Navigating With The Navigon 2200/2210
I like the very clear print that is used, under the rolling map display, for the names of the road that one is currently on and the road into which one will next turn. However, it was not really needed most of the time as the voice instructions gives the name of the street into which you should turn. This is particularly valuable as it minimises the chance of taking the wrong turning where there are two in close proximity. In addition, not only was the distance to destination and estimated time of arrival shown, there was a small diagram of each roundabout showing all the exits. It was very useful having this information in advance of arriving at the roundabout as it gives a useful indication as to which lane to use.
“Lane Assistant Pro” guidance is useful for complex situations on major roads. Although I haven’t tried this, it should be an absolute boon on motorways such as the Brussels ring road (which is my personal hate) to ensure that you got into lane in plenty of time to smoothly reach the appropriate exit ramp. This is complemented by the automatic zoom which changes the map scale in accordance with your speed of travel.
There are a number of TMC options including show all traffic information / on route / not on route etc. Tapping on one of the “problems” listed, takes one to a detailed map. Importantly, one can get the unit to recalculate the route so as to by-pass the problem.
As versatile as this GPS unit is, it does not make best use of UK postcodes as, after having entered the postcode, one is not given the option of adding the house number. However, as one would expect, one can enter the destination address as country (2210 only); town; street; and then, finally, the house number. While this is certainly not so convenient as using the full postcode, the situation is slightly eased by the intelligent soft keyboard where letters or numbers which cannot be used at that time are greyed-out.
Overall, I consider it a major disadvantage as inputting the target destination is something that one must do every time one is aiming to go to a new place. Another shortcoming is the lack of reasonably comprehensive instructions in the box. One has to download the full instructions from the Navigon Web site. Putting those issues aside once on the move I found that the guidance generally very easy to follow even though I feel that the speed limit information was sometimes suspect.
At the time of writing, web prices were £89.99 for the 2200 at Halfords and £113.41 for the 2210 from Dabs and from Amazon (including shipping). However, shop around because prices are very volatile at present.
Navigon offers a range of GPS units. There are also the 1200 and 1210 are the basic versions of the 2200 & 2210 respectively but do not include the text-to-speech or the traffic information and, as such, are probably ideal entry point for someone who is not really certain of the value of GPS and just wants to dip their toe in the water.
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