Sony NVU73T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator
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- 4.3" Anti-glare/Anti-fingerprint Touchscreen Display
- Super Suction Cup
- Gesture Command
- Dual-View-3D Junction Guide
- Pre-installed Maps of US, Canada, and Puerto Rico with Nearly 5 Million Points of Interest
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Travel with confidence. The widescreen 4.3" touch-panel display of the nav-u portable navigation system provides turn-by-turn directions to where you want to. Traveling to your favorite destinations has never been this easy. The nav-u portable satellite navigation system has a sleek, 4.3" touch-panel widescreen display and can be easily mounted in almost any vehicle. The brilliant, high-contrast full-color graphical interface is also intuitive and fun to use. Whether it's a trip across town or cross-country road trip, the nav-u satellite navigation system makes the perfect travel companion. The NV-U73T comes pre-loaded with Map Content covering the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Enjoy powerful, portable navigation out of the box! With a touch-screen comes control via simple, on-screen finger movements. Commonly used commands such as ‘take me home’ may be accessed by gesturing an inverted ‘V’ on the screen versus paging through numerous menu screens. Step away from standard GPS mapping and towards a more complete navigation solution. Real Time Traffic Information radio reception allows the NV-U73T to constantly monitor relevant traffic conditions and automatically re-route you around trouble spots! Dual View capability displays dynamic route information, in addition to the conventional map view, to provide an even clearer view of what’s around the bend or in a highway merge scenario, which Junction to take. TTS (Text to Speech) also eliminates second-guessing when making a turn; the device utilizes spoken commands ensuring you are able to follow the directions by street names.
From the Manufacturer
Introducing Nav-U GPS from Sony. Complete with a brilliant display, intuitive touch screen and easy to understand menus, the NV-U73T portable satellite navigation is easy on the eyes. The model is thinner than a nickel is wide at 4.3-inches, weighs less than a half-pound and can be easily mounted in almost any vehicle. Whether it's a trip across town or cross-country road trip, the features on the NV-U73T make it the perfect travel companion, ready right out of the box.
Pre-Installed Maps and Content
The NV-U73T comes pre-loaded with map content covering the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with full street level detail. The NV-U73T contains 4 million points of interest and a brand icon function, providing recognizable waypoints along your route. The navigator also has a Memory Stick PRO DuoSlot to support the transfer of particular guidebook information.
Dual-View-3D Junction Guide
The NV-U73T features Dual View capability. As you approach your particular turn, Dual View 3-D will split the screen into two, highlighting useful information for the guidance on the left. The right windows keeps the normal map information, providing a clear view of whats around the bend or in a highway merge scenario, or which junction to take.
Ease of Use
The Nav-U's Gesture Command eliminates the need for menu interaction when entering the most common destinations. Use your fingertip to draw a pre-determined shape on the screen and Gesture Command will calculate the way home, to the nearest gas station or an ATM.
Real Traffic Updates
Real-time traffic information radio reception allows the NV-U73T to constantly monitor relevant traffic conditions and automatically re-route you around trouble spots. Adjustable user settings also allow you to select the type of information you wish to display. The Nav-U comes with a 3-month traffic subscription.
Text To Speech Capability
TTS (Text to Speech) also eliminates second-guessing when making a turn. The device utilizes spoken commands ensuring you are able to follow the directions by street names.
Super Suction Cup Mount
A Nav-U easily mounts within arms reach in virtually any vehicle. The Super Suction Cup makes mounting options endless. Once mounted, snapping a Nav-U onto or off of the cradle is easy with the intuitive locking design. The unit simply slides into position , locking when fully engaged. Removal is just as easy using the release button and reversing the process. Stable and secure while driving, the NV-U73T is easily adjusted when in use - no more finicky adjustment dials.
What's in the Box?
The Sony NV-U73T comes with a car cradle, antenna, XA-DC3 car battery adaptor, USB cable and an application disc.
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But we have had no such problems! The GPS was delivered with firmware version 3.00 and we immediately updated it to 3.02. The map was version 2007b and despite our living in a town where Google Maps lack multiple suburban areas (even thought they were built years ago) we haven't found any problems or inaccuracies.
The problems mentioned in other reviews seem to all have been taken care of in the firmware updates. For instance, this GPS does include an automatically set and updated clock, it automatically switches to night view exactly when it begins to get too dark to drive with day view, and it is not at all slow in updating and recalculating routes when we miss turns or exits.
We've now tested the GPS thoroughly on a 2,000 mile trip from mid Missouri to Florida and back (different routes there and back) and we are very, very happy with it. We've used the feature that finds restaurants to check what is nearby and it is excellent. No hassles. Also, recalculating the route has not taken more than 5-10 seconds tops. That's not unreasonably long.
There are two things that do strike us as a little bad. One is that we cannot find a list of previous addresses entered. It would be good to e.g. be able to easily go back to the hotel after having been to a restaurant. But we've had to type the address again, or simply try to follow the map and locate the little red flag where the hotel is by ourselves. Of course, one can just click the flag and then "take me here" and that would work - unless you're in a big city with lots of one way streets.
The other thing that doesn't really bother us but that could be quite bothersome for others is that we don't get much time at all on a fully charged battery. We've not been able to use the GPS without the charger for longer than 20 minutes before the "low battery" warnings start showing. OK, you can still run the GPS for another 30 minutes or so before it dies despite the warnings, but the info in the box says the battery time is 1-2 hours depending on "how you drive." So we wonder if the GPS we got was actually a refurbished one and not a new one. If so, shame on you amazon.com - your product page says nothing about it being anything but new.
But all things considered we're extremely happy with this GPS. It is everything we expected from it. And more.
Also, the unit is quite slow. Battery life is poor. Many of the other units come with a 1 year warranty this one comes with Sony's standard 3 months.
If you are looking for a cheap unit with a nice display and limited features , this might be a good option.
UPDATE -- It's been a year now and I can definitely say that this unit has a lot of flaws. For starters, the whole point in having GPS navigation system is to help the driver get to where they need to go quickly and efficiently. This unit does not always do that. I have pretty much tried all the settings and I can tell you that many times, the directions given by this unit can be the longest possible way there. There have been times when the voice would say "turn right on ..." but the display would show an arrow telling me to turn left. Most of the time, the display is the correct option. I must mention that I did update the software and I do have the most recent available update installed in the unit. Sony hasn't provided any recent updates for this unit in a while. It seems that they stopped supporting it.
There have also been times when it would have me get on a highway heading say north and at the next exit, it would have me get off and then get back on the same highway heading south. Which is bizarre given every time this has happened, it could have had me head in the correct direction to begin with. Every time this has happened, it's been in a part of the highway that's been there for a long time (10 years or more) so it can't be a map problem.
The settings sometimes reset for no reasons. I have the unit set on "avoid tolls" but about three times in the past year, it took me to a toll road. When I check the settings, I noticed that it had reverted to the factory settings. I am the only person who drives my car and the only person who uses the unit so it's not possible that someone else changed the setting.
UPDATE #2 -- I have gotten tired of getting lost, of taking the long way to where I am going, and calling people to confirm directions I get from this GPS unit. Recently, I was in Miami, heading to Tampa and the unit gave me directions to take a series of small local roads for the trip up (a trip that's about 280 miles). The trip takes about 4.5 hours on average, most of it on the highway (but the directions I got from the unit would have taken over 8 hours. I tried all the settings and for some bizarre reason, the unit never recommended taking the highway. I should have gotten a new unit a long time ago, I probably wasted the cost of a new unit in gas with the number of times this unit had me driving in circles or getting lost. WORST PIECE OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT I'VE EVER OWNED... IT just SUCKS!!