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Mio Navman Spirit TV - Satnav and Freeview TV

pocketgpsworld.comMio have announced a two new models in Navman's Spirit range, the V735 and V505. Using Mio's latest Spirit interface with a slidetouch screen that sees menus glide on and off the screen, they also offer a feature that is a first for satnav here in the UK, a Digital TV receiver.

Both models come complete with a built-in Freeview Tuner. With auto-tuning, seven day programme guide and a twin antenna diversity system, the touchscreen devices are well specified.

Such a solution could prove very popular for use by taxi drivers, truckers, sales people and other professionals whilst on breaks or having reached their destination.

The V735 has a 7" widescreen and the V505 and 4.5" screen. Both models will be available in the UK in July and we hope to have a review unit as soon as they become available.

Posted by DJ_Chalky on Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:51 pm Reply with quote

I assume it's not going to let you watch Freeview when you're actually driving!?!

Posted by Darren on Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:19 pm Reply with quote

DJ_Chalky Wrote:
I assume it's not going to let you watch Freeview when you're actually driving!?!

The PR doesn't say but I do hope that has been prevented.

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by Fixer on Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:00 pm Reply with quote

DJ_Chalky Wrote:
I assume it's not going to let you watch Freeview when you're actually driving!?!

Why not? There's nothing wrong with the passenger or kids in the back watching it when you're on the motorway for 3 hours. I would imagine you can't use it and navigate at the same time, but if it tries to prevent you watching it at all when the vehicle is moving that would defeat the point of it!

Posted by Darren on Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:05 pm Reply with quote

Common sense is sadly lacking though. The saving grace will I suspect be the appalling digital signal which is unlikely to drive the set unless you live and drive in Central London!

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by PaulB2005 on Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:08 pm Reply with quote

All these other Sat Nav / CD Player / Radio / DVD Player / Teas-maid / TV Tuner units have a wire that connects to the handbrake or speedo to stop them being used in motion, so why should this be any different?

Posted by mikealder on Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:26 pm Reply with quote

Done properly it should use the GPS data to work out if the device is moving and shut down the TV receiver, the unit in my car needs a wire to the handbrake for DVD/ TV mode but I simply "Grounded" the wire to avoid the hastle of getting to the handbrake switch, its not got a Teas-maid function though I wonder if I can upgrade it for this option.......

Also PND units need to be quick release, getting something wired in to the car electrics is a specialist job for some people and would detract from sales - Mike

Posted by zebsogo on Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:46 pm Reply with quote

What next.... honestly i ask ya, rather then adding pointless features that have nothing to do with satellite navigation why not improve the function and features of the satnav itself.. rather then going of on a tangent with this ludicrous idea.

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Posted by CaptainDrift on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:21 am Reply with quote

I agree with mikes piont on the wiring into the handbrake. The GPS should detect movement, and due to theft it needs to be easy to remove from the car.

Quite how you will slip the V735 in you pocket though???
If you are on a camping holiday then the freeview would be handy as you could still watch the football round the fire.

When does the UK go fully digital?

Posted by Darren on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:24 am Reply with quote

2012 is the date when the last region switches over. Only then can they ramp up DvB signal strength which is required by portable devices using mini antenna.

Then we will also be able to utilise the laptop solutions that have the 3" mini desk antennas.

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by PaulB2005 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:19 am Reply with quote

Turns out the unit only displays a warning when the TV is on and the car is moving.

The Register

I did see last year that Garmin were planning a unit that had DvB too but it's failed to materialise...

Posted by Darren on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:38 am Reply with quote

Stuff like this will only lead to trouble with safety campaigners. Yes we know it 'could' be used by the kids in the back seat but we also know there will be no shortage of idiots who will have it on the windscreen in TV mode.

You only have to follow some car forums where TV is fitted to the console but disabled whilst moving. No shortage of planks there discussing methods to bypass the safety features and enable it.

Darren Griffin - Editor

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