NAV­IGON 70 PRE­MIUM TOMTOM GO 1050

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Nav­igon, $399, nav­igon.com

★★★ THE Nav­igon 70 Pre­mium sits among a pack of GPS de­vices vy­ing to do the same thing: nav­i­gate from A to B with the fewest headaches. This top-of-therange Nav­igon of­fers all the top-end fea­tures you’d ex­pect such as voice com­mands, lane guid­ance, Blue­tooth phone con­nec­tiv­ity and voice alerts. Al­though they look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, of­fer­ings from Nav­igon, TomTom and Nav­man are in a dead heat hard­ware-wise, so it is soft­ware which dis­tin­guishes these three. The Nav­igon does a solid job at nav­i­gat­ing around the city. It doesn’t get al­ter­na­tive routes right ev­ery time, though. But its maps look great, are easy to use and have enough in­for­ma­tion (petrol sta­tions, fast-food out­lets) to give driv­ers more clues that they are on the right track.

TomTom, $449, tomtom.com

★★★ THE TomTom Go 1050 is big and tough. De­spite a mostly plas­tic body, it has a stain­less steel sheet on its back giv­ing it a strong, bul­let­proof feel. And it sports a 5-inch screen, so it is un­mis­tak­ably big. The Go 1050’s screen also of­fers a bal­ance be­tween easy-tosee bright­ness and a matte fin­ish to avoid glare. TomTom is renowned for its easy-to-use soft­ware more than any­thing and, al­though the Go 1050 is a ground-up re­build, it seems to work al­most ex­actly as pre­vi­ous ver­sions (the soft­ware re­build sup­ports wid­gets). TomTom’s ac­tual nav­i­ga­tion soft­ware seems to hit the mark more of­ten than the oth­ers even though it’s not per­fect. That said, some users re­port it’s not com­pat­i­ble with their mo­bile phones to use its handy Blue­tooth ad­di­tion.

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