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Motorola MotoNav TN765t: A Cinderella story

The MotoNav TN765t features a robust feature set that is on par with that of more established brands and a beautiful interface that is, in many ways, superior.

The MotoNav TN765t is one of our favorite new GPS devices.
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Motorola took a pretty serious beating last year when we reviewed its MotoNav TN30, a portable navigation device that received an embarrassingly low 2-star rating. However, instead of dropping out of the PND market or simply releasing an incremental update with fixes, Motorola went back to the drawing board and came back swinging with the all new MotoNav TN700 series.

Here's the surprising part. The first model in this series, the MotoNav TN765t, is a surprisingly good GPS. This device features an ultrawide form factor, a plethora of physical controls, and a well-balanced feature mix with a few innovative surprises. Most importantly, the touch-screen interface has been dramatically overhauled to merge the map and menu structures in a way that one could argue is superior to any other GPS device's interface we've tested. After a week of testing, there wasn't much that we didn't like about this slick little GPS.

So how, exactly, did Motorola take its MotoNav brand from rags to riches in just one generation? Check out our full review for more details.