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Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav review



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Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav


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In a world where TomTom dominates so much it's tough to compete, but German sat-nav firm Navigon is in a better position than most. It supplies the base navigation software to all sorts of different companies - including Panasonic, and the now-defunct Sony sat-navs - which means that it should know a thing or two about the subject.

Its own devices, however, have disappointed in the past. The 5100 I reviewed last year, for example, had all the features and an impressive mapping engine, but failed to hit the mark when it came to performance. It was also far too expensive for a device with just UK and Ireland maps on it. The 2110 Max aims to remedy that, and bring some innovation to the party as well.

The price is good for a start. The 2110 Max comes with maps of UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe, includes a TMC traffic information receiver, plus speed camera data, and yet it costs just £169.99 inc VAT. That's pretty impressive, even if a one-off fee of approx £40 is needed for TMC reception in the UK. Considering that TomTom's latest Go 730 Traffic has a similar feature set and sells for around £270, and its XL Traffic Europe 22 goes for £210, the 2110 Max is not a bad deal. But is a competitive price and feature set enough when TomTom is already so far ahead?

Navigon is certainly trying hard, and has introduced some interesting features with its latest range. Top of the list is what's called Lane Assistant Pro. Navigon was one of the first sat-navs I saw that introduced lane assistance successfully last year, and here it takes things an exciting step forward. Not only does the 2110 Max tell you which lane to get in on motorways and major roads, but also on minor multi-lane roads too. It even knew about the lanes on the large roundabout just at the end of my road, and the icons it uses to illustrate which lane you should be in are incredibly detailed and clear.

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Sven Van Roosenbroek

July 3, 2008, 2:01 am

I bought me one of these last week. I'm very impressed with it. In my opinion it's superior to the Tomtom sat navs.

It's a no-nonsense sat nav. Everything it does, it does extremely good.

I didn't need an FM transmitter because in 99% of the time they don't work or they have poor quality, nor do I need voice recognition.

That's how I ended up with the 2110 Max.

I don't regret buying this.

This really is a no brainer.

Barry Ward

July 3, 2008, 12:56 pm

The only thing I am concerned about is what I read about elsewhere- the fact that when you do a post code search, you are not then asked for a house number for extra precision. I'll miss that from my TomTom if I get one of these. Not bothered about bluetooth, fm transmitter, or map share.


November 7, 2008, 8:35 pm

After much research, I decided on this satnav as it was the only model at this price with maps of east and western Europe. I've had other satnav's (PDA with Destinator maps which was pretty good and Navman with TMC which was awful).

On the whole the Navigon is very good. I used it recently to go to visit friends in France and it worked well. There are a few things that bother me about it though and here they are:

1. Logbook entry - As soon as you put in the address and press navigate, it doesn't navigate! It asks if you want to add it to your Logbook. So far I've yet to add anything to my Logbook as I find this function completely annoying. Seeing as I am forever in a rush and that the Navigon stores all the addresses that have been entered, I'm finding this function completely redundant. It even more annoying that it's impossible to shut the Logbook function off altogether. Also, I have no idea how to find the Logbook on it's own.

2. I get a lot of Fatal Error messages where I have to restart the unit by inserting a stylus (or in my case the toothpick from my Swiss Army Knife) into the little hole which is located on the bottom and encased in the holder. Seeing as getting the Navigon in the holder is fiddly to begin with, having to remove it to put the toothpick in is a giant ball ache. You also have to be careful to shut the unit off after restarting it as pushing it back into the holder may cause yet another Fatal Error.

3. TMC - It doesn't work in Britain or France which seeing as they may want to sell more of these things to people in Britain, is just plain stupid. They have the TMC function everywhere else but the two countries that are the closest to one another. Also, I can't seem to find where I might be able to purchase the TMC for Britain anywhere online(it's supposedly available for 40 quid). I know it's a whole lot cheaper than the TomTom with TMC but TomTom is very well known in the UK so Navigon may well try to position it better in UK market by offering free TMC!

4. Lane Assist Function - It doesn't really bother me but I thought that you might like to know that it's a frozen picture of what lane you should be in rather than showing you in real time navigation. It's when you get into the lane that it goes back to ordinary navigation.

4. POI's - In all my online research, no one ever seems to make a big deal about POI's but to me, they're one of the most important prerequisites to buying a decent SatNav. While Destinator had more Points of Interest than you could shake a stick at and the Navman had none, I'm finding that Navigon's is fine with all the chain hotels listed. I travel a fair amount in Europe and it's really important to me to be able to find fuel, food, shopping centres and especially hotels when I'm driving around in Germany at 2am and completely out of my mind with tiredness. The Navigon's biggest drawback on the POI front is that you can't add your own.

Although it doesn't sound like it, I'm actually really pleased with the Navigon. I'm of the belief that all GPS devices have their little quirks and these are some of ones that bother me about this particular make. They're a brand leader in Germany and in the US so maybe it's time that Britain got off the TomTom bandwagon. Happy traveling!

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