Summary: Used several gps products before such as tomtom and IGO8 devices. The IGO8 device had a better look than the sony but this can be translated two ways. Yes, your friens will be more impressed with the shiny little car and the cool graphics of the IGO interface and the same pretty much goes for the tomtom device. But no. The IGO or the TOMTOM are by no means therefore automatically the better unit. The sony just means business.
Summary: This GPS is great for the looks, and the physical design is solid. But what's inside is more important than the physical design. I used a 2 year old Garmin before buying this one. I'd say 2 year old Garmin is much more better than the Sony. If the purpose of the GPS is to take you from point A to point B, it certainly does the job. But you cannot expect any kind of efficiency in terms route planning.
Summary: After an unsatisfying experience with the Sony NVU73T model I decided to try this one. This model has newer maps, is faster at processing your desired route and of course has a beautiful display, nice graphics and features not found on Garmin or Tom Tom products for the price I paid (a little over a hundred dollars for a new unit sold from Amazon). The text to speech works / sounds better than the entry level units from Garmin.
Avoid this product if planning to use it for couple of years
10 April 2009
Summary: Sony has issued what seems to be a great product until you dig into the details and find out they aren't supporting it with map updates. I regret getting something that can't be updated. 10/2/2009 The Nav-U touch response is completely dead. This product lasted about a year. Going back to standards rather than offbrands for GPS.
Summary: Pros: price,great poi seaches,updates from sony Cons: Documentation on use is bad. Have to read detailed user guide and play with the unit to get to the advance features. Menus and interface could be better Summary: I spent about two week looking for a good gps that would not break my bank and still have good features with technical support. I bought a Mio 200, Magellan 4250- refurbished, and Navigon 2000s.I returned them all.