Physically, the 8410 is a bit larger than the usual widescreen sat-nav, as it uses a 5in display. This is bright, clear, and has wide viewing angles, plus its size provides ample room for the picture-in-picture Real City 3D mapping. The mount design is well executed, too. The clip also incorporates all the necessary electrical contacts, and you plug the car power adapter into the mount. So you can simply attach the 8410 and go with one action.
The usual widgets are included. Safety camera warnings inform you when you are approaching a speed trap, with a year’s updates costing £25. Navigon’s polite announcements tell you to ‘beware’ when you’re over the limit and when a sharp curve is soon to be encountered. Full-screen graphics appear at complex multi-lane junctions. So the 8410 keeps up with the competition for the latest everyday navigational aids. The 8410 also includes a radio receiver for RDS-TMC traffic updates. Unlike some Navigon sat-navs, this particular model appears to have a Premium UK subscription already activated, too, which saves you the £40 price.
The Navigon 8410 is a nicely designed, premium sat-nav. Had it been released a few years ago, it would have been very competitive. Unfortunately, the battle has now moved onto mobile data-enabled functions. The 8410’s sibling the 8450 will be offering these, but we haven’t got our hands on that yet. So although this is a 5in widescreen device, its price looks steep next to the cheaper Garmin 1690, which includes a year’s live-enabled services. The 8410 may be a capable personal navigation device, but it’s overpriced, despite the fact you get two years of map updates as standard.