All-in-One Navigation Devices

We have tested 16 different signposts from 12 different brands-both all-in-one solutions and applications that make the cell phone to a full-fledged navigator.

Mio C620t

Three-dimensional maps going strong among this year’s gps news. Mio C620t contains both contour lines and 3D-models of buildings in order to provide a more immersive map image. the 3D effect looks best when the map zooms out-for example during motorway driving. the 3D objects is quite a few, but the most famous works in Europe’s capitals are represented.

Software in C620t named MioMap 2008 and includes several improvements over last year’s Edition. the 3D maps are of course a cool feature, but the Mio also has cleared up in the interface and improved usability. The previous version of MioMap had a neat, but kinda messy look with lots of information fields, tabs, buttons and submenus. The new interface section widescreen screen in two parts-a large map view on the left and the data fields collected on the right. The data fields can hide for an even clearer and larger map view.

There are still plenty of bells and whistles in MioMap. In addition to the fastest and shortest route, there is also the opportunity to figure out the path of least number of turns. The performance is good and C620t has both a gps receiver with good sensitivity and enough processing power to quickly figure out routes.

The non- navigation related features consist of phone book, calendar, music player and bluetooth hands-free. A common feature of these programmes is that they are neat and well thought-out interface. The music player is very feature-rich to sit in a navigator and has both equalizer playlist support. The sound quality is not sufficient, however, to the telephony functions to be useful.

Mount to Mio C620t is active and collecting all the electrical connections and also contains a speaker. To place the loudspeaker to the bracket is smart-the Navigator is thin and light, but the sound will be in spite of the good when it is seated in the car.

Plus: Easy format. 3D-graphics.

Minus: Lacks speech synthesis

Mio C620t Facts

Receiver: SirfIII

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 126 x 81 x 20 mm

Weight: 190 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

BRACKET: Articulated with two axles

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 4300 SEK

Rating:

Format and attachment: 5

Performance: 4

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 4

Features: 4

Total: 21

NAVIGON 2110

NAVIGON low price model has both advantages and disadvantages compared to the more expensive models. The device itself has a high gloss finish, just like their big brothers, but bracket is more compact and easier to assemble the car. The screen is the most significant weakness. It is 3.5 inches wide and has qvga resolution-approved specifications on paper. Contrast and brightness, however, is worse than the 5110 model that 3.5-thumbs from Garmin and Our site.

NAVIGON 2110 is fast. Just unpacked from the box and mounted in the car, you can find the position of a little less than a minute, and after a short break, it will start in seconds. Even the route calculation is fast and the menus are free from distracting delays.

NAVIGON’s interface is simple and easy to learn, but it is easier to print error in thin menu lists with small icons compared to other brands that use larger, more square icons.

Along with the Our site One, which has about the same price tag, is the Navigon 2110 the cheapest sat nav with TMC receiver is integrated in the power cable. The color scheme of the NAVIGON maps are quite realistic and goes in grey and green-nice, but not as clearly as one more contrast color choice. The “Reality View”, with improved display of crossings and Multilane roads is not included by default in the Navigon 2110, but can be purchased via the website for 280 USD.

Plus: Mileage Report. TMC at low price.

Minus: Bad screen

Facts the Navigon 2110

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Display: 3.5 inch 320 x 240 pixel

Dimensions: 102.9 x 78.4 x 18.4 mm

Weight: 160 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: 2 GB SD card

BRACKET: Articulated with two axles

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: No

Voice Control: Yes

Price: £ 200

Rating:

Format and mount: 4

Performance: 3

Display: 2

Ease of use: 3

Features: 3

Total: 15

 

NAVIGON 5110

In your hand feels Navigon 5110 confusingly similar to the cheaper 2110 model, but when you turn on power is a key difference-the screen is much sharper. In the Pack you will find me a strange thing that is reminiscent of an old-fashioned telephone handset or possibly a hand shower. It turns out to be the unit’s stronghold and instead of speakers at the “handset” is a proper suction cup to the windshield.

The Navigator is clicked onto the mount with a bayonet. Although the size is mount a completely passive holder-wires for power and tmc antenna must be connected separately. NAVIGON has a design award for its navigators and mounts, but do you put function before form I prefer both the Our site minimal mounts and smart active solutions from Garmin, Sony or Mio.

NAVIGON 5110 comes with “Reality View” installed. Function shows a bit more complicated interchanges as multi-lane motorway exits and junctions in a more natural way than most other navigators that just indicates the number of files with different thick strokes. The Navigator file selection proposes and also shows the road signs, which for the most part is true well agree with reality, above the virtual roadway.

Kartvyerna works the same way as in the Navigon 2110 and 7110. The maps have an attractive appearance in both 2D and 3D mode and points of interest like gas stations and fast-food chains are shown with log, so it is enough to toss an increase on a map to the “correct” gas station are nearby.

Plus: Mileage Report. Reality View.

Minus: The Mount

Facts Navigon 5110

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Display: 3.5 inch 320 x 240 pixel

Dimensions: 107 x 84 x 23 mm

Weight: 145 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: 2 GB SD card

BRACKET: ball joint on the arm

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: No

Voice Control: Yes

Price: 2500

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 4

Screen: 3

Ease of use: 3

Features: 3

Total: 16

NAVIGON 7110

The most obvious advantage of 7110-model in front of Navigon cheaper navigators are 4.3-inch screen, but after a while of testing to find more goodies. 7110 acts as a bluetooth hands-free and has a nice interface for telephony functions. The sound quality gets a passing grade-something that can be said of few other navigators. The maps are presented nicely, but in complicated junctions is both Garmin and Magellan more readable.

The screen makes the “Reality View” function really comes into its own. However, the Navigon missed to take advantage of the screen surface in other features-for example, for text input. On-screen keyboard makes use of just two-thirds of the space, and it’s hard to pick the right without a pen.

Just like the simpler devices from Navigon 7110 can save a mileage report in Excel format on the memory card. 7110 is delivered with the same special bracket that Navigon 5110. The long arm enables the Navigator must be fitted above the center console, not in the corner of the windscreen. Two year free map updates included when buying the Navigon 7110.

Plus: Mileage Report. Reality View. Free updates.

Minus: The Mount

Facts: Navigon 7110

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 131 x 92 x 23 mm

Weight: 195 g

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: 2 GB SD card

BRACKET: Kullled on arm

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: Yes

Price: 2800 SEK, 2 years free maps

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 4

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 4

Features: 4

Total: 19

Sony NV-U93T

The format of Sony’s navigators has really evolved for the better. With the current model series that was released last fall left Sony the clumsy thick-tv-like the cans behind and although NV-U93T is the largest and heaviest Navigator in the test size feels justified. The screen is on 4.8 inch and has a few centimeters larger image diagonal than the eight units that come tied for second place.

The resolution is the same as on the devices with 4.3-inch displays, but the larger size makes the screen more readable, of course. The bracket has a new type of suction cup in a thick and sticky rubber material. It can be attached either to the windshield or on top of the dash and is so hard that it requires a credit card or some other “Tools” to remove it from the ground. The mount is active and has connections for power and TMC antenna. On the Navigator are the connections protected behind the antenna that folds up before you click fixed unit in the bracket.

Software in Sony’s navigators coming from Navigon, but the interface has received a significant facelift compared to Navigon device. The icons in the main menu are larger and easier to press and graphics in the map are top class. The only feature in addition to navigation in NV-U93T is a bluetooth hands-free. It is a little surprising given Sony’s other range that the device has no multimedia features and only offers the most basic bluetooth functions.

NV-U93T is no quick drive. It seems that the advanced graphics with animations and semi-transparent elements requires a lot of CPU. Sometimes delays and you have to press an additional time for the Navigator to react. Even the route calculation is slow compared to competitors ‘ devices in the same price range. A smart feature on Sony’s device is “Gesture Control”. By swiping your finger across the screen in different directions or draw a “V” you can quickly choose the home address, or any other quick link, as the destination.

Plus: big screen. Thin. Neat interface.

Minus: Slow. Get features.

Facts Sony NV-U93T

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.8 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 145x87x20 mm

Weight: 250 gram

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. Space for Memory Stick Duo

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 3000

Rating:

Format and mount: 4

Performance: 3

Screen: 5

Ease of use: 3

Features: 5

Total: 20

Navman S50

Navman was recently bought by Mitac, the manufacturer behind Mio, but there are still a number of interesting products in the Navman brand. S50-model navigatorerna is one of the cheapest on the market with 4.3 screen. S50 comes with maps of Scandinavia and has a well made interface.

Navigator program reminiscent of Navigon software with logos and icons for the map points of interest. S50 NavDesk comes with program for PC. Through NavDesk can you update maps on your device, download history and logbooks and upload your own images as icons of favorite destinations-a fun, but maybe not totally necessary, finesse called Navpix.

The menus are not as nicely designed as map view, but it’s easy to find all important settings and input text via the alphabetical keyboard. The voice in the unit reads the letters entered, so it does not miss a press the wrong button. Unfortunately, the S50 rather slow to use. This is evident especially when you miss a turn-it feels like an eternity, even if it is not more than 60 seconds, before the S50 is proposing a new route.

Navman S50 is a thin device and the dimensions are about the same as for the more expensive 4.3-tumsenheterna. Despite weighing nearly two rather plasticky HL S50 feels, but considering the price, the quality feeling still is considered to be approved. One could say that the mount is active-usb connector that supplies power to the device is firmly cast into the holder. However, it is quite difficult to get solid Navigator in the cradle, so plus points.

Plus: big screen. Neat map view.

Minus: Slow. No TMC.

Facts Navman S50

Receiver: SirfIII

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: Scandinavia

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 80 x 140 x 20 mm

Weight: 198 g

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 1700 USD

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 2

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 3

Features: 3

Total: 15

 

Garmin Nuvi 200

Garmin minsting can be found in the hundreds, but the interface is the same as in the more expensive units. The thin format is another similarity between Nuvi 200 and Nüvi 760, but 200 model lacks the active mount. TMC is missing and the map database contains only Scandinavia, but quality is high and the screen has good contrast.

The main menu consists of two great icons-“where to?” and “View map”, so you could say that the learning threshold are minimal. Most menus consist of large icons in two columns that are easy to press with your fingers.

On-screen keyboard buttons, however, are the smallest team and it would not have been wrong with the T9 or multi-tap as alternatives to the alphabetic keyboard. The gps-related features are few-I see no easy way to read from the position in latitude and longitude or any view with satellite status. In addition to the navigator Nüvi 200 application contains a picture viewer, world time, unit converter, calculator and currency converter.

The GPS receiver can quickly find the right position, but it sometimes happens that the unit complaining of poor reception and antenna seems to have a bit less sensitivity than other units in the test. Unfortunately, even 760 model this deficiency. The retractable antenna that was present in older Nuvi models were better. Route calculation is medium fast and menus are free from delays.

Plus: simple and user-friendly

Minus: Weak antenna. No TMC.

Facts the Garmin Nuvi 200

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Scandinavia

Socket for external antenna: no

Display: 3.5 inch 320 x 240 pixel

Dimensions: 97 x 71 x 20 mm

Weight: 147 g

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): No

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: No

Voice Control: No

Price: 1,400 kr

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 3

Screen: 3

Ease of use: 5

Features: 2

Total: 16

Garmin NUVI 760

760 is the top model of the Garmin Nüvi series in anticipation of the upcoming 860 model with 3D maps. There is also a model named 770 which has the same features, but also maps for North America.

The mount is compact and contains all the electrical connections, so there is no need for loose cables. The TMC receiver is inserted in the charger cable. Interface familiar from other Garmin units, but includes a lot of extra features as it should be at this price point. The “where am I” indicates the current position, but also the nearest intersection, and shortcuts for quick route calculation to hospitals, police or gas station.

The screen has the best brightness among 4.3-tumsenheterna, but the Nuvi interface exploits not optimally. I miss the ability to, as in the Mio C620t, splitting the screen in multiple fields. The main difference in the interface compared to the Nuvi 200 is the menus to contain three or four columns with icons instead of two.

NUVI 760 has a darker grey than older models in the series, and the device feels very solid and durable. To give a little extra push in the sound include the Navigator an FM transmitter that allows to play the voice instructions and the sound from the music player through the car stereo. Unfortunately it turns out impossible to get a noise-free and good reception no matter what frequency you choose.

A more useful function is speech synthesis. Like Magellan, Garmin Nüvi 760 device can read out the name of streets and exits so you can keep an eye on the traffic. For text input, you can choose a qwerty or abcd keyboard. A clever finesse is that the device not only remembers the last exact addresses, but also the name of the former towns, streets, and countries. The device is medium fast when it comes to calculate routes, but Garmin starts to slip after Our site and Magellan when it comes to the performance of the search features.

Bluetooth support means that the device can be used as a hands-free calling interface is good with clear menus for searching your phone’s phone book. You can also send and receive sms with positioning data. Speaker sound is not particularly strong, but the microphone is good so the other party can hear what is being said without a problem. NUVI 760 has the extras that are available in 200-model and also a player for audio books.

Plus: Speech Synthesis. User friendly.

Minus: Weak antenna.

Garmin NUVI 760 facts

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 122 x 76 x 20 mm

Weight: 190 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: Yes

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 3300 kr

Rating:

Format and attachment: 5

Performance: 4

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 5

Features: 4

Total: 22

Magellan Maestro 4245

Maestro is the name of Magellan’s new series of bilnavigatorer. RoadMate brand remains for a little simpler models with 3.5-inch display. Top model 4245 has a flexible format and features that match the Garmin’s flagship. The interface is completely reworked. Magellan’s old menus could be quite technical and was not always so stylish, but the shortage is resolved by the release of Maestro series.

It is possible to see several similarities with Nüvi series. The maps use colors with clear contrasts and information fields are small, but have the bite-sized fonts and displays the required information. Building with large, clear icons in the menus is another similarity, but Magellan’s graphics are a bit more detailed with gradient backgrounds and 3D effects.

Unfortunately, holder outward, so power and TMC antenna must be connected with a cord each time the Navigator should be mounted in the car-a miss as I had not expected me to a redesigned navigator at this price point. Maestro 4245 can be used as bluetooth hands-free, but plugging in a phone or request access to phone book takes agonizingly long.

Maestro 4245 has TMC receiver and a speech synthesizer that enables voice instruction not only tells you where to turn and when, but also what the exit or the road is named. Text input tends to be really good in Magellan’s units and 4245 is no exception. The feature is called QuickSpell and means that the letters that does not fit into database automatically hides. For example, if you are searching for a place of business in Sweden are disappearing letter Q directly.

Interest points come from the guide book publisher Marco Polo, and there are new ways to use the database, for example, to list the hotels, petrol stations, shops and landmarks that are located at the next highway exit. Another interesting feature is the ability to figure out the optimal route to multiple destinations. For example, to deliver goods to five different addresses-enter the full list and the Navigator count quickly the shortest or fastest round depending on your preferences.

Plus: Smart text input. Neat interface. Speech synthesis.

Minus: Passive holders

Facts the Magellan Maestro 4245

Receiver: SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 124 x 82.5 x 17.8 mm

Weight: 190 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: Yes

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

BRACKET: Articulated with two axles

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: Yes

Price: 3100 €

Rating:

Format and mount: 4

Performance: 5

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 4

Features: 5

Total: 22

Our site Go 720T

Go 720T is a finesspäckad navigator. Not only regarding extras as music player and photo viewer-there are several features of the navigator program that is unique to your Our site. Several navigators in the test has bluetooth, but Go 720T is alone in being able to use your phone’s internet connection. Via the Web, you can use the Our site plus services and buy the updated traffic information, weather, maps, new voices and positions for speed cameras.

It can be a bit tricky to get the connection to work, but the Guide for manual settings on the mobile operator’s website turns out to contain all that is necessary. In Sweden, no access to traffic information as all Our site devices now ship with TMC, but in several other countries, the TMC information is a paid service and Our site’s service as an alternative.

The interface feels a little Spartan compared with the stylish kartvyerna at Sony, Magellan, Navigon or Garmin, but the features are many and great. Text input is done via either qwerty or abcd keyboard, but there is also a voice that works very well without having to get up the drive. Sometimes you can read that Our site has support for speech synthesis, but it is unfortunately not on the device is in Swedish.

In larger cities, one can see the outlines of buildings in 3D mode, but otherwise has the maps a very clean look. In return, it is easy to customize the map view, and determine the size and position of the various information fields.

In addition to maps and points of interest are the Navigator loaded with guides on topics like first aid, how to fix simple errors on the car and the traffic rules that apply in different countries. Quality feeling is really good, but the device is clumsier than the top models from Garmin or Magellan. The mount is a disappointment. Although it is very compact, but suction plug is bad and the holder is passive, so it becomes very connection and disconnection of wires.

Minus: Passive holder. No speech synthesis.

Plus: The Internet Functions. Voice control.

Facts Our site Go720T

Receiver: SirfIII

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 118 x 83 x 24 mm

Weight: 220 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 3000

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 4

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 5

Features: 5

Total: 21

Our site One 3rd Edition Europe

Our site one series is the cheaper option. The thousand man saves compared to Go 720T means that you lose many important functions. One does not have bluetooth, hands-free and internet features are missing. The interface has the same appearance as in Go-navigatorerna and Our site software for mobiles.

Our site Home desktop application works with both Go and One series and makes it possible to update the Navigator with new and updated content from Our site’s online shop. Quality feel of One 3rd Edition does not reach up to the same class as Go 720T. The device is more plastic, and I think that the design feels a little dated compared to competitors in the test.

Performance-wise, however, do One good. GPS reception works without notes and the Navigator feels quick. Our site One comes with the same type of mount that Go 720T. It feels easier to accept a passive holder for a little cheaper navigator, but lacks the suction lever stopper and is not harder than mount sometimes fall without warning.

Plus: TMC. Proven interface.

Minus: Clumsy. Bad stronghold.

Facts the Our site One 3rd Edition

Receiver: SirfIII

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: no

Display: 3.5 inch 320 x 240 pixel

Dimensions: 96 x 82 x 25 mm

Weight: 174 g

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: No

Voice Control: No

Price: £ 200

Rating:

Format and mount: 2

Performance: 4

Screen: 3

Ease of use: 5

Features: 3

Total: 17

 

Harman Kardon GPS-810

Harman Kardon Hi-Fi brand is a newcomer on the Swedish gps market. The device feels trustworthy and can provide both Our site and Garmin a match when it comes to quality feel. The mount is active and compact, but it is a bit more complicated to pick in and out of the device compared to the Garmin.

Harman Kardon is alone in the test to provide the device with a wireless remote control. The remote control is attached with double-sided tape in the car and consists of a ring that you can rotate, zoom in, for example, kartorn or browse lists, and five buttons used to navigate the menus. The idea is good, but the thin hard plastic makes the remote control feels more like a toy. Harman Kardon should look at how car manufacturers design the sliders, and customizing your remote so that it blends in better in the driver environment.

Navigator application is neat, and it is clear that the Harman Kardon prefers the text in front of the icons. Most menus consist of text filled boxes, but there are some exceptions. To input addresses works in the same way as in the Magellan unit-when printed on a letter disappears all letters that are not letter number two in a name in the database.

GPS-810 is extremely fast when it comes to calculate routes. It shows that it has a more powerful processor than competitors ‘ navigators. There are plenty of POIs in the database, but it is awkward to manage long lists via the touch screen. If you do not have the remote control at your fingertips, you need a pencil to get at the thin scroll bars.

Navigator program contains all the necessary features but the search capabilities are limited and Harman Kardon is far behind the more established brands when it comes to history, management of detour or search by latitude and longitude.

The strength of the Harman Kardon Gps-810 is the multimedia functions. The device has a very competent video player that can handle both mpeg-4 and more demanding h.264 format. Of course, there is also a music player. It is well integrated with navigator program and you can see, for example, the distance to the next turn on the status bar while you browse playlists. Harman Kardon shows that you can build good portable gadgets, but the question is whether or not video player and car navigator work best as two distinct entities.

Plus: Fast. Comes with remote control.

Minuses: Few features of the navigator program.

Facts the Harman Kardon GPS-810

Receiver: SirfIII

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: no

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 118 x 75 x 20 mm

Weight: 200 grams

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: Built In. SD card slot.

Bracket: Ball Joint

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: 4000 SEK

Rating:

Format and mount: 4

Performance: 5

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 4

Features: 3

Total: 20

Packard Bell Compasseo 820

For Navman S50 Compasseo 820 is the cheapest sat nav with 4.3 screen. The extra hundralapparna provides both TMC and Europe maps, but unfortunately does not hold the software in the same class as other Compasseo marks in the test. The interface is not quite ready, and the fonts are often too small to be legible when the Navigator is mounted in the car.

The coupler is a passive type, but it’s the only power that needs to be connected because the device has an integrated TMC antenna. Traffic information worked well during the test, but I can’t help but wonder if the reception is as reliable as that of the brands that have a separate wire antenna. TMC information is broadcast on the same frequencies as regular FM radio and need an antenna of about 75 centimeters for best results.

Navigator program follows the default template and can view maps in 2D or 3D mode. It’s churlish to information in the 3D map and only a few street names appear, regardless of zoom level. 2D mode is better. Text input makes use of the entire screen surface, so it is easy to press right. Unfortunately, there are only alphabetic keyboard. Route calculation is fast when it comes to travel within Sweden, but they are noticeably slower than Compasseo more expensive navigatorerna when it comes to figuring out the really long routes.

The spoken instructions are generally good, but sometimes do not have time to read all Compasseo instructions when it is tight between the intersections. In addition to the navigator program is a calendar, phone book and to-do list. The programmes can be synced with Outlook. In addition, the device has Bluetooth support and a great telephony interfaces. Unfortunately reaches the sound quality is not up to the approved level.

Plus: low price. Many features.

Minus: small text. Cuts off instructions.

Packard Bell Compasseo 820 facts

Recipient:

SirfIII

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Socket for external antenna: Yes

Screen: 4.3 inch 480 x 272 pixel

Dimensions: 113 x 80 x 25 mm

Weight: 201 g

Touchscreen: Yes

Speech Synthesis: No

Traffic information (TMC): Yes

Memory: 2 GB SD card

Fitting: Gooseneck

Waterproof: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Voice Control: No

Price: £ 200

Rating:

Format and mount: 3

Performance: 3

Screen: 4

Ease of use: 3

Features: 3

Total: 16

Navigator mobile

 

Wayfinder 8

Version 8 by Wayfinder released this sharp version during the month of May and includes several new features. New databases with points of interest have been added and the program can retrieve addresses from several countries ‘ telephone directories.

Wayfinder’s software works with a wide variety of phones-both smartphones and java mobiles. Just like in Nokia Maps and Our site Navigator maps loaded down as needed, so you need not install some large data sets in your phone or use a special memory card. However, the data traffic cost-up to 300 Kb of data per hour of run time is normal according to Wayfinder’s Web page. No major costs in Sweden with other words, but in the face of foreign travel can be a good idea to download maps in advance. The maps can previously retrieved via Web page MyWayfinder, but new for version 8 is that there is also a pc program that works much like the Nokia Maploader.

To navigate with Wayfinder is easy. The mobile phone’s number keys have different functions; for example, zoom in and out with 5 to 0 and switch between different views by #. There is no option to add routes with multiple stops, however, Wayfinder has support for traffic information and will help you both to avoid roadworks and keeping track of speed cameras. Wayfinder 8 works with Facebook and Google Earth. If you enable application LocateMate at your Facebook profile, you can select an optional position in the map, and publish from your mobile device with a few simple button presses.

Plus: works with various mobile brands and operators

Minuses: Limited route features

Facts about Wayfinder 8

Map Data: Tele Atlas

Maps included: depends on subscription

Traffic information (TMC): Yes, via gprs

Voice Control: No

Price: 1000 € for Scandinavia, lifetime license

Rating:

Performance: 4

Ease of use: 5

Features: 5

Total: 14

Nokia Maps 2.0

Nokia Maps 2.0 was launched at Mobile World in February and is still a half-finished applications downloaded via Nokia betalabs site. The program only works in the latest S60 phones, such as Nokia N82 or N95, and it costs nothing to test the maps-it that cost is the navigator feature with guidance.

Subscriptions are available with different lengths from 24 hours up to a year. In the old version, it was easy to activate your subscription with the help of payment-sms, but in the beta, which is available as of this writing, one must enter the long credit card numbers.

Maps in Nokia Maps downloaded from both Tele Atlas and Navteq and similar to Google Maps, there is also the possibility of using satellite images. The level of detail will not, however, in the vicinity of the sharpest images with Google.

For the sharp version of Nokia Maps 2.0 promises more features, such as traffic information, but as the programs look today is both Wayfinder and Our site Navigator far more competent.

Plus: free access to maps. Various subscription options.

Minus: Still Beta. Only works with S60 3.1

Facts Nokia Maps 2.0

Map: Navteq & Tele Atlas

Maps included: depends on subscription

Traffic information (TMC): Upcoming feature

Voice Control: No

Price: 660 kr/year for Scandinavia

Rating:

Performance: 3

Ease of use: 3

Features: 4

Total: 10

Our site Navigator

Our site Navigator is based on a product called Wisepilot and works only on phones with a Our site subscription. The list of compatible phones is not quite as long as for Wayfinder, but the application works with both S60 as Windows Mobile, Uiq, and a large number of java mobiles.

The basic concept is the same as for Wayfinder and Nokia Maps-the maps are downloaded to your phone “on demand”, but Our site Navigator does not have features to download maps in advance before travelling. The program is linked to the yellow and white pages for the Nordic countries, but in other European countries, you can only search for places and street addresses.

The maps have a mobile friendly look with many details and small fonts. It provides good overview despite the fact that most phones have a small screen. Traffic information works well in the program and there is a database of speed cameras and filling stations with ethanol and CNG. Through the website you can download the application manual and see the status of your subscription. There is also the option to download and run the journal sync favorite places with your mobile phone.

Plus: Mileage Report. Good overview despite the small screen.

Minus: only works with our site

Facts: our site Navigator

Map: Navteq

Maps included: Western Europe

Traffic information (TMC): Yes, via gprs

Voice Control: No

Manufacturer’s website: our sitenavigator.wisepilot.com

Price: 1100 €/year for Western Europe

Rating:

Performance: 4

Ease of use: 4

Features: 4

Total: 12

The winners

Garmin NUVI 760 and the Magellan Maestro 4245

It becomes a shared victory in the class all-in-one navigation devices. Both units have good performance and user-friendly interface, but also the inp > _ image _

Wayfinder Navigator

Among the applications for the mobile phone takes Wayfinder home victory. The ability to freely choose Mobile brand and operator is a plus as well as search capabilities and the excellent Web service with the ability to download maps and configure the program.