January 6, 2009

Nextar Q4-LT - New GPS from the newest Major on the Block

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Nextar announced the Q4-LT a widescreen unit that offers free lifetime traffic from NAVTEQ. The free traffic will be supported by small ads that will display on the screen - when? not sure. Garmin does it with small ads that are displayed only after you are stopped for more than 10 seconds. I think that it's a great deal, but others think that it's just wrong. You'll have to decide for yourself.

At the same time they announced that for the month of November, Nextar was the #3 brand in the US. "Nextar's units sold in the U.S. rose an astonishing 473% during the month of November compared to October according to The NPD Group's retail tracking service. Nextar's sales have been steadily increasing, taking them from sixth in September 2008 to fourth in October 2008 (63% increase in units sold over September) and now third in November 2008 (473% increase in units sold over October) in the mobile navigation category."

Full press release on the Nextar Q4-LT after the jump....

Nextar™, a designer and marketer of bold and new consumer electronic products with mass appeal, will soon be taking the wraps off of its latest GPS navigation unit, the Q4-LT. The unit includes a free lifetime subscription for live traffic reports that will be audible thru the vehicle's radio system. The unit features USA and Canadian maps, which are provided on a 2GB SD card. Nextar will feature the unit at the upcoming 2009 CES in booth South 3-31753.

"As convenient and handy as a GPS device is, a major drawback, until now, has been its lack of affordable real-time information," stated Eddy Zheng, Nextar founder. "Our new Nextar Q4-LT GPS unit eliminates that drawback as it provides live, up-to-the-second traffic reports for free. Users will know immediately if they will encounter any traffic problems that will slow their journey."

The lifetime live traffic reports are provided at no additional charge and are available right out of the box. No activation will be required as the special feature will work the moment the system is turned on. Nextar is working with NAVTEQ® to provide users lifetime free traffic with discrete advertising and special promotions that are offered to users based on their location.

The unit includes a 4.3" touch-screen display, 3D landmark and sign-post viewing, and a built-in speaker. 1.6-million points of interest, including hotels, shopping centers, gas stations, and restaurants, are included. Text-to-speech technology distinctly pronounces road names in a user-selected language of either English, Spanish, or French. Digital map data is supplied by NAVTEQ, the preeminent provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems.

The Nextar Q4-LT is the perfect traveling companion. In addition to its live traffic report capability, it also comes with the ability to play MP3 files as well as display JPEG images. A built-in antenna ensures signal reception. Power is supplied by a lightweight, built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. Accessories include: AC/DC adapter, car power adapter, USB cable, external RDS receiver, protection pouch, suction cup, and a stylus/touch pen.

The system measures 4.6" x 3.19" x 0.8" and weighs 2.3 pounds.

Pricing and Availability
The new Nextar Q4-LT navigation system with free live traffic reports will be available in Q3 2009 at leading retailers across the country. It has an SRP of $249.99 w/free lifetime traffic. The system is neatly packaged in an attention-grabbing full-color box.

Features Found in the Nextar Q4-LT Navigation System:
*Touch-screen display: Provides interfacing capability while map is being viewed
*Live traffic reports: Free lifetime subscription of live, up-to-the-second traffic reports keeps users apprised of traffic conditions
*Built-in stereo speaker: Delivers navigational voice prompts as well as MP3 music in stereo; no extra wires or speaker to remember to connect
*Text-to-speech: Safety feature that allows driver to keep eyes on the road while getting directions; clearly pronounces names of streets encountered during drive
*1.6 million points of interest: Name or description of a specific location that user may find useful or interesting; generally indicated by an icon on the map
*NAVTEQ digital maps: Preeminent provider of comprehensive digital map information
*Lithium -Ion battery: Lighter weight, holds charge longer, and does not suffer from memory effect compared to similar batteries; recharging feature assures system stays active
*MP3 playing: Allows driver and/or passengers to listen to favorite MP3 files while in vehicle
*JPEG viewing: View photos and other graphics while in vehicle
*Built in antenna: Ensures reception of signal without running additional wires
*Stylus: Allows user to point more accurately than using a finger to small areas on the display screen

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