Nokia N800 Navigation Kit review: Nokia N800 Navigation Kit

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Navigation Kit for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet brings turn-by-turn voice directions to the portable device and includes maps of North America, and a vast points-of-interest database.

The Bad Navicore's interface isn't very intuitive, and there's no way to view a list of turn-by-turn directions. Maps become washed out when viewed on the N800's screen in bright sunlight. There's no support for text-to-speech functionality, and the package doesn't include a dashboard mount option.

The Bottom Line The Navigation Kit for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet provides you with the tools to turn the portable Web browser into a personal navigator, but its true potential is stymied by an unintuitive interface and lack of features.

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A little while ago, I joked (OK, I was half serious) that someone had finally found a good use for the Nokia 700 Internet Tablet by turning it into a portable navigation system. I have since come to realize there are more positives to the device after reviewing the revamped Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, but the GPS option is still an attractive one to me. After all, the devices have beautiful sharp screens for viewing maps and compact designs perfect for in-car travel. One such solution for turning the portable Web browser into a navigator is the Navigation Kit for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. Priced at $239, the kit includes a Bluetooth GPS receiver, maps of North America, and most of the accessories you need for in-car use. However, we're disappointed by the Navicore navigation software as it suffers from an unintuitive interface and half-baked feature set. Though we'd have to carry an extra gadget, we'd rather spend the money on a dedicated GPS device, such as the TomTom One, to get smoother performance.

The Navigation Kit for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet consists of the Nokia LD-3W Bluetooth GPS receiver, a 2GB miniSD card and adapter preloaded with maps, a car charger, a vehicle mount (windshield), and a software DVD. The windshield mount requires a bit of assembly as you have to attach the cradle to the arm with a screw, and the whole apparatus is a bit bulky. After some fidgeting, we were able to slide the N800 into the cradle and it securely held the unit in place. There's also a locking mechanism on the mount arm to reinforce the seal between the suction cup and your windshield. Unfortunately, the package does not include an adhesive disk for installing the mount on your dashboard, though you get a sticker for the Bluetooth receiver. Now, while this probably won't be a huge deal for most drivers, in California and Minnesota, the use of suction cup windshield mounts is prohibited so the inclusion of a dash solution would have been nice. Also missing is a charger for the Bluetooth receiver, but it does work with the Nokia N800's AC adapter.

The Navicore Navigation Kit features TeleAtlas maps of the United States and Canada, and a comprehensive points-of-interest (POI) database, all of which come preloaded on the aforementioned miniSD card. After you insert the card, you'll have to endure a couple minutes of set up and activation where you have to input the product license code, select your map region, and so forth. Once that process is complete, you can pair the Nokia N800 with the Bluetooth GPS receiver and be on your way.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 2.3 oz
  • Receiver 20 channel
  • Antenna built-in
  • Product Type GPS kit
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