Summary: The wide screen is great, the 3D mapping is grea and the finish of the unit is classy. The only thing that I don't like is that it's very slow when you tell it to map a route and it just WON'T do it if you're moving, which is pretty stupid. I've read that if you get a faster SD card and transfer the data from the stock SD card to the new one, it will work a lot better.
Summary: I very much liked the choice between 2D and 3D view and how it shows lane preference prior to turns. I also liked the way it zoomed out at faster traveling speeds, but zoomed in for more detail when slowing down. I was not pleased with the out-of-date address database. Homes built in the last ten years are simply unavailable for directions. I tried to get updated on the website - no luck; wrote an email asking for a solution and received no response.
Summary: Wider IS better. It is easier to see what is on the screen. But that is about the end of the positives asside from lifetime free traffic warnings. Unfortunately, the unit is a little slow in many regards. The traffic warnings can come too late. Not too late if you know your way around. It will display an icon that there is a traffic alert. However, when it gives you an audible alert, sometimes it is too late to make changes to your route.
Summary: Background: I had always rented vehicles with a GPS until recently my frequency of travel to unfamiliar cities had reached a point where it made sense to purchase my own. I was not looking for a GPS to play MP3s, make phone calls, take photos, or fill out my taxes. I simply care about its ability to navigate from point A to B and to get around an unfamiliar place, and so I'll limit this review to those features.
Comparison of Magellan 800, Magellan 1412 and Navigon 2100 max
iggydarsa "iggydarsa", Amazon
29 July 2008
Summary: I used to have Magellan Roadmate 800 and a few weeks ago I purchased Magellan Roadmate 1412 then I found a coupon for Navigon 2100 max. And here is the comparison chart; some of the entires are my personal opinions and might not reflect everyone's opinion... here it is: M08- Magellan Roadmate 800 M14- Magellan Roadmate 1412 N21- Navigon 2100 max Device specific features M08- Heavy; can play mp3s; can store JPGs M14- Slim and light N21- Slim and light (not as light as Mag...
A real life changer for direction-challenged folks like me
Terry L. Barnes, Amazon
22 July 2008
Summary: I really didn't think this $200 GPS was going to work very well, but I couldn't resist the price. I'm notoriously bad on directions, so I really hoped it could make a difference. IT SURE DID. I had to take a complicated 26-mile route to a seminar outside LA, including 7 miles in residential area with lots of turns. The voice is the really fantastic part -- it tells you 500 feet before you turn and again 20 feet before the turn.
Summary: I find it most usefull when I can go as far as I can on my own, then I kick on the Navigon. The reason is It doesn't seem to take me the best route, especially when I know where I'm going. Only after I reach a point where I need help do I turn it on and it does get me where I want to go.
Excerpt: "I recently purchased the Navigon 2100 Max and I was very impressed overall with the performance and quality of the unit. The graphics are nice and easy to see and read and the voice is very nice too. It correctly calculated my route from A to B and gave accurate times for arrival which was very helpful. You could select different modes depending upon what type of car you were driving (e.g standard, slow car, fast car) or even select pedestrian ...
Pros: Great route finding, planning, Has lots of great features, and modes .