The unusual design is just one of the innovative aspects of the Motonav TN760t. The device also packs a selection of live-enabled services, but these don’t operate via a built-in mobile data link. Instead, a Bluetooth link to your mobile phone is used. Most surprisingly of all, the data is not delivered by 3G tethering, as this usually entails a hefty extra monthly premium, but via short voice calls. So virtually any Bluetooth-equipped mobile can be used, and any standard call plan, even one with no data component.
We found that our Motonav unit required a software update before its live services functioned, but after that it was happily grabbing information on demand. The calls themselves are to a national number and only a few seconds long, so won’t add much to your bill, if anything at all.
There are five live functions available, and the device comes with a three-month taster of the service. Unsurprisingly, one of these is Google Local Search, but Motorola has integrated this feature particularly adeptly with the Enter Destination interface. You type in a search address or POI, and if you don’t see what you want listed, a Google button at the bottom lets you search the extended internet-based database for the same keywords. It’s a particularly slick and user-friendly system.
The TN760t also offers live fuel prices, so you can find the cheapest petrol in your vicinity, not just the nearest. Weather updates are available. You can get a forecast for your current location, or create a list of favourites. Like Garmin’s 1690, you can also check the status of flights, and in this case all you need to know is the airline and flight number, or route. This will be a particularly handy feature if your job involves regular international travel, or you’re an airport cab driver.
The final live feature is the ability to send locations to the device via Google Maps. First you find your address, then click on the pin and select the Send option under More. The serial number of the Motonav will then be required. However, the location won’t automatically be pushed to the device, as it is with Garmin’s implementation of this feature. Instead, you have to use the Web Location option in the menu to download it on demand, after which it will appear in the Google Location folder within the Favourites. But this is still a handy way for someone at a desktop PC to provide a precise destination to another person who is out on the road.