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Navigon’s higher-end sat-navs, such as the 8410, have focused on 3D display widgets and features which expand capabilities well beyond getting from A to B. But we’ve found the company’s more budget-oriented devices, such as the 1210, are a more compelling proposition. The 2410 isn’t quite a rock-bottom value model, but it does pack in quite a few features for a relatively low price.
The 2410 is a little more finely crafted than other lower-end Navigons we’ve looked at. The non-widescreen 3.5in display is bordered by a shiny metallic fascia, which looks rather fetching. It also comes with maps of 40 European countries preloaded. This includes a sizeable portion of Eastern Europe, although not Russia.
The basic Navigon interface hasn’t changed much for a couple of years now. The first menu page provides the usual options to navigate to an address, full seven-digit postcode, point of interest (POI), or location you have previously saved. You can also call up a list of destinations you have recently navigated to. However, the postcode entry makes you specify the street before allowing you to enter the house number, which is a little annoying. You also can’t search for a street address by keyword across a whole country, a very useful feature now offered by some Mio, Navman and TomTom sat-navs.
The basic navigation menu provides icons giving direct access to nearby petrol stations, parking facilities, and restaurants, although you can switch these to any of the POI categories available in the database. If you head for the full POI listings you can access all the categories. But also, unlike the address entry system, you can search the entire listing on a nationwide level, as well as near your current location or within another city.
The 2410 adopts one of Navigon’s recent feature additions when calculating how to get to your chosen destination. Instead of just providing one option, the MyRoutes system gives you three choices. These are also calculated based on realistic road speeds, which are derived from historical information about how fast cars have been able to travel in the past, taking into account time of day and day of week. So this is similar to the IQ Routes facility provided by TomTom’s sat-navs. The three options let you choose between routes which use more direct roads through urban areas and alternatives which take you out onto longer, but more major highways
Once you have chosen a destination, you are also given the option to head for a car park in the vicinity instead. This is one aspect of Navigon’s Clever Parking facility, a relatively new addition to its arsenal of features. Clever Parking also displays a P icon within the map screen as you near your destination. Selecting this brings up a list of nearby car parks, so you can find somewhere to stow your vehicle before continuing to your final end point on foot. You could do this via a more circuitous method with any sat-nav, but Navigon makes the process very easy indeed.
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