for avoiding big delays, but there were times when we ran into incidents on side roads that aren't covered by Suna's service.

Loaded with the latest Navteq Australia maps, the MY75T's lane guidance is limited to freeway exits and intersections. Junction view and 3D landmarks are also included, although the modelled skyscrapers did often obstruct our view of the route path. Like other portable GPS units, positioning accuracy decreases greatly in the CBD, with the MY75T sometimes losing its bearings. For those who are in possession of a four-wheel drive, the inclusion of Hema's off-road maps should be of use.

The speech-to-text system does a reasonable job of pronouncing street names as part of its verbal instructions; however, it did prompt us to scratch our heads on a frequent basis. Verbal instructions are greatly enhanced by the MY75T's ability to guide you from local landmarks — "turn left at the traffic lights" or "turn right at the petrol station", for instance.

Speed and red light camera locations are fairly comprehensive, but we did pass a few (both new and old) without a murmur from the GPS. School zones are also included and unlike earlier generations the warnings are actually useful. For one, the zones stored in the device match up with the prescribed speed restricted area, not a radial area around said school. And, just as important, the zones are time and day dependent — so, no more school zone warnings at 2am.

In a neat twist, for all camera and zone warnings, the generic alert tone has been replaced by a more detailed verbal warning. Annoyingly, though, bus lane cameras have been listed as speed cameras, making a drive through Sydney's CBD an endless cavalcade of erroneous warnings.

Conclusion

The included Lonely Planet guides and Hema off-road maps make the MY75T an interesting choice for holidaymakers, but you may want to test the Bluetooth hands-free out before buying.

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"If it has the brand NAVMAN on it. Do NOT TOUCH IT.....!!!!!!"

WarwickB posted a review   

The Good:Nothing

The Bad:low, freezes, cannot update maps or software, basically everything

Had one. It did not work. Returned it for repairs many times. Never fixed it. They replaced it with a cheaper unit. It did not work. They keep telling me to pay for its return so they can upgrade my maps and firmware for me. Is this a well designed unit??? Do not touch it if it has the word NAVMAN on it. You have been warned. There are so many sites where you will find NAVMAN users asking for help and getting nothing. Go looking. Customer Support is pathetic...

DavidS16 Facebook
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"If someone gives you one for free. Bin it!"

DavidS16 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Can watch movies.

The Bad:Unreliable directions. Lousy software and updates

You know when you can buy airline tickets with unknown destinations? This is a road based equivalent. It is rubbish. It has sent me up roads only to tell me to do a U turn and go back (many times) It has taken me on insane detours on lousy dirt roads. It won't do it again though. I placed it under the front wheel and drove over it! It is now better than ever as a source of amusement.

WarwickB Facebook
5
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"My $120 ALDI unit had better alround performance and forget it if you have a 64 bit computer"

WarwickB posted a review   

The Good:FM Transmitter was good for music in between guidance instructions

The Bad:Lots of issues with connectivity to the Navdesk software for map and software upgrades. Numerous communications with Navman support failed to provide any solutions. Also touchscreen and buttons operate intermittently.

I would not recommend this unit nor any other Navman unit if you have a 64bit operating system.After 16 frustrating months I had my MY75T replaced by Navman due to this issue only to find that the new MY350LMT unit supplied would not connect to the Navdesk software. I even replaced my computer in case it was the issue and found that the Navdesk software will still not recognise or connect with the unit for map or software ungrades. Buy an Aldi unit and get better graphics etc....

RayS Facebook
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"porrly written software and map data"

RayS posted a review   

The Good:it does only anounce school zones on the correct hours but then all modern ones proberly do that

The Bad:just about everything else, updating addon PIO's are also a nightmare

I recently brought a MY75T for the off road maps, the worst decision i ever made, well nearly :).
I updated the map and have lost the add on 4wheel maps and books, I still have to try he fix suggested by their service dept. though.
The routing is atrocious, I was coming back from Bathurst to Sydney and Lithgow it directed me to leave the expressway, as I was not in a hurry I went along with it, it then took me down about 3-4K of country roads and back onto the highway, the same thing happened just past katoomba which i ignored and then it started saying unable to map the road, can you imagine that it, the road has been there many years it is not new, and it is not correctly mapped, I have noticed many times it wants me to go silly ways leaving majoe raods to go wandering all over the place.
I would never but Navman again, next try will be Garman but that si a few years away.

2ORSM
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"DO NOT BUY 1"

2ORSM posted a review   
Australia

The Good:When it works it's Great

The Bad:Dosen't work very often

I have had 2 MY75T's the 1st one just stopped working after about 9 weeks, and was replaced the 2nd one I sent back to Navman twice after several phone calls and $11 postage to me both times plus a trip to the post office both times to get a unit that dosen't any better it has been returnedfor a refund. Do yourself a favour buy something else.

Cam
10
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Cam posted a review   

Well every brand seems to rated only 4 from Garmin to Navman and TomTom .
Customer reviews seem to pan every satnav out there.
I have a navman MY55 and I think its great.

Joeyv1966
3
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Joeyv1966 posted a review   

The Good:Not a Thing

The Bad:Crap directions, crap information, now its frozen permanantly

I am a truck driver who travel the length of the east coast of Aus, Avoid this GPS at all costs, its RUBBISH. Mine only lasted 3 months and now its frozen permanatly.

its information is ok but slow at times and in a truck thats not a good idea, it freezes constantly, poor to set up, overall i should have purchased another unit, but the free map upgrades for three years suckered me in. good marketing on what is a very very poor product

I have a three year old Uniden Unit which runs circles over this. so I will be wanting a refund (if i will get thats another story) and will spend the extra money upgrading my old uniden unit

Good Luck

dodge
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dodge posted a review   

The Good:maping main roads

The Bad:don't know where to start

first of all get help from navman i have tried to talk to them many times
about faults like to late warnings school/speed check/speed cam/no creek
rivers and not able to use 4x4map when planing trips after 10/20 min on phone waiting many times i give up

 

Homer posted a comment   

As per other feedback, re on / off. Main problem is the microphone and speaker on bluetooth are just about useless. Do not buy one if you need this feature.

hyper
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hyper posted a review   

The Good:Nothing

The Bad:Dangerously wrong

I used this unit for 2 days attempting to travel from Brisbane Airport up to Mount Tamborine and then down to the Gold Coast and it repeatedly made serious mistakes trying to turn us down bus only lanes, streets that didn't exist and attempting to cross islands in the road and other annoyances. The final straw was it kept try to send me down a hillside road which turned into a dirt track with a cliff at the end. Despite having all the options selected to prevent gravel roads and other obstacles. There were so many quirks, lags, and problems with this device I was tempted to just drop it by the road side, but hoped it would get me to a shop where I could then buy a TomTom. In fact I ended up relying on my Nokia phone to find my way down the mountains to a shop, I purchase a TomTom and spent the next 2 weeks without any more issues. The only good thing about the Navman was it provided a lot of amusement for my wife as she thought someone must be playing a Punked joke on us.


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  • WarwickB

    WarwickB

    Rating1

    "Had one. It did not work. Returned it for repairs many times. Never fixed it. They replaced it with a cheaper unit. It did not work. They keep telling me to pay for its return so they can upgrade ..."

  • DavidS16

    DavidS16

    Rating2

    "You know when you can buy airline tickets with unknown destinations? This is a road based equivalent. It is rubbish. It has sent me up roads only to tell me to do a U turn and go back (many times) ..."

  • WarwickB

    WarwickB

    Rating5

    "I would not recommend this unit nor any other Navman unit if you have a 64bit operating system.After 16 frustrating months I had my MY75T replaced by Navman due to this issue only to find that the ..."

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