I am not one to use a sat nav due to being in the logistics industry over 25 years and working on maps and digital cartography over the years but I do like to check out these things when they come along and compare to what is on offer.

The DriveSmart 65 also has Amazon Alexa built in which is a good thing in one respect and keeps you with your hands on the wheel ( current laws in Ireland do not allow you access information now on devices) but there is other features on the tablet sized device that can help you on your travels which is good. I have mostly compiled video footage on this for a visual aspect and set up of the product too so I will go over the rest and point out the bad and good..

Set-up is easy and it is more or less ready to go out of the box just go through the options regardless as regions will vary on some aspects, Download the app and connect then fix to you or car  window and you are good tho go,this is simple to and is just mounted with a suction cup like a dash cam for example or mobile phone holder.

You can then pair to your cars audio system too and your mobile phone and chose which the audio comes from which is handy.

Using the Amazon features is fine in one respect but for some like any voice assistant this can be hit and miss but for the basic tasks you are fine, There is an “OK GARMIN” option too and the same is to be said here when asking for directions mainly because of the map data gathered here and this is shown in the maps itself but you can search with eircode which is handy and might be a better option for some, if you are looking for a business you will struggle and may perhaps have to relate to your smartphone for an eircode to get directions to the door..

Getting directions can be also a hit and miss as mentioned with businesses in particular and you will be sent off the opposite direction but this can also occur with other mapping options but the Garmin mapping layout is quite good overall on the large screen with good warnings on speed limits,coming off motorways with lane selection and on most occasions it will tell you that you are coming up to a school but you will see more in the video by how I mean the maps are antiquated.

Overall thought it is a good product and there is a version of this available with a dash cam which I would recommend over this for cable space and less window space taken up, Garmin dash cams are great  and both these combined in one unit would be of good benefit but I feel the product will get better and there might be more map data available in other countries as to whats available here.The latest software updates where installed during my testing period which was a huge 8GB update before I tested it.


By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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