Navigon has consistently impressed us with the amount of features it packs into its budget models. The 20 Easy, now £79.99 in Navigon’s online shop, is one of the best value sat-navs currently available. But if you want just a few more features, Navigon has an alternative called the 20 Plus. So what do you get for an extra £30?
The most eye-catching addition is the motion sensor, which Navigon has now added to a few of its latest models. When in the map view during navigation, a quick wave of the hand near the 20 Plus will call up the MyBest POI and options menus. The former provides icons for finding nearby Points of Interest in three categories. Clicking on any of these shows a list of results, with three tabs along the top giving you rapid access to the other two categories if required. By default, these are restaurants, parking, and petrol stations, but you can replace any of the three with another of the POI categories available.
The idea behind the motion sensor is that you can access the device more safely when driving. Certainly, you don't have to fiddle with menus so much to find nearby POIs, or get to the roadblock avoidance and traffic listing menus. But we still wouldn't recommend using a sat-nav with your hands when driving. So whilst the motion sensor does reduce the attention required to gain access to certain functions, it doesn't remove this entirely. We also found the motion sensor could be fooled by rapid changes in light, for example when travelling under a motorway bridge in sunny conditions. The safest sat-nav to use when driving is still Garmin's premium nuvi 3790T, with its consummate voice control system, and we still wouldn't suggest you do even this on a regular basis.
Another difference to the 20 Easy is in the traffic update service included. Both devices come with a receiver for RDS-TMC traffic built into the car power adapter. But out of the box the 20 Easy will only receive free traffic updates – which some European countries offer – and requires an extra £40 subscription to receive premium traffic available in the UK and Germany, amongst others. The Navigon 20 Plus, in contrast, comes with a premium subscription as standard, so this feature on its own makes the more expensive model worth buying, for those who will be using traffic information regularly.
Allied to the premium traffic subscription, the 20 Plus also has the ability to read out the incidents it reports. This is part of the 20 Plus’ wider text-to-speech facility. So instead of just telling you to make a turning, the 20 Plus can announce the actual name or number of the road in question, which will be a boon for those who like verbal as well as visual directions.