March 4, 2008

Navigon 2100 Max & 2120 Max - Widescreen GPS

Navigon has announced new line entries to its GPS line, the Navigon 2100 Max and 2120 MAX. These are widescreen versions of their popular Navigon 2100 unit that hit the shelves just before the holidays and helped launch the brand here in the US. The new units give consumers an entry level widescreen to choose from. The Navigon 2100 max is a 48 state unit, while the 2120 max includes maps of North America (and is available in Canada only). The release of the 2100 max also signifies the release of a new feature, DirectHelp, which is the one-button "Where am I Right Now" feature that gets your location and a quick view into where to go to get help at hospitals, gas stations, and police stations. The other significant development is the introduction of "Fresh Maps" that is essentially a 3 year subscription to updated maps; see my other story on this below.

What's the Difference between the Navigon 5100 and the 2100/2120 Max?

At first glance you might think that the Navigon 5100 is the same as the Navigon 2100/2120 max, but it's not. Recall that the Navigon 5100 comes with the traffic receiver and lifetime traffic capabilities, while the traffic is an option on the Navigon 2100 max and the 2120 max.

Press release follows...

NAVIGON unveiled the NAVIGON 2100 max and NAVIGON 2120 max personal navigation devices (PNDs) at CeBIT 2008, the world's most comprehensive showcase of digital technology. The North American products earn their name by incorporating 'wow' features found only on high-end devices. They are the latest additions to NAVIGON's award-winning and successful 2100 series line.

Features include a widescreen 4.3" format, spoken driving directions via text-to-speech, and NAVIGON's exclusive Reality View™, which provides 3D guidance when approaching highway interchanges. Also new is DirectHelp™, a feature that pinpoints a user's location and provides instant links to nearby services such as hospitals, pharmacies, and roadside assistance.

Significantly, the 2100 max series devices launch in concert with NAVIGON's groundbreaking FreshMaps service. FreshMaps provides up to 12 map and POI updates in three years. Updates have been field-tested and validated by NAVTEQ, the leading digital map provider. An industry first, FreshMaps ensures data accuracy with regular access to up-to-date, field-verified map data and point of interest content. The updates are available online through a simple download process.

The NAVIGON 2100 max ships with maps of the continental U.S. while the NAVIGON 2120 max features maps of the U.S. and Canada. The standard NAVIGON 2100 max device sells online and in stores for $299 (MSRP). The 2120 max is limited to distribution in Canada and sells for $329 CAD.

"NAVIGON is building on the same product strategy that drove our success last year. We are committed to providing GPS systems with features that are relevant to the navigation experience," said Andreas Hecht, NAVIGON's President for the Americas. "We believe we've raised the bar with a competitively priced, feature-packed GPS device."

The NAVIGON 2100 max and NAVIGON 2120 max units feature a slim, stylish piano-black housing and an anti-glare 4.3" touchscreen display. Beautifully rendered 2D and 3D map views and an easy to navigate user interface provide users with an unmatched level of detail and information, including branded POIs, speed warnings and Lane Assistant. Predictive text and city-first or street-first data entry, route planning, as well as millions of pre-loaded POIs, help make destination entry quick and simple.

Key features include:
• DirectHelp: provides instant access to directions and phone numbers of emergency services at the touch of a button. Finds the nearest hospital, police station, tow truck company or pharmacy, and indicates your exact location to help these services locate you.
• Reality View™: exclusive and available only on NAVIGON devices, Reality View provides 3D, photo-realistic virtual reality views of complex interchanges, complete with road geometry and actual road sign text.
• Text-to-Speech: provides specific, clearly spoken driving directions and actual street names in a variety of languages.
• Lane Assistant: provides simple to view lane guidance to assist drivers in making the correct upcoming maneuver.
• Automatic Speed Warnings: indicates posted speed limit and notifies driver with visual and verbal warnings when driver is speeding.
• Route Planning: allows users to plot a route with multiple waypoints--a feature found only on high-priced competitor devices

NAVIGON's 2100 series devices can be augmented with accessories that include:

• FreshMaps: Up to 12 quarterly map updates over three years; works on all NAVIGON GPS devices and sells for MSRP $79.99.
• Lifetime Traffic: Real-time traffic updates, including traffic flow, incidents and alternate routes for the lifetime of the product. Optional accessory with MSRP of $99.99.
• ZAGAT Survey® Ratings and Reviews: ZAGAT listings for U.S. hotels, resorts and spas, restaurants, golf courses, as well as attractions and nightlife in 70+ U.S. cities help users make informed destination choices. Optional accessory with MSRP of $39.99.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 4, 2008 9:15 AM

Recent Comments

agreed... i bought it last year, and didnt know that had done this. what a waste of god damn money! assholes. they should provide a refund if they are not going to service their devices in a country anymore... ANd wtf? north america? why would they pull out of canada and the US? Im sure they sold thousands and thousands of units. ridiculous. And with no warning, and of course they didnt pull their items from the shelves. So im stuck with a frikken paper weight. NAVIGON YOU SUCK ASS!!

Posted by: Jim at November 6, 2010 12:39 AM

I liked everything about it until I updated fresh maps in July 2009, and thereafter navigation in Canada is not fun. They don't have the proper street names with north/south or east/west. When you enter a street name with east or west (e.g. mystreet west), the program crashes and it has to be rebooted. Now the company has pulled out of Canada and I am done. Still no solution as how to update my Navigon 2120max.

If you have a solution, please post.

Posted by: p at July 5, 2010 8:26 PM

This is one great unit. I didn’t want to wait until the sales when it would be out of stock, so I found a deal which included free lifetime traffic 2100T Max for the $249. This was similar to the "old" 2100T deal offered on rare occasions. It is quicker than the original 2100 with some new great features (as well as the larger screen). Test it out in the stores to make sure it’s what you are looking for. I don’t need Bluetooth or an MP3 player, so I am very happy. I’ve had it for almost a month now.

Posted by: Joe Blowinski at May 11, 2008 12:41 PM

WTF makes Navigon think that consumers in the US won't want maps for Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico!

Posted by: LurkerDude at April 4, 2008 11:19 PM
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