While market leader TomTom continues to innovate the GPS sector has never been more competitive with voice activated commands, swanky upgrades and even response to finger gestures and Sony has four more examples why this is one of the fastest developing areas in modern technology...
The NV-U82 and U92T (above) are top of the pile with monstrous 4.8in widescreen touch screen displays and a funky feature called 'Position Plus' technology which judges acceleration and pressure to interpret vehicle motion to ensure uninterrupted routing even when a GPS signal is temporarily lost. As for the NV-U72 and U52, they have 3.5in widescreen touch screen displays that come with anti-glare and anti-finger print coating to improve screen visibility.
All four models also have revamped mapping – the real differentiator amongst makes which all tend to use the same SiRF Star III GPS engine – and feature pop-up icons to warn of impending POIs, traffic information (on the U92T), speed cameras and more. The U92T and U72 have full European mapping courtesy of supplied 2GB Memory Sticks while the U82 and U52 have 512MB built in for their UK-only mapping.
No RRPs were let slip in the announcement but Sony did reveal the U82 and U92T will come to market in late spring with the U72T and U52 following on in the summer. Presumably the latter two are having trouble with traffic...?