Navigon 20 Easy Review


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  • Review Price: £105.99

Navigon’s higher-end models, such as the 8450 Live have been good, but never quite offered enough to stand out from the crowd. Even midrange models such as the 40 Premium have been more commendable also-rans than market leaders. But its budget models, such as the 2410 have been much more serious propositions. The 20 Easy is essentially the replacement for the latter, with some new features and a name to fit Navigon’s new branding strategy.

Like the 2410, the 20 Easy is a 3.5in non-widescreen device. So it feels deceptively tiny – especially next to its screen mount, which is on the bulky side. Despite the value orientation of this model, Navigon still supplies a full separate mount rather than a reduced and integrated one, as TomTom does with its budget models. On the downside, if you want to adjust the angle of the mount head, you need a Torx screwdriver head, which isn’t supplied in the box.

The general design of the 20 Easy doesn’t differ greatly from previous Navigon models in this class. The silver bezel of the 2410 has returned to black, and the lines are generally smoother than a few generations previously. But otherwise it looks pretty much the same. There’s a microSD slot on the edge, a power button on the top, and USB connectivity on the bottom with a recessed reset button nearby.

The menu system is another aspect that hasn’t changed much on Navigon devices for years. You’re still presented with the same home screen of four icons, with separate pathways for entering an address, searching for a Point of Interest (POI), or navigating to map coordinates. There are also icons to find nearby petrol stations, parking lots and restaurants, although these can be customised. The biggest improvement here over some previous models is that now you can navigate to a full UK postcode, and then specify a house number. You can also call up a list of recent destinations or favourites.

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