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Medion GoPal 4425 review

£249 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Medion

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With the Medion GoPal 4425, Medion has put together another natty satnav, combining slim lines with a generous 4.3in widescreen display and improve navigation software.

With the Medion GoPal 4425, Medion has put together another natty satnav, combining slim lines with a generous 4.3in widescreen display and improve navigation software.

The one thing that can't be switched off once you've set it up is the biometric access control. If Medion's reports are to be believed, incidences of thieves taking PNDs (personal navigation devices) from cars, looking up an entry for Home or a Favourite address and then driving round to break in and clear out the satnav owner's home possessions are more than just urban myth.

Therefore Medion lets you register up to five users' fingers on the Medion GoPal 4425 to lock the device and prevent this happening.

Invite a new, non-digitally-registered friend to hitch a ride and tap in their address, though, and they won't be able to use this device. You may also prefer not to advertise the presence of a valuable gadget on-board with one of the included window warning sickers.

The Medion GoPal 4425's fingerprint-recognition feature will appeal to some users more than others.

Many users will also appreciate the voice-recognition functions on this clever unit which limit the amount of physical interaction you need have with it. While you're not supposed to fiddle with settings while driving, if something's not quite right you may still be tempted to tweak - and the voice controls offer a safer alternative for this.

Should you be in any doubt of your vehicle's speedometer accuracy, the split screen feature on this satnav will provide a visual display. In keeping with the unit's multipurpose design, there are pedestrian, cycle and motorcycle modes and the option to navigate by map coordinates

Bluetooth and a music player that is fed via an SD Card are also included with the Medion 4425; so you can use it hands-free or be entertained as you sail along the highways and byways.

Medion GoPal 4425 Expert Verdict »

4.3in widescreen personal navigation device
396MHz processor
Centrality Atlas III GPS receiver
512MB internal memory
Navteq GoPal 4.0 mapping software
lifetime TMC real-time traffic management
fingerprint-recognition security
Bluetooth
2GB SD Card memory with UK, Ireland and central European maps
FM transmitter
MP3 player
text-to-speech
voice-activated control option
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A sleek device with a usefully large and clear 4.3in touchscreen, there's plenty to admire about the Medion GoPal 4425. It's a good value satnav that can be used in a number of scenarios; whether or not the fingerprint recognition is of value only you can decide. The lifetime TMC feature will be a boon to many. Either way, it comes Recommended.

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