Navigon GPS Units, including the 7XXX Series

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  1. Python423

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    Anyone know anything about these?
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    I had a chance to play with one a bit while I was visiting my buddy in Chicago. Seemed very slow. The screen was a big selling point, though. Very nice. And the virtual road thing was pretty cool. The maps were OK. But everytime you tried to access any of the menus, it was like molasses in January. Very tedious. And generating routes was just as bad. Not very fast. Too bad. Because the screen was pretty impressive.
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  6. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    I sent Navigon an email couple days ago to see if they had anything like a Zumo or something that might be water resistant, useful on a motorcycle. They said - we have nothing that would be suitable for you.
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    I bought a 5100 a while ago and it is super! Not waterproof, so need to make a box or something, but can pipe it into my Autocom, has speed alerts and a host of other on-screen features that none of the others have. Well worth the idiosycracies.
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  8. lmychajluk

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    I was visiting a freind in Toronto a few weeks ago and he turned me on to the brand. He said the only thing with the unit he had (one of the smaller 4:3 units) that he doesn't like is the volume isn't loud enough. Otherwise, he loves it. Said something about the brand being popular in Europe and just now making it's way to NA. I'm thinking it wouldn't be a problem when using the audio out to a headset on a bike.

    The 7200t is supposed to be released this weekend:
    http://www.amazon.com/Navigon-4-3-Inch-Portable-Navigation-Bluetooth/dp/B001EJN9OA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1222484871&sr=8-1

    J&R has it for pre-order for $400:
    http://www.jr.com/navigon/pe/NVG_NAV7200T/

    The 7200 has a 600Mhz processor vs. the 400Mhz in the 7100, so it should be a little snappier. The med/wide Aquabox should fit it just right. I'm seriously thinking about it over a Zumo450. I would probably get the J&M Integrator IV to connect it and my MP3 player together.
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  9. themenz

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    Yeah bought the 7200T from Costco and I am very happy. Bought and returned a Garmin and Magellan.

    Liked the Magellan address entry, the Garmin sucks at that. City, Number on street, then street is poor. Navigon is very good w/enter city or zipcode first, then street, then address number. Pressing letters on Navigon can be a little touchy as compared to Garmin. But on both you get a fair amount of multiple letters or no entries.

    Magellan had major flaws in routing, Garmin was great. Except if I went a different way then Garmin keeps annoucing "Recalculating" over and over loudly until it finds my way. Magellan just did not pick the best way and would go way around if there was traffic. Navigon just picks up and gives me new instructions when I bypass the route. Very quick recalculating without the irritating 5 second announcements.

    Magellan has a nice ding when you reach a turn, Garmin says nothing. So if you have two streets close by, you are SOL. Navigon announces and then right before street says, "OK turn right on Main Street" Very nice.

    Magellan POI was pretty good, so was Garmin. But if I remember correctly both of them found POIs behind you on a freeway. I never want to turn around. Navigon POI is much more limited, maybe 2,000,000 vs 6 m.

    Display are fairly similar, voices good. Navigon has a great 3 D image that comes up on major roads showing the upcoming split or exit with the names of the highways, streets on signs above. Very cool!

    Traffic on navigon is free for life. Very cool. I like it better than Garmin or Magellan but I am not a good tester as I don't commute!

    Navigon and Garmin show speed limits on highways. Don't remember if Magellan did that. Navigon says "Warning" if you go 10 mph over limit. I think that is settable.

    Navigon is slowest at getting satellite signals. Maybe 3 minutes at longest. Garmin is fastest. But Garmin seemed to lose the signal more easily in heart of city where tall buildings block signal.

    Also Garmin is peculiar on starting up in a new state. I tried this on a plane trip to Michigan. It thought I was still in California. I had to back out to the new country section, then it allowed me to go into the right state. Otherwise it would not accept my Michigan addessses. Same thing happened when I flew back to California. Weird. I did not try this on Navigon or Magellan.

    Costco gave me two years of maps and a 50 buck rebate for a total of $249.

    Navigon is a keeper!
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    Nice write-up, themenz!

    I was holding out until spring to buy a GPS for the bike, hoping that Garmin would come out with something exciting. The latest Navigon 8100T seems to have everything the new Zumo 660 has (minus the 'motorcycle friendly' features), but at half the price ($420 for the 8100T on Amazon vs. $799 suggested retail on the Zumo 660). Lifetime map updates are $79 for the Navigon vs. $120 for the Garmin, too. Throw in a $30 Otter Box and it might just be a steal, unless the Zumo 550s drop in price a bit, in which case the XM would be nice to have.
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    Thanks. I just realized I had a typo, corrected above. I bought the 7200T! (Not a 1200T)
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    One thing to watch for on a bike is the touch screen and the size of the letters. The Navigon recently increased the size of letters, but you could not use this model with gloves.

    Also Navigon has ABC keyboard, instead of Qwerty, but I think that is changeable.

    Navigon and Magellan also blanked out letters or numbers that are not possible which is nice feature that the Garmin does not have yet. For instance when I go to enter a zip code in California, only the number 9 comes up as you start. When you type the 9 the next set of possible numbers is lit.

    Navigon is plenty loud. Screen is nice with brightness individually settable for both day and night screens.
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    Nice right up on the unit, curious which Garmin unit you were comparing it to? I know my Garmin 478 can be set to "recalculate un-announced". That's a nice feature. :lol3

    Also surprised your garmin didn't announce the turns.
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  15. themenz

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    Yah, I guess I did not dig deep enough into the Garmin menu. "Recalculating" over and over like a friggin parrot, drove me crazy.

    Garmin, and the others were nice in that it announced upcoming turns, such as "In .2 miles, turn left on First Street." And if there was a need to choose lanes after that turn to be prepared for the next turn it announced that too.

    But when the turn was imminent, the Garmin did not "ding" like the Magellan or say, "Now turn right on First street" like the Navigon.

    Maybe that is another feature I could turn on or off? That feature makes a difference when you have several crossing streets close together.
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  16. Doc.Snyder

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    Navigon is a german company which was founded in 1991. It was the industry's first company that introduced a Navigation System for Pocket PC.
    TomTom (netherlands) was always their biggest rival.
    Navigon entered the US market in 2007.
    They offer really good GPS and have a Looot experience.

    May be this is interesting for us riders...

    http://www.navigon.com/site/de/de/shop/consumer/accessories/4/universal/1039

    Mike
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    Adding to an old thread...

    I have a refurb Navigon 2100 that I got cheap from the internet. I LOVE it on the bike. It's actually been less trouble than my TomTom that I use in the car. The screen is smaller but I will sacrifice for the low cost. It does a great job for what I do and I have ZERO complaints other than the satellite signal used to take forever to get. I did a free update from the website and now it's fine. My TomTom just had to be completely reset and nearly sent in because it lost GPS signal for 3 days! I read up on the web and I guess it's a pretty common problem with them. Luckily, I was able to get one of the solutions to work because if it didn't, it sounds like I was just SOL. The Navigon has most of the features that my TomTom XL has and was much cheaper. The maps are a little dated but I live with it. Since it was so cheap, I won't feel bad if it gets knocked off the bike and skids down the freeway. I've been using it for about 9 months.
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    They have a nice GPS app for the iPhone too!
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  19. DakarBlues

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    Did someone use a Navigon 7xxx on a bike?
    I have seen some slick auqboxes with RAM mount, they make it real cool and resistant to the elements.
    Is it possible to navigate trails with that GPS?
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    For the last two and a half years I used a Navigon that was so old it still said Transonic on it. It was a close out in 07. I bought a newer one, 2100 or 2310, its in the crate with the motorcycle stuff to US, but the point is I have used them all over Europe and love them. My only question is, do they accept GPX files? I am hoping that I don't have to buy another GPS. I found a waterproof mount for them also that mounts to the handle bars and is lockable with a small padlock. They web site is www.mountguys.com.
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