Navman iCN 635
- Large 3.8' LCD, fast processor, 64MB onboard memory
- No touch screen, no internal battery, large
A large 3.8' screen and fast processor speed can't compensate for the bulky size and lack of both a touch screen and internal battery on the iCN 635. The hefty price tag also counts against this unit.
Price$ 1,299.00 (AUD)
While Navman has impressed us in the past with their GPS products, the Navman iCN 635 doesn't live up to the same standard, lacking an LCD touch screen, an internal battery and housed inside a bulky case.
GPS units designed solely for in car use, such as the Tom Tom Go 500 or the Garmin Streetpilot c320, can get away with being on the larger side, since they most likely won't ever leave the car and usually come with finger operated LCD touch screens. We therefore found the bulkiness of the iCN 635 rather surprising, since unit doesn't ship with such a touch screen.
According to Navman, the larger size of the New Zealand manufactured iCN 635 is due to the special magnesium alloy chassis, which is more durable under heat than the traditional plastic casings which house most GPS units. Navman have also taken advantage of the extra space with the iCN 635 sporting a 3.8" LCD rather than the usual 3.5" screen we have seen on most other models. This display was easily one of the best we have seen, and was viewable even in direct sunlight.
However the superior quality of the display did not compensate for the lack of a touch screen, and interacting with the unit is a matter of using the 8-way toggle and six other buttons to the right hand side of the screen. This is fine for simply navigating around menus and or scrolling the map, but we found more involved operations such as entering an address rather demanding. Thankfully, the iCN 635 ships with a remote control which does make life a little easier in terms of entering data and navigation, but in our opinion, the lack of a touch screen on this device is a real let down.
Entering a destination on the iCN635 involves pressing the Home button, using the toggle key to select the Destination option from the menu and then either selecting an address, POI or recent address location. (Locations can also be stored as Favorites). The unit then displays a QWERTY keyboard and users have to painstakingly select letters using the 8-way toggle button, which is hardly the most usable implementation we have seen. Luckily, users will most likely have to only type the first few letters of the destination, as the 635 quickly displays matches from the keyboard input. One aspect of the search on the iCN 635 we wish more GPS units used was the helpful way in which the algorithm only displayed streets for the suburb you selected, reducing the time to search and the confusion.
The navigation features included on the iCN635 while fairly standard, are implemented well, using V3 of the SmartST software. Its mains strengths were satellite acquisition time which we found generally quick, and the speed of the unit itself, attributed to its Intel XScale Processor. The usual routing options such as avoiding an area, avoiding or prompting for tolls and navigating to multiple destinations are supported.
A route demonstrator is also included allowing you to preview the selected route before you drive it. We found the audio instructions on the unit louder than on most others, and this was handy in noisy traffic conditions. The voice tones can be changed to suit your tastes as can language, and on the whole we found the customization options on the unit rather comprehensive. While users can preset a speed limit warning, we do wish Navman had included individual speed or red light camera alerts depending on the current street.
The other factor we weren't particularly happy with was the lack of an internal battery, meaning the unit can't be switched on unless connected to a vehicle charger or AC power. Although this unit is designed for in car use, we would like the flexibility of being able to plan our trips without the need to always be connected to a power source. We found the omission of a battery somewhat surprising, especially given the large form factor and price of the unit.
Maps of Australia are provided on the included 128MB MMC card and notably, the iCN 635 has 64MB of onboard memory as well as an MMC slot for an additional memory card.
Join the newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Apple iPhone X
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories and wireless charging
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior MySQL Database Administrator - SydneyACT
- FTPartner Account Manager - Global Cloud Solution ProviderVIC
- FTIT Security OfficerACT
- CCDigital Project Manager - AdobeVIC
- TPJava DeveloperACT
- FTIT Service Centre Senior Support OfficerVIC
- CCIteration Manager - TelcoVIC
- TPProject Manager - Call Centre ExpansionVIC
- FTBusiness AnalystSA
- FTStorage & Data Protection Team LeadACT
- CCProcess Improvement and Change Specialist - TelcoVIC
- CCProgram ManagerNSW
- TPTechnical Consultant - SOE, SCCMNSW
- FTNetwork AdministratorNSW
- CCServer Support Specialist ? Performance and Capacity ManagementNSW
- CCSolution Delivery Manager/Tech LeadNSW
- FTInformation ArchitectOther
- FTManagement AccountantOther
- TPIncident ManagerNSW
- FTProgram ManagerSA
- FTNetwork Engineering Team Lead/Network ManagerNSW
- FTSiebel Project Manager - Immediate StartACT
- FTTest AnalystOther
- CCSecurity ArchitectNSW
- TPSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsQLD