December 1, 2005

New Sony GPS: Nav-U line of GPS Units

Sony has announced a new line of GPS units, the Nav-U line. This line includes 3 GPS units. All available in Europe right now. no word on the US launch.

Starting with the NV-U50 unit that will offer in car GPS, with a 3.5 inch touchscreen. If you want a unit with TMC traffic support you'll need the similar NV-U50T. The traffic enabled unit will re-route you based on the live traffic feeds. This would be similar to the Cobra NavOne 4500 (See our review), or the Garmin C340, of any of the higher Garmin 2700 series products. One plus on for the Sony unit is that they have managed to get the antenna for the traffic feeds into the cradle, so you won't have the thing flopping around on the dash. Wonder if this will create a reception issue?


The design of the units is similar to the TomTom GO line, right down to the speaker in the back of the unit. I like the rounded TomTom look better than the Sony squared off look.

The NV-U70 will come with the Traffic support as well as a built in 1GB Flash memory drive to store most of Europe - excluding Scandinavia and Italy - on the device.

Sony has also set up the NV-U50 and NV-U70 with the world's first two-way speaker on a GPS system, thanks to a 1.6 Woofer at the back and a Tweeter in the front. Huh? I wonder if it will navigate well. If not at least it will sound good.

All three devices promise a battery life of around 4 hours and use Navteq mapping software.

The new Nav-U line will be available in January 2006 and will compete against the other mid-tier auto GPS units.

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Posted by Scott Martin at December 1, 2005 10:23 PM

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