Because I'm no expert on cyclone vacuums, this review will be more of a product dissection, meaning it consists mostly of pictures of product parts and blurbs about the vacuum's user-friendliness, rather than its performance. I didn't pull out any instructions or pamphlets until after I had assembled and used the vacuum.
First things first, I knew that Shark was a popular brand, but I didn't realize that it was a top competitor with Dyson. In fact, as it turns out, 3 of the top 5 vacuum cleaners of 2012 were Sharks. Who knew? Not I! To be honest, I didn't notice that it was a Shark, or anything about the vacuum cleaner for that matter, because I was too fixated on the fact that my trusty new vacuum was my favorite color, lavender. That's always a plus.
Unfortunately, I decided to do this product review AFTER I assembled the vacuum, so I don't have any pre-assembly pictures, but you can rest assured that the assembly was easy as pie. (By the way, I have this problem where I mix up idioms. Just then, I had to get my roommate to correct me because I had typed "easy as a piece of cake." If that ever happens in my spiels, please don't laugh too hard, and please please keep reading. Moving on.) The Navigator arrived in 3 parts: the base, the body and the handle. The body just perfectly sat onto the base and clicked together. The handle slid into place at the top of the body and fastened with two bolts. I didn't need any tools other than a penny to tighten the bolts. If you're a normal person, I GUESS you could use a screwdriver.