After our tryst with MapmyIndia’s dual offerings, we took SatGuide’s Moov 200 for a ride to check if it’s worthy enough to compete or not. SatGuide’s Moov 200 is a direct competitor to MapmyIndia’s Lx130 because of similar features, same screen size and in the same price range.
Unlike MapmyIndia’s whose OEM is unknown, SatGuide’s hardware is co-branded with Mio, for the uninitiated, Mio is a Taiwanese GPS device manufacturer. The design is very clean and minimalistic. Slotted as an inexpensive GPS unit in international markets, the unit does feel cheap and plasticky. The maps are stored in the internal memory, however, supports an SD card for adding multimedia content. There’s an on/off/reset switch on the top while the USB charging/data port is located at the bottom.
The complete package includes user manual, a CD, GPS unit, USB data cable, wall, car charger and windshield mount.
A GPS device is expected to do what it is bought for and SatGuide’s Moov 200 is no exception. Just switch the on button and you’re onto the main screen that will take you to navigation, settings or other multimedia features like music, videos or images.
Moov 200 also boasts a SiRF chip and when compared to MapmyIndia’s Lx130, the former had a very quick GPS fix. Moov 200 even locked the co-ordinates even when I tried to use it indoors (near windows, of course).
But despite a quick fix, the area which I think is lacking is in the UI department. When compared to MapmyIndia’s Lx130, Satguide’s PND looks dull and less user-friendly. However, this shouldn’t be a great deal as you’ll get acquainted with it over time. Satguide’s Moov 200 may’ve lost on the UI front but it scores on the calculation of the routes. The routes calculated were accurate and even if you missed on a turn, it would quickly recalculate to give you the next best route. As you’d expect it has detailed maps and lakhs of Points of Interest (POIs) so that you wouldn’t have to search the nearest hotel, ATM or a movie theater.
Moov 200 also doubles up as a PMP and can play variety of video, music and image formats. However, surprisingly the device does not integrate and headphone input that means you’ve to rely on the subpar loudspeakers. PMP is obviously an added feature but adding up an earphone input wouldn’t have hurt.
As I said before SatGuide Moov 200 is a direct competitor to MapmyIndia’s Lx130 and when you put them side-by-side, MapmyIndia’s product could be more luring. But if SatGuide can lower the price a bit and its strong signal reception and accurate navigation might want you to forgo few of its shortcomings and the competition too. It currently retails for Rs. 12,990.
Pros: Strong Signal Reception, Fast
Cons: Cheap Build Quality, Average UI, Price