UPDATE: Read my hands on review of the Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM with Landmark Guidance.
Big news today from Magellan, which (AFAIK) becomes the first GPS manufacturer in the US to deliver what they are calling “Landmark Guidance.” They define it this way, saying it:
…gives drivers an easier way to navigate to their destinations. Instead of presenting the driver only with street names that may be hard to locate and read, the Magellan RoadMate GPS tells drivers to turn at familiar landmarks such as gas stations, banks, stores or other large, easily-seen places.
You can bet I’ll be trying to get my hand on one of these ASAP. No word on release date, but I’ll try to find out and update the post if I do.
I’ve now received availability info. The following models should be hitting Amazon (early June), BestBuy (late May), Costco (May 21) and K-Mart (early June). All dates are estimates and more retailers are expected. It looks like there is some pretty serious pricing pressure on the upper end models.
- Magellan RoadMate 2210: $99.99 (K-Mart)
- Magellan RoadMate 2210T: $109.99
- Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM: $139.99 (Amazon, K-Mart)
- Magellan RoadMate 2230T-LM: $149.99 (Amazon, BestBuy)
- Magellan RoadMate 5220-LM: $149.99 (Amazon, Best Buy)
- Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM: $169.99 (Amazon)
- Magellan RoadMate 5235T-LM: $169.99 (Costco)
More details in the news release.