Sony announces new nav-u PNDs
Sony seems to be dipping their fingers in just about every segment of consumer electronics, including the personal navigation device (PND) market. The Japanese company has just announced a couple of new models known as the NV-U73T and NV-U83T which are readily available at retail and online stores for approximately $300 and $400, respectively. If you have used any type of PNDs before, you would notice that they all offer pretty much the same features, and it is no different with these two Sony offerings. They feature text-to-speech voice commands and real-time-traffic capability and a super suction cup mounting system that is said to provide added safety – by not dropping down while you drive I guess.
More on the suction cup according to Sony’s press release.
Sony’s new super suction cup comes with both models. It is easy to mount on the windshield or dashboard, providing a tight, stable attachment. Made with a flexible non-adhesive gel, it grips the rugged surface of the dashboard so the touch screen can be mounted closer for an easier reach. Designed to stay put even in the most extreme temperatures, the super suction cup can also be easily removed and transferred to another vehicle.
The high end NV-U83T model also ships with Bluetooth connectivity that enables you to handle incoming calls on your cell phone without having to lift your hands off the steering wheel. The built-in microphone makes it a snap to carry out crystal clear conversations, while drivers will be able to use voice commands to initiate calls through compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phones. Don’t worry about configuring the connection since the nav-u system is smart enough to do so automatically, leaving you to concentrate on more important stuff such as navigating through traffic safely.