Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav - Navigon 2110 Max

By Jonathan Bray

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Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav

Summary

Our Score:

9

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My test for Lane Assistant Pro is the A406 junction with the M11 in north east London: as you travel clockwise around the A406, to get onto the M11 you first have to avoid taking the dual carriageway slip road, but then - almost immediately after, you need to keep to the left of the remaining three lanes - a test most sat-navs fail dismally. They often tell you to keep right, then deliver the following keep left turn instruction either too late or too early to be useful. The Navigon, however, passed with flying colours, simply indicating I needed to stick to the middle lane out of five. I was so impressed I'd even go so far as to say it beats TomTom's lane assistance feature, which is highly impressive in its own right but doesn't quite offer the same level of detail.

Navigon retains the same Reality View it had last time too, though this is slightly less useful. As you approach motorway junctions, it pops up a detailed, 'realistic' 3D view, complete with signs and road markings of the junctions you're about to negotiate.

Another area where Navigon has TomTom beat is in the appearance of its maps. Where TomTom's are basic and functional in the extreme and haven't been changed in years, they look drop-dead gorgeous on the 2110 Max's bright, clear 4.3in widescreen. All the lines and roads are anti-aliased, the route is clearly marked with a bright yellow arrow, and the next turn icon is among the best around, incorporating a realistic view of the next junction as well as an indication of how far away it is. POIs are particularly clearly indicated, complete with branded logos and swanky drop-shadows. And the moving map updates beautifully smoothly too, which helps keep it in sync with your position, even in the tightest of urban streets.

There's integrated TMC, which means no more unsightly wires to drape around the windscreen - a much more elegant method than the TomTom XL Traffic's wires. The signal can also be boosted by the antenna integrated in the car charger, and though the usefulness of the FM-transmitted TMC information can be hit and miss, it works well here, picking up a signal reliably and offering all the usual choices in routing - automatic avoidance or prompted.

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.

missyone

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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