Sony NV-U82 and NV-U92T
After some stops and starts
, Sony has launched a pair of GPS systems that look pretty nice with a great design presence. The NV-U82 and the NV-U92T are big widescreen units at a 4.8 inch diagonal with a huge point of view of what’s to come and where you are going. With all of that screen real estate, they can cram a lot on there, and have started to offer some extras that units with smaller screens can’t quite do without the extra real estate. The extra information may be a help or a distraction; can’t wait to try these out.
As previously disclosed, the new Sony models feature “gesture support” which allows the user to flick the screen in different ways to give commands of where to go. Just sketch a simple line or shape on screen with a fingertip and the NV-U82 and NV-U92T will guide you safely and surely to frequent destinations – like ‘home’ or the ‘nearest gas station’.
More information from the Sony site below:
Slim, stylish and packed with great technology, the latest nav-u personal navigation devices from Sony put driver safety and security right at the top of the agenda.
The new NV-U82 and NV-U92T provide the biggest, best picture yet of your journey. Despite a depth of just 20mm, both models feature an ultra-wide 4.8?inch touch screen that gives a clear, unambiguous display of route information. The bright, full color touch screen offers high contrast, wide angle viewing for maximum visibility under all driving conditions.
For even greater convenience, the wide 16:9 touch screen also offers a linear display of route waypoints, fuel stations and other point of interest – a vital safety benefit when you’re concentrating on an unfamiliar route. This Dynamic Routing Information is displayed on the same screen alongside the conventional map view, giving drivers an unambiguous, easy-to-understand picture of “what’s coming up next”.
Both new models support Gesture Commands for even greater safety at the wheel. Just sketch a simple line or shape on screen with a fingertip and the NV-U82 and NV-U92T will guide you safely and surely to frequent destinations – like ‘home’ or the ‘nearest filling station’.
Unique Sony Position Plus technology ensures accurate, uninterrupted routing even when GPS signals are temporarily compromised. This can happen when a vehicle is traveling beneath a tunnel or bridge, between tall buildings or under trees with dense foliage that can obscure satellite signals. An acceleration sensor and pressure sensor interpret vehicle motion to assure more stable, reliable positioning information. Position Plus thus reduces the risk of incorrect position and route information being displayed – a major cause of driver frustration that can compromise road safety.
The NV-U82 is pre-loaded with individual country maps stored in its internal 512 MB Flash memory. Targeted at international drivers, the NV-U92T is available with 2 GB of Flash memory providing route coverage of Europe. Both models also feature a new Memory Stick slot for quick, easy addition of new maps and Points of Interest.
The NV-U92T automatically monitors real-time broadcasts of Traffic Message Channel (TMC) information for dynamic route guidance in the event of an on-road hold-up (optional in NV-U82). NB: TMC service in UK (iTMC) and France (v-trafic) requires the purchase of an additional activation key from www.navu.sony-europe.com.
The supplied Super Suction Cup allows secure fastening of the supplied cradle to a windscreen or dashboard – allowing easy removal of the navigation device when the vehicle is unattended. Other supplied accessories include a car battery adaptor, USB cable, application data disc and handy soft carry pouch.
The NV-U82 and NV-U92T will be available throughout Europe from late spring 2007 and will be available to pre order at www.sonystyle-europe.com
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Posted by Scott Martin at March 28, 2007 6:22 AM
I have owned this (UK version) for 2 days. The screen is excellent (set the brightness to maximum in the menu). The "sticky gell" mount is superb - it would stick to ANYTHING without leaving a mark (on my Honda Jazz, it sticks to the dashboard like a limpet - it takes all my puny strength to prize it off!). Keep a cloth (I use a glass cleaning kit) handy to clean the attachment area. Without the cigar lighter lead attached, it looks like it came as standard with the car - real neat and classy. The battery only lasts an hour, so always take the car charger.
The default route setting of "fastest" takes you miles out of your way to keep to the major roads - select the "shortest route" from the menu for sensible routing. You can request to avoid motorways. The literal computer will add a few additonal turns to cut off the odd corner to save a yard or two, but otherwise gives an excellent, sensible route.
Downloading the speed camera data (1 year free at www.navu.sony-europe.com) needs at least 2 PhD's (I only have one, so took me ages to figure it out). Expect to go around in circles for 20 minutes or so (SONY take heed - TERRIBLE site). Contrary to the information given on the site, you will not find your model number on the base of the unit; it is on a sticker on the box. If you have thrown the box away by this time you are in trouble! There are a number of NV-U82 designations for different countries; the one for UK is NV-U82G.
Contrary to the prof. review, the nice lady does not speak the road names. For major roads, the A/B name is spoken, (eg "turn right in 100 yards on the A354). You have the option the show road names on the map (got them all right pronto, even the smallest local roads). The display shows the road name you are currently on and the name of the next road at bottom left.
Amazing how it shows the names of small pubs, cafes, major premises in our little villages (cafe JemAndI, Saints and Scholars cafe - just down the road). Cafes, chemists and petrol stations are all shown. Major premises such as large car vendors, museums etc. are shown and are a useful landmark.
If you decide to detour from the nice lady's instructions, she calculates the new route with adequate swiftness - no pannicky "do a U-turn" (unless you are in a supermarket car park - when off-road she assumes you are on the nearest public road).
The kit comes with a pouch for the main unit but you will need a carry case for the total kit- display unit, mount, car charger and cleaning cloth (I use a spectacle cleaning kit) to keep the attatchment area (and therefore the sticky gell mount) clean.
There is no mains charger. You can charge from your computer with the USB lead (only when your computer is switched on?). Best to get a mains charger - I have a universal charger which suffices (you need a charger of 5.2v with the central pin + [most universal chargers will cover this])
Just wish it told me the curent speed limit with warning beeps if I am exceeding it (helps to keep your licence!) - I think the TomTom does this.
In summary, GREAT! Really pleased with it.