Nav N Go Amigo / iGO 8.4 Review

Nav N Go Amigo is the latest application from Nav N Go. This new 8.4 version or called Amigo is a significant update on interface and engine (although at some point I would call it downgrade even) unlike older updates 8.0, 8.1, 8.3 which has no visible update. Amigo's interface is clean, simple and very easy to use.

The home screen as you can see from the screenshot above looks great, it features a small actual moving map and will go full screen when clicked. Navigations such as destination, my route are similar to older version save for .... and settings has been changed to More. Menu navigation is much easier than ever, going through places has never been easier. The find places has also boast a new interface allowing you to click on an image instead on regular menu in previous versions.

New features has been added such as games which allows you to install games and run directly from Amigo, 3D images of cars, so instead of the default blue arrow, you can now change the 3D object to be a car, truck, person, flying carpet etc. which is awfully similar to Garmin Mobile XT 5. POIs on the map now looks like bubbles as found in Google Earth instead of a circle on previous versions. On screen display such as speed, 3D object settings, night mode can be accessed by clicking on anywhere on the screen and a nice interface will appear allowing you to select which type of items showing you want.

Scrolling and browsing now possible only by clicking on an icon on the most right on the screen which is much better than previous versions which allows you to browse map, zoom in and out directly by clicking anywhere on the map screen which causes accidental presses which then messes the map display.

The map display is now cleaner and easier to read, the road lines are better and more detailed with much better choices of colors. Unfortunately what makes me most disappointed at was the rendering. Now movements are choppy which is similar to other GPS software solutions such as Garmin or SmartST.

The file system has also changed which now incorporates .GRO files instead of the usual .ZIP file which we all love to extract and modify.

Verdict: Not recommended stay with older version 8.3 or 8.0
New sleek and simple interface, colors, games, 3D cars
Cons: Choppy movement, not smooth like previous version, file uses .GRO instead of .ZIP so customization harder

Give it a try yourself at http://rapidshare.com/files/223838002/teman_spanyol.zip (Please note that I do not support piracy. Please purchase the original copy if you decide to use it. I held no responsibility of any actions you make from this).

Have fun!


The Camera Fanatic said...

Great blog.

I own both the Nuvi 660 and the 760, I'm writing this review for people having trouble deciding between the two as the price difference between the two products at the time of this review is about 100 dollars. I'm not going to focus on the feature differences, as that information can be easily obtained from specifications and online reviews. The 660 was a fine product back in 2005-2006, but the new 760 outdoes the 660 in practically everything, but there are some key usability fixes that make the 760 a better buy for the frequent user.


1. 760 has much better fonts for street names than the 660. This may seem like a trivial update to some, but the 760's fonts greatly improve visibility. The 660 uses all capitalized text for street names on the map, and the font is incredibly cartoonish and unaligned, something like the scribbling Comic Sans font on the PC. The 760 uses your standard Verdana-like font with street names in capitalized and lowercase letters. The fonts on the 760 are smaller, cleaner and surprisingly much easier to read while driving. The maps end up looking professional, and not some cartoony children's video game.

2. 760 has better rendering in 3D map mode than the 660. In the 660 when you are zoomed in under 3D map mode, the roads close to your car are displayed incredibly large, so large that they run into other roads, making the zoom function essentially kind of useless for dense roads. The 760 does not oversize your roads just because you zoomed in to view smaller roads in detail. This fix is very nice for those who drive in places with dense roadways, like New York City.

3. No antenna on the 760 makes hooking up your Nuvi to the cradle one step easier. On the 660 you need to flip up the antenna before attaching the cradle. For people who park their cars on the street overnight, removing the GPS from the cradle for storage in the console or glove compartment is a must, and it's a lot easier hooking up the 760 to the cradle than the 660. It's hard to aim the 660 to its cradle in the dark as you have to align both the bottom edge and the charge port under the antenna. In the 760, the charge port is directly on the bottom of the unit; you can attach it to the cradle with one hand in the dark easily on the 760.

4. It takes the 660 a good 45 seconds on average (sometimes longer than 2 minutes) after boot up to locate the satellite on a cold start. If you have firmware 2.6 installed on the 760, the satellite acquisition time after boot up is between 10-20 seconds. After the firmware update, my 760 also holds a stronger lock to the satellites than my 660, I can get satellite lock inside my house with the 760, whereas I can't get a lock with my 660 (adjusting the antenna does very little).

5. The ability to set multiple ad hoc viapoints on the 760 means it's a lot easier creating alternate routes (very handy to avoid a specific interstate or a high traffic road). Whereas the 660 gives you just one viapoint.

UPDATE: This GPS is currently on sale at Amazon… now is your chance to buy one, if you haven’t already. You can find the product page here:


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