Pros Lane assist alerts you to the lane to be in BEFORE the turn, Instant GPS lock right out of the parking ramp, Blue tooth, Speech recognition that actually works (unlike Garmin which I had to return)- speak the address and it WORKS!!, only $400
Cons Because it costs so much less than Garmin and has twice the features I almost did not buy it thinking it would not be as high quality as claimed- I was plesantly suprised the Navigon is everything claimed and more
Summary First off this thing actually has features that works. Second, you can use it in a large city and get to where you are going because of its advanced features. When you get in the car and turn the key the device starts automatically. The voice recognition lets you speak in the destination address. The blue tooth connects to your phone letting you make hands free calls. As you drive out of the parking ramp in Century City or Downtown LA the instant lock feature finds a GPS signal in seconds which is key in a downtown full of one way streets where one wrong turn means 20 minutes of time lost. Then as you get on the freeway full of bumper to bumper traffic the lane assist shows you in reality view (looks exactly the same as freeway road signs and all and has an arrow in the exact land you will need to be in to merge or exit the freeway. The included LIFETIME traffic avoids and reroutes arounds traffic back ups. Garmin charges you a yearly fee for traffic for a device with half the features and that costs twice as much. Navigon charges only $79 for three years of maps and they update the maps 4 times a year. Garmin charges $99 bucks for one map update that is 6 months to 1.5 years old depending upon when in the year you buy it (by the time they roll out the update it is 6 months old and then they sell it for the next year.
Navigon also beefed up their POI database because I had the 2100 Max before and this has way more POIs. Moreover, having full Zagot reviews for resturants is HUGE if you travel a lot like I do.
"Disappointing"on by ongams
Pros Nice Layout. Nice Lane Assist.
Cons Readouts too small. Limited in many ways.
Summary I returned the unit after 2 days of trials and loss of patience. The readouts are too small. They may have been designed for small eyeballs. The voice is distorted at high volume. No voice change available. No vehicle change available. No MapSource type software to transfer POIs from computer to unit (must use Outlook contacts).One thing I forgot to mention, the voice recognition needs improvement. I tried entering my street name "Cutting Horse" many, many times and it never recognized it...
Readouts cluttered the screen too much, with no choice to remove any. Street names jumped around too much. Too few POIs. Have to hold down the power key for 10 seconds to completely turn off the unit.
I think this is not a bad unit, but needs a lot of improvement by Navigon if they want to compete with Tom Tom , Magellan and Garmin (which I went back to).
Updated on Dec 5, 2008
Updated on Dec 12, 2008If you go to Costco.com and type in GPS in the search box, then double-click the Navigon 7200T and read the reviews, you will be shocked at the amount of negative reviews. Before buying this product, better think about it... better think about it...
"Great GPS!!!"on by sjsenechal
Pros Clear Screen, Great touch screen response, bluetooth pairing works great on my blackberry bold, Accurate Directions, Copies Contacts to the device, Voice Entry worked 1st time, the list goes on!
Cons Words on the screen could be a little bigger, or in a bolder font, could be more poi's however with fresh maps the database keeps growing.
Summary Well i first saw this product on CNET on the top 5 GPS screen and i thought well i never heard of them. So i read reviews on this product and other products for about a week before i made my decision. I ordered the navigon 7200t, although skeptical at first with everyone saying it crashed on startup and needed resetting, or it didnt pair with their blackberry among other things i was determined to give it a shot. The day i got it i opened it right away and the battery was dead, so i went out to my car and plugged it in for about 10 mins and came back, it turned on right away and after setting up the language and everything, signal lock came in under 30 seconds. I was suprised on how accurate and responsive the touch screen was. So i paired my phone right away, at first it paired but didint copy my contacts over, the second time i connected it, they transfered right away. The windsheild mount works great, its strong and durable. So i set out for a drive to the nearest best buy to test the directions. Very accurate, it gave me the directions that i take every time i go there.turn by turn guidence is accurate and gives plenty of time to slow down to turn even in slippery conditions. Free traffic updates for life and free zagat reports are both wonderful features of this product, and their freshmaps package which on amazon is 59 bucks gets you quarterly updates for 3 years, vs garmin which is about 60 a year i was told. I like the poi search but one things that kinda bothers me is the fact when your driving and you dont have a route planned, you cannot get information on the poi's around you unless you do a poi search, when you have a route planned you can see a list of all poi's coming up. I was at best buy this week and i had played around with garmins, tom toms, magellans, among others, i am very happy with the purchase i made, and the choice to go with the navigon. A+
Pros They had really good products, and evern a brighter future.
Cons They have pulled out of the US Market. All product pages have been removed from thier website.
Summary Good products, but now they appear to be orphans.
Pros Voice Recogniton works great. I just came back from Florida and used it along with the Garmin 765T. The Lane assist worked alot better with the my Navigon. If your travaling 55MPH and you need to exit, 7200T gave me more notice when to exit.
Cons I wish the screen was alittle bigger. I don't need my glasses to drive but I need them to program.
Summary I've used alot of systems, each system has its good and its bad. The one feature that I miss that I got use to was the gong that would tell you its time to turn. Navagon has improved its touch screen. The 7200T is easier on the touch compared to the 2100 or the 7100. I also thing the 7200T is alot quicker locating satilites the the 7100 was. It certainly was quicker then the Garmin. I think that this is a real nice system that has alot of features. Free Traffic for Life, think about it it pays for itself.
No one likes getting loss, its alot safer driving somewhere when you know where your going. Having the 7200T Makes it alot safer for you and your family to get your destination safely.