The Motorola MotoNav TN765t offers many of the same features as the top-rated Garmin nuvi 1690 (*Est. $320) -- including an Internet link with Google local search and streaming traffic -- but unlike the Garmin, the Motorola understands voice commands. The Motorola also seriously undercuts the Garmin's price, at least at first. The Garmin includes two free years of its Internet-connected services and charges $60 per year thereafter; the Motorola offers three free months and charges $50 per year thereafter. The big differences with the Motorola are its squat, wide, matte screen -- which some reviewers find less obtrusive on the windshield and less prone to glare than a Garmin screen -- and its unique interface, which combines the maps and menu buttons on one screen (rather than having a separate menu screen, like Garmin). Some owners and experts find the Motorola's interface more elegant and easy to use, while others say it takes too many clicks to do common tasks.
In many ways, the Garmin nuvi 1690 and Motorola MotoNav TN765t get remarkably similar feedback. Traffic information is accurate and timely in some tests and some owners' areas, but not in others. The pop-up ads (the side effect of all free traffic systems) bug some reviewers, but not others. Both units draw some complaints of poor satellite lock and routing -- a complaint we didn't find with older, simpler Garmin units like the Garmin nuvi 255W (Discontinued).
GPSTracklog.com and CNET both conduct comprehensive tests and write full reviews of the Motorola MotoNav TN765t. ConsumerReports.org's review barely describes the unit, but its testing is just as thorough, and it ranks the Motorola against many competitors. Amazon.com posts a large number of user reviews for this unit.
1. GPS Tracklog
In this thorough test, Rich Owings evaluates most major aspects of the Motorola MotoNav TN765t -- its routing, unique menu setup, voice commands, etc. He concludes that it "could be a good choice," but he's not a fan of the map/menu combo screen or Motorola's hard-to-use website, where he found it impossible to find a software update, much less download one.
Review: Motorola MotoNav TN765t Review, Rich Owings, April 29, 2010
Antuan Goodwin likes the Motorola MotoNav TN765t's combined map/menus interface better than Garmin's more familiar, separate screens. It's also loaded with features for the price, he says. His main complaint -- mediocre satellite reception in urban canyons -- keeps the TN765t from earning an Editors' Choice award, but it still makes CNET's list of the top five GPS units.
Review: Motorola MotoNav TN765t, Antuan Goodwin, March 19, 2010
Editors here test the Motorola MotoNav TN765t alongside 74 other auto GPS units. Each unit is rated on several performance and ease-of-use measures, and the models are ranked from best to worst.
Review: GPS Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Sept. 2010
The Motorola MotoNav TN765t averages 3.5 stars out of 5 with nearly 50 customer reviews posted here. Most users like its advanced features, but some prefer the more familiar Garmin interface. A few complain of the unit running hot or calculating bad routes, or of disappointing customer service.
Review: Motorola MotoNav TN765T 5.1-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator, Contributors to Amazon.com