The most honest review you can get.
I just recently had a Sony Sat Nav - U70. This model and design is exactly the same as the Sat Nav - U50 except that the U70 model has international and european maps built in. I then upgraded to a Tom Tom 1 (3rd edition).
I will noted the advantages and disadvantages of each;
Advantages / Things I liked of Sony sat Nav - 70;
- Screen colours. Very professional and crystal clear.
- Absolutley loved the count down timer on side of screen. Made it easy to know when next turn was.
- Cup holder. Very rohbust. Fitted very firmly and gave you confidence it would not move an inch.
- Easy to Use with simple Menu instructions, and completely straight forward.
- Charging in car. You could connect the car charger to the cup holder rather than the Sony Sat nav device itself. This made it allot easier when disconnecting the Sat Nav from cup holder as as I could leave the car charged in the car, and easily disconnect the sat nav devise at end of trip
- Gave you options of shortest, fastest routes etc.
- Battery life. Was exceptionally long and excellent.
- Light sensitive screen (worked automatically therefore lighting adjusted depending on time of day)
Dislikes of the Sony Sat Nav 70/50.
- Took its time start up.
- took its time in planning out routes.
- No Speed Camera Alerts.
- Found it difficult to pic up signal once when I was on motorway.
- When you wanted it to search for a destination to travel to you had to punch in City, Area, Street. I found this really long winded and laborious.
- Postal Search option was a joke also.
Likes of Tom tom 1.
- Easy to use.
- Picks up signal allot quicker.
- more options, types of voices, screen colours.
- More points of interests.
- All i need to now do is type in post code and it draws up directions straight away. No need for that long winded process like in Sony system (in Fairness though the Sony Sat Nav I had was outdated therefore this option prob has been improved in the newer system.
- Has a classy option called 'Demo mode' which shows you road by road travel of trip before you even start journey.
Dislikes of Tom Tom 1.
- You have to Plug the car charger into the Tom Tom itself and not into the crader holder unlike Sony system.
- not an automatic light sensitive screen. you have to do this manually.
- Screen colours are like a cartoon. They are just so childish, although the Tom Tom does give you more colour options. Looks very unprofessional though compared to Sony.
- Battery Life is aweful. I have to have the charger in the Sat Nav devise at all times. Sony is far more superior.
Each model has its advantages and disadvantages (Although the Tom Tom I am comparing it against is a much newer version).
If I had the funds I would recommend a "Newer" model of the Sony, and not the Sony Sat Nav 50/70.
I would not recommend a Tom tom either as nothing can compare to the great name or reliability of Sony.
I am sure the latest Sony models have overcome the weaknesses noted above.
Hope you have found this useful.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
Sony NAV-U50 GPS Receiver
Sony has learnt from the mistakes it made with its first in-car GPS, the NVX-P1, and come up with a top-value, tactile, user-friendly satnav system worthy of the company name.
This entry-level model contains UK, Ireland and partial, booze-cruise-friendly French and Belgium maps. It comes with a windscreen bracket, a cigarette lighter adapter, and a rechargeable battery that’s good for about four hours of cable-free use.
The 3.5-inch touchscreen is superb. It’s bright, responsive and has a light sensor that auto-adjusts for day or night conditions. Operation is initially tricky, but once you’re familiar with the menus it gets easier. Unlike more sophisticated units, though, this doesn’t support full postcodes, so rather than typing in “NW1 6NA” you have to input “NW1 6” and specify a cross street to pinpoint where you want to go. Nevertheless, navigation is reliable, with clear 3D mapping and swift recalculation.
This is a smart, easy to use, and the price should give TomTom collywobbles.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful.
YOU can either type in town then road name (even the street number) and it will take you straight there. You can store your frequently visited places so you don't have to re-type address each time. Very useful, Bin your maps and get one ! The 3.5-inch touchscreen is superb. It’s bright, responsive and has a light sensor that auto-adjusts for day or night conditions. Unlike more sophisticated units, though, this doesn’t support full postcodes, so rather than typing in “hr16bw” you have to input “hr1 6” . Nevertheless, navigation is reliable, with clear 3D mapping and swift recalculation.
less likely to be stolen than a tom tom cheaper but dose the same job no need for the other half to keep saying you are going the wrong way
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
sony sat nav
The sony sat nav.. ive never owned one before but have used a tom tom on many occasions yes the tom tom is easier to use but not by much the worst thing about the sony is that it doesnt support full postal code input but this is not a prob as you just put in first half of post code and the choose street name. Basically if you want a sat nav that works as well as a tom tom but with slightly less features but still works perfectly and you want to pay a bit less then buy yourself a sony sat nav. The window cradle is slightly different to tom tom but is just as good. some ppl have reported it bounces a bit but mine doesnt if you tighten up it up properly. Basically this is a good all round sat nav for a cheaper price.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
SONY SAT NAV GPS
I have had a number of varying sat nav systems over the past 4 years and i can honestly say that the sony system is the best one so far, It is very easy to set up and the screen is very clear even in bright sunlight the voice directions are very clear and precise you won't get lost with this sat nav. For the price compared to the more expensive systems on the market this is indeed a bargain. I would recommend you try it out yourself.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.