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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Magellan auto GPS comparison chart

GPS manufacturers produce many different models, in an attempt to provide choice. Often however, the result is confusion. Hopefully, the chart below will help you plow through Magellan’s choices and lineup. All models shown below offer six million points of interest and multi-destination routing.

NEW: Click on column headers to sort chart. You can also click here for descriptions and more information about various features.


Model Amazon
page
Screen Size Micro
SD Slot
A/V IN Min. Battery Life Maps Traffic AAA Tour Book Lane Assist Blue- tooth Map Update Compare prices
Magellan SE4 Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. 49 states Option No No No No Compare prices
RoadMate 1420 Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. 49 states Option Yes No No No Compare prices
RoadMate 1424 Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. US Canada Option Yes No No No Compare prices
Roadmate 1424-LM Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. US Canada Option Yes No No Lifetime Compare prices
RoadMate 1700 Amazon 7.0″ Yes Yes 30 min. US Canada No Yes Yes No No Compare prices
RoadMate 1700LM Amazon 7.0″ Yes Yes 30 min. US Canada No Yes Yes No Lifetime
Roadmate 2035 Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. 49 states Lifetime No No No No Compare prices
Roadmate 2036 Amazon 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No No Compare prices
Roadmate 2036-MU 4.3″ No No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No One Free Compare prices
RoadMate 2045 Amazon 4.3″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No No Compare prices
RoadMate 2055 Amazon 4.3″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Compare prices
RoadMate 3030 Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Option Yes Yes No No Compare prices
RoadMate 3030-LM Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Option Yes Yes No Lifetime Compare prices
RoadMate 3045 Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No No Compare prices
RoadMate 3045-MU 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No One Free Compare prices
RoadMate 3045-LM Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No Lifetime Compare prices
RoadMate 3055 Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Compare prices
RoadMate 3065Commuter Amazon 4.7″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Compare prices
RoadMate 5045 Amazon 5.0″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No No Compare prices
RoadMate 5045-LM Amazon 5.0″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No Lifetime Compare prices
RoadMate 5175T-LM Amazon 5.0″ Yes No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No Lifetime
Compare prices

RoadMate 5230T-LM 5.0″ No No 2 hrs. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No Lifetime
RoadMate 9020 7.0″ Yes No 30 min. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes No No
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RoadMate 9055 Amazon 7.0″ Yes Yes 30 min. US Canada Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Compare prices

Feature descriptions

  • Maps – Where it says 49 states, the pre-loaded maps include the entire U.S. except for Alaska.
  • Live traffic – A nice feature that isn’t quite ready for prime time. Expect lots of inaccurate reports as well as incidents that aren’t reported. Delivered over FM, this service is available in certain metropolitan areas — a coverage chart is available on Magellan’s website.
  • Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use – Another nice idea, though sound quality often leaves something to be desired. Here is a list of supported phones.
  • AAA TourBook – Rates five categories (accommodations,
    restaurants, destinations, attractions and events), and provides detailed information. For
    restaurants these include types of cuisine, description, hours of


    operations, parking/credit cards accepted, ratings and cost. The AAA roadside assistance screen shows phone numbers for AAA
    roadside assistance and membership enrollment, and some basic
    information about your current location.

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Comments

  1. Joe Hunter says:

    The Magellan comparison chart is excellent! I have both a Roadmate 1475 (actually a 1470 with free traffic) and a Maestro 5310.

    What I am trying to find out now is if it keeps a log of your trip that can be downloaded or simply copied when the unit is plugged into the USB port, for later processing or plotting. For example, in Street Atlas (if converted to GPL format) or in Google Earth (if converted to KML). A very good conversion package, BTW, is he free GPSBabel.

  2. Maybe, but I doubt it. try this though… Connect it to your computer and look for a .gpx file. Also, here are a couple of threads on GpsPasSion that relate to older models:

    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=130931

    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=101648

    • Joe Hunter says:

      Thanks for response, Rich,

      I did find interesting posts elsewhere on this site about “hidden menus” on some models and it turns out that both of mine have them. They have an option to “record vehicle position” which creates a log file. There’s also a “playback” option but I haven’t had any success with that yet.

      However, here’s what I did find out about the log files:

      The Roadmate 1470 creates a “.BIN” file on a Micro-SD card.
      The Maestro 5310 creates a “.PVT” file on an SD card.

      I am trying to find something now that will convert these to something I can use. GPSVisualizer attempts to convert the “.BIN” file but what I get puts me in Russia and it’s northern seas; some distance from New York State. ;-) It rejects the “.PVT” file as not containing any GPS data.

      So, I’m still searching……
      Joe

  3. You might try extracting it with Magellan’s free Vantage Point software or Magellan Content Manager. GPS Visualizer may think the .bin is an old Navitel format. I wonder if it’s reading everything correctly except for not assigning a negative number to longitude. If so, you might be able to fix that in a text file or spreadsheet.

    • Joe Hunter says:

      Rich,

      I downloaded and installed both of them here on this Vista machine. The installation process didn’t have any complaints.

      Unfortunately, neither one recognized either the Roadmate 1475 or the Maestro 5310 when they were plugged in.

      They sound like useful utilities, though; I wish at least one of them had worked.

      Joe

  4. That’s weird. They list the 1475T as a Content Manager compatible unit!

    • Joe Hunter says:

      I’ll probably try it again today just to make sure. But it came up and said it couldn’t find a GPS device and one option was to retry. That’s didn’t do anything.

      I even tried having it plugged in before starting the program as well as afterwards when the message came up.

      I like the idea of the programs automatically checking for updates and helping with their installation. So it would be good if I can get it going. But I think only the 5310 is showing an available update now because the 1475T is discontinued.

  5. I’m looking to get a GPS for the first time? Everyone recommends a garmin because of the routing. However I like that the magellans DING before a turn. Do the garmins do that?

  6. They don’t ding, but they do say “turn right on blah street” at about the same point. Recent Magellan units are pretty good, but their service and support still sucks.

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