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Navman is a manufacturer of car navigation systems and merged 2007 with Mio.


3450 IPAQ Sleeve

GPS unit: Navman 3450 IPAQ Sleeve

  • PDA (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:64MB (external: cf)
  • GPS: 12 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


A GPS receiver built into the IPAQ expansion-pack form-factor. Although the earlier models suffered from RF-interfence and excessively long warm-up times, the 3450 model seems to have solved most of these issues. It also has an external antenna connection for improved in-vehicle reception. Once the unit warms up (1-3 minutes), it will find and hold lock with clear skys with ease. Performance near buildings and under trees is also quite good, as it will often hold a 3D lock.

I found the visualGPSce program to work well.

Good things
  • Can be found cheap on ebay
  • If you get the original pack, it comes with the SmartST software, a windscreen mount and incar power-supply.
  • PDA screen/touch screen interface/good for making notes.
  • Compactflash II memory card slot to store tracks.
  • Has an MCX external antenna port.
  • The NAVMAN GPS system is fully compatible with NMEA 0183 Version 2.20.
Bad things
  • Battery life - this unit has no internal sleeve battery, so powers from the IPAQ battery unlike other expansion sleeves.
  • It seems the in-car power supply may blow your PDA charging circuity, if you leave it plugged in when starting the engine.
  • Must install SmartST serial driver, not the full package.
  • Despite 3 different versions of SmartST and two different computers, I found it impossible to load the SmartST map software.
  • The MCX antenna port is quite fragile.


N-Series

GPS unit: Navman N20

  • navi (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


These Navman satellite navigation devices (N20/N40i/N60i) are not PDAs, but they run Windows CE. They can be used for OSM by enabling the "GPS data logging" function, which can be found in the fourth "Route preferences" screen (see Navman N-Series User Manual, page 110). For the iCN 500 series a similar option seems to be available, see Navman iCN 500 series User Manual, page 64–65 (option "Track Recording").

When this option is enabled, the device will save .log files in the My Documents directory. These files grow until they are 2 MiB, in which case a new file is created and used. When the device is full, it appears to start removing older files. The files can be downloaded to your computer using Actice Sync or SynCE using Linux. The .log files use the NMEA file format which can be translated to GPX by gpsbabel.

Good things
  • Route navigation usable while keeping track logs (not snapped to the map)
  • Also usable outside of a car
Bad things
  • Windows (one hang in some two months of usage)
  • Power switch (or sleep/hibernate really) is too sensitive, especially when not mounted in a car.

I can't compare the quality of the GPS logs to any other device. Track points are written every second, so every movement will get logged. The system can track a maximum of 12 satellites and has an external antenna connector.


PiN 570

GPS unit: Navman PiN 570

  • PDA (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:64MB (external: sd)
  • GPS: channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Car navigation system. To take track logs, go to Setup -> Guidance tab. Under Route Recording click Start, then enter file name etc. The *.gps log file is an NMEA file which can be converted to GPX format using GPSBabel

  • Large screen
  • 256 MiB SD card supplied, about half is taken up with supplied maps.
  • USB connection via ActiveSync, or you can copy the file onto the SD card then put the card in a card reader


S35

GPS unit: Navman S35

  • navi (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:800MB (external: sd)
  • GPS: channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


approx $NZ300 including NZ navigation

  • Primary purpose: car navigation
  • About 3 hours battery life. Charges from car or USB
  • Appears as storage device to pc
  • Stores tracklogs as 1 sec NMEA format "\My Documents\LOGnnnn.LOG" Convert with gpsbabel -inmea -fLOG0001.LOG -ogpx -Flog1.gpx
  • Has 1 GiB internal flash (about 800 MiB free), plus SD slot

--EliotB 00:47, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

N40i

GPS unit: Navman N40i

  • navi (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


N60i

GPS unit: Navman N60i

  • navi (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


B10

GPS unit: Navman B10

  • 35€
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: cf)
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb; bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof