November 20, 2007

Magellan - 2008 CES Awards

So Magellan won a couple of awards ahead of the CES 2008 trade show scheduled for just after the new year in January. The annual trade show brings out the best of the best and is the big electronics show to kick off the New Year. This year, the Magellan Maestro 4250 automotive unit and the Triton 2000 handheld unit are being honored with Innovations Design and Engineering Awards. Clearly their partnerships with AAA and National Geographic are big players in the award as Magellan has worked hard to include data from third parties to bolster the sometimes-anemic information that is usually a part of a standard offering.

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November 18, 2007

Magellan Maestro 3100/3140 Full Review


The Magellan Maestro 3100 and 4100 series was introduced a while ago and in the meantime the Magellan 3200/4200 series has been introduced, bringing a fresh face and a few more features to make the line more enticing. A lot of readers have asked for a first hand review of the Magellan 3100 series from me, as they are showing up in increasing numbers at great prices and ahead of the holiday shopping season, I thought I would get some thoughts down to help people decide what to buy in this complex market.

The maestro 3100 has 48 state maps and has verbal instructions, as well as 750 thousand POI (NOT a lot), and some basic features that come on Magellan units these days like QuickSpell. The unit is based on the SiRF star III chipset and a 3.5-inch screen. I picked the Maestro 3140, which adds North American NAVTEQ-based Maps, has 4.5 million POI, Bluetooth, “AAA” Points of Interest information and Text-to-speech. The units are not tiny but small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, as they have a compact flat form factor. The units are touch screen based, and have no external buttons except for the power switch and a reset button. The Maestro 3100, and 3140 are coming in at some pretty compelling prices, so, are they worth it, and will they get you from here to there with ease and confidence? I was not overly impressed with the previous incarnation of Magellan’s flat form factor product, the RoadMate 2000 unit, and thought it was dated in its interface’s design components. The Maestro has a lot of improved features, so let’s check things out.

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November 1, 2007

Magellan RoadMate 1200

GPS Tracklog is talking about the stealth-ily launched Magellan Roadmate 1200 model.... "What?!" you say? Yea, that's what I thought too. The unit is an entry model unit with a limited number of features going for it, and a price to match. The unit uses a 3.5-inch screen, and 48-state maps + Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The unit looks a lot like a slimmed down Magellan Maestro 3100.

There's got to be something more to having this, because if you are trying to get a low price on a Magellan, you can go with the Maestro 3100 for less than $200, while the new RoadMate 1200 is currently priced ABOVE $200. As the RoadMate 1200 becomes available maybe the prices will drop faster than the Maestro can. This could be a way to get unique models to a few select retailers so they can claim lowest price on a Magellan, or simply a Black Friday GPS Deal type move.

Update: More from the Magellan Website below:

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August 21, 2007

Q&A on the New Magellan Triton Handheld GPS


Rich over at GPS Tracklog got in touch with Magellan about their new Magellan Triton handheld GPS units and asked a few questions about the new units and how they were going to work.

Recall the full-featured Triton units offer full-color, touch-screen controls and the ability to record and attach audio to waypoint files. Other features include a built-in 2MB pixel camera, digital compass, barometer and built-in LED flashlight. The Triton line is IPX-7 rated and water submersible.

As a result of the alliance between Magellan and National Geographic, the Triton series is the first outdoor handheld to offer users access to downloadable National Geographic topographic maps. This alliance with Magellan marks the first time that National Geographic maps will be made available on a handheld GPS device.

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August 7, 2007

Magellan Triton Handheld GPS 2000, 1500, 500, 400, 200


Wow, Magellan let a new line out of the bag (Triton 2000, 1500, 500, 400, 200), previously rumored here last week, and has a heck of a lot going for the new Triton line of handheld GPS units. I think if you keep reading, they might even have the kitchen sink in there too!

The big news is that the Triton GPS Line will feature National Geographic topo maps, as well as full color screen, a built in camera, and LED flashlight, and the ability to record and store audio files associated with waypoints. All this is wrapped up in a new interface; not surprising with all the new features, eh? Vastly different offering in the market.

The Triton series of six new units is the first line of rugged, handheld navigation devices designed with a new user interface flow and screen graphics making Triton easier to use and more accessible to a greater population of outdoor enthusiasts. The Triton series is significantly easier to use than previous versions of any outdoor GPS device, creating new opportunities to reach people who enjoy outdoor activities – an estimated market of 120 million people in the U.S. alone – but may not have used GPS in the past because of complexity, restricted features, and the limitations of available detailed outdoor maps. In 2008, more than 6 million outdoor GPS units are expected to be sold worldwide.

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June 21, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4050 Now Shipping


Magellan recently announced the introduction of the Maestro series of three new portable vehicle navigation devices. The new Magellan Maestro 4050 is now shipping at Amazon.

The Maestro 4050 offers voice input, maps of North america, and is "AAA Loaded" - which includes the famous data at your fingertips that covers restaurants, hotels and locaitons. It also has the "Emergency" icon that highlights your location, the emergency number of your local "AAA" service and a place where you can typein your own "AAA" membership number.

Maestro 4050 at Amazon

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April 23, 2007

Magellan CrossOver GPS Review


The Magellan Crossover GPS is a good bit of marketing and an interesting concept for a GPS. A lot of people have written in about the idea of using their car GPS for the purposes of Geocaching, and for the most part, you can't really do it and have a lot of fun. That is unless you have a unit designed to be in the outdoors with the ability to take on some of the demands of the outdoors. It's got the ability to use Topographic maps, as well as a compass and a tracker.

CNet has a review of the Magellan Crossover GPS up and overall they thought that the unit is a mixed bag. The features are attractive, but overall the performance is mixed at best. The unit is big for road navigation and that can hurt on a long hike, but most folks may use this 95% on the road and 5% for short hikes, and if that's your expectation, I wouldn't worry about it. The CNet team didn't seem to take it for long hikes in the great outdoors, but did notice that in the wild streets of San Francisco the unit sometimes told them to turn after the street went by.

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April 17, 2007

Magellan Maestro 3100 and 3140 Launched


Magellan announced today the worldwide introduction of the Maestro 3100 and Maestro 3140 portable vehicle navigation devices. These extend the Maestro line’s thin, elegant design and new intuitive user interface to a new form factor that offers a 3.5 inch QVGA display. The Maestro 3140 delivers advanced navigation capabilities, including AAA TourBook travel information in North America, while the Maestro 3100 delivers the best navigation experience in a price category that affords more drivers the opportunity to travel with the convenience and confidence Magellan navigation systems provide. This should set the stage for a great summer in the GPS world; new Nuvi 200, Nuvi 600's, TomTom ONE XL, New Maestro 4000's and now these.

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April 1, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050


The Magellan Maestro line of GPS systems were introduced in Early 2006 after being leaked a few days before the event. The line is a widescreened (4.3 inch) line of GPS units that are the first out of the Magellan shop after its recent sale to a private equity firm after what seemed like a period of relative neglect by its former parent company Thales.

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March 16, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040 and 4050 Available for Pre-order


Magellan recently announced the introduction of the Maestro series of three new portable vehicle navigation devices. The new Magellan Maestro 4000, Maestro 4040 and Maestro 4050 are now available for pre-order at Amazon.

The Maestro 4050 offers voice input as well as the widescreen that comes on each of the Maestro navigation systems.

at Amazon:

  • Maestro 4000,
  • Maestro 4040
  • Maestro 4050

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