A Points of Interest (POI) database is included, and Navigon’s usual Direct Access pane is available for finding petrol stations, parking or restaurants near your current location. These can be swapped for any of the other 25 POI categories in the settings. The full POI section lets you search nearby, within a city, or nationwide. We couldn’t find any notable omissions in the database compared to standalone sat-navs we have tested.
The My Destinations options include any Favourites you set up, a list of the Last Destinations you have searched for, and a Take Me Home selection which automatically navigates to your nominated place of residence. You can also supposedly import addresses from your Windows Mobile Contacts app, but we had trouble getting this to work, with the option simply leading us out of the Navigon software into Contacts. A final navigational choice is to set up a multi-point route via the Options button at the bottom of the screen. The Services include just two sections – a three-day weather report for your chosen location, and HRS Hotel Reservation.
Once your destination is input and the route calculated, the map view offers most of Navigon’s latest bells and whistles. Lane Assistance Pro provides a detailed schematic of the lanes in a junction, so you know which one you need to be in. The Reality View Pro system shows a realistic graphic of a multi-lane junction onscreen, including the road signs and lanes you are likely to be viewing through your car windscreen. But it only works when your smartphone is in landscape mode. MobileNavigator’s only significant omissions compared to a standalone Navigon device are the 3D landmark and Curve Warner systems found in higher-end models, such as the 7210.
On a more prosaic level, the map view includes a comprehensive amount of useful information. The current speed limit is shown in an entirely recognisable road sign format in the top left. Navigon’s trademark, rather twee intonation of ‘Beware’ lets you know when you’re above the limit by a given amount, which is configurable in the settings. Speed camera warnings are included, but you have to turn these on manually after reading a warning message, as this facility is illegal in some countries. You can also add traffic updates, but this requires a separate Bluetooth RDS-TMC receiver and subscription.