NAVIGON 70 PREMIUM TOMTOM GO 1050
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.