Navigon 5100 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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- Superbly accurate, door-to-door directions with pre-installed maps of U.S. and Canada.
- Speaks street names via Text-to-Speech
- Subscription free liftetime traffic out of the box
- Lane Assistant & Reality View features that simplify your drive
- Zagat ratings and reviews
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Manufacturer's Description--September 15, 2007 With free lifetime traffic, Zagat Ratings, 3-D images of highway interchanges, Lane Assist, and text-to-speech, the Navigon 5100 is rich in features that directly empower navigation. Plus, it looks great on your dashboard. It’s slim — less than an inch thick — and sports an easy-to-read 3.5" touch screen wrapped in an elegant chrome frame.
The 5100 is the smaller sibling to Navigon's flagship 7100. The 5100 has a 3.5-inch screen, while the 7100 has a 4.3-inch widescreen. The 7100 also adds bluetooth-capability for hands-free mobile phone integration, so if you want that feature, do check out the 7100. Otherwise, the 5100 packs in a lot of useful features into its sleek frame.
- Lifetime Traffic gives you traffic flow and incident information and alternate route suggestion for the life of your unit (Learn more)
- ZAGAT Ratings and Reviews gives you over 21,000 ratings and reviews for more than 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada (Learn more)
- Reality View: 3D images of highway interchanges with actual road sign text so you’ll never miss your exit again (Learn more)
- Spoken Directions with Text-to-Speech: keep your eyes on the road with spoken turn-by-turn directions and real street names.
- Lane Assistant:. Icons alert you to the optimal lane to be in (Learn more)
- Landscape and Portrait Views: landscape gives you a widescreen view of the road ahead; portrait looks and feels like a cell phone
- Points Of Interest: Reach gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation hubs, and more with millions of points of interest that will help you find your way.
- Branded icons: places are so easy to find that everywhere will feel like home.
- DirectHelp: At-a-glance information helps you find emergency and roadside services—and helps them find you. Just push a button and get instant directions and phone numbers to the nearest hospitals, police stations, roadside assistance companies and pharmacies.
- FreshMaps gives you up to 12 regular, trusted map updates for three years with a simple activation code.
Which Navigon is Right for You?
- Click here to see a chart comparing features on the entire family of Navigon portable GPS navigators
- Learn more about Navigon
Software and Hardware
The features and functions of the Navigon's portable GPS navigators 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 elegant, high-contrast, full-color touch-screen displays.
Navigon portable GPS navigators run on 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 housing.
The NAVIGON 5100 includes the industry's only subscription-free Lifetime Traffic service. Dynamic, real-time traffic feeds show you where traffic is slow and suggests alternate routes. Save time and stress. Real-Time Traffic is free for the lifetime of your NAVIGON 5100 and works out of the box.
|Reality View™ provides 3D images and actual road sign text when approaching complex interchanges — so you’ll never miss your exit again. |
|No more wondering what lane you need to be in to stay on course. Your NAVIGON will guide you with simple to follow lane guidance with arrows so you can make your turn and stay on track. |
Now you can enjoy the world's most comprehensive restaurant and entertainment guide — right on your NAVIGON GPS device. With ZAGAT's trusted Ratings and Reviews, you will know exactly where to stay and play during your travels and, with NAVIGON's guidance you will know exactly how to get there. The guide includes over 21,000 entries covering a variety of categories, including restaurants, hotels, golf courses, nightclubs and attractions in over 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
ZAGAT SURVEY Ratings and Reviews is a standard feature on both the 7100 and 5100 models. An additional accessory purchase is required to activate the service on the 2100 model.
What's in the Box
- NAVIGON 5100 GPS Navigator
- SD card preloaded with software and maps of US, Canada and Puerto Rico
- Rechargeable 1150 mAH lithium ion battery (rated for up to 4.5 hours)
- Integrated traffic receiver with free Lifetime Traffic updates
- Car Charger
- Car Mount
- Quickstart Guide and User Manual (on CD)
- Limited Warranty
Note: All Navigon GPS Navigators run 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.
|Screen Size (diagonally) ||Maps ||Reality View||Real Street Names ||Lane Assistant||Bluetooth||POIs||Lifetime Traffic |
|Zagat Ratings ||FreshMaps 3-Year |
Map Update Service
|2100 ||3.5 inches ||continental U.S. ||1.3 million ||Requires Activation||Requires Activation||Requires Activation|
|2120 ||3.5 inches||U.S and Canada ||1.3 million||Requires Activation||Requires Activation||Requires Activation|
|2100 Max ||4.3 inches ||continental U.S.||1.3 million||Requires Activation||Requires Activation||Requires Activation|
|5100 ||3.5 inches ||U.S and Canada||millions ||Included||Included ||Requires Activation|
|7100||4.3 inches ||U.S and Canada||millions ||Included||Included ||Requires Activation|
NAVIGON Real-Time Traffic City Listing
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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.
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The good: in areas where there are no traffic or mapping issues, it was a nice navigation info source while driving. One especially nice feature when routing is that when there is a turn, after it announces the upcoming turn, it prompts you to turn right before you should do so ("Turn right .... now"). That is handy when driving in unfamiliar territory and there are multiple choices. And after reading the manual, I found it mostly easy to use, once I got used to its idiosyncracies.
- LA Traffic Coverage is freeway only, so when you are driving one of the essential routes that is not freeway (like the pacific coast highway), generally there is no traffic data. Where there have been trafffic incidents that hit the news, I have turned this on to see what it says. Generally nothing is reported unless it is very major, and then it has trouble getting the location right because it only seems to be able to give freeway locations. For example, when there was the Chatsworth train crash, it reported the nearby freeway closed, even though it was the affected surface streets which were closed. When there was a crash that closed part of Topanga Canyon Blvd, it reported that the PCH was closed nearby, which is very different (and it actually showed a traffic alert on the PCH, which it doesn't seem to normally do). NOTE: this is a fault of the traffic service, not the navigon itself.
- It seems to preferably route on highways, even if they are clogged, and initially had trouble rerouting when I took better routes. It kept wanting me to go farther and farther out of my way to get back to where I had originally diverged from its planned route, even when I rejoined the planned route farther along. However, subsequent times taking my preferred route, this problem did not happen.
- When you zoom and pan and get the screen just how you like it, and then resume routing, it goes back to close zoom when you leave the pan and zoom mode. This is hard when you are looking at the whole freeway system to decide how you are going to get from A to B and you want to keep observing it. That should be fixable in firmware.
- Restaurant coverage is not good in remote locations. This is not surprising, but driving around northern California in the small coastal towns, it would have only about 1/3 or 1/4 of the major restaurants listed,
Except for the poor live traffic coverage (which is what I got it for), it is useful and I am comfortable using it. But because of that, and other improvements are happening so fast in the gps world, I can only rate it 3 stars.
I was worried about buying this model when I first read many reviews on this site as well as other sites carrying the Navigon 5100. The price however was too luring at 178$. I am pleased to find that the 5100 works great if you follow the recommendations in the manual.
I am a GIS analyst so i do have experience with maps and creating products similar to google earth. I will say that the Navigon is a great model for a intermediate user. I bought my mom a garmin unit because she will not take the time to read the manual nor does she care about extra funtions like optimum route, excluding tolls or 3d view.
First issue I read about was battery failing.
If you charge your unit for 6 hours (as recommended) when you initially buy your unit you will not have issues with your battery or recharge.
As stated in the manual, powering on takes a while. This is kind of a drag and i'd say one of my "cons" for the model. Powering on and off takes 7-10 seconds.
Many people complained about the unit rerouting with U-turns. This is something that you can turn off so they obviously didn't read the manual.
Rerouting is fast and includes traffic in calculation. Something Garmin does not do. You can also select what kind of vehichle you are in (bicycle, truck, motercycle, car) to add another factor to avg speed and rate calculations.
One of the best features for me and others i work with is the log funtion. If you need to log milage for tax purposes this is a great function. Or if you need to track workers to see if they go home during lunch or leave their car idle for hours this is great as well. With rising gas prices our company saved over 10,000$ due to this tracking.
The GUI is easy to understand if you go through the manual although not as "smooth" and fast as the Garmin unit.
Poi's are outstanding tons of symbology and even better if you get the freshmaps update.It's on sale through amazon for 56$ for 3 years. Totally worth it.
One thing you won't find in the garmin unit is an info button that tells info about the POI as well as a phone #.
All roads come from Navteq or Tele-atlas which is where Garmin gets their roads from. So complaints about roads being different on a Garmin doesn't make sense.
I do like garmin's POI loader. Very nice if you have work data that you need to add to your unit.
I haven't played with the navigon's POI's I suspect if you follow format and add through notepad then your only restriction would be the size of your card.
I must warn it's probably more advanced and not as user friendly as Garmin's POI loader.
The navigation features are similar to those available on higher end Garmin units such as "text to speech", small form factor (Garmin Nuvi size without the flip out antenna) and Sirf Star 3 GPS chip. Other notable features are the "photo realistic junction views", "lane assistant" and automatic speed warnings.
The quality of the traffic service has been the focus of our testing. So far although it has not been completely fault free, the service in the Greater Toronto Area has been surprisingly good even compared to Garmin's service. Both companies use the Clear Channel "Total Traffic Network" but Garmin has had issues with some of their models (any model using the GTM 20 antenna).