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I've been a fan of Navigon for some time now, if only because their sat navs are very polite. Rather than 'Turn left in 100yds' it'll say 'Please turn left in 100yds'. Another thing I really like from Navigon is their maps, the road you need to use is highlighted, and the rest of the map uses pale colours. It's much easier to follow when actually driving around.
The screen itself is clearer than most, with sufficient backlighting that it's visible even on very bright sunny days. The speaker is loud enough to be heard over music and roadnoise. The interface has been improved over previous Navigon systems - the information at the bottom of the screen is now white on black (and bigger) which means you can actually read the text now! Battery life could be better, you can probably get 3-4hrs depending on the backlight intensity. The new bracket is very impressive. Like previous Navigon systems you not only have a sucker with a lock (much better than just a sucker), but also a ball-joint for the satnav itself. So you just stick the satnav to the screen, and then tilt and rotate as necessary. It's brilliant in it's simplicity and elegance.
The 'reality view' feature is largely pointless, at least on UK roads. All of our junctions are more or less the same, so when the view comes up you can't see the road ahead anymore - a shame since almost all junctions join roundabouts. Fortunately Navigon have fixed that little issue with their previous satnavs (which would only tell you the exit when you're basically on top of the roundabout) by voicing and displaying the exit you need after the junction you need to take. So before you're even on the sliproad, you'll often know exactly where you're going.
When you give it a destination, it'll give you up to 3 possible routes and you select the one that best suits your mood at the time. The only problem with this is sometimes the routes can be very similar with only the route within the target city deviating. The map is zoomed out to view the entire profile so you can't see exactly how the routes deviate. Even if the routes are wildly different, you might not know which to pick unless you know the area fairly well since the roads aren't well labelled. Still, it does avoid the hell that you can get from satnavs where it chooses to skip a motorway route and favour country routes (or vice versa) and there's nothing you can do about it.
In short, I love it! Really pleased with this satnav and I would highly recommend it to anyone - especially those who like a little bit of etiquette from their satnav.