Navigon 92 Premium Live
Arguably the nicest device to look at and one of the easiest to use too, thanks to Navigon’s Flow menu navigation and its glass screen. The 92’s looks don’t continue to the screen mount though, which is a bulky affair compared to the one you get with the TomTom Live 1005 – the 92’s main rival.
The speaker, while decent enough, is also shaded by the TomTom. The last, and more important area where the TomTom wins is traffic data – I just didn’t find Navigon’s Traffic Live quite as clever as HD Traffic in spotting jams. On the plus side, I really do like Navigon’s map designs and included in the price is two-year's worth of free map updates.
Reg Rating 80%
Price £320 (Western Europe)
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Navigon 20 Easy
Navigon’s entry-level unit is being pitched as a pedestrian as well as a automotive satnav, hence the lanyard and the switch to portrait when you flip the device into pedestrian mode. It also has a useful feature called Last Mile. This records your position when you switch from car to pedestrian mode and plots the final part of your journey for shanks' pony.
While you have to cough up extra for a lifetime TMC subscription, you don’t need to buy any extra kit, which at this price point is a bonus. Like all Navigon devices I find the map designs very easy on the eye and simple to understand, and on a 3.5in screen that makes all the difference. My budget choice by a whisker over the Garmin nüvi 30.
Reg Rating 85%
Price £70 (UK & Ireland)
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Re: I use paper maps. Free, from AAA.
Yeah, I used to use them. But I didn't like the feature-set. No live traffic updates (have to purchase an optional radio) and no automatic route planning. There's no zoom feature (other than moving your head) and I'm not even going to go into detail about the roadtrip we undertook to visit all of the great Staple landmarks in the UK - suffice to say we didn't find any, just some stationary outlets which weren't even in the right place on the map. Plus the route guidance feature means having to maintain the optional 'partner' upgrade for the passenger seat, and these tend to be a bit rubbish, especially for the cost ("Where are we now", "Which way is up?","No, I meant left, no the other left, okay I meant right").
Well organized reviews EXCEPT for, as always, splitting ten items over five small pages. Can't El Reg at least offer the option to view more info on fewer pages? It would be a VERY popular feature.
Re: Hm, odd
I'm with FanMan.
I thought "why would I need a SatNav?", until I acquired my old man's cranky old TomTom One via handmedown. With stock software (who knows what delights the hacking community have come up with) it pisses all over Google Nav in most respects.
Even if you just look at the "alternative route" navigation features, it's the clear winner - you can't tell Google Nav to avoid a particular road or navigate you around a traffic jam ahead (or that you are in) can you?
Oh and you're not reliant on a data connection to recalculate your route.