I just received a Navigon 2000S as a promotion for buying four tires for my SUV.
Is there anyone with both Navigon and NUVI knowledge to help me decide if I should even unpack the Navigon from the factory package? I am attempting a cost analysis to see if purchasing maps, cables and the like are worth the cost of keeping the Navigon.
Pros and cons concerning the 2000S from any of you avid GPSers would be most appreciated and helpful. I have read the forum for Navigon and I am looking for some real hands on experience from those using one.
I really like the way my NUVI performs and the ease at which I can customize the unit.
Any input will be most appreciated. Thanks
I haven't used either unit, so no hands-on experience but maybe I can help.
Text-to-Speech (big plus)
Reality View/Lane Assist
People report routing isn't as good as Garmin
Small fonts/user interface not as good as Garmin
Doesn't come with USB cable
The biggest con to me is that you can't search for POI's by name. I'm not sure about the 2000S, but it is true for the higher models and I assume it's the same for the 2000S. This is just a glaring omission on Navigon's part, especially since it is a newer unit.
Since you got the unit free, I would keep it, or if you can trade it in then I would probably pay a little more and get a Garmin unit with text-to-speech, and a wider screen if you can afford it.
The Navigon unit does offer features like lane assist, etc., that you cannot get on Garmin without paying much more.
Amazon has 494 reviews averaging 4.5 stars for the Nuvi 200 and 1 review with 1 star for the 2000S.
I have been using the NUVI since June and have not had any glaring problems.
I may post both the NUVI and the Navigon on eBay and upgrade to a Garmin unit with text-to-speech. The 200 was a gift and a great entry unit, but I am searching for something that has a few more bells and whistles.
I probably won't even unpack the 2000S so I can sell it as new, never opened.
I appreciate your input on this.
If your unit is in bright sunlight you will need the text to speech. I never use the screen on my NUVI 350.
Text-to-speech is probably the best upgrade you could make. It is so nice to hear the street name of the coming turn announced. Another good feature would be a 4.3" screen...makes it easier to see a wider area and input stuff. Any other features, map coverage, Bluetooth, etc. are a matter of personal preference.
When the Navigons first came out, I was amazed at the free traffic and features and seriously was considering getting one. I waited though and noticed the reviews coming in were not that good. The few reviews for the newer models have been pretty good so far and it looks like they made some improvements. Not being able to search for POI's by name though would be a dealbreaker for me. Glad I went with Garmin.
Not sure you should be giving any reviews on units you don't have, maybe just point them to a review site. I understand you wanting to help people, however reviewing a unit that you don't have does no one any good. You see Navigon's routing is just as good as Garmins, and the LCD display is a higher resolution on the Navigon. I have to use third party software to load custom POI's but doest that well also.
Sell it..its worth about a 6 pack..
I wasn't giving any review. I was just pointing out feature differences, and pointing to Amazon.com reviews, and reviews I've read..
I have extensively studied GPS units and looked at reviews all over and stand by what I said. Many reviews of Navigon units have complained about bad routing and if you go to Consumer Reports you can see that the routing times are not as good as Garmins. Routing is done by routing engines the manufacturers buy or develop and put in their units. The routing is not done by Navteq or Teleatlas.
I think I have every right to talk about units I don't own as many other people do on these boards. I won't always be right as will anyone else, but people can check out what I say. You can always choose to read or not read a post.
Until Miss POI or a site administrator tells me and other people we can't give information or voice opinions on units we don't own, I'll continue to post what I think may help people.
You are a asset to our community and only make it better by showing up and giving us input, and I for one thank you for that. So don't change a bit.
I too read about the routing engine ratings in Consumer Reports. Thanks for reminding me what I'd forgotten.
I only have four units, a 350, a 270 and the factory installed ones in two cars. However, I feel secure in recommending only units that tell me the street names as I approach. I think Your advice and lists are valid.
I never said you weren't valuable to the community,however I am waiting for more input.
I do standby, if you don't own a unit only point to a site that reviews, that way your injustice is not carried on. And you did a huge injustice to Navigon but since you have never owned one I guess you wouldn't know that. Did you know that the routeing problems have been fixed with a update a while back? Did you know that Navteq has the best resolution of maps on any LCD screens? Did you know that Navteq gives Navigon 2009 maps in 2009 and Garmin 2007 maps in 2009, why is that you ask? Navteq is an owner of Navigon, do they come into play with the routing engine ? you bet.
So Like I said Unless you own a unit, what can you say about it? nothing, except point someone in the direction of a up to date good and fair review by someone who know what they are talking about. and not just hearing what someone else has read with a twist of their own, we all know how that works.
Sorry you feel that way BobDee. I don't feel like arguing about it anymore. I was just pointing out reviews etc. on Navigon. I'm not dissing Navigon, I almost bought one and for many people they may be the right unit for them, and I do know that Navigon has some advantages over other units. If anything I said is wrong in my original post, like the Navigon units will search for POI's by name, please let me know. Otherwise I stand by what I said. I didn't say anything about maps or resolution so what's inaccurate?
I don't personally own a Ford or Chevy, I don't personally own a mainframe computer, but I do know something about them. You don't have to own to own a product to be knowledgeable about them.
For gawdsake vegasbound asked a question and no one was responding, so I answered him the best I could, and will continue to help people as well as I can, because so many people have helped me on this board. If I say something inaccurate as may happen, you and other people can correct me.
For the last time, this wasn't even a review. It was just pointing to user reviews.
LET IT GO ALREADY!
BTW: Navigon is not an owner of Navteq. Nokia owns Navteq lock, stock, and barrel. Navigon bought a part of the Navteq software business.
This is a link to a highly respected and independent, very comprehensive Routing Engine Performance test comparison using the Navigon 7100, Garmin 760 and TomTom 720 units.
Thanks for the link, rjrsw.
Enjoyed the article.
I have a new garmin nuvi 200 still in the box unopened that I will trade.
580 is good
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