The $299.95 NAV740 from newcomer V7 is not only our favorite of the bunch, it's also the lightest (7.1 ounces) and the thinnest (at 0.8 inches), yet at still packs in a ton of features, including a high quality receiver based on the excellent SiRFstarIII chip, an enormous POI database, multimedia player, and advanced navigation options.
Featuring a 4.3-inch (480-by-272-pixel) WQVGA display, the NAV740 comes with a 2GB SD card preloaded with Tele Atlas maps for all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The P01database in the NAV740 contains a generous 11 million entries-easily the largest at this price point. The multimedia player supports a wide variety of video, audio and photo formats. Conveniently, the device accepts SDHC cards up to 16GB. V7 markets a very similar version with a 3.5-inch screen, the $200 NAV730, which comes with a 1GB SD card that holds one million POIs.
The NAV740 does a good job of handling POIs. Each top-level category has subcategories to refine your search, or you can search all by name. The shopping subcategories also include 278 branded retail outlets. You have the option of searching around an address, the current GPS location, cursor position, a point in your history list, or around GPS coordinates. In addition, you can select an entire category or subcategory to display on the map view.
Text-to-speech support, multisegment routing, route optimization, and route simulation round out the features. The NAV740 is easily one of the most talented PNDs available at this price point.V7 NAV740 GPS Navigation ReviewPrice range: 299.95Check This Out:TomTom GO 720: A GPS that’s Always Up to DateNetropa Intellinav 3: GPS That’s Priced to MoveNavigon 7100: Zagat for the Road