A major limitation of NDBs is that they only provide relative bearing information (the needle simply points to the station). This is quite different from a VOR, which shows an actual position line to or from the station, and deviation from it.

Navigating to or from an NDB is difficult for exactly this reason, because the pilot must calculate a wind correction angle and then maintain an equal crab angle away from the station (believe me, this is harder than it sounds). NDBs are also very limited in their precision, since they operate at relatively low frequencies, in the band immediately below AM radio.