Portable In-Car GPS
The one problem with most
in-car, removable GPS systems is size: Typically mounted on your
windshield, they can obstruct your view. Navman's PDA-size ICN
510 minimizes that problem.
The ICN 510 has an
internal battery and is thin enough to slip in a pocket, making
it one of the few navigation systems that work equally well
whether you're in the car or on foot.
I took the ICN 510 with me
on a trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park and was
generally pleased with the unit's navigation capabilities. It
has a 3.5-inch color touch screen, and the digital maps are
bright and easy to read.
The ICN 510 comes with CDs
containing maps of the United States and Canada; you download
the maps you need onto an SD Card (not included). The use of
flash media keeps the unit's price low, but it may also be the
reason why address and point-of-interest lookups are slower than
with drive-based models.
I found the menus
confusing at first. For example, it took a while to find
Yosemite in the database of places; plus, selecting Favorites
drops you into the Shortcuts list first. But despite those
quirks, this device grew on me once I got used to it.