Pros Accuracy of directions. Automatic navigation around traffic obstacles. Lifetime traffic updates. Bluetooth phone compatibility. Generates log reports for business use.
Cons Interface could be a little cleaner. Voice recognition should apply to more features than just Nav on the unit.
Summary This is my 4th portable GPS in the last 3 yrs. I had a TomTom($400.00) and it was Ok till I took a trip to Vegas and it stopped working after less than a year of ownership. I picked up a Magellan($175.00) that never worked and was returned within a week. I then picked up a Garmin 260w(250.00) from Costco. It worked fine but wasn't a good value as it lacked a lot of features that this one has.I have spent even more time wiith this unit and felt like an update was needed. I use this unit almost everyday for work & personal use. It is very reliable and accurate for directions. The more that I have used the voice entry the better it has gotten with recognizing my voice and now rarely do I have to repeat myself. It is much better than entering the location by hand. Again the traffic updates are extremely valuable and FREE. It is worth noting that you need to have the unit plugged in to get those traffic updates. The battery life when not plugged in is good for about 3 hours or so.
The Navigon went on sale at Amazon and I picked it up for 250.00 with a 50.00 mail in rebate for a bottom line of 200.00. It has bluetooth which works well with my T-Mobile G1. Call quality is pretty decent even at highway speeds (on horrible MI roads). The Garmin often gave really goofy directions avoiding the quickest and most straight forward routes many times. None of that with this Navigon. It provides me with a straight forward fast route directly to where I'm going. The traffic information is also extremely valuable in metro areas. I have found the traffic information in the metro Detroit area to be spot on and it will route you around a traffic issue with a touch of the screen. That alone for me was worth the price of this unit.
The pairing of the bluetooth with my phone was a little tricky at first but once paired it will connect automatically upon entering the vehicle. It is also possible to go back to private conversation by picking up the phone and using the handset.
The map display works very well the GPS unit has a clean clear voice that will provide accurate turn by turn directions. If you are a knuckle head like me who oftens turns off the volume then the display will still accurately display where you are going down to a matter of feet. I found that this unit is more accurate than my previous Garmin or TomTom.
The screen displays are very good and it takes great effort on your part to miss an exit. It also will keep track of the speed limits on the roads that you are travelling down and post them right on the screen. It allow you to set a warning for when you have went over the speed limit and it will provide a visual icon and an audible warning.
The Points of Interest database is very large and the unit again wins points here. It will also show icons that represent the points of interest which is very helpful. The Garmin was frustrating when looking for POI's as it was missing many local ones and even chain locations. It was also helpful that even icons for pharmacy's like Rite Aid appear on the display which might be of help if traveling with someone ill.
The dashboard mount for this unit places it closer to you and farther away from the windshield. This took a little getting used to for me but after getting used to it it works very well. It also serves to make the display feel larger than it is which is a good thing.
I don't have very many worthy complaints at all about this unit. The GUI on the Garmin is simpler but not necessarily better. It does take multiple steps to get to certain areas where on the Garmin it would take one or maybe even 2 screens less. Again once you are familiar with it its not much of an issue and certainly not a deal breaker. After leaving a parking ramp once I did find that it spent a very long time searching for a signal (about 4-5 minutes). That is an anomaly as I have experienced that only once and have not had it occur again since the initial time.
The addition of free traffic updates for life makes this a good value even at 400.00. If however you can get it for less than that as I did then it definitely makes this a no brainer. This is the best GPS device in its price range and even better than many costing more. In closing make the leap and go out and buy this if you are in the market for a portable GPS this is an excellent unit.
Updated on Oct 1, 2009
The ability to save favorites gives you a nice shortcut for locations that you may travel to more than 2 or 3x's. You can get directions to your favorites with just a few taps of the screen. This also works on locations that are not in your favorites but you have recently entered. This easily makes up for any extra step or 2 that this takes over other units.
This is a great GPS!!
Pros Big Screen that loads up very quick (From a sleep mode). Life time of Traffic updates. Many advance features including but not limited to warning if your going above the speed limit.
Cons 1st time turning the GPS on,&it was not plugged in,it gave me a fatal system error each time until I did plug it in. The bluetooth option did not work for either of my cell phones (T-mobile SDA and HP 6515).Tried recording each trip, abysmal failure.
Summary I was happy to finally get my 1st GPS for my own self and this was going to be it. I was almost going to be the black sheep of the family and not have a Garmin. So this GPS had more features then the 360 that my sister offered and I decided hey CNET gave the navigon only half a star less so I decided to pay more and get more.
1st thing was turning it on and seeing a system error message when I tried to do initial set up of the 3 languages I could have (English/French/Spanish). So did that a few times and gave up and went ahead and plugged it into a car and finished the set up process in there. That was all done and set.
I found that also had a 2gig micro sd card, I thought that was awesome, maybe I could put music on there or pictures. As I put the SD card back in I find that I got it stuck or something of the sort and now I can't take it out. I don't know if it works or not but I don't want it anymore.
I later on try to connect my cell phone with the GPS so I could have the bluetooth hands free talk. My phones both recognize the GPS and the GPS recognizes my phones but it stay's in it's "pairing" window indefinably until I give up after 10min. I also tried calling while it was in pair mode. The call get sent to the GPS because I couldn't hear anything from my phone, just as I heard nothing from the GPS.
There is also an extra feature for you to record each trip. I couldn't figure out how to finish one so the trip could be saved so I don't know what to expect and tell you. I can also however say that the POI don't include the option of you spelling the name of the place that your going. Like a church since there was no genre available for me for some reason.
The good though, founds the signal very quickly for 3 or 4 satellites and within a few more min. it has locked onto 9 most of the time. Great feature for that having not jumping from one lane to the next one that run parallel to the highway (Bad Garmin 350, but I still knew where I was).
A funny features was that you can tell your GPS to warn you when you go 5, 10, or 15 miles over the speed limit. I know that this features is not really critical but I put forward this motion that all GPS should come with that feature standard.
Pros Acquires satellites quickly and doesn't really get you lost. Effectively gets you from point A to B and has lifetime traffic updates included. Suction cup to attach to the window has a lever which firmly attaches it (Hands down its BEST feature!)
Cons Manual entry is cumbersome and slow (i.e. dangerous if making changes while driving), map shift to display exits is difficult to use in the city, setting menus are near impossible to navigate and not intuitive at all!
Summary I mistakenly purchased this GPS through Amazon for $150 about a year ago. Fortunately I can still sell it on e-bay today for that price otherwise I would have given this item a half star!
To start, and to be fair, I never tried or used the voice activated menus, which may have alleviated some of my issues with this GPS, but even if they worked like a dream I'd still choose another brand of GPS. The first time I used a GPS (TomTom 720) I picked it up, entered my address and off I went. No instructions, no fumbling with the menus, just started pushing on the screen and had no problems. I even figured out all of the settings without picking up an instruction manual. This is what I expected when I pulled the Navigon out of the box, however this was not the case.
To start with rather than having one set of menus to choose from when you push the center of the screen the Navigon has several different menus with different choices depending on where you are accessing from (e.g. if you're destination is entered and you push the center screen it brings up one menu set and if you back out it will bring up a different one.) This makes it very difficult to find and adjust the settings or features you want because it's hard to remember where they are located.
I realize these GPS units are not designed to be interfaced with while driving but lets face it, most of us don't pull over to the side of the road to make changes on it. That being said I never really felt like the screen was calibrated well, even though I did the screen calibration several times. This is an issue because the menu items and keyboard characters are relatively small compared to other GPS units I've used. I think in an effort to make up for the smaller letters Navigon decided to have the unit blank out the letters that you can't use as you type. So for example if you wanted to type in Maple street, once you hit M the GPS will blank out letters you can't use (e.g. to start with z,x,q, etc would all be blanked out as there are no words that begin with mz...). In and of itself this is not a bad function but the problem is it takes about a half second for this to happen. In today's day and age where cell phones, and ATMs and most everything is going to touch screens this is very cumbersome. I want a touch screen to register as fast as I can type it. Maybe the Navigon folks should get with Apple as I've found it impossible to get out in front of my iPhone.
One of the reasons I decided to "upgrade" to the Navigon was because I was intrigued by the close-in "Ramp Exit" feature. Basically once you get within about a half mile of your exit the screen changes from your typical overhead view to lower angle that shows the exit sign and then what direction the off ramp will take you. This works really really well when you're getting off the freeway and there is only one place to get off. I found that any place where it would be confusing as to where you should get off the Navigon just made things worse. Because the screen shifts you can no longer see where you're location is with respect to the map. Instead they have a little bar with tic marks (and I can't remember if it goes up or down) but basically these tic marks either fill up or count down to where you are supposed to exit. We all know there is a little bit of error in these GPS so if there are two exits right next to each other it's confusing which one to take, then if you're exit does a Y or there is an exit off your exit (as in many big cities) the screen is still stuck on the old picture and you can't assess which way to go. You CAN turn this feature off which I did (after about ten minutes of scrolling through menu's) and recommend as at no point in time did I find it helpful in navigating through the city with multiple on and off ramps.
In closing if this were a $100 unit I might say that you get what you pay, for but it isn't. For the retail price of $350 or even the $150 I paid for it you should be able to pick this up, attach it to your window and have no problems with it. I didn't find this to be the case and will be selling it on e-bay to purchase a more user friendly model. All of my complaints could probably be addressed if I didn't use the unit while driving and employed the voice activated features (assuming I could find them!).
Bottom line: For being a GPS manufacturer I think Navigon missed the mark with the 7200T!
Pros None, it works out of the box but that is as far as it goes
Cons Warranty, Customer Service, this unit is junk
Summary Do not purchase this unit, I purchased this unit 6 months ago, for 350 dollars. It broke, it flaked out, navigon has no customer support in the usa. you will be throwing your money away, you will get the unit it will work for a time. When the unit fails and it will fail!, you might as well through the unit away!!! The company is located in the UK and they do not CARE about the usa customers. If you don't believe go to their website and try to call the usa support. The numbers have been disconnected. Please, whatever you do, don't buy this unit. You will be throwing your money away! If you don't need the 129 dollars plus shipping send it to me!
Pros The features of this device are pretty cool. The 3d maps, signs and buildings (in some areas).
Free traffic is excellent.
Cons Speaker is very low. Not even close to my old Garmin Streetpilot C550.
To actually hear the turn by turn directions, you basically have to drive in complete silence to hear it.
Operating system (Based on Windows CE) is sluggish at times.
Summary Their online support is awful.
Not compatible with MAC OS. As Navigon insisted that it was. After 2 weeks of trying to email them back and forth and give me instructions on how to connect it to a Mac computer, I had just given up because the file does not exist on their web site. Otherwise, i do enjoy the GPS, the features are cool, its high tech looking and it gets me from point A to point B.