Magellan has had quite a bit of success with their 7” models; I’m currently testing the RoadMate 9055 and “tablet” popped into my head when I first held it. My second thought was, how are they going to compete against tablets? Sure, price is one way, but I suspect that we will quickly see Android tablet prices plummet. What then?
Well, the other shoe dropped this morning. Magellan parent company MiTAC has long teased us with hybrid PC/navigators that never made it past the concept stage. But today at CeBIT, they unveiled four new Android tablets for the ODM market, and I’m betting we’ll see some of these show up with Magellan, Navman and Mio labels on them. They are the:
- Ulmo (7”, pictured below)
- Valar 7 (7”, pictured at bottom)
- Valar 10 (10”)
- Zeus (6”, pictured above)
Here’s a PDF link with more info, but a couple of things stand out. The Ulmo is IPX7 waterproof and “drop resistant.” Is that the sound of geocachers drooling? Meanwhile the Zeus has two GPS receivers, “so it’s now possible to get a GPS reception whichever way the device is held.” Um, I didn’t know orientation had any affect on the chipset! Other than that bizarre line, these look pretty interesting, but it’s still going to be an uphill battle against the iPad and countless Android tablets sporting Google Maps Navigation.