updated 08:35 am EST, Mon March 2, 2009
NAVIGON 7300T 4300T 3300m
NAVIGON today hoped to claim an edge on higher-profile GPS navigator rivals with three devices that each have at least one major new software feature. The 7300T, 4300T max and 3300 max all add a new MyRoutes feature that calculates as many as three separate paths to the same destination. Drivers can see the arrival times for each and pick a route based on their individual tastes. NAVIGON also claims a given device will remember the user's driving experience and will suggest a particular route based on driving patterns and when owners normally drive.
The 7300T as the flagship also brings the largest batch of new software features outside of MyRoutes and now reads aloud its free traffic updates in addition to driving directions. Voice recognition gets a boost with support for entering addresses and other commands through spoken words, including through casual language. Extra additions involve the option of driving scenic routes from Rand McNally as well as the merging of both landscape and panorama 3D modes in a single NAVIGON device.
The company unusually doesn't mention the 7300T's screen size but adds that it includes Bluetooth hands-free and a pseudo-3D lane preview and will cost $400 when it ships in the spring.
Besides MyRoutes, moving to the 4.3-inch 4300T also keeps spoken-out traffic updates, Rand McNally routes and Bluetooth hands-free while shedding the landscape/panorama modes. The 3300 max drops Bluetooth, spoken traffic and Rand McNally at the same screen size. These differences in features put the 3300 max at a $200 price and the 4300T max at $280. Both are due in the spring.