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Navman MY50T

Design

With its piano black front and faux-metal plastic back, the MY50T isn't quite as spiffy as the preceding line of S-Series Platinum models. What it gives up on the runway, though, it more than makes up for in terms of usability.

Thanks to its stark minimalist look and big colour main menu icons the interface looks to be a straight carry over from last year's much derided Glide Touch system. Improvements have been made and the system can now more accurately determine the difference between a button press and an attempt at scrolling. As the MY50T is only fitted with a pressure sensitive screen, it's laggier and more error prone than the darling of the touchscreen crowd, Apple's iPhone. Possibly chastened by scathing user feedback, Glide Touch is disabled by default in favour of the button scrolling system found in all other portable GPS devices.

In general, it works well, although some screens, such as the route overview, are clearly designed with swipe to scroll in mind. We're big fans of the keyword destination search, but some features, like volume control, require way too many button presses. The MY50T's processor seems to lack the requisite grunt to pull off many animations, which crawl on and off screen with efficacy of a drunk caterpillar, although route calculation is prompt enough.

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