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.