Hands on Magellan SmartGPS review
The Magellan RoadMate 1700LM updates the RoadMate 1700, adding lifetime map updates. This popular model sports huge seven inch screen – ideal for RVs and large trucks. The 1700LM also offers lane assist and multi-destination routing. read more
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 continues targeting the truck/RV market with their latest release, the 5″ RoadMate Commercial 5370T-LMB. It’s often hard to determine what differentiates the various RoadMate units, but this appears to be the first trucker model with Landmark Guidance. 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