4.0 star rating

V7 Nav740 Review

Pros: Low price; Large screen; Street name pronunciation; Media player
Cons: Cheap bezel; Poor rear speaker; Only one voice for text-to-speech; Routing doesnt favor major roads
The Verdict: One of the best low-cost GPS navigators yet.



Most of the attention in GPS navigation goes to the big four--Garmin, Magellan, Mio, and TomTom--but if you’re shopping for a navigator, chances are that a low-priced lesser name will call to you, and you’ll wonder if it’s just as good as the majors. In the case of the V7 Nav740 the answer is yes. While the physical design isn’t first rate, the features represent an excellent value for the price.

Design and Features

At first glance the Nav740’s bezel feels a bit cheap and doesn’t have the sleek appearance of other models. It surrounds a 4.3-inch touchscreen, however, which is rare for this price, and worked well. The on-screen icons are colorful, but aren’t as attractively designed as those of bigger names. Go a bit deeper, though, and you’ll see that the device doesn’t lack for features. It offers a huge, up-to-date 11 million points-of-interest database, for example, and licenses the same routing software that Mio uses, so driving directions look just like those on a Mio unit.
Other features include a media player (music, movies, and pictures), which has a basic look but works well enough and supports MP3, WMA, WMV, AVI, DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, and JPEG. The Nav740 also includes TMC traffic upgradeability (a traffic receiver should go on sale in the second quarter of 2008), and thorough route creation options, including a simulation mode.

Driving with the Nav740

Driving with the Nav740 was easy, thanks to street name pronunciation, another unexpected feature at this price. The unit offers four English voices, but only one with text-to-speech. The rear speaker, however, is especially poor, so the voice often sounded crackly. The navigation software is just as quick as more expensive units to reroute drivers who get off track, but the unit doesn’t favor larger, faster roads. For example, it had us turn onto a mall road, which was heavy with stop signs and pedestrians, rather than take a major road one block farther.

V7 Nav740 Verdict

It’s a little rough around the edges, but you can feel confident with the V7 Nav740. It’s a small name but a big bargain.
Suggested Stories:
Garmin StreetPilot c550
Article Continued Below

This high-end device combines handy features with a simple interface.
TomTom Go 720
TomTom's latest navigator lets you update maps on the fly and share your results with others.
Magellan Maestro 4040
With a new design, simple user interface, and AAA support, Magellan's new GPS navigator makes for a good copilot.

Tags: V7 Nav740, GPS, reviews

Technical Specifications
V7 Nav740

Touch ScreenNo
Size4.8 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches
Weight6.7 ounces
All Product Types Accessories eReaders Laptops Networking Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS AVADirect Averatec BeagleBone BenQ CTL Corp. CyberPowerPC Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Eurocom Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Google Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo Maingear MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Razer Sager Samsung Sony Sony PlayStation Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv Vizio VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1136 x 768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1792 x 768 1900x1080 1920x1080 1920x1200 2560 x 1440 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1700 2880 x 1620 2880 x 1880 3200 x 1800 3840 x 2160 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options