Magellan RoadMate 860 Leaked
The New Magellan RoadMate 860 has been leaked through a vendor site, and is ready for pre-order. The New RoadMate 860 builds on the existing RM800 platform in that it has the MP3 player alongside the usual high quality navigation features. The RoadMate 860 adds a traffic receiver for real time traffic updates and it includes 15 months of traffic feeds for free ($5/mo. after that). The unit also includes text-to-speech features to tell you the name of the upcoming street, and has a 20GB hard drive loaded with US Maps and has unlockable European maps preloaded ($199 to unlock). Around 10GB is available to you to load with your own media.
Beyond that, the usual features from a high end RoadMate model are available: Color screen with auto dimming night mode feature, a speed sensitive volume adjustment, and an enhanced cradle that supports audio out and the traffic feed antenna. Cost is $900 now, expected ship date in mid-May.
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Posted by Scott Martin at March 23, 2006 3:47 PM
I hope you can get a unit near shipdate and do a comparison with 760 series.
I really like the GPS capabilities of that unit(but would not mind flawless MP3/WMA) playback with an FMModulator built in.
I think the 760 with its "Real Speech" and find POI near here are amazing features. The ability to make inputs while driving are also nice