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1. Magellan GPS Companion Springboard
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1. Magellan GPS Companion Springboard Module for Handspring Visor
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005AC7L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 13072
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver slides into Visor's Springboard expansion slot
  • Compatible with all Handspring Visor handhelds
  • Provides navigation information and detailed street maps of the entire United States
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life--doesn't drain Visor battery power
  • Includes Map Companion CD-ROM containing Map Companion and Nav Companion software

Reviews (52)

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better than Nexian - Great Product
I bought the Nexian Handy GPS as a Christmas gift. It was an embarassing dud. It failed to lock to any satellite. The manual did not provide help. I then went to the web site for Nexian. It was down... for 3 days during Christmas.

I tried suggestions provided by Amazon users. That failed. I asked the recipient of my gift to go ahead and take their trip and see if it was just a location issue. No, it failed to work at any point in a 1200 mile journey. I returned it and bought this Magellan.

It gets 5 *'s. First, it worked. Second, it has so many utilities to let you know how many satellites it sync'd with, their individual signal strengths, their constellation. Not sure whether they have a help desk, but their web site was up whenever I needed it.

If you're comparison shopping, this one beats the competition in both functionality and (in my experience) reliability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Useful, and A Fun Techtoy
I purchased the Magellan GPS Companion and I was wowed from the start. It shows your position on the included map software (includes maps broken down by state, county, and city) and can calculate your current speed, direction, position, ETA, and other useful travel info. I'll never get lost again!

A few downsides, but nothing earthshattering: the included maps are based on 1998 data. Maps based on 2000 data are available from Marcosoft for an additional $20. Also, the GPS can't lock on to the sattelite signals if you're indoors near a lot of computer equipment (such as at my office).

Overall I'd recommend this device to anyone looking for a basic, top-of-the-line GPS plugin for your Visor. You'll always know where you're going when you've got a Magellan GPS Companion!

4-0 out of 5 stars get updates from magellan website for map display, etc.
do NOT use firmware update - it trashed my GPS and I had to hassle an exchange.

So, DON'T load ANYTHING from the CD included EXCEPT MAPS - and do THAT after you load all the updates from the MFG website, EXCEPT DO NOT use the update labeled "gps updater" that they tell you to download to the unit - delete it - do not run it.

You will be VERY happy with the new software for GPS and MAPS.

The unit is fantastic

4-0 out of 5 stars Magellan GPS for Visor
The Magellan GPS for the Visor works like a champ and I'm very pleased with it. The navigation program that comes with it however, is not very good in details and accuracy. Using it, it gives you the impression that you are off the street you are on. I first thought it was the GPS receiver's fault but it turns out it's the map's fault. I now use the Mapopolis program and the GPS position is spot on with Mapopolis map.

It should be noted that due to the Visor limitation, there's no program I know of that would gives you voice prompt. Without prompts, the utility of using this device for navigation is not that good. The screen is too small to use the Visor as the sole navigator. I find that you still need a paper map. None of this is the magellan GPS fault. In itself, it works great!

1-0 out of 5 stars You can do a lot better
I recently had a chance to test this unit "in the wild" when I spent a week hiking in Yosemite Valley, doing extended hikes each day. In a nutshell, this unit gets a thumbs down. Although it behaved reasonably well on my first hike I found the following problems towards the end of that hike and on most subsequent hikes:

It frequently lost it's fix on the satellites. It could take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes to re-establish a connection.

Several times on each hike, it powered down my Visor with no indication that it had done so. I'd take the unit out to look at how my tracklog was going only to find it had missed a big chunk of it.

After one of these powerdowns, when I turned the unit back on, it typically took a VERY long time to relink to the satellites...10-15 minutes was not uncommon and, in one case, I gave up and just packed the unit away after an hour of waiting.

Some of the software is pretty cool in concept but very buggy in execution. On my first hike, I recorded Waypoints at every significant point of interest on the hike. At the end of my 6.5 mile hike, I told the unit to convert the tracklog to a Route. It auto-generated a ton of it's own waypoints (understandable given that this was a very twisty, windy route) but it didn't use any of the ones I had recorded and, when it was done, it told me that the 6.5 mile route was now 19.5 miles long!

... this unit here says he got up to 8 hours on a set of batteries. While that's nominally about right based on my experience, I also found that if the batteries were used for more than about 3 or 4 hours, there was a very noticeable decrease in the unit's ability to keep a fix on the satellites.

My impression of this unit went from "REALLY COOL" upon first powering it up to "I WANT MY MONEY BACK" within the first couple of times I used it. ...

A final thought to consider...the Springboard concept is cool but do you really need your Visor to do everything? Certain specialized tasks are just better done by a dedicated unit ... Read more


2. Magellan GPS Companion for the Palm m500
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B000066SUD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 14971
Average Customer Review: 3.13 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Sleek and lightweight design
  • Combines GPS technology and Rand McNally Streetfinder navigation software
  • Provides turn by turn guidance to your destination
  • Graphical GPS displays your speed, heading, distance to destination, and more
  • Compatible with Palm m500

Reviews (15)

3-0 out of 5 stars Works great but
Had to return the first one because it was broken. Second one works great, even in car (won't lock on when I'm flying a Gulfstream V but it's not certified for IFR Navigation anyway). Needs to include maps program for systems other than Windows (ie, Mac). This is easily remedied by using a web-based mapping program. Also would do away with need to update Streetfinder databases. Also, having trouble getting Road Atlas expansion card to recognize the GPS Companion. Don't know if it's Palm, Magellan, or Rand McNally. Have contacted Rand McNally. Just be aware that there might be an issue if your using this expansion card.

4-0 out of 5 stars Magellan GPS Companion GPS Software
The GPS unit is very slick. I have tried two software packages with it: the Rand McNally Streetfinder software that comes with the unit, and the Mapopolis software. Unlike another reviewer, I had no problem with the Streetfinder software scrolling slowly. However, there is a known bug that won't let you use the software with an SD card--the program hangs trying to find maps. I talked with their support about this, but the fix they gave me did not solve the problem. However, once you get it running with the GPS, the maps are great! They are much more readable to someone with aging eyes than the Mapopolis maps, and they scroll just as fast (on a Palm M515). They also have a lot of point of interest data (Hotels, parking lots, etc.)--more than Mapopolis has. Plus, it's free! Mapopolis isn't free anymore, and you have to buy Map Packs or individual maps and download them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Palm User
The StreetFinder software tends to have a problem when you have a large SD card attached (512MB - Even without map on it!) When you select the changing map option, the StreetFinder goes into la, la land (I only waited 5 min & soft reset). But if you pop out the SD card it will function normal again.

I'll try a 128MB card with 60x write speed. Probably not going to make much difference. Anyone knows a work around on this?

3-0 out of 5 stars first impressions
I compare my experience with the one of my co-worker with a Pharos PK012 Pocket GPS Navigator Kit for iPAQ.

The Pharos seems to be faster with the position update. The Pharos cannot work with batteries and comes with a cigarette lighter adapter. If you want to use your GPS outdoors or on a motorcycle the Magellan for Palm will have a little advantage. Otherwise the Pharos has an advantage.

I agree with many about the software from Rand McNally. I just don't like it. Even comparing it with the "no brand name" Ostia software, included with the Pharos, the Rand McNally immediately looks slower, harder to use and with way less features.
With Ostia you can invert the route, select origin and destination from your contacts, recalculate a route on the fly!
With the Rand McNally you have to prepare the route from your PC. The Ostia had a better way to display map and directions at the same time too (different ways to split the screen). Maps looks more readable on the Ostia.

I noticed that using the Rand McNally software and relative maps from the internal memory produced better results than software and maps on SD card. I will pretty soon try to have software on internal memory and maps on SD card.
My SD card is a Lexar 256Mb: does anybody know if maps will perform better on an original Palm SD card?

I also did the mistake of syncing and opening on the Palm a bigger map of metro Philly and got stuck 10 minutes to wait the high level map to load... and I did not sync any POI (point of interest)!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Really just a toy
The GPS device is cool, but the Rand McNally Streetfinder software is junk, really worthless. In the Northeast corridor where you would expect the data to be a little more precise, the software often says you are "off course" even when the position icon shows you exactly on course. And the plotted course route is often not the best route, sometimes it is dowright wacky. Should I mention that I am still waiting (six months later) for my mail-in rebate? ... Read more


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