Meet the Vexia Navlet – the world's first tablet and sat nav mash-up

Navlet – probably the worst portmanteau to date. Is this mash-up of sat nav and Android tablet a step in the right direction?


We really hope the term 'Navlet' doesn't catch on, but that's the moniker Spanish brand Vexia has given its new breed of hybrid sat nav.

If you haven't already guessed, the Vexia Navlet is the result of a mash-up between a dedicated sat nav and an ultra-budget Android tablet. This doesn't mean you have permission to play Angry Birds while driving, but it does give you a device that will assist with your inept navigational skills and also tend to your entertainment needs. 

The Wi-Fi only Navlet is stuck in the past, running Android 2.2 Froyo for a no-frills tablet experience – so rather than getting a dedicated tablet OS like 3.0 Honeycomb, the Navlet offers the smartphone OS on its 5 and 7in offerings.

With a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels it's not going to have Apple or any of the other key tablet players quaking in their boots. Instead it offers the best of both worlds by providing an affordable tablet experience, coupled with the ability to get you to where you need to go. Its other specs include a 1GHz processor to keep everything chugging along nicely, a motion sensor, MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage and of course a handful of entertainment features – so, apps, video player, music player, web browsing and social networking. 

On the sat nav side of things you can expect "advanced GPS navigation software", lane assist, tunnel/pedestrian mode, the ability to update maps via the Vexia website and a range of other features that come as standard on navigational devices, including current speed.

While Vexia's billing the Navlet as the birth of a new category, it's by no means the first tablet to offer sat nav functionality. As they say in the application industry – "there's an app for that". It is however, the first dedicated device to offer this dual functionality. Prices start from £165 for the 5in model. 

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