Navigon 20 Easy Review - New Features Review


Navigon’s My Routes system is on hand to provide three different travel options, using a variety of road types, so you can choose the one that suits your driving style or mood. Routes are calculated with reference to historic traffic data, so journey durations will vary depending on the time of day and day of week you’re travelling. The Clever Parking system places a parking icon on the listing of a destination you have found, so you can select somewhere nearby to put your car before heading to your final destination on foot, for which the 20 Easy has some extra features (of which more later).

Another feature delivered under the Clever Parking banner is a P icon, which pops up as you near your destination. Assuming it’s safe to operate your sat-nav – for example, if your car is stationary or a passenger is controlling the screen – you can press this to call up a list of parking options.

The only really major new features are the Active Lane Assistant and MyBest POIs. The former builds on the Lane Assistant graphic Navigon has been offering for a few product generations by adding animation. So now the information telling you which lane to be in moves. This can be useful if you’re navigating a series of junctions in quick succession, as it helps you get in the right lane for each one. The full-screen Reality View Pro graphic will also still pop up at the most major motorway interchanges, but Active Lane Assistant covers a much greater number of roads.

The MyBest POI system is intended to give you faster access to a subset of POI categories. If you touch the screen during your journey, the three icons pop up along the top, and selecting one will provide a listing overlaid on top of the map. By default, the POI categories are petrol, parking and restaurants, which are usually the kind of detours you might need to make during a journey. But you can change these to any available POI category. Of course, as with the Clever Parking icon, you should only really use this feature when stationary, or if a passenger can work the device for you.

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