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Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav - Navigon 2110 Max

By Jonathan Bray


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Navigon 2110 Max Sat-Nav


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The Navigon 2110 Max does all the basics well too. Address entry is straightforward - the 2110's full screen touch keyboard is a big improvement on the 5100's cramped affair, and browsing the map to select waypoints works brilliantly too. Navigation is generally sound. Some route choices aren't wonderful - it took me around some unnecessary back streets close to my house when most sat-navs recognise that the simpler, slightly longer route is quicker - but that was one error in a generally strong performance. Voice instructions are clear - the speaker is of decent quality and well-timed too - and I particularly like the fact that the voice says 'please' before every instruction.

So far so good, but there are still a few areas of weakness. The first is that the 2110 is still not the greatest performer. This doesn't, thankfully, manifest itself in sluggish instructions while out on the road, but in the speed (or lack of it) of satellite lock. When you first fire it up it takes an absolute age not only to boot, but also to lock onto a satellite signal. I gave up at one point and only when I had reached my destination - a short four minute drive away - did the Navigon 2110 oblige me and provide a location.

There's also no advanced routing feature as good as IQ Routes, or shared map updates and corrections as with the TomTom Go sat-navs. And you don't get voice recognition either.


The faults are minor and the omissions not serious enough to put a dent in my positive opinion of this navigation device. The 2110 Max is the most impressive non-TomTom sat-nav I've seen since the Mio C620 and is a worthy TomTom rival.

However, it can't compete with the advanced features on offer from the Go range of TomToms but does offer a cheaper alternative to the equivalent TomTom XL that I was so impressed with last month. And that's not bad going at all.

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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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