Looking for a last minute gift for Dad’s day? I recently purchased a Garmin nuvi GPS unit for a friend who is navigationally and electronically challenged. These things are so easy to set up that my friend got the hang of it in less than 10 minutes. We went out to dinner and because the restaurant we wanted to visit had gone belly up (no pun intended,) we asked it to find us another. It took about 4 seconds to find one with similar cuisine in the same area.
The positives? Easy learning curve, touchscreen, low cost for smaller models (less than $150.00) and step by step oral instructions. The negatives? Go your own way and the sometimes annoying female voice will chastise you. And occasionally the unit refuses to stick to your windshield. Good thing it’s portable.
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Motorola seems to be breaking out of their cell phone niche with their new MOTONAV. The TN20 has text to speech with turn-by-turn directions as well as lane guidance. With an anti-glare 3.5 touchscreen you can look for over a million points of interest with pre-loaded maps of the Continental U.S. in either 2D or 3D. The TN20 is 3.7 x 3.2 x 0.7-inches at a weight of 5 oz., can go for 2.5 hours before needing a recharge and comes at a price of $299.99. For another $100.00, Motorola is offering their MOTONAV TN30 that includes a cell phone with Bluetooth capability, which makes them not quite all the way out of that niche.
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Never get lost jogging again. The French company Kapsys has unveiled their Kapten mini portable GPS device without a screen. Designed for pedestrians rather than vehicles, its interface works with voice recognition or text-to-speech. At a size of only 74 x 44 x 13mm and a weight of 50g, it has TeleAtlas from France but other cities are downloadable. The Kapten has a SiRF Star III receiver and can hold up to 4GB memory. It also can do Bluetooth and is an MP3 player and FM tuner. Look for a mid-September launch for £150 (~$300.00.)
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