Sunday, March 18, 2012

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 – 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 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

New Magellan RoadMates bring safe texting and portrait mode

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

A (shaky) first look at Landmark Guidance

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

7″ Magellan RoadMate Commercial 9270T-LM announced

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

New 7″ Magellan RV models announced and shipping

Seven-inch screens must be working for Magellan since they continue to roll out new ones. Today’s announcement focuses on models for RVs, with four three new RoadMates all pre-loaded with the Good Sam Trailer Life Directory and Good Sam discount locations (I’m not counting the Pro 9165-T as new, since it’s been around awhile). An A/V input is offered for a DVD player or backup camera, and the screen will automatically switch to the latter when you put your gargantuan home away from home into reverse.

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New Magellans bring Landmark Guidance

UPDATED with availability info below.

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.

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