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Sony NV-U83T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Sony NV-U83T. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the size and price are overall positive. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. The durability and route planning get critical comments. There are some mixed opinions about the design and reliability.

usability, performance, screen, price, size

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 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony NV-U83T

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 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 maps and screen. The price and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, while there are some negative opinions about the design and durability.

usability, performance, price, screen, maps

route planning, durability, design

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony NVU83T 4.8-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS NavigatorSony NVU83T 4.8-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS NavigatorSony NVU83T 4.8'' Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Nylon Carrying Case

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

Sony NV-U83T review: 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.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: CHAD SAPIEHA (evergeek.com)

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...

Jan, 2009
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Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Nice, but lots to work out

 

big screen

poor quality routing, bugs in the programming, poor instruct

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: Frank (newegg.com)

Solid Unit

 

After purchasing the unit, I used it on a 750/1500 mile trip, then in town for two weeks before writing my review. I've never used a GPS unit, so I can't gauge this one with others. I feel that you have to learn how to use this GPS unit. Right out of...

Split Screen mode is very nice. Just before you get to an intersection, the screen will go into split screen mode. The left side will show you the type in intersection it is, and which route you take (left exit, right exit, go past and make a circle...

Maps are only created/kept upto date by a few map creation companies. All GPS makers simply use one of the map makers packages. During my voyage trip with the unit, I found two issues. An intersection had been rework since the last map update, and the...

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: Brian (newegg.com)

Solid But Not Perfect

 

In the end, I would probably buy it again, particularly because I think to get a Garmin unit of comparable functionality and screen size would be hundreds of dollars more as compared to the Newegg price. And would it work any better? With the exception...

As noted below, the hardware is top notch. It also has all the main features I want and I have not had any problem with the Bluetooth function except sometimes, for reasons I can't explain, it will not automatically connect with my phone and I have to...

Although I don't have any basis for comparison against the competitors, the software is somewhat lacking in my opinion, although the latest update (V3.0) is a significant improvement. My major issue is with the routing. I would like the unit to give me...

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: dufrein (newegg.com)

Great Navigation

 

this one is worthy to buy.. my sister bought Garmin 760. That one is also good. But I recommend Sony one... It is better than 760...

Detail of map.. you can see some icon on the map such as Chevron, Mobil, subway sandwitch... It's great... and bluetooth... and so on

Bluetooth isn't so good

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: Brian (newegg.com)

Try, Try Again

 

I gave this unit a "3," but my thoughts are a little incomplete. It is hard to rate a unit that you had to return. And, until I work with my replacement unit, I will not be able to meaningfully rate the functionality of the unit. The firmware that...

I liked this product out of the box, especially at the New Egg price, but, as explained below, it had some ""beta issues"" and I ultimately had to send it back for a replacement unit, which I have not yet received. I will comment on the functionality...

One downside from a hardware perspective is the absence of a port for an external GPS antenna. The NV-U73T has such a port and an external antenna is offered as an accessory, but for some reason this was not included on the NV-U83T. Go figure. This was...

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: monkeygod (viewpoints.com)

Sony NV-U83T So Much Potential...So Little Delivered... ”

 

This was one of Sony's few attempt into the GPS market and it provided reasons why Sony got out the way they did. From looking at the specs, you could not but be amazed by the features that were offerred. There's the goregous 4.8" wide display,...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Jerry (radioshack.com)

Super GPS - Extremely Accurate

 

I bought this GPS and then saw what I thought was a good deal on Garmin. I took this back, bought the Garmin and realized very quickly the mistake I made:( Within hours I had returned the Garmin and went back and rebought the Sony. It is very easy to...

Acquires Satellites Quickly, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Large Screen, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: SONY MAD (radioshack.com)

RUN FAST!!!!!

 

I'M BAD W/ DIRECTIONS

TOUCH

Acquires Satellites Slowly, DOSN'T FIND LOCAL STORES, Inaccurate, MADE ME MISS A WEDDING, MAP QUEST IS BETTER, Short Battery Life, TAKES A YEAR TO TELL YOU, WILL MAKE YOU LATE, WITH A UPDATE NOT GOOD, Wrong directions

Aug, 2009

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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