I just bought a Navigon 2100 from Office Depot for under $80. That’s right: it’s $20 instant savings – no mail-in rebates here!
- It’s German engineering. Think porche look and feel. The US location is in Chicago.
- It’s got true text-to-speech, unlike the other below-$100 models. Think “turn on wildbush drive” rather than “turn 200 yards ahead”.
- It lets you get somewhere by zip code alone, if you prefer. If I want to go to 60101, I just key it in and go.
- It’s black. No silver bezel. Don’t get me wrong. I like TomTom 125, but this is cooler.
- True 3D maps. Did I mention this show-stopper feature? When you’re going thru a clover-leaf on the freeway, it’s like Everquest – you’re not seeing the map, you’re seeing the ramp and the exit sign overhead!
- It doesn’t just tell you your speed – it tells you the speed limit on the road you’re on, and warns you if you go more than 10mph above it!
- Traffic monitoring isn’t $60/month, it’s $99/life. But I got that lifetime service FREE with mine from Office Depot. Not a bad perk, eh?
- Responsive, English-speaking technical support staff.
- A million points of interest (POI) – appropriately, it showed no interest in Walmart 🙂
- It fits snugly without a mount (it has a mount, though) directly onto the lower rung of the air vents of my Mazda3, which is the perfect low-profile position. I love it there.
- There’s an update waiting for the buyer, online, with more efficient routing, new maps, new POI, etc. That should satisfy reviewers of the software’s first draft.
First test drive (plugged in – contrary to one erroneous comment) works great – I consistently failed to follow instructions, and it recalculated accordingly, on the fly. 🙂
I don’t buy “toys”. I don’t even like to think about having “toys”. I work – toys would just get in my way. Toys are things you trip over when you’re trying to get something done.
I don’t buy fad items, because everyone’s getting one and I need to fill the void. I’m going somewhere, and this plus gas is a fraction of the plane tickets – even on Southwest Airlines, which I’d almost fly just for fun.
But I am the kind of person that forgets directions (I print them, and leave them sitting by the door with my forgotten cup of coffee and my cell phone). I also go some place with a list of places and quickly realize that even the locals don’t know what they’re missing, or where it is on a map. I spend a lot of time dealing with that.
I saw my father using one of these things and filed the knowledge away (Rule of work: don’t buy it until you actually and absolutely need it – even if it’s on sale – it’ll just eat up the power of your capital and starve you of opportunity. Rule of entrepreneurship: opportunity is more valuable than assets).
I have an opportunity to take an unexpected trip which will stoke me for my business for a long time. It makes sense, now. I now own more German brilliance. Love this.