Men compulsively upgrade gadgets from cell phones to USB sticks that look like dogs humping your computer, so why not upgrade your most expensive gadget's gadget? Grab a GPS from Navigon. From a German company HQ'd in 'Cago, Navigons are handsome, compact devices stocked with standard GPS goodness (voice destination entry, 3D landmark views, virtually rendered highway exit signs, hands-free Bluetooth so you can yammer alone like a crazy person, etc) plus a breakaway host of unique features. Instead of making you pay by-the-month, real-time traffic updates come included, plus all seven models integrate 27,000 Zagat points of interest and (available via free download this spring) a Rand McNally package w/ 250 customizable scenic-route suggestions (which you'll claim to enjoy after foolishly ignoring the traffic updates). To get sexier, grab the brushed-metal, supercharged 8100T for a "Panorama View 3D" feature displaying topographical renderings (hills, lakes, mountains, etc) provided by a NASA satellite -- which, because it's busy showing you Lake Michigan's contours, will totally miss an asteroid massive enough to inspire two simultaneously released disaster flicks. Soon, Navigon'll release approach warnings for all of Chi's 248 red light cameras, available via a free software download so hot, you'll want to store it doggy style.
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