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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Magellan announces Android-based PND

Android-based Magellan RoadMate 5430T-LM

Magellan’s new Android-based RoadMate 5430T-LM

Magellan has announced their first Android-based personal navigation device (PND), the 5″ Magellan RoadMate 5430T-LM. Previous RoadMates have used Windows CE as the underlying operating system. read more

Magellan intros RoadMate with integrated dash cam

Magellan 6230T-LM PND DashCam

Magellan’s new dash cam PND

Looks like Magellan wants to get into the dash cam act too, albeit with a twist. Rather than a standalone unit like the one announced by Garmin this morning, Magellan has opted to add one to a PND, the RoadMate 6230T-LM PND DashCam. read more

Magellan announces connected RV unit

Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB

Magellan’s latest RV unit

Magellan has announced the 7″ RoadMate RV9490T-LMB, which offers live weather and gas prices via a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone. Information can also be preloaded via WiFi. read more

Magellan SmartGPS review

Magellan SmartGPS reviewHands on Magellan SmartGPS review

The Magellan SmartGPS is a forthcoming connected auto navigator that brings in additional information via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone or WiFi. read more

Magellan SmartGPS brings connectivity via your smartphone

Magellan SmartGPS

Magellan SmartGPS with a couple of “squares” showing

UPDATE: Read my hands on Magellan SmartGPS review.

It’s no secret that GPS manufacturers are trying to figure out how to respond to the threat of smartphones. One way is to embrace them, giving us a large screen navigation device while using the smartphone for connectivity. We saw that last year with Garmin’s Smartphone Link app, which unfortunately remains Android only, leaving iPhone users out in the cold. Today Magellan has stepped into the fray with the Magellan SmartGPS, which can utilize a free companion iOS and Android app to bring all sorts of info to this 5″ navigator. The app will also allow for advanced route planning from your smartphone or tablet. read more

Magellan rolls out new models – backup camera bundle, 5″ RV unit and more

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM with wireless backup camera

Magellan has quietly introduced several new models including one bundled with a wireless backup camera (pictured above) and their first 5″ RV model. Read on for the details: read more

UPDATED: Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB giveaway winner

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB giveaway!

UPDATED: We have a winner, chosen by comment number using random.org – congratulations Anthony! See below for the details.

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Magellan announces new top of line RoadMate 9250T-LMB

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMBMagellan has announced yet another 7″ monster, this time with pretty much their entire line of features. The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB will include lifetime maps, traffic, Landmark Guidance and Bluetooth Safe Texting. It is backup camera compatible, carries an MSRP of $229.99 and is expected to be available later this month from BestBuy.com. read more

Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM review

Hands on review of the Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM

The Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM is a new (mid-2012) high-end navigator with a 5″ touchscreen, featuring Landmark Guidance. This will give you instructions like “turn left at McDonald’s on Highway 112″ instead of just “turn left on Highway 112.” It also offers lifetime map updates and live traffic, along with a year’s subscription to traffic camera alerts. About the only missing features are Bluetooth and voice command. read more

Magellan tackles fleet management

One of the few chances PND manufacturers have of surviving these days to is diversify into the ever-expanding niche of opportunities that GPS continues to bring. Fleet management has long been the domain of small companies, but just like Garmin and TomTom before them, Magellan is now jumping into the game too. read more