Since this is a budget sat-nav, it doesn’t include the premium 3D widgets found in models such as the 8410. But we’ve found these more a hint of future possibilities than an invaluable help when driving, so they’re not something you will miss most of the time. The 2410 does, however, have the essential aids, such as safety camera warnings. You get a three-month trial subscription to updates, after which it costs £25 a year to receive new and changed camera locations.
Navigon’s excellent Lane Assistant Pro and Reality View Pro are included. Both help you ensure you get in the right lane at complex multi-carriageway junctions. Lane Assistant Pro covers most junctions, and essentially consists of a detailed schematic of the possible lanes with arrows showing which ones to be in. Reality View Pro provides the now-familiar full-screen graphic displaying the same information, but accompanied by road sign symbols resembling the ones you should be seeing out your car window, so you can be doubly sure you’re getting the right turning. However, on the 2410’s non-widescreen the Lane Assistance Pro graphic displaces the regular information area, so you won’t know your ETA, say, whilst it is onscreen.
These are all fairly run-of-the-mill sat-nav features these days, but the 2410 does have a couple of fairly rare capabilities. In pedestrian mode, the map is actually reoriented into a portrait format, which makes the device easier to hold in your hand. A digital compass is also built in, which ensures the map is pointing in the right direction even when you have been stationary for a while, as well as indicating North. You need to calibrate this regularly using a figure-of-eight motion you won’t want to be seen performing in public, but afterwards the compass works well and achieves its goal of making the 2410 more useful for pedestrians.
There is a RDS-TMC traffic receiver built into the car power cable, and unlike many Navigons the 2410 comes with a premium UK subscription included in the price. So you don’t need to add the £25 Navigon usually charges to activate this feature. As always, reception can be patchy and updates intermittent, but the 2410 works as well as most other FM-based RDS-TMC provisions. You can call up a list of traffic incidents on your route, nearby, within a region or across the entire country. You can then peruse the details of each one and choose to avoid it, or have the Navigon reroute automatically when jams appear along your way.
The 2410 yet again shows what Navigon does best. It may not have the most streamlined interface, but it packs a lot of features into its sub-£140 price. For instance, the equivalent TomTom, the ONE IQ Routes Edition Europe 42, doesn’t include RDS-TMC traffic updates. So although many will still opt for the better-known TomTom brand and less clunky design, the Navigon 2410 gives you plenty for you money.