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Stay Connected With The Magellan SmartGPS

The GPS landscape is largely dominated by Garmin forcing other players to come out with more innovative ideas to challenge the status quo. Magellan has done just that with its SmartGPS. But whether it will change the way consumers view the way a PND device is used remains to be seen.

The Magellan SmartGPS is a navigation device that extends its function by connecting to the internet either through a MiFi, or via a shared connection over Bluetooth with your phone. It has a large 5″ screen and works just like a normal GPS when there is no internet connection. But when connected it provides a lot more functions on-screen like Foursquare destinations and Yelp reviews. And with the SmartGPS App it provides a seamless mobile experience from home to vehicle. You could search for your favorite restaurant on the phone while still at home and automatically beam the address to the SmartGPS when you reach the car. You can also receive real time traffic alerts, weather updates, compare fuel prices and even red light camera alerts.

The 5-inch glass capacitive screen features a modest 800 by 480-pixel resolution. Even with a 5″ screen, the problem is if there is too much information on-screen content it can be over-whelming while you are driving. So while more content is useful there is only so much on-screen real estate can offer without causing distraction.

Check Out The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

You don’t get a 7-inch GPS navigator everyday but when you do, consider the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB. The high resolution screen oh the RoadMate offers a touch screen display with day and night views for easy visibility, the ideal choice for just about any vehicle!

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

Free lifetime map updates, traffic alerts and a bluetooth technology to allow you to pair with your mobile device to act as a speakerphone. You can adopt to pick up the award-winning Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera for added safety when backing out of the driveway or when parallel parking.

Landmark Guidance feature will allow you to get to your destination with landmarks as your guide, giving you a different way of navigating if you hate the tiny road signs. Verbal instructions are provided by the 9250T-LMB and you will also receive alerts from PhantomALERT to help you escape those speeding tickets.

You will get nothing short of 7-million Points of Interests (POI) of preloaded destinations from gas stations to attractions. Plan your route before-hand with Magellan’s multi-destination routing; plug in those destinations and your RoadMate will plan the most efficient route for you!

On the road, the automatic re-route will get you back on track if you miss a turn. You can choose your personal viewing preference in either portrait or landscape. Each have their benefits where landscape gives you greater peripheral view, portrait gives you an extended view of the road ahead.

Introducing Mangellan’s eXplorist 710

The eXplorist 710 is tough, waterproof and has impeccable reception for accurate handheld GPS navigation. Magellan’s eXplorist series is like no other.

Magellan eXplorist 710

Garmin Monterra

The 710 fits in your palm allowing for 2D or 3D viewing angles. Complete road networks in US, Canada, Western Europe and Australia coupled with major road networks in all other parts of the globe.

Navigate through the city with turn-by-turn directions from your very own handheld with 3D views to guide you along the way! Easily locate the nearest petrol station, bike kiosk or drug store. With a large database of address book entries, waypoints and geocaches, you will never be lost with the eXplorist 710.

Combining the functionality of a touchscreen and 2 customizable buttons, you get the best of both worlds. You get to program these 2 buttons to your most used functions for easy access with just a button away. The eXplorist runs on 2 AA batteries which will last up to 16 hours.

Last but not least, the the eXplorist 710 comes with Magellan’s award winning OneTouch™ favorites menu! This provides you with instant access to bookmarks of your favorite places.

Latest 5″ Auto GPS From Garmin and Magellan

Just as in the evolution of TVs and smartphones, larger screen sizes are getting more popular. For GPS devices, 4.3″ units used to be the de facto size to go for. However over the last 2 years, we’ve seen a proliferation of 5″ units and they are outselling the smaller brothers, while the 3.5″ models are slowly getting phased out. Most users find that extra screen real estate can make a big difference in visibility and ease of use of touchscreen controls.

Garmin introduced their flagship 5 inch model Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD earlier this year and it is already shaping up to be one of the most popular models in their range despite its steep price (MSRP $349.99). Garmin seems to get most things right. The design is svelte and light. The high resolution display has a “pinch and zoom” capability much like an iPhone. The magnetic windshield mount is another a great idea. The user interface is less cluttered and the cleaner layout provides a better user experience. Even the voice has gone through a major revamp. It is much nicer sounding and the street pronunciations are much better. Garmin calls this “Real Directions, with Real Voice”. Garmin continues to raise the bar for automotive GPS. Read the full nüvi 3597LMTHD review here.

Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD

Magellan also has many large screen GPS. They even have 7″ models like the RoadMate 9250T-LMB. The more popular ones are the 5″ models like the RoadMate 5230T-LM and the Roadmate 5245T-LM. Both offer free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates. The new Landmark Guidance use landmarks instead of street names for guidance. If you are switching from older models this needs some getting use to. The upgraded Junction View generates a more complete view of the highway you are on and, with unmistakable arrows, visually guides you to the correct lane. A new feature called Best Parking is a good feature to have. It makes parking in the city less stressful.

Top GPS Navigators : Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler

Magellan’s 2012 release of the Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler was targeted at differentiating itself from its stiff competition through a pair of unique features that would have many consumers drooling – Wi-Fi connectivity and the TourDirector feature.

This 5-inch GPS navigator’s TourDirector feature helps users explore unfamiliar cities while its Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to browse the Web and stay connected on the go. Other features include lifetime map updates and traffic updates.

With unique features such as these, the Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler could very well be at the top of every commuter’s must-have list!

Stay tuned for the full Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler review!

A Quick Look At The Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan has been chucking GPS after GPS and the all new Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM has been unveiled. This 5″ GPS navigator system comes with high-end features such as Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and even a Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera!

Other new features found in this 5″ GPS machine include an all new Landmark Guidance feature that uses popular landmarks to navigate more intuitively, an upgrade Junction View for realistic images of freeway signs and arrows and Best Parking which provides parking garage locations with both their operation hours and entrance.

Just looking at these new features is making me drool. Time to check the 5255T-LM out in greater detail!