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Navigon 2100 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

by Navigon
3.9 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews
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  • Ready out-of-the-box. Just turn on and go!
  • Superbly accurate, door-to-door directions. Coast to coast maps of the continental U.S.
  • Spoken directions including street names via text-to-speech.
  • Reality View¿ makes complex highway junctions easy to navigate.
  • Simple-to-use 3.5" touchscreen with predictive and animated menus.
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Technical Details

  • 2D / 3D map perspective, Built-in speaker

Product Description

Product Description

The NAVIGON® 2100 is slim, stylish, easy to use, and has features no other GPS navigator has. A brilliant touchscreen display, simple to maneuver menus and accurate coast-to-coast map coverage get you from point A to point B with confidence. Navigating the road ahead is even easier with spoken turn-by-turn directions including street names. Features like Reality View¿ ensure that you'll never miss your exit again by providing realistic 3D map view of complex intersections. With over one million points-of-interest pre-loaded, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and more are easy to locate. Accessorize with NAVIGON Lifetime Traffic and ZAGAT Ratings and Review accessories. Includes pre-loaded continental U.S. maps.


Amazon.com Product Description -- November 11, 2007 In the U.S., German-basedNavigon may be the biggest name in GPS you've never heard. Navigon has long been a major provider of navigation software to automotive manufacturers for in-dash gps navigation devices, but only recently did they introduce portable navigation devices under their own name. What they offer up, however, demonstrates immediately that this is a company that knows navigation inside and out.

The 2100 is the lowest-priced (and smallest) of Navigon's line of portable GPS navigators. While it lacks some of the features of it's bigger siblings, the 7100 and 5100, it packs solid navigation and some unique features  into its diminutive frame.

The Navigon Family of Portable Navigators
The 2100 and 5100 have 3.5-inch screens, while the 7100 has a 4.3-inch widescreen. The big difference is that the 5100 and 7100 come with free lifetime traffic data,  while with the 2100 you have to buy an activation code separately. The 5100 and 7100 have a feature called "Lane Assistant" that will suggest which lane you should be driving in, but that's not such a big deal. Another important difference is that the 7100 also adds bluetooth-capability for hands-free mobile phone integration, which is really handy. If you want that feature, do check out the 7100. This chart may help as well.

Screen Size (diagonally)
Lifetime Traffic Data Service
Lane Assistant
Reality View
Zagat Ratings
3.5 inches

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Intuitive, animated menus offer predictive text input, helping you select your destination quickly. View larger.

The reality view guides you with photo-realistic 3D images of junctions. View larger.
Navigon decided not to try to add multimedia features like a photo viewer or MP3 player into its devices, but instead focused on navigation-based features. The 2100 provides precise turn-by-turn directions, including spoken road names via text-to-speech

Reality view guides you with photo-realistic 3D images of junctions, complete with actual sign text and exit ramp guidance. This makes translating what the navigator is telling you to what you see on the road instantaneous.

Superior Software and Hardware
The features and functions of the Navigon 2100 are controlled via intuitive, easy-to-use animated menus that use predictive text input to quickly and easily select your city, state and address. Maps and menus appear on its extra-large and elegant, high-contrast 3.5-inch, full-color touch-screen display. The 5100 includes a powerful Samsung 400 MHz processor, a fully integrated SiRF Star III GPS chip, 64 MBs of both RAM and ROM built in, and a rechargeable 1,200 mAh lithium ion battery that is rated for 4.5 hours of continuous use. All this is housed in an ultra-thin, sleek chrome housing that weighs only 6.3 ounces, and measures just 4.2 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches (W x H x D). The Navigon 5200 even comes pre-loaded with complete maps of the U.S. and Canada, providing you with superbly accurate, seamless door-to-door directions wherever your vehicular travels might take you.

Note that the 2100 runs on the Microsoft Windows CD Net 5.0 operating system. A PC is required to use additional map data, and in such cases users require Windows 2000, ME, XP or higher, as well as a CD ROM drive and a USB port. An SD/MMC card reader is recommended as the 7100 not only uses SD cards, but also comes with a 2 GB SD card in the package.

What's in the Box

Navigon 2100 GPS Navigator, SD card preloaded with software and maps of the continental US, rechargeable 1150 mAH lithium ion battery (rated for up to 4.5 hours),
car charger, car mount, quickstart guide, limited warranty

About Navigon
NAVIGON has been a leader of GPS navigation since 1991, and has a long history of industry innovations. NAVIGON created the world's first dynamic personal GPS product in 1996, launched the industry's first navigation software for the Pocket PC in 2000, and unveiled the first Traffic Message Channel-based (TMC) avoidance feature on mobile navigation product in 2002.

NAVIGON has helped revolutionize how consumers get from place to place with software products for practically any navigation-ready hardware. Personal navigation devices (PND), smartphones, and in-dash navigation systems directed by NAVIGON's award-winning MobileNavigator (MN) software delivers reliable information on millions of destinations in an intuitive, easy to use format. NAVIGON is a valued partner to the automotive industry, and in 2006 strengthened its category competency by acquiring NAVTEQ's navigation software business.

NAVIGON is a privately-held software company based in Hamburg, Germany, with NAVIGON USA headquarters in Chicago, IL.

Product Information

Technical Details

Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 1 x 4 x 3 inches
Item model number 10000170
Display Size 3.5 inches
Display Resolution 320 x 240
Warranty 1 year limited
Battery Life 3.5 hours

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #252 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Sports & Handheld GPS > Handheld GPS Units
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Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
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Date First Available September 19, 2007

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Customer Reviews

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I recently returned a new Magellan Maestro 3140 GPS unit that did not have traffic data as I decided that I needed the traffic feature. I was going to buy another Magellan product but on a whim I went to Staples early on Black Friday and I managed to buy a Navigon 2100T for $99. For a device with text to speech and lifetime traffic this is a great price.

I have been testing this Navigon device for the past few days to see if I want to keep it or if I will get rid of it and get the Magellan I was intending to buy. I have reduced my experiences into the following Pros and Cons. This is of course entirely subjective.


- Price - I just can't beat $99 for text to speech and lifetime traffic!
- Reality View provides 3D images of complex interchanges - congratulations on Navigon innovating in this way - it is a really great feature.
- Audio volume is plenty loud - I can hear it very clearly
- Audio instructions are good and accurate. It states the street name and turn in advance and then also says "now turn right" at the correct moment.
UPDATE: As is common on text to speech devices, some of the streets are mis-pronounced, but the timing and accuracy of the speech instructions are very good. I rely on them with confidence.
- Screen is very bright and readable in daylight
- Quick lock on satellites
- Quick recalculation if you deviate from the calculated route.
- Plastic housing is clean and sophisticated looking
- No MP3 player, slideshow viewer, toaster etc. I hate how GPS devices are trying to be iPods these days. Let's just get the GPS part right. Congrats to Navigon on leaving all the other crud off of this device.


- Crazy routing sometimes.
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I received my Navigon 2100 two days ago from Staples for $179.00. So far it is working well. It said it would take up to 15 minutes to get the initial GPS lock. It took less than a minute (but I'm sure that can vary by location). The text-to-speech road name announcement works like a charm as well, and I don't see how you could possibly miss a turn because it gives you warning upfront and then tells you again when it is time to turn. It allows you to choose your 3 primary POI categories and displays icons as you drive by anything in those 3 categories (restaurants, gas stations, city/state parks, etc.). I have not used it enough yet to review the accuracy of the maps, but the short trips I have taken so far have been accurate.

The device looks very slick with a nice display and shell. The only issue I have with the display is that sometimes the "keyboard" area is little difficult to use because of small letters. I imagine that could be a real issue if a person had large hands.

3D/Reality View -- I was really excited about this feature. I guess I expected it to look like a video game, but it is really a static image of the interchange. It is still a very nice feature, but not as cool as I initially thought it would be. It is very nice that it tells you to get into the left or right lanes on the interstate as you drive. Unfortunately it doesn't always seem to know if a lane is an exit lane or a thru lane. (For example, it tells you to get into the right lane... but the far right lane will take you off of the interstate.) You can't really expect a GPS to replace thinking and paying close attention to the road, I suppose.

The only other issue I had was the mounting arm.
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[Update: 02/15/2009] - After 1 full yr. of usage::::

The routing's faster now, # of POIs included have increased SIGNIFICANTLY, included now are almost ALL chain stores, restaurants, etc. Missing portions of the maps have reduced significantly.
FRESH MAPS -- This is a no-brainer. I have included Fresh maps and it's fantastic. Every quarter you get a free map update and believe me ALL the latest modifications in my area (NJ/CT/NY) are present!!
ZAGAT - I've included ZAGAT now and it's also a great, great tool. It gives you categorization like ZAGAT restaurant, attraction, nightlife, etc.etc. Then, say under restaurant it further divides as best decor, best service, best food, etc. Upon selecting a restaurant - gives you FULL ZAGAT PROFILE, phone numbers, etc. and FULL ZAGAT RATINGS TOO!!
My only wish - for this model if they could have included "Lane Assist" it would have been great. Just letting me know which lane to stick to, much earlier than the divider/turn/bend.

[Update: 02/20/2008] - I've installed the firmwire update, things look better, in terms of routing, spoken voice and POI search. Not all issues resolved, but nevertheless better.
Extensively used it over the last 2 months and I find it to be reliable. Nevertheless, do take a peek as to what's coming up than blindly following the routes dictated.

I own a 2100T (not BF sale@Staples). First off, 2100 vs. 2100T is *T* includes the traffic subscription.
Here are my thoughts -- first off, the unit is small, good-looking with a very effective car mount. Upon startup, it acquires GPS signal quickly. It can be protected with PIN # against theft. The touch-screen can be calibrated. Reverting to factory-settings are possible.
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