Hands on Magellan SmartGPS review
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 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
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Magellan 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
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
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
Magellan has annouced five new RoadMates featuring Landmark Guidance, portrait mode and, in the two Bluetooth models, safe texting. This feature, highlighted in the video above, “enables drivers to quickly and safely respond to a call with a pre-written text message. The driver may select from a text message to inform the caller that they are driving and will call them later or a text that will include the vehicle’s present location and estimated time of arrival to their destination.” read more
UPDATE: Read my hands on review of the Magellan RoadMate 5230T-LM with Landmark Guidance.
I’ve been testing the Magellan Roadmate 5230T-LM for the last few weeks, which (AFAIK) is the first navigator in the US to feature Landmark Guidance. Basically, in addition to using street names for guidance, it will tell you to turn at “landmarks” like a McDonalds or a Chevron station. You can see and hear it in action in the admittedly shaky video above. Apparently I need a camera with image stabilization, although the main point in this video is the audio. read more
Magellan has just announced the 7″ RoadMate Commercial 9270T-LM navigator for trucks. The big-screen unit comes with an extended windshield mount, and allows routing based on the height, weight, width and length of the vehicle, and any hazmat restrictions. read more