Motorola Motonav TN30 review: Likeable, with limits
While there is much to like about the Motorola Motonav TN30, buggy software limits its usability.
Motorola takes its first step into the portable navigation device market with its. The TN30 is a handsome device, with slick graphics and a cleverly organized menu structure. I really liked the Bluetooth hands-free calling and text-to-speech directions, as keeping hands on the wheel while driving is top priority.
I had an opportunity to test the TN30 on a cross-country road trip from Atlanta to San Francisco and learned that all that glitters ain't gold, especially with first-generation gadgets. One day into the trip, I noticed that the device was noticeably less responsive than at unboxing.
By day two, the menus were rendering incorrectly and the Bluetooth ceased to function, forcing a hard reset to restore full functionality. By the end of day three, the problems were back, prompting another reset. On day four, I just quit using it and resorted to a paper map.
While there is much to like about the Motorola Motonav TN30, buggy software limits its usability. I'm sure a firmware update from Motorola would be all it takes to make this a solid competitor in the PND market, but for now it's just too frustrating to recommend.
The moral of the story: make sure your GPS device works before relying on it to get you across the country.