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NAVIGON 5100: Crap,
This review is from: Navigon 5100 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Electronics)I recently received the Navigon 5100 as a gift (that I requested) and have been putting it through it's paces around Los Angeles. I am now returning it due to the fact that the routing is inaccurate and convoluted.
(1) to go to work the Navigon 5100 takes me three blocks out of my way only to have me circle back and go the correct direction.
(2) When I stray off course the unit often has me turn around and follow the street it first suggested. It should not do this. The 5100 should recalculate and take me to the next available street.
(3) When I first received the 5100 I searched for the nearest Bank and up popped the bank I go to every week. I looked at the turn by turn directions and low and behold it had me make 5 turns down 4 different streets. The funny part is the bank is only two streets away. WTF?
(4) the POIs are out of date or just plain incorrect. I was looking for a place to eat, saw that there was a McDonalds near by, followed the directions and guess what? There was no trace of a McDonalds! I asked a friend who has lived in the area for over 30 years and she said there has never been a McDonalds at that location.
I can live without finding the nearest Mc Donalds, but I can't live with a FIVE-HUNDRED DOLLAR navigation unit that tells me to go completely out of the way.
Thankfully I have been close to familiar territory and I haven't had to use this thing while traveling.
The 5100 is a cool looking unit and I like it's features, but if it can't give efficient driving directions than what is the purpose of having it?
I wonder if a firmware and software update will fix these problems? I guess it doesn't matter to me at this point, I'm returning this thing and buying a Garmin.
Additional Cons regarding the Navigon 5100:
-no auto day/night mode
-one voice option
-text to speech is poor
-convoluted and inaccurate routing
-tiny screen means you need tiny fingers to operate it
-the mount is poor and becomes loose after a while
-it's way overpriced
-free TMC (traffic info)
-lane assistant & reality view is pretty cool
I REALLY-REALLY wanted to like this thing, considering it's innovative features like lane assistant and reality view ... but if it can't get me from point A to point B with out taking me out of the way towards Z than what is the point of having a navigation unit?
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2007 7:46:34 PM PST
C. Kelly says:
I love mine.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2008 7:58:21 AM PST
A. Pham says:
Had I pay 500 for this, I would be pissed too. But since I only paid 200. I love it so much. Take me to a wrong route baby!
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