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Motorola Motonav 765t

Hitting The Road With 7 Bluetooth Headsets
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Motorola Motonav 765t
$349.99
www.motorola.com
4.5 out of 5

For a guy who loves gadgets, I’m finding myself less drawn to collecting “stuff” the older I get. It takes a lot more perceived value these days to make me jump up and down about a product so that I just have to own it. Such devices must display an obvious, immediate, and demonstrable positive impact on my life. Bear this in mind when I say that within the first 24 hours of using the 765t, I was on the phone to my Motorola rep asking how much I’d have to pay to keep it. (Sadly, there are sosche few review units available for this pre-release product that I had to send it back ASAP, no negotiations possible.) The TN765t is a combination GPS navigation device and Bluetooth speakerphone. The only list price I’ve seen given for the unit is $349.99 and that was found in a YouTube clip of Home Shopping Network. The unit officially goes on sale the first week of March.

This is a Bluetooth headset and speakerphone roundup, not a GPS roundup, so I need to check my enthusiasm in describing to you everything this 5.1" (854x358) widescreen wonder can do...but I’ve never seen a GPS device like this. How about 3D, 360-degree rotation views of major U.S. urban centers? Yes, as in you can see computer renderings of the actual buildings in 3D. How about multiple map views on one screen so you spend less eyeball time having to surf and change screens? You’ve got terrain and aerial views, the ability to have infinite map points of interest through real-time Google Maps POIs. With a subscription, you get traffic updates, Google Local searching, and so on, but I only find this valuable for people who log in a lot of driving time.

Motorola’s UI is smooth and excellent, with tons of intuitive fly-out windows and options. However, some fly-outs are less intuitive than others. Anticipate spending several days learning about all of this unit’s extensive capabilities.

Because this is a speakerphone, you can dial into Bing’s voice-prompted service, much like TellMe’s voice-recognizing menu system, straight from the user interface with only two taps. Through this, you can get live news, weather, and so on. The 765t itself has voice-recognition capabilities and so supports PBAP downloading for easier contact calling.

How’s it work as a speakerphone? Decent, but not as impressive as the GPS functionality. In a normal car environment, with little more than road noise or quiet back seat chatter, the set is very clear for both the speaker and listener. Add in loud background noise and the listener starts to hear a lot of distortion but never so badly as to impair understanding the speaker. Wind noise seems more damaging and more frequently causes speaker cut-outs. There were times when listeners heard fleeting drop-outs, even under quiet conditions, but it’s always hard to tell how much of this is due to the speakerphone or the general cellular connection. Because the 765t doesn’t have a ton of power behind its speakers, it can occasionally be hard to understand people under noisy conditions, so an FM transmitter might have been advisable. But let’s be realistic. People who drop $350 on a GPS/speakerphone probably tend to drive with the AC on and the windows up.

As a mere speakerphone, I would only give its speaker and mic quality points a 3.5. However, it does so much so well in such a small package, I can’t help but rave about it. A battery life of up to two hours is probably all that’s necessary for this kind of device. The 765t weighs just over six ounces, includes a swiveling suction cup window mount and is just a dream to use.

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