GPS Papago! Navigator Z-820
After testing the terrific Papago! Navigator Z-820, we will never view GPS units the same way again.
I HAVE been peering into a lot of cars lately while stopped at the traffic light. It’s not because I’ve developed some perverse habit but because I’m starting to notice that a lot of people now have some kind of GPS device installed into their cars.
This has to be a testament to how popular GPS has actually become in a short space of a few years. While most GPS units on the market today feature variants of the same MapKing software, the rather oddly-named Papago! from Navitech has something quite unusual.
It’s one of the first GPS units I’ve seen that displays 3D buildings, a feature usually found on pricey, high-end units. While this in itself isn’t a good reason to get the Papago!, there are a few other tweaks which makes it an interesting proposition compared with other GPS units.
I’ve tested quite a number of GPS units through the years, and to be honest, one system is very much like another.
However, the Papago! has proven to be a breath of fresh air as the interface is actually well thought-out and is easier to use than the standard MapKing interface and about as good in terms of ease-of-use as the Garmin Nuvi series.
While it’s sparse on other flashy features like MP3 playback, photo viewing and such but the GPS functions are solid and the 3D buildings and junction feature is actually more useful than I initially thought it would be.
If you’re looking for a very good GPS at a reasonable price, you should take a serious look at the Papago! It’s so good that I wager it won’t be long before other locally sold GPS units will be featuring the same user interface and software.
Pros: Solid GPS features; 3D buildings and junctions feature are surprisingly useful.
Cons: Design could be more attractive
Papago! Navigator Z-820
(Navitech) GPS car navigation unit
GPS chipset: SiRF Star III
Operating System: Windows CE.NET 5.0 Core Version
CPU: Samsung SC2443 400MHz processor
Memory: 2GB flash memory
Storage: SD expansion slot
Display: 4.3in LCD
Battery: 2,200mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions: 90 x 82 x 20mm
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