Noza Tec Truck GPS Sat Nav 7 Inch review

Noza Tec Truck GPS Sat Nav 7 Inch review

What’s in the box:

Truck gps satnav
4GB built-in card
Vehicle suction cup mount
Home charger
Car charger
USB 2.0 cable
English Manual
Back bracket
Storage Pouch
Sunshade

Price: around £40. Yes, you read that right - £40!!

 

Impressions

Having run various versions of TomTom satnavs over the years and having been constantly frustrated by the cost of updating maps, only to find them to be no better than before, I was attracted by the lifetime mapping offer with the Noza Tec.

It was around £60 when I bought it a while ago but they can be purchased for less now via Amazon and numerous Ebay sellers. Check our own Amazon Store!

So, is it too cheap to be any good? Short answer to that is NO! It’s actually very good at its job as a satnav without even considering all the other functions that it can perform.

It looks a bit like a large iPhone but it’s immediately apparent by its ‘feel’ that its a budget device. The touch screen (7”) is flimsy to the touch and the machine emits some horrible beeps and squeals in use. The input required does not seem to be very logical and it takes a little while to remember where each of the settings are.

Settings are comprehensive and apart from vehicle size and weight there are the usual preferred route choices - motorways, tolls, fastest/shortest etc.

With regular use it becomes easier to plan routes and the driving information display is great with road signs, journey times, current speed, speed limits etc. although it becomes tiresome to be told 'you are exceeding the speeeeed limit!’ quite so often, even when almost at a standstill entering a roundabout….

A VERY annoying mapping/routing feature is that when you ignore an instruction to ‘turn around when possible’ because you are allowing it to re-route, it eventually does so but, beware! On several occasions I found that it took us on a tortuous route of some miles only to put us back on the same road close to where we left it but facing the opposite direction!

Niggles aside it is outstanding value for money and there is little need to worry how long a unit will last - at a tiny fraction of big name brands the Noza Tec can almost be regarded as disposable.

Oh, and the mapping seems much more up-to-date than our previous (updated) TomTom ever was!

I have only reviewed the satnav function but as can be seen in the features below it can do far more. With its AV input I guess it can even double as a reversing camera screen. It will play music, movies and even display your ebook and photographs.

Noza Tec Truck GPS Sat Nav 7 Inch review

Features:

Brand:Noza Tec
Model:Atlas019
CPU: Centrality AtlasIV 533MHz
RAM:128M
Touchscreen:Yes
Display: 7" TFT LCD True Color Touch Screen
Choose 2D or 3D Map: Available
Antenna: Built-in
Card slot: Micro SD card slot
E-book: Read txt
Video Formats: WMV, AVI, ASF
Audio Formats: WMA, MP3, WAV
Picture Browse:JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Cold acquisition time: Approximate 45 seconds
AutoLocate: Approximately 2 minutes
Update rate: Once per second, continuous GPS
Accuracy: Position - Less than 10 meters (33 feet) 95% typical
Velocity - 0.1 meters per second steady
State Routes: Automatically calculated Voice
Navigation: Yes Vehicle
Power cable: Input 12V Output 5V/1.5A
Main Menu Languages 13: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Hungarian, Russian,
Finnish, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Slovenian

Our verdict

Obvious build quality aside it's very cheap and very cheerful, I like it!

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I have one of these as there was no way I could justify the cost of the big named versions that offer caravan/motorhome on them ... It has taken me all around the UK with only one narrow bridge in Northumberland that was 4" narrower than the...

I have one of these as there was no way I could justify the cost of the big named versions that offer caravan/motorhome on them ... It has taken me all around the UK with only one narrow bridge in Northumberland that was 4" narrower than the caravan ... but fortunately there was a convenient gateway to reverse into to turn around ... I have updated the UK maps with out any problem ... the only thing I would advise anyone would be to back it up to your PC or an SD card when you receive it as people have reported them crashing for no apparent reason ...
If you are on Facebook there is a page where the page owner has created files explaining most things Nozatec ... you will need to log in to Facebook to access this link ... http://bit.ly/2c0nl4s ...
All in all it is worth the £36 I paid for it and that is without my having used any of it's other applications.

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I use one of these along with a tom tom, it's almost as good as Tom Tom in uk,it's annoying the way it gives you 3 chances to do a u turn befor it re calculates on wrong turn or detour.<br />Forgot to download France on Tom Tom before we went so...

I use one of these along with a tom tom, it's almost as good as Tom Tom in uk,it's annoying the way it gives you 3 chances to do a u turn befor it re calculates on wrong turn or detour.<br />Forgot to download France on Tom Tom before we went so used Noza Tec and it was brilliant, never let us down, for the price can't be faulted !<br />Cheers Keith.

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Hi Neil,<br /><br />I have been using one of these units for a good eighteen months now, but not abroad quite yet. That will be in Germany, during September 2015. :-) <br />I prefer it to my TT720 European Truck Maps, but as you point out, this...

Hi Neil,<br /><br />I have been using one of these units for a good eighteen months now, but not abroad quite yet. That will be in Germany, during September 2015. :-) <br />I prefer it to my TT720 European Truck Maps, but as you point out, this one does take a bit of getting to know.<br />The beeps and squeals can all be turned down or muted, <br /><br />The spoken warning about exceeding the speed limit can also be switched off, or replaced with a sound, either once, or repeatedly, whichever is preferred. <br /><br />To avoid being taken miles out of your way when ignoring a command, you have to uncheck the "Avoid U Turns" box, otherwise the unit will take you to the next roundabout, and bring you back. Great if driving a 44 Tonne artic, but still not ideal if the roundabout is miles up the road.<br /><br />The maps are very much more up to date than those on the TT, and the lane markings and overhead gantry displays make it very hard to miss your Motorway turning. <br /><br />The settings are very comprehensive, but once set up to suit, it is very accurate. I use a Truck Motorhome profile, with all the right dimensions input. I have set the maximum weight as 7.49 tonnes, so as to keep me on major roads, and not exclude 7.5 T weight limits. In France, I may reduce that weight to 3.49 T, so as not to be excluded from town or village Aires, on 3.5T routes<br /><br />Regards,<br /><br />Jock.

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