>> RightWay's back. This time with updated hardware, updated software and significantly less NASCAR gimmickry. But does the new Right Way 550 navigator have what it takes to go up against the heavyweights from Garmin and TomTom? I'm Antuan Goodwin. Let's take a first look and try to find out.
The RightWay 550 features much nicer hardware than the Spotter Dale Jr. edition we tested last year. Now it's got the same 4.3-inch color touch screen and the dimensions are about the same, but it's got a much more powerful SiRF Atlas IV processor and an updated SiRFstarIV GPS receiver that should be more accurate than the older SiRFstarIII, and should acquire satellite lock much faster. The 550's also running the newest version of CoPilot's embedded navigation application CoPilot8. This application features a 3D map view with cool POI icons overlaid, the ability to add multiple destinations, text-to-speech, and multiple routing modes. It features a customizable interface that displays a ton of information. However, the amount of information verges on information overload, and crams the map data into a smallish 3.25-inch chunk of the whole 4.3-inch screen.
We think it'd be very easy for a novice navigator to get lost in the bevy of mapscreen options, not to mention the confusing menu structure. Then there's the underlying Windows CE operating system that further adds a level of complexity. With competitors Garmin and TomTom making huge strides to simplify their interfaces, RightWay and CoPilot setup seems like a bit of a blast from the past. Then again, sometimes a little bit of flexibility goes a long way, and if you like the idea of a customizable interface, then the CoPilot powered 550 may be the device for you.
To find out how well this GPS device got us from point A to point B, and to learn about a few of the hidden features, check out the full review at CNET.com.
Until then, I'm Antuan Goodwin with your first look at the RightWay 550 GPS navigator.
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