GPS Review: Cobra NavOne 4500
Another review has popped up on the Cobra NavOne 4500 over at CNet. We used the Cobra NavOne 4500 for about a month and reviewed it here at the GPS Lodge last November. We liked it for its large screen and the luxury of features that you can put on such a large screen. (Read our review). The size was an issue for us as the unit fell off the windshield one day as I was driving down the road, but Cobra tells me that they are fixing this mount problem. We weren't so impressed with the traffic feeds as they seemed to show things in better light than I thought they should be, but they show promise and I believe that traffic feeds are THE feature of GPS units for the car in the coming years. John Delaney over at CNet wrote in their review that they thought the Cobra NavOne 4500 was excellent and gave it 8.3 out of 10 (Excellent), and said the "Overall the NavOne is a winner."
Real Time Traffic on the Cobra NavOne 4500
"The real-time traffic receiver is by far the coolest feature of the Cobra NavOne 4500. An included receiver picks up FM-radio signals from the Clear Channel radio network and overlays traffic conditions on to the map. With this information, you can view trouble areas, such as construction zones, slow-moving roadways, and other traffic incidents before you arrive on the scene. Affected roads are color-coded blue, and specific problem areas are flagged with icons, which, if you tap the screen, relays the cause of traffic in a small dialog box. As of this writing, the radio network is available in 48 major cities across the United States; a list of metro areas is available on Cobra's Web site, with more on the way. Our only gripe is that traffic notifications are limited to major roadways--interstates, freeways, and parkways--and do not include heavily traveled local highways and streets. Still, this feature can be a huge time saver if you're heading into or out of a city such as New York or Los Angeles. Better yet, the 4500 warns you of upcoming delays and gives you the option of choosing one of two new routes that skirt the traffic zone, or you can take your chances and continue on your current route. Cobra gives you a free 90-day subscription to the traffic-information network when you purchase the NavOne 4500; after that, it'll cost you $59 a year for the service."
Summary Cobra NavOne 4500
"Overall, the Cobra NavOne 4500 did a fine job of pinpointing our position on the map, but route calculations were a tad slower than we expected. Still, the routes were accurate, and we especially liked having the option to choose between two different routes. Voice-guided directions were also precise and clearly spoken."
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 15, 2006 11:15 AM
I use the cobra 4500 for my trucking business and travel over 3,000 miles a week. I have had several problems with the map data being very out of date causing the gps to loose where it is, try to tell you to turn off the main route when the road is fine and you have no reason to get off and exit. I've had it tell me to turn right when I should be going left. I have a terrible time getting it to find addresses, especially when it is a hwy such as US 60, hwy 9 or other types of routes that are not street names such as blair, neway,etc. I too have had it fall off the windshield several times, especially on a rough road. I have also found that it doesn't always find the fastest route. I have had it take me 50 to 100 miles out of the way when it could have taken me a more direct route straight to my destination. I have learned to use it my way since you can't trust it. I also hate that it doesn't have more picture icons for you to pick from to mark a place you have saved. I have to use targets for fuel stops, factory picture for dealers which complicates things for I also have to use that for the manufactures. I'm on my third gps for the first one quit the first day and the second one went crazy, yes went crazy, it was doing and displaying everything like it had went off the deep end. I don't know who is doing these reviews but they are definitly not driving all around and trying these things like I do. I can't remember which state now but I drove over 100 miles on a highway that the gps could never lock onto but it was a major highway. It just couldn't find it. After I got off that road and turned onto another it went back to normal. When I bought this unit I had to give over 800 for it so I hate to toss it and buy something else and I feel that cobra should do something about these problems for I have called them and told them of the problems. I don't know what map system they get their information from but it is very very very outdated and they need to correct this. I doubt anyone will care what I have said but I thought it was time I said something to someone besides cobra. I did notice there is an update but I don't have a cable to update it at this time. I guess I will buy one or send it back to them. It's had one or two updates already and still has the same problems it had originally