The Navigon 2100 sounds good but the bad feedback makes me wonder how reliable it is. I currently have a 2 year old Garmin i2 which is the basic of basic GPS out there. I need an upgrade at least to a color screen.
How would Mio compare to Navigon as a brand?
And thanks for all the info displayed here, very informative.
Your welcome.... It is a lot of work. I don't want to think about how many hours I've been putting into this.
I just gave both Mios and the Navigon the "more intensive" treatment. Go back here for the latest "edition".
I am still totally on the fence about recommending the Navigon. I can't find a single review of someone who owns a 2100. The reviews on the 5100 and 7100 are not the greatest though. Apparently the Navigon doesn't always find the most direct route and can take 2-7 minutes for a satellite lock. With that kind of wait, you almost need to start it up inside your house while you are getting read to leave...
From what I've read, the Mios are really cool. They have a lot of features not found on other units in the same price point. The C320 has a widescreen and text-to-speech (over the c220). It is $50 more, but if that isn't a problem then go for the C320 > C220.
The only drawbacks to the Mios is apparently they aren't as easy to use as some of the other units (but are fine once you get the hang of things), they also can find POI near where you are, but not along your route, for instance your route to Grandma's might be diverted 3 miles out of your way to go visit that post office right near your house, but you might be passing one on your way to Grandma's (does that make sense?, if so, good -- that's what I'm getting from some of these reviews).
Even if you DON'T plann on modding your Mio, the strong support group http://hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio
should be able to help you if you can't figure something out...
If you do want to mod your Mio, then by all means... That is THE one to get. Look at some of the map skins people are doing: http://gpstrooper.go...com/miomapskins
, and that just scratches the surface.