Despite being one of the world's biggest manufacturers of various consumer electronics, up until recently, the Japanese company Sony never really managed to get a foothold on the GPS personal navigation devices' market. However, back in August, Sony has come up with a couple of products that should, theoretically, change this state of things, one such device being the one you'll read about as follows, namely the NV-U94T nav-u.
Since the display is probably the most important part of such a device, this is where we'll start our tour. Thus, the NV-U94T has been equipped with a 4.8-inch aSi-TFT Active Matrix Screen Touch Screen display, which offers a 480 x 272 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect. The display has been specially treated to work equally well in ultra-bright and normal environments.
Equipped with Bluetooth hands-free calling, it allows users to stay focused on the road while Real Time Traffic Information steers them away from congested roads and automatically provides re-route options. Furthermore, the Dual View capability displays dynamic route information, in addition to the conventional map view, to provide an even clearer view of what's at the next turn.
It's also interesting to note that, besides the built-in GPS module, the device also incorporates Position Plus technology, which uses multiple sensors to monitor the driver's position relative to the map, so they might continue driving without worrying about losing their way, even if the strength of the GPS signal is below acceptable levels.
The PND sports 2GB of built-in flash memory (for storing the operating system and the navigation software and maps), but the storage space can be extended via the included memory stick duo slot. Moreover, it's also pretty easy to carry around, since it measures 150 x 87 x 20 mm, at a weight of 250 grams.
The Sony nav-u NV-U94T sells for around 400 US dollars, which is a bit over what this thing is actually worth, compared to the other products of this type existing on the market.