As you would expect from a premium PND you get a host of other features including speed camera locations, European guided tours – for the Lake District in the case of the UK – a feature called Last Mile which remembers where you parked and changes to pedestrian mode assuming you can't drive to your destination and "realistic" lane views at motorways junctions.
Functions aside, the big screen will certainly appeal to those who do a lot of driving
The £199 Plus sits second from top in the Navigon 70 range below the £260 Premium. For the extra you get Bluetooth, voice command and a semi-transparent 3D view of city blocks. The last is a bit of a gimmick but the other two functions may appeal to those who spend a serious amount of time behind the wheel. Still, the motion sensitive menus and animated lane guidance are enough to separate the Plus 70 from the herd, while the five-inch screen makes it very easy to see where you should be going. ®
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Navigon 70 Plus
Linux & tomtom
The tom tom linux implimentation seems simple: you can see the file system in usb connection, and the whole experience is straightforward and unremarkably simple. It plays music from an mp3 directory and displays graphics from a picture directory. What's not to like?
Unfortunately the 'home' application needed to manage maps runs only on windoze, and there seems no excuse for that. When you are running it, however, it does everything you want. Although moving maps from the internal memory to the SD card requires an act of faith. You have an option to copy maps to the PC and to delete them. The obvious 3rd step, to copy them back to the device, is there but not visible until the situation arises. So the 'home' application ergonomics could be better, but it actually does everything it needs to.
But the overall package is excellent, and I think they remain the market leader, although I am not happy about their lastest pricing either for hardware or for the more advanced subscription services. I think they have started milking the cow.
Gives you something pretty to look at in the traffic jams
I have a Navigon - I returned it for a refund.
Route calculation can be slow and the unit freezes while it does it.
The routes it calculates are odd - often taking you well out of the way for no obvious reason.
The 'Live Traffic' was absolutely useless - it constantly announced that there was traffic ahead but it could not find an alternative route.
Yes, the unit looks nice and the graphics are excellent - but if you want something that gets you from A to B quickly avoiding traffic then look elsewhere.
Linux or not
I find that question interesting, had a VDO running Windows.CE, nice hardware but sluggish, having to be rebooted once in a while. Now I use a Garmin based on Linux and the difference is huge (because of Linux or not, I do not know), not once a need to reboot so far.
TomTom is based on Linux but I have no experience regarding TomTom.
Navigon is probably based on Linux too. Seems to me that Linux is becoming a standard on embedded devices like now, on supercomputers