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Photo gallery: Eclipse AVN2210p

The Eclipse AVN2210p generally succeeds in its ambitious attempt to combine portable and in-dash navigation functionality in one device.

Kevin Massy
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The AVN2210p makes use of a TomTom Duo portable GPS device in combination with a unique docking mechanism, enabling drivers to insert and remove the touch-screen navigation module at will.
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Apart from the hard button used to switch between map and audio view, all of the navigation functions on the Eclipse AVN2210p are controlled using the TomTom Duo's touch screen. The relatively small size of the screen does not impede functionality as much as it might, and maps and menus remain legible thanks to TomTom's bright and colorful graphics.
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The entire faceplate of the AVN2210p rolls away to reveal the system's disc slot, which can be used to play MP3 and WMA CDs as well as regular Red Book discs.
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During route guidance, the screen displays roads in bright colors, with suggested turns illustrated with big, green arrows. The TomTom Duo does not include text-to-speech functionality to enable the system to call out individual road names, but a useful bar on the bottom of the screen displays the name of the upcoming street, which is the next best thing.
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As with the navigation system, the AVN2210p's built-in Bluetooth hands-free interface uses bright, colorful touch-screen icons and is easy to program.
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One of our favorite features on the AVN2210p is its ability to send and receive text messages with a compatible phone connected via Bluetooth. The onscreen keypad is a far easier interface for sending texts than the keys of a cell phone.
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The AVN2210p can be used to play digital-audio files from portable music players via its front-mounted USB port. With an iPod or other MP3 player connected, all song selection is transferred to the touch screen.
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The innovative Eclipse AVN2210p has many attractive features, including an intuitive navigation system, a great Bluetooth calling interface, and USB connectivity for digital audio. While it has a few usability drawbacks, the system is tough to beat for its price.

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