The 3310 max also comes with RDS-TMC traffic capability built in, including the necessary FM radio receiver on the device and an aerial integrated into the car power cable. However, what you don’t get is a subscription to the service. To obtain this, you need to pay £40 via Navigon’s Fresh online system for a lifetime’s use. You could also purchase the Navigon 4310 max, which comes with RDS-TMC enabled out of the box, but this is actually more than £40 pricier than the 3310 max, making the latter better value.
As with our previous experiences of Navigon sat-navs, the 3310 max’s address entry and general navigation abilities are perhaps not the most slick around, but certainly very usable. Entering an address drills down from country to town to road and house number, so you will need to have a complete address. You can navigate to a full postcode as well, but you don’t get the option to enter a house number, so this just takes you to the middle of the road in question.
A new facility here is the ability to navigate to latitude and longitude coordinates, which isn’t something we’ve found particularly essential in other sat-navs. But it could come in handy if you want to meet someone at a specific point on a long, non-descript road.
The map view is clear and easy to read. Icons on the bottom left tell you your next turn and the one after that, with current distances for both. The current and next road names are listed in the middle, and on the right distance to destination and ETA. Safety camera locations are also included, although as always a subscription is required to keep these up to date.
Navigon’s Lane Assistant Pro icon also pops up on the right at multi-lane junctions, showing you which carriageway to be in. At some motorway intersections, Reality View Pro will provide a full-screen graphic showing the correct lane choice and a lifelike signpost so you don’t take the wrong turning.
The 3310 max’s main competition is TomTom’s XL, in particularly the IQ Routes Edition Europe 42. This is now available for a similar price, and although it lacks the TMC traffic hardware, you can add this for just £10 more than the Navigon lifetime subscription. It also has a very similar feature set. Many will opt for the TomTom alternative merely due to its mainstream branding, so Navigon’s 3310 max would need to be that little bit cheaper to really lure buyers away in their numbers. But that doesn’t stop it being a feature-rich sat-nav for a keen price.
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