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Sony NV-U83T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 reviews of Sony NV-U83T. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the voice guidance and reliability. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas the durability and route planning get critical views. Reviews are divided on the performance.

screen, usability, price, reliability, voice guidance

route planning, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Sony NV-U83T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony NV-U83T

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Sony NV-U83T from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the reliability and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the durability and route planning.

usability, performance, price, screen, reliability

route planning, durability

63% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sony NV-U83T

 

First introduced at CES 2008 , the Sony NV-U83T is the company's flagship portable navigation system. With a focus on safety, the NV-U83T features a number of nice and unique features, including pressure, gyro, and acceleration sensors to provide for...

The Sony NV-U83T boasts a spacious 4.8-inch touch screen, and you can perform certain operations with the swipe of your finger. The in-car GPS also has text-to-speech functionality, integrated Bluetooth, and 3D views for complicated intersections.

Satellite acquisition time is erratic and route calculations weren't the most efficient. Planning a trip on the NV-U83T isn't as streamlined as other GPS devices we've tested.

The Sony NV-U83T is a seemingly attractive in-car GPS with a large display and useful navigation features, but it shows its ugly side with poor directions and subpar performance.

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NV-U83T / NVU84 Portable Navigation System

 

It's easy to be charmed by Sony's nav-u NV-U83T. Sadly, Sony's nasty habit of putting form before function leaves this GPS device wanting.

The big, beautiful screen of Sony's NV-U83T (NVU84 in Canada) Portable Navigation System is easily its most redeeming feature. At nearly 5 inches (4.8 to be precise), it offers dual viewing capability big enough that you can zoom in on the road while...

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"Sony doesn't upgrade maps."

 

From now on I'll buy a Garmin or Tom Tom. Or better yet, I'll use Google Maps on my Druid. At least I know the maps will be updated.

I like the size of the screen the clarity of the voice directions, the ease of use.

I bought the unit in 2009 and had to upgrade the bios and maps immediately. The new maps were 2007 editions. These are the last maps available from Sony. I live in El Paso, TX and the roads have changed considerable since 2007 (now 2011). The GPS tends to

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"Nice, but there are better GPS out there"

 

I travel alot and a GPS is a very important tool to my job. This would be a great GPS if it gave better direct routes to my destination, and if the suction cup mount would be less bulky. The mount alone is so bulky that it takes up most of the space in...

Excellent suction cup, TOP of the line screen visbility, split screen is very cool feature, very precise

Insists that I take 'longer' routes to my destination instead of taking direct routes, Cumbersome mount

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"Nice, but there are better GPS out there"

 

I travel alot and a GPS is a very important t... 

Excellent suction cup, TOP of the line screen visbility, split screen is very cool feature, very precise

Insists that I take 'longer' routes to my destination instead of taking direct routes, Cumbersome mount

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Sony NV-U83T

 

I travel alot and a GPS is a very important tool to my job. This would be a great GPS if it gave better direct routes to my destination, and if the suction cup mount would be less bulky. The mount alone is so bulky that it takes up most of the space in...

Excellent suction cup, TOP of the line screen visbility, split screen is very cool feature, very precise

Insists that I take 'longer' routes to my destination instead of taking direct routes, Cumbersome mount

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"Impossible to change battery"

 

The unit works reasonable well, although acquisition is sometimes slow, and instructions are some times too late. The maps are OK. The voice instructions are very well articulated and easy to understand. The battery in my unit would not recharge after...

The unit has good voice clarity. The touch screen works well. It is easy to enter address.

The battery is impossible to change. To get to the battery, one must take out 4 screws (OK so far), then pry loose a number of release points between the outside of the case and the back of the unit. This is a terrible piece of engineering.

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"Some good, Some bad"

 

The Sony NV-U83T has a 4.8" wide-screen, which at first seems great. It looks quite nice, however it's not REALLY 4.8", because the left hand side of the screen hosts 2 stationary touch-screen buttons, which never go away. So it's still a touch screen,...

Split-Screen feature, large screen size

Slow re-calculation time, very short battery life

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"Great Value GPS, Large Display, touchscreen & bluetooth"

 

I have a pocket PC with Co-Pilot Live which has more features, but my total investment (pocket PC, Co-Pilot Live software, and GPS sleeve) was much more than the $104 I paid for the refurbished NV-U83T, which I really think is a good unit for the money...

Large 4.3 inch display, which is easy to see. Flexible "wall walker" mount which sticks well even on textured surfaces. Split Screen for street/map view for complex turn lanes. Purchased this from Sony Outlet Store as factory refurbished for $104!!

Navigation choices sometimes doesn't always make sense, but still does get you to your location accurately. Prompts for turns are not as early as I think they should be but still OK.

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Great Value GPS, Large Display, touchscreen & bluetooth

 

I have a pocket PC with Co-Pilot Live which has more features, but my total investment (pocket PC, Co-Pilot Live software, and GPS sleeve) was much more than the $104 I paid for the refurbished NV-U83T, which I really think is a good unit for the money...

Large 4.3 inch display, which is easy to see. Flexible "wall walker" mount which sticks well even on textured surfaces. Split Screen for street/map view for complex turn lanes. Purchased this from Sony Outlet Store as factory refurbished for $104

Navigation choices sometimes doesn't always make sense, but still does get you to your location accurately. Prompts for turns are not as early as I think they should be but still OK

Product Specifications

Get lost often? Stuck in traffic? With the 4.8" portable satellite navigation Sony NV-U83T you'll find your way home without a hassle. When traffic gets in your way, the Traffic Messaging Channel can be accessed through your radio reception for up-to-date conditions and easy avoidance. A unique Gesture Command feature is also included, letting you enter commonly used commands like "Take me home" with a simple finger gesture instead of paging through numerous menus.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.8"
Diagonal Size (metric):12.2 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:3.4in
Weight:8.8oz
Width:5.6in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / Puerto Rico / USA

GPS System

Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:NV-U83T
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony
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