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Navigon pull PND business from US

Navigon pull PND business from US

Navigon have announced their intention to withdraw from the US satnav market, citing the "difficult economic environment" and "aggressive pricing".  Despite describing the exit as potentially temporary, Navigon CEO Egon Minar did confirm that the company's Chicago office has seen a "significant number" of job losses; those that remain on will operate as a skeleton support staff "to fulfill all obligations to our existing PND customers in terms of map update[s], etc."

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Navigon 7300T, 4300T max and 3300 max PNDs

Navigon 7300T, 4300T max and 3300 max PNDs

Navigon have announced three new PNDs, each with touchscreen interfaces and 3D mapping.  The Navigon 7300T and 4300T max both get Rand McNally mapping data, with 250 pre-loaded Weekend Getaways, Scenic Tours and Regional Trips; in addition they both have Bluetooth hands-free functionality and spoken traffic alerts.  Meanwhile, the Navigon 3300 max offers more basic GPS services, though still includes Lane Assistant Pro, text-to-speech and Reality View for more accurately displaying exits.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 46 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 46 2008

It's been a mobile device bonanza this week, with the AT&T Fuze landing at SlashGear and promptly getting hauled over to the Sprint HTC Touch Pro for a damned good comparing.  Meanwhile HTC have set tongues wagging by fettling a version of the Touch HD for a Russian WiMAX carrier: they assure us that the HTC MAX 4G won't be showing up anywhere else, but forgive us if we're natural sceptics.  Meanwhile Verizon finally confirmed that the BlackBerry Storm 9530 would hit stores on November 24th, priced from $199.99, AT&T released the QuickFire, and Nokia confirmed the open-secret that is the E63 smartphone.

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Navigon 7200T GPS Review

Navigon 7200T GPS Review

With prices of basic standalone PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices) racing to the bottom, and increasing threats from navigation apps on mobile devices, what's a company to do when they want to make a premium GPS device? If you're Navigon, and the PND is the 7200T, you stuff it full of real-time updates, 3D visualizations and incredibly detailed mapping, together with a vast touchscreen and slick design. Does the Navigon 7200T stand out or get lost in the crowd? SlashGear decided to find out.

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Navigon 8100T PND: rolling hills & Zagat listings on 4.8-inch widescreen

Navigon 8100T PND: rolling hills & Zagat listings on 4.8-inch widescreen

Navigon have announced their latest GPS device, the 8100T, which the company is calling an "uber-premium" design offering "unmatched" functionality.  Centered around a 4.8-inch widescreen touch-sensitive display, and with a brushed-metal casing, the 8100T includes rolling 3D hills based on NASA terrain height data, free lifetime traffic updates and Bluetooth hands-free functionality.

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Navigon 2200T GPS – 3D maps, SIRF InstantFixII & free traffic updates

Navigon 2200T GPS – 3D maps, SIRF InstantFixII & free traffic updates

After the slick 7200T of last week, Navigon are targeting the entry-level with their new 2200T GPS.  The 2200T is based on the same software as its more expensive sibling, only on a smaller 3.5-inch touchscreen, and includes free lifetime traffic updates, Reality View Pro with 3D images and actual road sign text for virtually every highway interchange and exit, and Lane Assistant Pro for close-up guidance of complex junctions.

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Navigon 7200T GPS with 3D landmarks & lane guidance

Navigon 7200T GPS with 3D landmarks & lane guidance

Navigon have announced their latest GPS, the 7200T, with real-time Clear Channel Total Traffic updates (and a lifetime subscription), "Reality View Pro", which instantly creates on-screen lane and sign information to guide you through intersections, and "Landmark View 3D", which displays 3D landmarks across the US and Canada. The 7200T also accepts voice entry destination setting, has text-to-speech for reading out street names, and can be used as a Bluetooth hands-free kit with your cellphone.

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