Although it's not exactly one of the top-players in this specific field, the Nextar company has launched quite a large number of GPS navigation devices, most of them sharing a basic, common technological platform, “dressed-up” in various designs. And that's exactly the case with the company's HGPS35 model, launched back in the first half of 2007, a device that has pretty much the same basic structure as most of the other similar GPS navigation systems from Nextar.
Thus, much in the same way as most PNDs in its class, the HGPS35 has been fitted with a 3.5-inch touchscreen TFT LCD display, which provides a 320 x 240 resolution. The screen can be used as a control interface but also for displaying the navigation maps in either 2D or 3D viewing modes, as well as day or night modes (the night mode sports additional screen lighting for easier viewing).
And since we're on the subject of navigation, it's worth mentioning the fact that the device from Nextar features a built-in SiRF Star III GPS chipset, and also comes packed with some pretty detailed Navteq maps of the United States, including 1.6 million points of interest. Moreover, the device sports an address book that can store up to 300 addresses, as well as a stereo system for providing the voice-guided turn-by-turn directions (text to speech technology, supports 3 languages: English, Spanish, French).
However, the HGPS35 also provides a couple of interesting extra-functions, as for example the possibility of recalculating the route when missing a turn or the speed alert function (when the car goes above a certain preset speed).
The HGPS35 also features its fair share of multimedia functions, namely a built-in MP3 player capable of playing MP3s stored on additional SD cards. Moreover, the device is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, but the manufacturers don't really offer any significant information about the provided functioning life.
The HGPS35 3.5-Inch Navigation System plus MP3 Player is available at various retailers for around 204 US dollars, which makes it quite an affordable entry-level GPS navigation solution.