The 2240 naturally has a pedestrian mode, with top-down 2D menus. It also supports cityXplorer maps, although none are included as standard. These provide pedestrian routing which takes into account public transport, suggesting the nearest tube stations to your start and finish points, and which lines to take in between, as well as short cuts through parks, but the maps cost £8.99 per city. Note that there was a special offer on at the time of wrting, offering a free cityXplorer map when you register a new Garmin sat-nav device.
You get a selection of supplementary tools as well, which will mostly be useful when travelling abroad. You can upload images and look at them via the Picture Viewer, with a slideshow function available. There’s a World Clock capable of showing three timezones simultaneously, a Calculator, and a Unit Converter for Distance, Speed, Area, Currency, Temperature, Volume, and Weight. There’s even a 30-day trial of a Language Guide, the information for which comes from the Oxford University Press. This includes a selection of translations of useful phrases for various situations, into Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. So if you’re having trouble making yourself understood, maybe your sat-nav will have better luck.
The pressure is on at the budget end of the sat-nav market, particularly from Mio, and it’s no surprise that Garmin has acquired Navigon, considering the latter’s ability to create great-value devices such as the 20 Easy
. But the nuvi 2240 is still a solid budget choice, which maintains the core features that make Garmin sat-navs so generally dependable. The UK version is the best deal, as the European option’s extra £25 makes Navigon’s 20 Plus
or Mio’s frequently aforementioned Spirit 685 better value options overall.