The Road Angel Navigator 9000 has a built-in SIM, which allows updates on the move (there's no PC required).

With highly accurate weather, traffic and camera reporting, you can also receive SMS messages via the Road Angel Navigator 9000's own number – but bear in mind the use of a mobile while driving is now a very expensive, and dangerous, way to break the law.

The Road Angel Navigator 9000 also allows emergency services to track you, if needs be, and for you to send your destination to the device before setting off.

Road Angel has long been the tool of choice for the fast and furious, renowned for its up-to-the-minute knowledge of safety and mobile camera van locations.

Plenty of people are willing to shell out £500 for an instant cure for speed-camera heartache. But we're not sure we'd pay £500 for the Road Angel Navigator 9000, especially with an extra £10 per month for updates and tracking.

But that's not to say the rather brick-like Road Angel Navigator 9000 isn't a solid piece of kit.

The Road Angel Navigator 9000 has all the features you'd expect from a pricey GPS: a generous 4in touchscreen with stylus; multistop planning; full-postcode search; TeleAtlas mapping; a good selection of POIs and excellent accuracy on the road. There's also multimedia functionality. Road Angel has thoughtfully bundled a mains charger with the Road Angel Navigator 9000 – you can't grumble at its four-hour battery life. Indeed, there's little to fault. But it's not perfect.

Sitting at a desk to type, the Road Angel Navigator 9000 said we were travelling 8mph. And several 30mph roads mysteriously slowed to 20mph overnight.

Also, the way the Road Angel Navigator 9000 beeps and flashes as a camera approaches could actually drive you insane. And it's lucky we don't drink and drive – the Navigator crashed every time we tried to find our local pub.

Road Angel Navigator 9000: Specs

  • 416Mhz Intel PXA 270 processor
  • Sirf III GPS
  • TeleAtlas UK and Ireland maps
  • integrated Sagem MO200 SIM
  • 512MB SD card (expandable to 2GB)
  • 4in TFT touchscreen (480x272)
  • anti-vibration car cradle with amplified speaker
  • headphone output
  • 4-hour battery life
  • mains and car charger included
  • mini-USB cable
  • 115x75x30mm
  • 416Mhz Intel PXA 270 processor
  • Sirf III GPS
  • TeleAtlas UK and Ireland maps
  • integrated Sagem MO200 SIM
  • 512MB SD card (expandable to 2GB)
  • 4in TFT touchscreen (480x272)
  • anti-vibration car cradle with amplified speaker
  • headphone output
  • 4-hour battery life
  • mains and car charger included
  • mini-USB cable
  • 115x75x30mm

OUR VERDICT

If you're in danger of your next motoring offence resulting in a ban, it's time to a) get out and walk, making the roads safer for the rest of us, or b) get a Road Angel Navigator 9000, and drive more slowly, making the roads safer for the rest of us. The Road Angel Navigator 9000 is undoubtedly expensive, but think what you'll save on bus and train fares over the next 12 months.

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