New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000

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The new Magellan RoadMate 2000 GPS navigation system was announced and should be available this month, just in time for the holidays. A few more details follow. The new form factor is the big news here along with the price. Basic navigation in a small pocketable size. Nice. 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 3 hours). This is a big help when you want to program a route sitting in your living room, or when you need to charge the mobile phone and you only have one power outlet. It comes with a lot of features that you would expect from Magellan, and the quality of a SiRF star III chipset. It has an SD card slot.

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New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2200

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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.

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New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2500t

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The new RoadMate 2500t 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. The Outdoor features are included out of the box; I like the idea of this. This includes Topo contour maps and more. I mean this is pretty good. Don’t know if I think of this as a backpacking GPS, actually I know I don’t – doesn’t sound like you can bring more batteries, but I like the idea of this for outdoor living. Hey, it’s even waterproof!

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August 10, 2006

Magellan eXplorist 500 LE

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Magellan has turned out the Magellan eXplorist 500 LE, a new bundling of the eXplorist 500 that now includes a Li-ion bettery pack or the option of running the unit on 3 "AAA" batteries. Other than that, the details on the product look the same. Press release follows:

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July 31, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 800 Blue Screen Lockups?


Magellan has released an update for those of you who have been having a blue screen lock-up issue with your Magellan RoadMate 800. So, if you have been running into this issue, go and download the update below, but only if you have been experiencing the blue screen lock-up. What’s the issue? The RoadMate 800 device boots to the warning screen, but when the user clicks the OK button on the warning screen, the Magellan logo appears on a blue screen, and the device is locked up.

Click here for more info.

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July 20, 2006

Shah Capital buys Magellan for $170 Mil

An investment group led by Shah Capital Partners (SCP) today announced they have reached an agreement to acquire Thales Navigation, makers of the Magellan series of GPS units. Reports are out that say the deal was for $170 million USD. We reported on this possibility back in May. This is good news, I think that Magellan has lost its way recently and didn’t bring the innovation to the GPS marketplace that they were capable of and needed to do. These are the people that got the jump on automotive navigation, and where are they today in the European Market, or the US market, where the entire category is exploding? Garmin is eating their lunch in the US, while TomTom is doing the same in Europe. Let’s face it, competition is good for consumers, and while I am happy to hear about the recent launches of the new RoadMates, I am even more happy to hear about this purchase. In the near term, Shah capital had better pump some dollars into R&D (like Garmin did 2 years ago), and in eighteen months, I would expect some innovative products popping out the other end.

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July 10, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 3000T Giveaway - Are you Lovin' it?

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In a sure sign that GPS’s have gone mainstream, McDonalds is now giving away Magellan RoadMate 3000T GPS’s in their Pirates of the Caribbean promotion/contest. You can also win a Volvo convertible, and a few other Pirates of the Caribbean type prizes (i.e. DVD’s and such). So, you can get your entry codes on Big Macs, Large Fries or Large soft drinks, go to the website, and see if you won. You can also get entry codes without buying their stuff. “You will be required to provide your email address in order to obtain either one Code or one Instant Win Code and one Late Night Bonus Code by email.” You can go to their website for registration and ways to get your code sent to your email. So go win that GPS (or car….) They are giving away 28 cars in 28 days. Are you lovin’ it matey?

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June 23, 2006

GPS Review: Magellan RoadMate 3000T

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A new review has hit the presses on the Magellan RoadMate 3000T and from the article, there are a lot of solid featres in the unit. The unit is launched into the more crowded mid-tier sweetspot of GPS receivers for cars. For me, this is the place that solid features for a good price intersect. The units here have reasonably sized screens, easy to use interfaces with a touch screen driven system, and they are affordable in the $350 and up range.

Craig Ellison from PC Magazine has a review up, and in summary he says, “Magellan's RoadMate 3000T is a good, solid competitor in the $600 range. Features such as SmartDetour and Quick Spell differentiate it from some of its competitors. An improved interface and the combination of hardware buttons and touch-screen input make it easier to use than earlier RoadMate models.”

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June 19, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 3000T Now Shipping

RoadMate 3000TThe New Magellan RoadMate 3000T Mobile GPS has started shipping at Amazon. The Magellan 3000T was announced in April, along with two other models (Magellan 3050T and the Magellan 6000T) in the newly designed line. After a bit of a delay, the Magellan 3000T has been shipping since late last week. This next generation marks a big design change for Magellan in their line up with a slim flat look focused around the unit’s screen. The unit is fairly featured packed with text to speech voice directions, pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps and over 6 million Points of Interest, as well as the ability to add traffic capability with the optional Magellan TrafficKit.

Shop it against the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , of the TomTom GO 510 .

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May 28, 2006

Magellan GPS For Sale: Shah Capital Offers $170 Million

The US investment fund Shah Capital has made an offer to buy the GPS navigation equipment business of Thales for $170 million. Of that, the first $110 million would be paid immediately and the rest would be paid over five years.
Thales' GPS business uses the brand name Magellan. Shah Capital has already bought part of Thales Electronic Solutions unit, which makes electronic cards.

Wow, first Lowrance and now Magellan bought up. Magellan once owned almost the entire automobile navigation market, and now they are getting eclipsed by others, maybe if the deal goes through the new emphasis will bring about a more competitive company.

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