NAVIGON 72 Premium in the Test

Fresh paint: NAVIGON sends his 72 premium with the new interface “Flow” at the start. A successful facelift?

  1. NAVIGON 72 premium in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Sales, the industry giant Garmin has little impressed the creativity of NAVIGON developers. On the contrary: the new software interface “Flow” it bids farewell to the familiar look and breaks not only optically new ground.

Everything in the flow

But not always, updates or new versions of operating systems bring the hoped-for improvement. While the NAVIGON 72 premium (229 euros; Maps of 44 European countries) to boot, we so eagerly ask the question: what awaits us with “Flow”? After launching relief creeps in as the menus are significantly reduced and more clearly than hitherto. Only three buttons adorn the main menu: “Destination input”, “Home” and “Voice control”. Correctly to use the latter, it must be however not too loud for the unit also correctly understand the address – the destination entry for have dominated Garmin’s new Topnavi Nuvi 3490 LMT better. A practical addition is the well functioning Bluetooth Handsfree, although she – of course not to due to the smaller speakers – is the voice quality of a fixed installed plant.

Smartphone-feeling

A major difference to the old software is that the individual menu items can be now changing Smartphone-like with the swipe of a finger. So, we wipe us from the home screen to the settings. Also overview – and the system here responded encouragingly quickly to input. In and flying out of the menu screens is initially getting used to; who is accustomed to the old surface, flow will occur slightly hectic which. The bottom line much but works much faster and easier: the POI search works quickly, the target entry is extremely fast – letter input places appear useful relevance, the same applies to roads. Fix calculated are also routes.

Vision problems

The target is entered, the route calculated, the trial can begin. This shows that NAVIGON is sometimes too well. Especially the real 3-D City view “CityView 3D” makes it difficult for the driver in the town despite large 5 inch touchscreen to detect fork because the buildings are not properly transparent. In hilly terrain, the zoom factor is (set default) too high, the calculated route will be shown as thick as she were drawn with a highlighter. It is also questionable whether one wants to be blinded by a virtual Sun in the Navi… We say: no, thank you. The representation is contrasty and legible for interurban routes.

The voice prompts with street names are accurate and have come at the right time. Also the tunnel view that even in a timely manner depending fork in the tunnel, is second to none. Add the NAVIGON-joins are typically very good route quality: the NAVIGON was not a blunder is 72 premium on our test track. It shows fork with signposts and real junction views in a timely manner. Traffic jams the integrated TMC receiver, warns go live 1015 but not so early and reliably as the TomTom’s Live service.

Technical data and test results

Facilities
Navigation
The read setting monitor contrast / angle /
Alternative route / manual storage function /
Show current street name / next /
Display distance / time to destination /
dynamic navigation TMC / TMC Pro / GSM / /
Color display / diagonal screen size (inch) / 5.0
Map / 3D /
Crossing / auto zoom /
Representation of the arrow / map can /
Route choice short / fast /
Route exclusion toll roads / ferries /
Speed dial / configurable /
Additional cards available
Number of special target groups 21
Travel guide function / include / Yes with text and images
Custom POIs / POI warning function can be used /
Track info text & map /
Destination input house number / intersection / postal code / /
Destination entry POI location / destination /
Destination entry milestones
Destination entry letter suppression / selection /
Destination input map / coordinates /
Destination entry last destinations (more than one)
Target store editable
Hardware
Interfaces BT neinnein
Total storage / memory space (MB) 4000
Entertainment
Connectivity accessories
Audio sound control / DSP /
CC / CD / MP3 / /
DVD-video / DAB / DVB-T / /
Email / SMS functionality /
GSM connection possible / integrated /
Telematics features analog / digital /
Image / video Viewer / camera / /
Test results
Equipment Cap 100 good (75)
Navigation 70 70
Communication 20 5
Entertainment 10 0
Handhabungmax. 150 outstanding (145)
Operation 60 58
Destination entry 60 60
System speed 20 20
Voice control 10 7
Guidance up to 150 very good (141)
acoustic guidance 50 50
optical guidance 75 69
Positioning accuracy 25 22
Route calculation MAX 100 very good (94)
Overland 30 30
City 30 30
dynamically 40 34
JUDGMENT Max 500 455 very good
Price / performance well
tested in issue: 01 / 12

Rating

Test results
Equipment Cap 100 good (75)
Navigation 70 70
Communication 20 5
Entertainment 10 0
Handhabungmax. 150 outstanding (145)
Operation 60 58
Destination entry 60 60
System speed 20 20
Voice control 10 7
Guidance up to 150 very good (141)
acoustic guidance 50 50
optical guidance 75 69
Positioning accuracy 25 22
Route calculation MAX 100 very good (94)
Overland 30 30
City 30 30
dynamically 40 34
JUDGMENT Max 500 455 very good
Price / performance well
tested in issue: 01 / 12