New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2200
The new RoadMate 2200 GPS navigation system was announced and should be available this month, just in time for the holidays. A few more details follow. Again, it’s got a small form factor that is going to be great. Basic navigation in a small pocketable size, but pioneers this concept of a CrossOver GPS. It comes pre-loaded with maps and Points of Interest of the US, comes with an integrated battery for easy use away from the car (up to 8 hours). The Outdoor features are a paid upgrade (too bad), but I like the idea of this. Friends of mine and I talk about the need to have “Outdoor” capabilities on an automotive GPS.
Maybe until now, things like “Tracks” are a scary thing for automotive GPS users, but I want to be able to plan and dictate how I route, or go the exact track that I used last week. I would also like to navigate to a set of coordinates, not just an address. These are more advanced features that a regular user doesn’t need, but if you deal with handheld GPS units and electronic maps, you’ll eventually want to navigate to a trailhead that doesn’t have an address, and you only have a set of latitude and longitude coordinates.
Weighing 8.5 ounces, the Magellan RoadMate 2200T features the new user interface for easier navigation, Smart Detour, SayWhere™ text-to-speech directions delivering audible street names for extra driving confidence. Impressively it includes optimized multi-destination routing for the quickest and most efficient way to get to all those stops on the schedule. This is often available only in higher end units. It also has an MP3 player and photo viewer for your enjoyment. Battery life is said to be up to eight hours.
Should be available in October for a list price of $499.
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Posted by Scott Martin at September 12, 2006 11:40 AM