Medion GoPal P4225 review

£245
Price when reviewed

Medion’s high-end navigation device is the most expensive in this Labs. It costs £10 more than the luxurious Sony and a whopping £64 more than the Labs-winning TomTom.

Medion GoPal P4225 review

And you certainly get a lot for your money. We were impressed by the GoPal’s wide-ranging feature set, which includes Bluetooth hands-free phone features, a safety-camera database and speech recognition. There’s also a raft of less useful extras, including a fingerprint reader to lock and unlock the device.

Navigation is sensibly featured, too: you get text-to-speech (although it only reads out the numbers of major road names) and we really liked the look of the maps, which, based on Navteq data and the Navigon mapping engine, are clear and easy on the eye. Lane assistance is a boon at complicated motorway junctions.

But although the GoPal’s voice instructions didn’t miss a beat on our test route, elsewhere navigation wasn’t quite perfect. The map update was far from smooth, and we noticed that the onscreen position lagged behind our position on the road by 10m or so, which could prove a problem in tight urban streets.

We felt the voice directions could have been louder, too. In noisy cabins, the top volume will struggle to be heard over shouting kids, road noise and a radio. And the interface felt sluggish when browsing the maps and moving from screen to screen during route planning.

Despite a wealth of features, the Medion’s weaknesses in the key areas of navigation and usability ultimately put paid to its chances of an award this month. The high price merely cements that opinion.

Details

GPS recommended use In-car

Mapping

Maps supplied Western Europe
Map data provider Navteq
Navigation software Medion GoPal Navigator PE 4

Hardware

Screen size 4.3in
Resolution 480 x 272
GPS chipset make/model Atlas III
In-car mount type Windscreen
External GPS antenna included? no
Bluetooth support yes
Front panel memory card reader yes
Headphone output yes
Sync via cable? yes
Sync via cradle? no
FM transmitter? yes

Other functions

Traffic information Via TMC receiver
Speed-camera warning yes
Postcode search 7-digit
Tracklog export yes

PC Software

Software supplied GoPal Assistant

Dimensions

Dimensions 124 x 17 x 82mm (WDH)

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