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Navigon may not be the first brand you think of when choosing a sat-nav device, but its products often compete quite favourably with better-known names. We were particularly impressed by the value for money of the Navigon 1210, which was at the time the cheapest option with full European maps on the market, and it wasn't missing any obviously important features.
The 3310 max seems similarly aggressively priced. Available for as little as £140 from some vendors, like the 1210 it also offers full European maps, but in a widescreen device with premium features.
This is our first taster of Navigon's latest software revision, which some previous generation devices can also obtain as a downloadable upgrade for £49.99. It has a number of innovations, some of which are clearly inspired by TomTom, but not necessarily any the worse for it. Chief amongst these is MyRoutes, which is broadly similar to TomTom's IQ Routes.
Navigon claims MyRoutes adapts its journey calculations to your driving style, but its main innovation is taking into account historic traffic speeds along roads, rather than just using the maximum possible speed or shortest distance. This also varies depending on time of day and day of week, so theoretically calculates different routes during rush hour compared to Sunday morning.
In practice, when you turn on MyRoutes you're presented with three routing options, with each illustrated by a different colour on the top-down overall map view. The first will be the MyRoutes choice. You can then click on the one you'd like to use before navigation commences. As with IQ Routes, this feature is very hard to assess scientifically, particularly in comparison with the TomTom alternative, but we didn't find ourselves being directed towards roads we knew would be a nightmare at particular times of day.
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