The Panasonic Strada line of products has always been known for providing users with top-of-the-line navigation devices. The company has released many products in the past and still continues to innovate in the field of navigation. Here, we give you information of a couple of the most popular Panasonic Strada products and also news on their latest releases.
Panasonic Strada CN-NVD905U
The Panasonic Strada CN-NVD905U is probably the most popular among users of in-dash navigation, as it combines looks, very easy and user-friendly touchscreen interface and good quality video playback as well. It initially attracted a lot of consumer attention due to its powerful navigation and multimedia capabilities. It comes with a 30GB built-in hard drive too, and a double-DIN system with a nice 7” display. This helped the user get a clear view of maps and directions and also helped immensely in viewing movies.
The Strada also gives lightning-fast navigation programming and calculates routes and timings with a good deal of accuracy. The Strada CN-NVD905U comprises 12 million points of interest on its database. The user can access it in a variety of ways – by entering the name of the location, by selecting it from the categories in the menu, by selecting a pre-stored location in the address book, by phone number, by zeroing in on a spot in the map or by GPS coordinates.
Digital audio playback is very good too, though navigation of disc libraries could be more easy to handle. But the only problem with this product is that the CN-NVD905U does not come with the ability of ripping music files into its memory. Also, it lacks text-to-voice ability, which would have been a great plus for navigation. Anyway, this was Panasonic’s first entry into the U.S. market for hard drive-based nav/multimedia systems and considering that point, this product was not so bad at all.
Panasonic Strada CN-GP50 GPS
The features of this one include a large, glossy, black frame with a 5” colour touchscreen LCD display, GPS assist, Bluetooth hands-free, 2GB SD Memory Card Slot and optional traffic services support as well.
The good thing about hte CN-GP50 is the single speaker at the rear of the device. This can be heard clearly, even while driving at the maximum speed. This device comes with an additional mini-USB port, which can be used for battery charging as well as for data transfer between a PC and the device.
Though easy and convenient to use, the definite put-off is the price of the nav system, which comes up to $500. This seems too much to invest on a device that is really no great shakes, performance-wise. Also, there is no MP3 or video playback feature on the device.
Recent announcement by Panasonic
Panasonic recently introduced 5 new portable and 3 in-dash Strada GPS nav devices in Japan. The portable systems come with 5” or 7” touchscreen displays and all of them also include Bluetooth, 8GB RAM, digital TV tuner and VICS Traffic Control.
The portable devices are CN-SP300L-K, CN-MP700VD-K and CN-MP500VD-K, while the in-dash systems are named as CN-HX910D, CN-HW890D and CN-HW860D.