carNAVi S500 – a full featured GPS Device priced below Php 10,000

In most cases, Google Maps can help you find your way around Metro Manila, but it’s definitely not as good as having a GPS device on your dashboard. I’ve always wanted one; but I purposely held off on buying one since I’m still waiting for the prices to go down. Now that the carNAVI is being sold for less than P10,000, I think it’s time for me to buy.

carNAVi S500

Photo Credit: all images in this post are by carNAVi Corp., used with permission. All rights reserved.

This month, carNAVI is launching its newest model in the S-series: the carNAVI S 500. It’s a slim 5-inch touchscreen device intended to be the best priced unit in its class.

I like the fact that it works straight out of the box. The gadget speaks in both English and Tagalog. Preloaded with the latest roadmaps covering the entire Philippines, it includes thousands of points of interest (POI) with perfected localized routing and street name search. The maps contain detailed 3D view including elevated flyovers, multi-layer streets, and buildings. It even has preloaded speed limit and select road alert warnings.

I didn’t really care much for the Singapore and Malaysia maps which are already preloaded; but for those who will bring the unit abroad, this must be a welcome benefit. Should you intend to use it in other countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Thailand, additional digital GPS maps are available for download free of charge.

In case you want to walk the rest of the way, you can take the unit out of the car and use it for up to 5 hours’ between charges.

The carNAVi S 500 GPS navigation unit will be available beginning August 15, 2012 and will be priced at PHP9,990. Other models like the S 400 variant (with 4.3-inch screen and 2GB memory, priced at PHP7,990) and the PRO BT and PRO TV (models with integrated Bluetooth handsfree and analog TV) are also available in the market today.

Technical Specifications:carNAVi S500 night mode view

  • Screen: 5-inch Touch TFT LCD Screen (with flat touch panel)
  • CPU: 500 MHz SiRF Atlas V DUAL CORE GPS processor
  • Internal RAM: 128MB DDR Memory
  • Internal Flash: 4GB Flash memory for navigation maps
  • External Memory: MicroSD or Mirco-SDHC card, up to 32GB
  • Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery: 3.7V/1600mAh
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 83mm x 13mm, weight: 175g
  • Multimedia: MP3 player, Video player, eBook text-reader
  • USB 2.0 Interface

What’s in the Box:

  • carNAVi S 500 GPS/Galileo Navigation System
  • Preloaded detailed Maps (Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore)
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle USB power adapter (12/24V)
  • USB data cable
  • Stylus pen
  • Quick start manual
  • Software and hardware manual

carNAVi S500 functions

carNAVi S500 box

Photo Credit: all images in this post are by carNAVi Corp., used with permission. All rights reserved.

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