The Navigon 2110 Max does all the basics well too. Address entry is straightforward – the 2110’s full screen touch keyboard is a big improvement on the 5100’s cramped affair, and browsing the map to select waypoints works brilliantly too. Navigation is generally sound. Some route choices aren’t wonderful – it took me around some unnecessary back streets close to my house when most sat-navs recognise that the simpler, slightly longer route is quicker – but that was one error in a generally strong performance. Voice instructions are clear – the speaker is of decent quality and well-timed too – and I particularly like the fact that the voice says ‘please’ before every instruction.
So far so good, but there are still a few areas of weakness. The first is that the 2110 is still not the greatest performer. This doesn’t, thankfully, manifest itself in sluggish instructions while out on the road, but in the speed (or lack of it) of satellite lock. When you first fire it up it takes an absolute age not only to boot, but also to lock onto a satellite signal. I gave up at one point and only when I had reached my destination – a short four minute drive away – did the Navigon 2110 oblige me and provide a location.
There’s also no advanced routing feature as good as IQ Routes, or shared map updates and corrections as with the TomTom Go sat-navs. And you don’t get voice recognition either.
The faults are minor and the omissions not serious enough to put a dent in my positive opinion of this navigation device. The 2110 Max is the most impressive non-TomTom sat-nav I’ve seen since the Mio C620 and is a worthy TomTom rival.
However, it can’t compete with the advanced features on offer from the Go range of TomToms but does offer a cheaper alternative to the equivalent TomTom XL that I was so impressed with last month. And that’s not bad going at all.
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