A GPS for the digital age
Although I have only had the Hema HX2 for two weeks, most of my time has been learning how to use it as it is in many ways so different to the HX1. Different in mostly a good way. In my opinion the vector maps are far more enjoyable to work with and I love the interactivity of the POI's. The unit comes loaded with more maps than most will ever need, and the details are easier to view and work with than the HX1. There are just so many features that the unit can use it would be hard to describe them all here.
In fairness to Hema, there has been ...some minor glitches but it wouldn't be fair to say "that's not good enough Hema", Hema tech support were quick to address these glitches where possible. And as with any new technology you can't foresee how everyone will use the unit, so some things will happen. Let me assure any reader that the glitches I had were minor and as stated were dealt with quickly. Do I think things could be better? Sure, there are some cosmetic things I found confusing and didn't fit my workflow but they are just that, cosmetic and don't affect the running of the unit. Also I would have like to have the rubberised case at time of purchase but again doesn't affect the running of the unit. Only time and usage will be the final judge. Am I happy with the unit? YES. I like the interactivity with the waypoints, POIs and that all three types of mapping work together. Finally, when I ordered the unit, it's arrival was fast, 3 days from time of order to in my hands.
Purchased in August 2021 at Hema Shop for $749.00.
Excellent - big step up from HX-1
I bought the new HX-2 from BCF a week and a half ago after owning a HX-1 for three years. I think it's a massive step forward for Hema both in terms of the hardware and the maps. The new Vector map is way more up to date than the explorer map in the HX-1 and its great to see most of Hema's printed map collection pre-loaded. My only bugbear is the search on the on-road needs a bit of work as its not very intuitive.
Questions & Answers
The HX2 is great, I think much better than my old HX1. The only negative for me is that when using Offroad navigation, the display shows you always moving up screen, not in compass direction like HX1. I like to be heading down when going south for example.Is there a way to change this ? Martin...
Glad to hear you're enjoying using the HX-2, when you're in the OFF-ROAD mode, there will be a grey 'Target' icon in the top right corner of the map, tapping on this once will cause the map to centre on you, and you will remain at the centre of the screen and the map will be in it's fixed orientation.
If the map is not currently facing 'North up' tap on the compass icon in the bottom left hand corner to fix this and then tap on the grey target icon to centre the map in you again.
Tapping the target icon while it is orange will change the orientation of the map so that your direction of travel is at the top of the screen.
I hope this helps, please let us know if you are still having this issue, or if you have any other questions or comments.
Just wondering what the HX-2 is like with road navigation. I have previously had other navigation systems and they have attempted to take me off a main road and then go back on it again. This is very annoying and when I tow my van, not an easy thing to accomplish.
One example is that a back street might be a slightly more direct route, when 2 streets up is the main road. It might not be as short, but it will be a lot easier to drive on. I can ignore the navigator when I know where I am going, but very frustrating if traffic is heavy and you are not familiar with the road.
Appreciate your input.
The HX-2 has 3 options available for you to select your driving route. Fastest , Shortest and Balanced,
Fastest will give you the route with the anticipated shortest travel time. Shortest will give you the route with the smallest distance to travel and Balanced will be a mix of both of these options (time and distance). In your example Balanced may be the most suited.
When you select an address, the HX-2 will also give you a few route options to choose from, so you can choose the route you like the look of most.
If neither of these options fully suit you and you would like to tailor your own trip, you can use the trip planner function in the "Off Road" mode, which allows you to plan the route you would most like to take for your journey.
Safe travels Bob
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|Category||GPS Navigation Systems|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Features||Free Map Updates|
|Battery Life||8 hours|
|Dimensions||109 x 190 x 9 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
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