Great GPS for a great price
Navigon stopped selling and supporting all GPS units in the United States. They decided to go with an iPhone only app. I have enough going on with my iPhone, so I wanted a GPS unit that was small and easy to use and included traffic. For the price the Navigon 5100 GPS with 4.3" widescreen display that includes Free lifetime traffic was a perfect fit. The impressive thing to me was how well the traffic works. I drive highway miles (in the Chicagoland area) and it has told me of backups and accidents before I start my route. I can choose to avoid them and re-route or not. The maps were also very current. I have owned a TomTom and Garmin. Keeping the maps updated was no fun and it took way to long to get the current maps. This unit had all the current maps loaded which was a nice feature. One Con is that it is almost impossible to find the map updates to purchase. So if there are major road changes it won't have them in the future. To recap: If you want a Widescreen GPS with Free Lifetime traffic, this unit will not let you down. I only rated it Good because the units were discontinued, if it wasn't for that I would rate these as Excellent.Read full review
Good GPS for the $
I bought this particular GPS because of the price. I only need one occasionally, I didn't want to spend a lot for a unit I use once a month and it had the features I wanted, mostly text to voice and touch screen, plus it has traffic reports, all for about $100. The good is the maps seem accurate, it doesn't take that long to acquire the satellites and calculates routes quickly. The bad is it is not the easiest to input addresses, and for me the text is too small but I need glasses for reading but not driving. Bottom line I am happy with it for the price but my next GPS will have a bigger screen. At $100 you have to make sacrifices on what you get and this one had the least of those I looked at and I looked at all the less expensive models.
A Pretty Good GPS
I like this GPS. At first I was having trouble using the touchscreen, but then I just calibrated and it worked great. The unit is compact but has large enough buttons to make the touch screen usuable. The navigation is pretty much what you are going to get with any system. When you come up to an exit on an interstate, a picture will appear that show what lane you need to be in in order to make the exit (lane assist). I thought that was pretty usefull. You will also see other things on the map as you drive such as restaurants, parking, gas stations, parks, that are known as points of interest. You then have the option of selecting one of these and adding it to your preexisting navigation. Takes a little while to turn on (keep the button held in, it will eventually turn on). User manual said 6 seconds, but its more like 10 - 12. Also took about a minute or two to get the satalite signal to start tracking. All in all, a pretty good GPS at a great price.Read full review
The best traveling companion you (or a loved one) can have!
I bought this because a friend of mine has one and I was really totally thoroughly impressed with it. Before that I had never even considered buying a GPS but after taking a couple of trips with my friend using the Navigon, I was sold. I particularly like the way it highlights which lanes you can use (helpful with some of those tricky multi-lane 'where do I need to be for this exit' places) and you can hop off the Interstate to find a gas station or restaurant (which it will also help you find) then it will direct you back on your way. Also helpful if you do encounter a detour, a closed ramp, etc. You don't have to wander around the countryside, wondering if you're still on the right path or if a detour has just gotten you lost. You can compare routes to see how many miles and how long each would be. It's just a great product. I studied the ratings and Navigon was consistently highly rated. Of course there are newer models available and I'm sure they do even more great things but I was able to pick this model up at a BARGAIN price and it does everything I need it to. I'm still quite adventurous but a little older now and I just feel more secure on the road with my little 'traveling companion.'Read full review
Not for people with big fingers cause it's hard to select buttons.
There's alot to like about this gps, it shows the names of the businesses along the way and says out loud the road name you are supposed to be turning down. It's biggest downfall however is the size, if you have big fingers it's impossible to select the right stuff sometimes. I have little finger and I even had trouble with it. Other than that, it's great!