Navigon 5100 and 7100: Not your run-of-the-mill GPS

Navigon announces that it will bring the Navigon 5100 and Navigon 7100 portable navigation systems to the United States.

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Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Great, just another company joining the GPS fray." But hold up; you might be interested in hearing about the Navigon 7100 and Navigon 5100. First unveiled at CeBit in March, these two portable navigation systems will both come to the United States and offer subscription-free real-time traffic data, Zagat Survey ratings, and reviews for points of interest, the company announced today. Other features include Reality View and Lane Assistant. The former gives you a 3D, virtual-reality view of complicated highway interchanges, while Lane Assistant will tell you which is the best lane for the selected route. Sounds pretty cool to me. The Navigon 7100 also has integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling and text-to-speech functionality; it's expected to ship later this month for $649. Meanwhile, the Navigon 5100 offers many of the same features minus the Bluetooth and goes for around $500. I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel with these GPSdevices, so check back soon for our full review.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.


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