Navigon 1210 review

13 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT


Considering the price of Navigon's 1210, you'd expect it to be a UK maps-only model.

However, roads for 40 European countries are included. Most satnav companies will charge you close to the price of the 1210 just to upgrade to full European map data.

In most other respects, the budget nature of this satnav makes itself plain. The build quality feels worse than other devices here, and getting the device in and out of its docking cradle is fiddly. The old-fashioned interface isn't quite as polished as others, either.

The basic destination screen lets you enter an address or postcode, search the POI database or look for three categories of POI directly. By default, these are petrol, parking and restaurants, but this can be customised. Unlike most other satnavs, entering the postcode doesn't let you choose the exact house number. Still, you can calculate routes for fast, standard or slow cars, as well as motorbike, lorry, bicycle and pedestrian. A scenic route option is available alongside the more usual fast, optimum and short options.

The navigation view isn't the best we've seen, but it's perfectly functional. Your next turning is clearly illustrated, with a readout showing remaining distance and ETA. There's even lane guidance, although this is symbolic rather than a full-screen realistic graphic. With all these things onscreen, the 3½in display can look extremely cluttered.

Safety camera information isn't on by default; you need to enable it manually. The device is also set to warn you when you stray 5mph over the limit in built-up areas, and 10mph outside, but you can increase this up to 20mph if you are prepared to gamble with your driving licence. Amusingly, the actual speed warning is simply the word 'Beware', which hardly seems appropriate to breaking the speed limit.

Although Navigon's 1210 is far from perfect, it does the job well. With Full European maps for under £100, it's good value.


Price £98
Rating ***


Navigation software Navigon 7.3.1
Map data Navteq
Countries covered Europe
Traffic information Optional TMC
Toll road warning yes
Roadblock avoidance yes
Speed camera alerts yes


Type standalone satnav
Viewable size 3.5in
Native resolution 320x240
Memory card support microSD
Memory card included 0MB
GPS receiver SiRF Atlas III + Instant Fix II
Accessories Car charger, windscreen mount, USB cable
CCD effective megapixels none-megapixel
Extras none
Size 96x72x17mm
Weight 122g

Buying Information

Price £98


GPS London route calculation test 16s
GPS UK route calculation test 18s