April 20, 2006

GPS Review: Sony Nav-U GPS

The new Sony Nav-u GPS is just hitting the stores now and there’s a review that has popped up indicating that it’s not a bad little GPS. The nav-u features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) touch screen with a special coating to make it both glare- and fingerprint-resistant. It has a built-in light sensor to adjust the screen automatically for optimal viewing in any lighting condition and includes both a day and night mode. Many but not all GPS units feature this, and I think that it’s a big plus when they do. It’s a simple thing, but it makes a difference.

Update: Want another opinion? - see our other Review of the Sony Nav-U GPS

The nav-u arrives pre-loaded with Navteq's street-level maps for the 48 contiguous states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and 1.6 million POI (Points of Interest). This isn’t the biggest set of POI’s we’ve seen, but these fit into 1GB of solid state memory.

PC Mag says that “The interface is also fairly simple. A tap anywhere on the map screen brings up the main menu, which has icons for New Destination, Search Nearby, Route, Muting, and Settings. There's also a convenient Back Arrow icon that takes you back one level, and an Up Arrow icon that takes you directly back to the main map view.” The interface is key to operability, and is one critical attributes that must work well. When it doesn’t, it’s a living hell.

Also, “In navigation mode, the nav-u displays an impressive amount of information. Both your current street and the street for your next maneuver are shown on the bottom of the screen. On the left, a graphic indicates the direction of your next turn, along with a "shrinking thermometer" that shows your relative distance to the turn. If two maneuvers are to be executed quickly in sequence, a second directional arrow shows the second turn. Your current heading, speed, altitude, miles to destination, and estimated time of arrival are also displayed. The nav-u supports multiple-destination routing, so if you have a second stage planned, miles to destination and ETA are to the next stage point.”

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 20, 2006 5:11 PM

Recent Comments

Hi, I working as a truck driver and I have Sony nav-u GPS, my question is do you have maps or navigation optoins for trucks because so far the system I have does't work for trucks.

Posted by: Arek at March 3, 2007 8:53 PM
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