At first glance the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system looks like any other portable GPS device that includes turn-by-turn navigation, points of interest and other such features to get you from Point A to Point B in either the fastest or best route possible.

For the most part, the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system is just like several other GPS devices, in testing it got us from Point A to Point B without much difficulty. The NAV200 installs easily, and after some time figuring out the interface, it got us where we wanted to go (although we weren't totally pleased with the voice quality giving the directions).

The reason we wanted to try this was the inclusion of the real-time traffic kit, an extra receiver and antenna that attaches to the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system device. The kit provides access to the Traffic Message Channel, basically a radio station that sends out traffic information alerts. It's currently available only in the US, but it can't be long before such technology crosses the pond.

With the TMC receiver and antenna installed, the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system can receive messages on where traffic trouble spots are in your area. If one of these trouble spots is on your route, the system gives you the option of re-directing.

The Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system's traffic kit is a lifetime subscription for $200, without requiring a monthly service fee or any other renewal fees. If you live in an area with lots of traffic trouble, or if you're looking for the fastest way to the beach, the $200 may be a bargain.

Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system: Specs

  • Samsung 2440, 400 Mhz
  • 3.5in, 4:3, 320x240-pixel anti-glare touchscreen display
  • 5.3x3.2x1in, 6.7oz
  • rechargeable Lithium-ion / 730mA battery
  • DC power: 5V
  • 32MB flash/64MB RAM, supports up to 2GB SD card
  • Samsung 2440, 400 Mhz
  • 3.5in, 4:3, 320x240-pixel anti-glare touchscreen display
  • 5.3x3.2x1in, 6.7oz
  • rechargeable Lithium-ion / 730mA battery
  • DC power: 5V
  • 32MB flash/64MB RAM, supports up to 2GB SD card

OUR VERDICT

Okay, the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system is currently available only in the US but the killer feature of live traffic updates is available here. So the Delphi NAV200 GPS Navigation system is a bit of a bargain at around £100.

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