Magellan GPS Reviews

June 4, 2008

Magellan Maestro 5310 Review


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PC Mag has a review up on the VERY Large screen Magellan Maestro 5310 - a 5-inch larger screened unit that is targeted at the RV and "bifocal" set who want or need that large point of view on their navigator. The Maestro 5310 5-inch screen offers 35% more viewable space than regular "widescreen" units are 4.3-inches measured diagonally. Craig Ellison liked the unit and thought the routes generated were reasonable. The unit does not have Bluetooth hands free, but does come pre-loaded with maps of North America and the AAA club data that allows you to search for POI entries and get informational write-ups on the location. I liked this feature when I used and reviewed the Maestro 3140, but wished it was better integrated with the rest of the system. PC Mag also mentioned that the larger unit and speaker made for plenty loud turn directions; not bad and maybe another nod to the aging demographic.

For more information, read the review at PC Mag

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March 28, 2008

GPS Review: Magellan RoadMate 1200

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Magellan continues to put out newly packaged units for the market, keeping the line updated with some pretty high end features like voice recognition on the new Maestro Elite 5340 Elite with GPRS mobile connectivity to give you live updates on traffic conditions and some limited connectivity to the internet while driving. So while the high end of the market is important for driving news and profitability with those higher profit units, a lot of people understand that the start of the GPS battle is waged on the entry level end of the market. Those battles are fought with deep discounts, specials where a $15 dollar difference can drive units off the shelf by the dozen. The issue is that with so many people coming into the GPS market, and buying an entry level unit for their first unit, you really need to lock them up with a great experience, so when they are destined to upgrade you keep them as loyal consumers, and they upgrade within your line. Ok; long story short, it appears the Magellan RoadMate 1200 falls short on the quality needed to get people to stay with the Magellan name, according to a recent review by CNet, where they thought the unit fell short in a few key areas.

CNet saw that slow performance in a couple of areas really brought the experience and overall usability to a screeching halt. Slow at registering inputs had them waiting after screen taps so that they said they "Spent a lot of time looking at the hourglass", while some sluggishness in turn commands had then getting the command as they were passing the street they needed.

The Magellan RoadMate 1200 is a standard screen unit, 3.5-inches, with maps of the US (48-state), and 1.3 million POI (A little on the short side for my tastes).

ReadMore on the CNet Review of the Magellan RoadMate 1200

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November 18, 2007

Magellan Maestro 3100/3140 Full Review

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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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May 18, 2007

Magellan RoadMate 2000 Review

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So while Magellan has released their Maestro line, I had the opportunity to take a look at the Magellan RoadMate 2000 for a few weeks and I thought that it was still worth taking a look at the not terribly old RoadMate 2000 that is still kicking around at some bargain prices, vying for your business. It’s well known that Magellan is one of the pioneers in the GPS arena and while they hit some low points while under the ownership of Thales, they are under new management and seem to be on a resurgence. The RoadMate 2000 was released in September 2006 as an update to the well-known RoadMate line. The RoadMate 2000 series had some good things going for it, SiRF star III chipset and a flat form factor. Not exactly pocketable, but certainly a smaller footprint to allow for easy storage. After using the RoadMate 2000 for two weeks, and many trips, I can say there are some bright spots still in there signaling a whole lot of quality design experience, but that the unit is unfortunately saddled by a cartoonish interface and tough set of menus that make it a hard unit to appreciate the quality thinking underneath.

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May 2, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4040 Review

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PC Mag has a review up on the Magellan Maestro 4040, the new middle of the Series 4000 line of widescreen GPS navigation systems from Magellan. They redesigned the interface, which was very much needed, as the older units looked like they were a bit cartoonish, and pixelated; way to out of date. The sad thing is the underlying system was pretty solid and offered a lot. Anyway, the Magellan Maestro 4040 comes with maps preloaded, a SiRF star III chipset, text-to-speech (TTS) capability and Bluetooth pairing to for handsfree phone calls. Not bad.

Craig Ellison liked the re-designed hardware and software with special notes on the large 4.3-ince screen, the new user interface, and the AAA TourBook integration. He said that while the Bluetooth Phone integration wasn't as good as the current state of the art Garmin systems, that "A large screen, fresh new user interface, AAA's TourBook functionality, and a great price make the Maestro 4040 a compelling in-car navigation device."


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April 23, 2007

Magellan CrossOver GPS Review

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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 11, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050 Review

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CNet has a decent review of the new Magellan Maestro line, including the Maestro 4000, Maestro 4040, and the Maestro 4050 (kindof). They also include a brief cool video that walks you through the unit (links below). The line starts with a widescreen format, NAVTEQ maps and a fresh approach to the GPS world with the new ownership of the Magellan company. The Maestro 4000 starts out with a basic widescreen unit that has a thin design, has preloaded maps and a solid operating system. The upgrade to the Maestro 4040 adds text-to-speech (TTS) capability and Bluetooth pairing to for handsfree phone calls. While they didn't get to test the Maestro 4050 specifically, and its voice command features, the rest of the functionality should be the same, so I included it here in the title. The units run with a Sirf Star III chipset. ArrowContinue reading: "Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050 Review"

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March 8, 2007

Magellan CrossoverGPS Review

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The Magellan Crossover GPS system is really the first GPS system to market itself as an automobile and outdoor capable GPS. A lot of people ask about the ability to use their auto GPS for Geocaching, and this is certainly one of them.

Garmin has had the ability in the Quest products to load both road and topo maps, but the “Crossover” concept is a good one, and PC Mag has taken a look at the entry from Magellan in their review of the Magellan Crossover. The flat form factor unit comes with road maps pre-loaded, and has the ability to accept topographic maps as well. It is splashproof to IPX4 standards, and according to Craig Ellison of PC Mag, it has excellent battery life. The unit comes pre-loaded with NAVTEQ road maps of the US and has text-to-speech “Say Where” capability. TOPO maps can be bought for an additional $129-$149.

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December 15, 2006

New Review: Magellan RoadMate 6000T

There's a review of the Magellan 6000T coming out of the UK that takes a look at the new high end Magellan market entry that includes things like Traffic and Bluetooth handsfree calling. In a previous review by Pocket Lint, they thought that the Magellan 6000T was "disappointing". The review wades through some pluses and minuses of the unit, like the fact that the bluetooth calling was solid, and the navigation was good. The issues are mainly with the product design (10 buttons surrounding a touchscreen makes for a repetitive and a bit unnecessary design) and the software interface. This is troubling as I am finding that software issues in other units that I use can weigh on you daily as you try to go through normal tasks.

Their summary says "Looking at specs alone the Magellan Roadmate 6000t is a tempting proposition and the core functions such as Bluetooth and, essentially, address finding are pretty good. However, some poor physical and software design decisions threaten to undermine that good work and over complicate what should really be straight forward tasks. However, you can pick one up for a little under £300 if shop around, so there is a silver lining at least."

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October 26, 2006

Review: Magellan RoadMate 3050T

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Magellan has launched their new line of Automobile navigation systems, updating their line of product with fresh new entries that make the grade as far as features go. The new Magellan RoadMate 3050T is the at the mid-point in the line that offers a lot of capability in a flat form factor.

The RoadMate 3050T comes with maps that are preloaded and the the 3.5 inch, color touch screen and buttons provide fast, one-touch access to key features, while nationwide street maps preloaded on the built-in hard drive deliver Turn it on and go!(TM), door-to-door guidance anywhere in North America. QuickSpell(TM) technology and the simple, intuitive user interface allow drivers to easily select their destination and get on the road quickly while seeing their progress in a 2-D or 3-D bird's eye view of the moving map.

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October 25, 2006

Review: Magellan RoadMate 6000T

Magellan has launched their new line of Automobile navigation systems, updating their line of product with fresh new entries that make the grade as far as features go. The new Magellan RoadMate 6000T is the flagship model in the line that offers a lot of capability in a flat form factor. Long time readers know that I like the idea of flat GPS units, and I welcome the idea for Magellan's new RoadMate line. The RoadMate 6000T comes with Bluetooth Handsfree capabilities as well as traffic capabilities. The maps are preloaded and the the 3.5 inch, color touch screen and buttons provide fast, one-touch access to key features, while nationwide street maps preloaded on the built-in hard drive deliver Turn it on and go!(TM), door-to-door guidance anywhere in North America. QuickSpell(TM) technology and the simple, intuitive user interface allow drivers to easily select their destination and get on the road quickly while seeing their progress in a 2-D or 3-D bird's eye view of the moving map.

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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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March 1, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 700 vs. Magellan RoadMate 760

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We have had a few readers ask about the main differences of the Magellan Roadmate 700 vs. the RoadMate 760, and is it worth upgrading for a few hundred dollars. Teh Magellan RaodMate line has been around for some time and has been a favorite of the Mobile GPS world. With their NeverLost system used at Hertz as a great way to introduce travelers to GPS units, they have gotten some great name recognition as well as solid learning about how to make simple easy to follow.

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November 25, 2005

GPS Lodge Holiday Shopping Guide



Sometimes it's hard to navigate the world of GPS receivers and find what the best GPS is, so we thought we'd put together a list of GPS units we like, for you to consider. We took a look at a lot of different types of GPS receivers and broke things down to categories so you'd be able to better target the right GPS for that special someone this holiday season. See our review section for our opinion on a lot of these models.

Entry Level Automotive GPS
Garmin StreetPilot i3 - This is a great little unit that helps get you from here to there. Impressive performance for such a low price. It has a small screen that allows you to clearly see where you are going and where you want to go. It's easy to use, and is tightly designed. It's an impressive unit with a color screen and comes with maps of the US that you download to a flash card. If you can spend a little more, you can buy the Garmin StreetPilot i5which is essentially the StreetPilot i3, that has the entire US and millions of Points of interest pre-loaded.

Mid Tier Automotive GPS
Sorry I can't decide so I thought I would offer two:
TomTom GO 300 - is a great mid-tier car GPS that comes to us from Europe. The design is great, and offers the added feature of connecting through your Bluetooth mobile phone to download traffic and weather updates. This is a unique feature at this price level. It comes with a big SD flash card that you download maps onto - allowing you to carry around the entire US, with a limited set of Points of Interest (POI's). Cost $591 after $50 rebate and FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Garmin Streetpilot C330 - is another great mid-tier car GPS that is easy to use with the highly accurate NAVTEQ base maps, the most up-to-date maps of the continental US. It includes a touch screen and millions of points of interest pre-loaded. If you want to upgrade to be traffic ready consider the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , which has the ability to accept the GTM-10 an add-on antenna that receives FM traffic feeds to help you route around traffic before you get there. Cost is $540 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. We are currently reviewing the StreetPilot C340, see our preview. I personally LOVE this GPS, and is a great product. If you don't need high end features and huge screens, this is a great buy.

High End Automotive GPS
Magellan RoadMate 760 - A tried and true road warrior that has lots of positive reviews online. It has a lot of features and is very easy to use. This is the model that helps drivers at Hertz - the Neverlost model. Cost is $850 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - a good solid high end automotive GPS that offers loads of features including the ability to add the GTM - 10 antenna to receive FM based traffic feeds. Easy navigation and the ability to route you around traffic. Cost is $760 + $199 (for the FM antenna ) = $959 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Entry Level Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Legend - This is a good entry level monochrome handheld GPS that offers a base map and can accept the optional detailed maps. In our opinion, you should really get a GPS with mapping capability because for an extra $30, you can navigate across a map instead of some white space. Cost is $132 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Mid-Tier Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Vista C - The Vista C adds several key features like an altimeter and an electronic compass. The color screen is bright and because it is a newer generation, the battery life is much longer on the two "AA" batteries. It comes with a base map and can accept detailed maps through its fast USB connection. Cost is $240 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

High End Handheld GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS - The GPSMap 60CS is a bigger handheld that offers a big screen and s full compliment of features that you would expect to see in a high end handheld. It offers a reasonable memory that accepts detailed street or Topo maps. Cost is $360 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

Fitness GPS
Garmin Forerunner 201 - For the runner in your household there is the Forerunner 201, a wrist mounted GPS trainer that allows you to track your pace, and then download the data onto your PC to see both the route and chart your results; showing you your pace versus altitude, etc. We have been using one for a couple of months and really like it. The Forerunner 201 is $113 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Funky New Traveling GPS
Need a great new gift for the traveler? The Garmin Nuvi is a great device and is potentially the hottest GPS for the this season that can help you navigate in the car, as well as offer translation of words into different languages and a currency converter. Bored? It can also play MP3's and audio books. Cost is $899 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.


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