Motorola MotoNav TN765t
The MotoNav TN765t has a beautiful interface and has a large variety of features that makes the more established GPS brands envious. Motorola MotoNav TN30 was a flop: it did not function well and was poorly designed. However, Motorola has learned from their experience and returned with the stellar MotoNav TN700 series. The model being reviewed is the first in this new line up, the MotoNav TN65T. It is a completely superior model that will have many taking a second look.
The MotoNav TN765t boasts wonderfully designed new hardware. The sleek interface combines the map and the menus seamlessly. There are many welcomed features including text-to-speech, free FM traffic reception, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. There is also data connectivity available with Motorola’s MotoExtras by using a Bluetooth paired phone to transmit information.
I found very few disadvantages with this model. Some issues I did encounter included the MotoExtras data service not always being on, so you have to manually refresh it to get the most current information. I also found that the in dense urban areas it could be slow and have trouble rerouting.
The TN765t has a beautiful wide-screen display that is easy to read. The matte LCD screen is 5.1 inches and features it 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The MotoNav TN765t takes up considerably less windshield space than other 5-inch devices, thereby giving a much less obstructed view of the road ahead. The screen features a matte finish that preserves visibility, even in direct sunlight. This GPS has lots of physical buttons which makes navigation easy, and some may prefer it over touchscreen options. There is a proprietary multipin connector for attaching the car dock, a microSD card slot and a Micro-USB port. The device comes with the windshield-mount car kit. It can also go cordless for short trips because it has an internal battery. It also includes a 12 volt power cable, a Micro-USB cable and a user guide. The interface is very clean with a short loading screen. You can overlay point of interest icons onto the map making your destination more visible as your are driving. You can also set 3D view, which is fairly basic-looking. Traffic and accident data are overlaid as icons and the highways are color coded when available. The menus are not on a separate screen, conveniently having them overlaid on the map. Only the fully separate screen is where you type in your destination with a full digital QWERTY keyboard.
The Motorola MotoNav TN765t features all of the standard features on a more expensive GPS including text-to-speech and lane guidance. Traffic data is free but hosts advertisements. There is also Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling which allows for your eyes to remain on the road. Bluetooth also adds data connectivity via the MotoExtra’s service that can find out gas prices and weather forecasts. Voice command can successfully access most basic functions, but Google’s voice search is much better and more accurate. The screen is also responsive when you wear gloves -great for brisk mornings and cold nights. Motorola has been quick to address any functioning issues making this model a good choice.
The MotoNav TN765t shows Motorola making a game-changing move in the GPS market. Motorola has definitely listened and addressed any issues that consumers had with the previous model. Instead of tweaking that version, they started fresh. The MotoNav has the best all-around features needed for a personal navigation device. The features are ones that would all be used, specifically text-to-speech data, Bluetooth hands-free calling and lifetime traffic data. Leave all of your preconceived notions of the Motorola MotoNav at the door because this model dominates.