Review: Hema Navigator - HN5i

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Have been giving this little device a hammering taking as many back roads and alternative routes as I can whilst visiting my two kids(adults) on the east coast. Have been impressed with how quickly it response, directions and traffic traps of the city. You know, money raising devices such as red light cameras and permanent speed cameras. I am getting to know the device and find it easier to use than my last GPS which i gave to my daughter. I also love that the maps are on the laptop and that I can plan routes and set up way points whislt I am planning a desert crossing to get back home for work in the Kimberley from the east coast. Fun Fun Fun. Would highly recommend this device and accompanies my hardcopy maps and compass beautifully.

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Reply By: Nomad Navara - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:30

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:30
we had the previous model,and upgraded to the HN5i,great value and easy to use, excellent navigator in the city and outback, love it !!!
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 21:31

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 21:31
I have an original HN5 and for the purpose I use it for would not consider upgrading.

It has the latest version of OziExplorer and the full range of both NATMAP and Hema maps that came with the unit.

I do not use it for city navigation as I don't want to innerupt OziExplorer.
One really valuable upgrade for the Hema would be the ability to run muliple operations concurrently, but this is apparently not considered "important".

I use the Hema purely for country and remote travel, showing my position on a moving map and recording my track. This it does superbly and for this use only, it was worth the purchase price.

I have a TomTom unit for voice guided city navigation and it also works extremely well for some country travel. You can enter a destination and TomTom will calculate the route based on the quickest or shortest one. Whichever you choose.
This it also does extremely well.

I love OziExplorer, but the ability to enter a destination and have Ozi give you the route to drive, would be just the icing on the cake.

As an instance, I am planning on travelling from Adelaide to Tibooburra over Easter. To plan this trip in Ozi, you need to enter manual waypoints, then convert it to a route. In TomTom you merely enter the destination and you will be given the recommended route displayed on a map, plus be given voice guided direrections, plus an estimated time for the trip.

As I have stated, I love OziExplorer and find it invaluable, but for many trips along the major highways and tracks, TomTom, or a similar device, is much simpler to use.
Thus I use both devices which complement each other.


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