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WorldNav 3000 XL

Feb
14
2006

Teletype-Worldnav-3000-Xl-GpsOver the past couple of weeks I’ve been using TeleType’s WorldNav 3000 XL GPS navigation system. The main attraction to this device is the combination of features and price. $399 gets you a GPS with a 3.5 inch touch screen display, text to speech driving verbal directions, MP3 player, and preloaded NAVTEQ maps. That is a great featureset for $399.

When I fist opened the box and turned on the device I noticed it was already tuned into my home state. Coincidence? Special treatment from TeleType? No. According to the printed user guide if you purchase the WorldNav 3000 XL directly from TeleType it comes set to your home state. Nice touch!

The WorldNav 3000XL is fairly light weight, about 8 ounces. It comes with a suction cup mount for the windshield which was strong and I never had trouble with the GPS vibrating or moving. The antenna flips up in the back; the signal was strong and it quickly acquired my position. Once when I forgot to flip the GPS antenna up and the device worked fine anyway. Inside the GPS is powered by the SiRFStar II chipset.

After powering on the device the WorldNav 3000 XL will great you with “GPS position fixed, ready to navigate” within a few seconds. The majority of the screen shows a map of the current location with two buttons up top for “Where To” and “Menu”.

“Where To” allows you to advance plan a route by entering a start and then destination or just entering a destination and routing from your current position. Entering locations can be done either by address, POI, Intersection, saved locations (My Points), a history of prior addresses used, or your home.

A disappointment with the WorldNav 3000 XL was finding addresses. I frequently was greeted with “No match found, please modify your search”. In one case I was trying to find the Apple Store in Tampa, FL. I knew it was on “N West Shore Boulevard” but didn’t know the street number. So I searched by Address, Florida, Tampa, then “N West Shore” as the street name and left the house number black. No results.

Eventually after trying several other spellings of the street name I found the street I was looking for. I had also tried finding it as a POI. I selected ‘Where To’ -> ‘Destination’ -> POI -> ‘By Address’ -> ‘Florida’ -> ‘Tampa’ -> ‘All’ (since I didn’t know the category) -> ‘Apple’. However this sequence would always confuse the WorldNav 300 XL and it would reset. Selecting the ‘Shopping’ category did the trick though and found the POI.

A subsequent firmware update provided by TeleType fixed the crash I experienced while looking for the POI. Company engineers also told me they are currently working to make the street search more forgiving.

Other GPS systems on the market will start to narrow down the list of all street names in the city/state you have selected while you are typing. The WorldNav 300 XL has you enter your search then click next before displaying any results which made finding addresses tricky sometimes. However there was never a case that I didn’t end up finding the address eventually.

Routing was not quite as fast as other GPS navigation systems, however it wasn’t doggedly slow either. (I’ve seen much slower systems.) Routes of about 60 miles would take about 20 seconds. A route of 860 miles was calculated in just under one minute.

While navigating the voice directions were plenty loud enough to be heard over the radio while zooming down the Interstate. The voice prompts have a volume control and the voice was clear even at a high volume. The text to speech worked great speaking clear street names in the directions. Prompts were given frequently ahead of time and a chime alerts you when you are directly at the turn. When I purposefully missed a turn the device quickly and accurately rerouted me.

The WorldNav 3000 XL Standard (which is what I reviewed) does not come with any SD cards since all of the maps come preinstalled, but does come with an SD slot. I had an SD card kicking around anyway so I decided to try out the MP3 player. You can use the included software to transfer MP3 files to the device. The software is PC only however I figured out that Mac users can trasnfer MP3 files onto an SD card (put them in a folder called MP3) and then pop the SD card into the WorldNav 300 XL.

The audio quality while playing MP3 music isn’t going to win any sound awards, but it does work. You can pick what you would like to hear from the MP3 player and then return to the navigation screen to keep an eye on where you are going. The music stops to issue voice directions when necessary and then resumes playing, just as I hoped it would.

The directions and maps displayed on the screen were bright with the route clearly marked. The screen will automatically zoom in on your intersection as you approach an intersection however in some cases I would have liked it to have zoomed in a little earlier. I could be wrong but it appears it decides how soon and how far to zoom in based on speed. Sometimes while merging on or off higher speed roads it was a little difficult to tell which way to go without zooming in more.

The night mode worked well to reduce glare and keep night-vision. Using night mode I would turn the display brightness all the way down and when turning back to day mode I would turn the brightness all of the way back up.

For $399 the WorldNav 3000 XL is a great GPS navigation system combining “pro” features like pre-installed maps, text-to-speech directions, 3D touch screen display, and an MP3 player at an entry-level price. Further good news is that most of the issues I had with the device were not hardware based (except for the MP3 sound quality) and can be addressed with firmware updates. Thumbs up for the WorldNav 3000 XL!

15 Responses


  1. […] An update to a story we previously discussed, the TeleType WorldNav 3000 XL will be available very soon. This GPS really looks like a fantastic deal with an MP3 player, SD card storage, 3D GPS views, and pre-installed maps of the USA…. all for under $400. […]

  2. […] TeleType will soon be releasing a new GPS navigation system that will cost under $400. The TeleType WorldNav 3000 XL will offer spoken directions, an MP3 player, a weight of under 8 ounces, as well as preinstalled maps of the USA. It features 3D maps, a POI database, touchscreen, and USB interface. WorldNav 3000 XL is stylish, lightweight and easy to use, and we are excited to offer this device for a very reasonable price,” said Marleen Winer, a spokesperson for TeleType. The WorldNav product will be launched initially in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Localization and distribution is being expanded worldwide. […]

  3. […] TeleType Company is launching an innovative product that blends cutting-edge vehicle GPS navigation with MP3 player technology. The all-in-one device, called WorldNav 3000 XL, is a portable, in-car navigation system that offers door-to-door GPS guidance with simple spoken instructions. The official release date for the product is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2005. […]

  4. […] TeleType Company is launching an innovative product that blends cutting-edge vehicle GPS navigation with MP3 player technology. The all-in-one device, called WorldNav 3000 XL, is a portable, in-car navigation system that offers door-to-door GPS guidance with simple spoken instructions. The official release date for the product is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2005. WorldNav 3000 XL’s exciting convergence of portable in-car navigation with the immense popularity of the MP3 player makes it possible for travelers to not only reach their destination with greater efficiency, but to easily carry along their favorite music. There is no other product on the market that offers the exceptional utility, simplicity and affordability of this new piece of gadgetry. […]

  5. […] The TeleType WorldNav 3100 has been released and is the successor to the WorldNav 3000 XL. The WorldNav 3100 includes many features of more expensive GPS navigation systems but at a price less than other similarly equipped GPS systems. […]

  6. While surfing for a review on Teletype worldnav 3100 GPS your site was listed. This is about the best site for my purpose. Thanks for your in depth comments — A great help!

    Phyllis Blatt - August 6th, 2006
  7. Thanks for the comments, Phyllis. If you have any questions about the WorldNav 3000 XL we will do our best to answer them.

    GPS Review - August 6th, 2006
    • I have bought Worldnav 3000 XL from Craigslist and it did not come with DVD. The unit is only good for CA, NV, and AZ. Please help me to procure DVD or CD. 858 605 1645.

      Thakore - April 16th, 2009
      • I think you will need to call WorldNav– we are not affiliated with them.

        Tim - April 17th, 2009
  8. I’m looking for a Nav system that is expandable to other countries, particularily Finland and other parts of Europe. I found your system that reads like it has excellent features but do not see this expanded country feature listed (but hoping). Do you have a model and price that I can use here in Finland and Europe? Can the 3000XL do this? Thanks for your reply.

    k.shasteen - June 25th, 2007
  9. I have been using the worldnav GPS for a while and am not really impressed by it at all. I wish I could return it actually. I purchased it because I am a trucker and the unit is supposed to route for trucks. However, the unit frequently routes me into impossible turns and narrow streets causing me to go around in circles when I can’t make the turns it directs me to make. And the most disturbing thing of all is it tried to route me right over the Hoover dam which is no-access to trucks at all. I would not recommend this product at all.

    Jim Mooney - March 17th, 2008
  10. I have Worldnav 3000 XL and need installation software. Or may be I dont know how to make it work outside my CA state!! respond at thakoremshah@hotmail.com or 858 605 1645. Thanx.

    Thakore - June 10th, 2008
  11. I read review by trucker Jim Mooney. Discouraging. I’m a trucker, too, and it’s the truck routing features I’m moste interested in. You know low clearances, restricted routes, etc.
    I currently have a Garmin that has a truck routing feature, and it’s ok, but am intrigued by the Worldnav 3100, since it touts itself as the Pro Trucker GPS. What’s the latest on this?

    DAVE THATCHER - June 21st, 2008
  12. I read review by trucker Jim Mooney. Discouraging. I’m a trucker, too, and it’s the truck routing features I’m moste interested in. You know low clearances, restricted routes, etc.
    I currently have a Garmin that has a truck routing feature, and it’s ok, but am intrigued by the Worldnav 3100, since it touts itself as the Pro Trucker GPS. What’s the latest on this? Sorry to send this a 2nd time, but I forgot to check off the notify-me-by-email box the first time.

    DAVE THATCHER - June 21st, 2008
    • The following letter is a copy of what I sent to WorldNav GPS asking for assistance. I never did get a reply. The unit just sits on my dash collecting dust.

      To Whom It May Concern:

      I bought your product (WorldNav GPS) based on what I read on your web site. Your advertising portrayed your unit as more trucker friendly then any other on the market. I began to mistrust your unit the first day I used it in my car. I programmed your unit from address to address to a place with only three possible routes to get from point A to point B. Total driving distance no more then twelve miles. Twenty-eight miles later I stopped following your units directions.

      Thinking it was possible that I had programmed your unit incorrectly I tried it again on a known route. Your unit repeatedly requested I take turns in the wrong direction and then routed me to a dead-end.

      Thinking it was still possible I had programmed it wrong I took it out in my truck. This is a short list of the mistakes it made.

      Running south on interstate 75 in Georgia it routed me strait thru Atlanta. That is illegal. It did the same thing coming back west on interstate 20. You can not drive a tractor-trailer into Atlanta unless you are making a delivery within the city limits.

      Driving south on Green River Parkway from Owensboro, KY to Bowling Green, KY your unit repeatedly ask that I get off a great 4 lane, 70 mph highway to get on highway 231 (runs parallel) and drive thru a half dozen small towns. It even went as far as asking me to make illegal U-turns in the middle of the highway. At some point it just gave up and went blank because it couldn’t find routing. The routing was strait South.

      On a truck route with my destination eight blocks strait ahead and a right for a half block your unit ask me to turn at every intersection into residential areas with no truck signs.

      The three examples listed above are only a few of the dozens of mistakes your unit made in the course of a six week run. After the first mistake I could never trust your unit to route me anyplace.

      Only once in six weeks did your unit do something helpful. In Springfield, MO it told me I had arrived at destination when nothing on the four corners was what I was looking for. By stopping I found out the business I was looking for only used the address for storage and would come get me. One time in six weeks of driving your unit did something helpful.

      John - January 8th, 2009



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