Navigon 40 Premium review

GPS Daily

The Navigon 40 Premium is a large-screened dedicated satnav device. Does it offer enough to see off the challenge of the smartphone? Find out in our review.

Navigon 40 Premium review

With satnavs becoming increasingly complex, but also needing to hold off the challenge from the smartphone, Navigon are the latest manufacturer to refine the process and bring enhanced navigational aids to the table.

Structurally the Navigon 40 Premium is thinner and more pocket-friendly than most dedicated devices, and retains the high visual appeal and robust build quality that we have come to expect from Navigon.

The UI is well designed and responsive and manages to contain all the options that you would expect to find on a mid-range satnav, such as the ability to plan routes, navigate using GPS co-ordinates direct from the ‘New Destination’ menu and save favourites.

A one-click menu system is incorporated within the driving view, which is automatically hidden until the screen is pressed.  Once the screen is pressed, the menu appears showing the settings option, nearest POI, volume and map display options.

This function results in a clearer view of the display and complements the onboard driving aides, like the quality loud text-to-speech directions, pedestrian navigation and an accurate safety camera warning system.

The advanced motorway lane guidance is joined by a new active lane guidance system, which pops up at junctions and guides you to the correct lane using an animated image. We found that this worked well during testing, although did find it distracting at times.

The speed of its initial route calculations, which incorporates MyRoutes Technology for delivering a choice of three route paths, was certainly nippy and this speed was carried forward with fast location acquisition time and re-route calculations.

Navigon 40 Premium review

The 40 Premium has no Live services, but you do get a TMC receiver built into the car cradle with text-to-speech support for reading out incidents, which in our test run was picking up traffic reports – in all areas – quickly. However we can’t vouch 100% for its accuracy as none of the incidents we encountered were on our route. That in itself could be seen as an issue.

The last notable feature is the inclusion of a Bluetooth 2.0 hands free option with support for two mobile phones. Ideal in some ways for those who require a separate phone for business, as it manages separate contacts, call history and message inboxes.

If one of the phones is in use whilst a call comes through to the other handset, it is automatically routed to voice mail. Call quality was fine, the only snag was that it did not read the text messages on our iPhone and Blackberry, so this feature may be phone specific.

With TomTom releasing similar priced products, the Navigon 40 Premium has strong opposition.  Yet there were no major problems to report and it provided ample performance, with an improved map display and some of the best directional aids available on the market, therefore certainly worth consideration.

Price: €199
Web: www.navigon.com

Essential verdict
Performance: 8/10
Design: 9/10
Features: 8/10
Value for Money: 8/10
Overall Score: 8/10

Written by Brett James. Originally published in Smartphone Essentials magazine.

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