Hema HN5i

Thinking about getting a Hema HN5i and while I have researched prior threads there are several things I would like to know from current users that are important to me and that I was unable to find info on.
1. Is the screen satisfactorily readable in day light in the car. Eg; is it as good as a Garmin? I see you can buy a sunscreen for it...Does the fact they have one suggest it's needed?
2. when the rear view camera is input does the view show on the whole 5" of the screen or is it truncated back to a smaller picture?

If you have one are you a happy camper or do you wish you bought something else?

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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Oct 07, 2011 at 16:04

Friday, Oct 07, 2011 at 16:04
Hi Brenton, The screen is bright enough and no need for a sunscreen, but that dependes on where you put it on the windscreen. As for the rear view camera I don't use one so can't help you their. Any screen will need a sun screen if put in the wrong place, I moved mine around untill I found the right spot.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Oct 07, 2011 at 17:41

Friday, Oct 07, 2011 at 17:41
The display is very good overall, but mine is improved via a homemade hood that I use to protect it from the baking outback sun. Have not compared it with other navigator displays. Can't help with Qu. 2. Good buy ? We are not expert re navigators (this is our first), but we like the HN5 and use it extensively.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Oct 08, 2011 at 13:03

Saturday, Oct 08, 2011 at 13:03

Have had a couple of Garmins, and bought the Hema because of the bigger screen, and Oziexplorer maps. Also it was on special in EO shop........

The screen for both Ozi & Moving maps is okay, except in really bright conditions, but haven't experimented with different positions for it.

As for the iGo street directory, the screen is a wishy-washy pastel colour, and doesn't have the sheer intensity of Garmin and some others I've seen on display. Pretty disappointing, which means I'd be using a Garmin in the city!

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Can't remember most of it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Saturday, Oct 08, 2011 at 17:18

Saturday, Oct 08, 2011 at 17:18
I changed my colour pattern for the IGO screen and no problems now. The HN5I allows a lot of flexibility in customising the screen colours etc. I also have a little 4wd as my marker vehicle ( a little bit of fun).
Also the brightness has not affected mine at all I have it near the drivers side pillar.
The topt maps and oziexplorer are well documented across many platforms so I guess that speaks for itself.


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Follow Up By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 16:22

Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 16:22
Michael A, Thanks for the update on the brightness with a different theme as it helps me to know that.
I must admit I like the IGO software in the small amount of time I've had to play with it. In particular the ability to have a verbal 'over the speed limit' warning rather than just a colour change to the speed icon as with the Garmin. If you keep looking at the screen for this warning it's probably dangerous.

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