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    1. Magellan RoadMate 700 Vehicle GPS with Windshield Mount
    list price: $1,499.99
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    Asin: B0000DJEK7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 532
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    This powerhouse GPS unit just keeps gaining in popularity. Recently bestowed the honor of being named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things for Holiday 2004" it's just getting better and better every year. With the previous version of the RoadMate 700 lacking in included accessories this years RoadMate 700 hits a home run as Magellan has wisely included in the package a windshield suction cup mount, a 12V DC vehicle power adapter, 110V AC power supply, USB data cable, universal cradle and of course a user's manual.

    The Magellan RoadMate 700 offers a powerful dash-mounted navigation tool with turn-by-turn voice prompts, making it easy to get to new and unfamiliar locales anywhere in the U.S. and Canada (For a fee it can be loaded European maps using the Magallen web site and the included USB connection cable). It also features a bright color TFT LCD screen (2.25 by 3 inches), touchscreen input, WAAS reception (for 3-meter accuracy), and multiple ways to select your route and then view it on screen.

    True View 3D navigation shows you the actual road layout.

    The RoadMate 700 is one of the few GPS devices that's ready to go as soon as it's unpacked. Its whoppingly huge 20 GB internal hard drive comes preloaded with detailed road maps for all of the U.S. and the southern (most populated) section of Canada, so you won't have to fiddle with selecting map regions from a CD-ROM and having to transfer the data from a PC. If you keep your addresses on a PDA with IrDA capabilities then you'll enjoy the RoadMate's ability to upload the addresses wirelessly and point you right to your destination. In fact each of the 3 profiles that the unit keeps track of is allotted space for 100 addresses, making a total of 300 addresses available. Of course the most important address, home, can always be accessed with just a few clicks and from any menu and the RoadMate 700 will guide you back with ease.

    You can also choose a map view, or the maneuver list.
    If you are planning on using the RoadMate 700 with an older car--make sure it has a cigarette lighter power adapter, or leave enough time to charge it up in your hotel room or office with the supplied AC power cord. This also means that you won't be able to use the RoadMate 700 as a handheld device outside of your car. As for mounting, the included suction cup windshield mounting hardware is quite easy to use and allows you to mount the unit on any glass surface in your car. The RoadMate unit easily clips into the provided windshield bracket and can be tilted and turned with it's adjustable arm so you can see it easily and safely while you navigate.
    Quickly locate points of interest and amenities along your route.
    One of the benefits of the windshield mount is that because it's a suction cup mount you can move it in seconds from car to car with no problems at all. This newer suction cup based windshield mount is an improvement over the older three pronged mount that used to come with the RoadMate units. The older three-pronged mount was inserted into one of the middle air conditioning vents on your dash; the prongs are bendable to help you get the most secure fit, but never gave as secure of a fit as the windshield mount does.

    But the RoadMate 700 shines as a virtual co-pilot. During our tests, it consistently acquired a satellite lock quickly (within a minute) and displayed our current position. From there, we searched through the vast library of POIs (points of interest) to find our destination (Seattle's baseball stadium). The RoadMate 700 has four different modes of getting you to your destination--shortest route, shortest distance, least use of freeways, and most freeways. Selecting shortest route got us to this venue using very practical directions that weren't far off from what we normally would choose.

    If you're traveling to a destination that's not a widely known POI (such as a friend's home), no problem. You can enter the exact address into the RoadMate 700--using the touchscreen to tap letters and numbers into several search screens--to have it create a route. (You can also save 100 destinations in the address book.

    QuickSpell minimizes typing.
    The voice prompting was clear and audible (thanks to the two built-in speakers), and we were given ample warnings for upcoming turns. One of the RoadMate's nicest features is the Repeat button (which is smallish, but the only button found on the top of the device). If you miss a turn instruction, press it to repeat the previous voice prompt. Of the three view modes, True View was our favorite--it displays a 3D street-level view that helped us orient ourselves to our surroundings.

    Overall, we were quite thrilled with the RoadMate 700's features: the color screen was bright and readable even in direct sunlight and the voice prompts were clear and not distracting to our driving. Best of all, the UI (user interface) screens are easy to navigate and--thanks to its large hard drive and map database--it's ready to go as soon as you open the box. While the price is not for the faint of heart, it will be a very valuable tool for many drivers (from business folk to parents) who need to get to unfamiliar locations quickly and smoothly. -- Agen G.N. Schmitz

    What's in the Box:
    RoadMate GPS, a windshield suction cup mount, a 12V DC vehicle power adapter, 110V AC power supply, USB data cable, universal cradle and a user's manual ... Read more

    Features

    • Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompting
    • Comprehensive mapping of U.S. and Canada on integrated 20 GB hard drive
    • Exceptional GPS accuracy and reliability
    • Advanced points of interest database. Easy to use touch-screen interface
    • Comes with sunction cup windshield mount DC vehicle power adapter, AC power supply, and data cable

    Reviews (47)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Roadmate 700
    Eversince I used the Hertz "Never lost" navigation system in a rental car, I have been wanting to own one but at that time it wasn't available in the market . I remember, with a GPS, how easy it was for me to reach my destinations in Houston metropolitan area. An area I had never been to before. First I thought to use HP Jornada 720 for navigation but lack of compatibility was the issue. Also I didn't want too many wires around the dashboard in my car.So I dropped the idea of using a handheld pc as a gps. I started doing some research and found out that there are two GPS (Garmin Streetpilot 2610 and Magellan Roadmate 700) that dont need an installation, rather could be used with cigarette lighter. Both are portable and could be moved from one vehicle to the other. I liked the idea but could not decide which one suits my needs better. Luckily we are living in an age of information, so I was able to read a lot about these items on the internet. Garmin being couple of hundred dollars cheaper and also BestBuy had one on the display where I could actually see, touch and feel it. Unfortunately, Roadmate was not on the display like BestBuy had Garmin. Anyhow I read several reviews and could make a comparison. I am sharing my views here so that reader could get some feedback. Magellan Roadmate 700 is WAAS enabled while Garmin SP2610 is not. WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is more accurate to locate your position. Magellan RoadMate 700 has built in 10 GB hard drive . Maps of both USA and Canada are already loaded on the unit so you dont have to load them or worry about buying expensive flash cards. Roadmate 700 has little larger screen than the Garmin and that makes a difference and resolution is also good. Roadmate 700 is easier to operate than Garmin sp 2610.Voice prompts on Roadmate are very clear and pleasant. Roadmate 700 also shows a 3D heavy arrow before the turn which is good. These are the positives in the favor of Roadmate. Lets talk about some negatives. Roadmate does not have a good mounting design. Car vents are used to mount your unit. What if you have heat on . I think that wouldn't be good idea for your unit . It may also come apart and fall on the floor. Another negative about RoadMate 700 is that it does not come with AC adapter or USB cable. Also the price is higher than Garmin SP2610. Taking into consideration the pros and cons I picked the Magellan Roadmate 700. Yesterday I picked a unit at BestBuy with a 4 year warranty (US$39.99). It took me few minutes to set it up and turn it on. I was in Manhattan NYC. I drove back to New Jersey and it performed very well. I made a wrong turn and RM700 recalculated the route right away and put me back on the track. What a relief. Let me mention here about Roadmate 500 that does not come with a built in Hard drive. With RM 500, you have to buy additional memory cards. You will be required to get it activated from the company for additional cost. You will have to download the maps of distant areas you plan to drive to.That is the reason I did not buy RM 500. I am pleased to have Magellan Roadmate 700. I will keep you posted with additional findings in future. Drive safely. Peace and Love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never lost again
    I've only been using my RoadMate 700 for a short time and my experiences echo most of the other reviews here.

    Update January 22, 2004: It's been almost a full month with the Roadmate 700. My thoughts now? How did I ever live without this? I've used this extensively to travel all through CT and into NH and MA. I love that I can be in a completely remote location and this device gets me home. Ever single time. I also have searched several times for things like gas stations and restaurants - and it is simply amazing. I like this better today than I did when I bought it. And I'm someone who gets tired of their electronic gadgets quickly.

    I found it to be very easy to operate. You truly can take it out of the box, plug it in, and within a couple of minutes be navigating to any address using the maps that are all stored within the 10 GB hard drive.

    When starting up I find that it has a lag of 3 to 5 minutes where it has to acquire the satellite signal. This may account for some of the reports online of units being broken or not navigating properly. Once the signal has been acquired I had no difficulty with it knowing where I was. (Update 12/24/03: My unit developed a startup/fix time of around 15 minutes so I replaced it with a new unit that did not exhibit this problem. Normal startup/fix time appears to be a couple minutes unless you've moved significantly from where you shut down the device).

    The 3-D navigation is nice -- though not all that I had hoped. When travelling 3D pops up a handly graphical overview of where you need to turn next. I think it is displayed a bit early though. I was navigating today and it showed me the turn in 3D about 5 streets ahead of where I needed to be turning. I'll have to see if it is my user error somehow but it seems it would be much more useful if the 3D popped up while you were in the turn rather than several streets back.

    I looked at the Garmin 2610 in comparison to this unit. I also considered the RoadMate 500. The Garmin screen seemed smaller and a little harder to operate. The RoadMate 500 is the same unit at this -- without the internal 10 GB hard disk that stores all the maps.

    Unfortunately the 700 doesn't ship with an AC power adapter or USB connector (which the 500 does).

    The mount that comes with the RoadMate is a plastic coated metal piece that you are supposed to use to attach the heavy unit to your vents. I lucked out and was able to stick it into my dash molding on my 2002 Ford Explorer and it fits tight and is in a good position (use a flat edge screwdriver to slightly and gently pry the molding above the radio out a little and slide the bracket in there). If you call tech support they'll send a free windshield mount to replace the vent mount.

    Overall I'm happy with the accuracy and especially the ease of use of this unit. It seems that Magellan has bent over backwards to make this an uncomplicated unit for people who want to plug in and navigate without worrying about loading maps or other technical details.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Roadmate 700 VS. Garmin StreetPilot III
    My wife purchased the Magellan Roadmate 700. I have the Garmin Streetpilot III in my car. I was very angry with her for purchasing another GPS since we already owned one. She said it was easier to use than my Garmin. I took her Magellan GPS for a day to prove her wrong and had to eat crow. I really tried to make it worse, but it was just so accurate and simple to use. The Magellan Roadmate 700 came preloaded with the entire U.S. map. I had to purchase maps to download into my Garmin. Every time I go out of state I have to download the new area into my Garmin. The Magellan already has it loaded. The Magellan was very user friendly. The touch screen was a breeze to navigate with. It was just simple. Plug it in and go. Needless to say she wants her Magellan back. This is a great product. I had heard it advertised on the Glenn Beck radio show and it is everything they said and more. I highly recommend this GPS product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Multiple problems, not worth the money...
    I decided to go with the Roadmap 700 at the end of April, and I have had nothing but problems with it and the manufacter. It takes at least 30 minutes to get a lock on a position. I live 30 miles north of Boston in a major metro area!! The screen will lock up at times and not move for 20-30 minutes. The touch screen has a mind of its own and the manual controls are sticking and not responsive...

    I did some checking around and found out that Thales is having serious product control problems with this unit. Either you get a perfect one out of the box, or a bad one. If you get a bad one, it is real bad. I can no longer return it to the store I bought it and 2 phone calls and 2 emails to the Thales have gone un-returned. I fear the worst, and went out today and bought the Garmin 2620.

    Stay away until they fix their quality control, or become more responsive to these problems. If you do buy it, get the extended warrenty from the store so you can bring it back in case you get a "bad" one...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Unit, a few quirks I can live with!
    Purchased the unit and have used extensively across the country.

    THE GOOD:
    - ease of use, no manual required (really), truly plug-n-play
    - GREAT unit for frequent travelers and car renters
    - it works, directs me well with ample and clear notice even in difficult cities with many turns (e.g. NYC, Wash DC, SF)
    - its size and windshield mounting bracket work well in most cars, vans, SUV's
    - nice clear voice prompts, lots of nice customization options

    THE BAD:
    - when moving from one location to another - like getting off plane in new place - its seems to take awhile to 'wake up' (up to 15 minutes so far). Website says 5-10 minutes, so I guess I should relax. I recommend getting maps from car rental places so you don't have to wait too long to begin traveling unfamiliar routes.

    - having to pay $20 for USB connection, $20 for AC adapter. When paying over $1,000 for this thing, you'd think they'd include it especially considering they are used primarily to fix their shortcomings (e.g. download upgrades, patches, etc.)

    - all kinds of CompactFlash compatibility issues (e.g. Lexar may not work?). Before buying a card, check Magellan website or pay arm & leg for their own formatted cards.

    - as best I can tell it does not have a nice feature of Hertz NeverLost - which are the icons of many points of interest at each step of your trip (like gas stations, restaurants, etc.). You CAN get these, but need to cancel your current destination, select POI, and then 'Nearest' (and then re-enter destination).

    - voice prompts aren't as loud as I like even with volume all the way up, and I get occasional speaker noise/hissing

    - Careful in NYC. Pay attention to boroughs when typing New York, NY as your city -- there may be many '4th Ave' addresses across the NYC boroughs and it may not pick correctly (recommend using points-of-interest if a hotel) ... Read more


    2. Magellan RoadMate 300 Vehicle GPS with Voice Prompting
    list price: $799.99
    our price: $699.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002Y22VE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 2947
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Building on the success of the RoadMate 500 and 700, Magellan's RoadMate 300 is a powerful GPS navigational tool that can easily guide you on your next automotive adventure. The system makes navigation easy and fun, with friendly voice prompting, preloaded maps of major North American roads, turn-by-turn guidance, and the latest touchscreen technology--all at a great price.

    Features
    The RoadMate 300 is billed as the first vehicle navigation device made for everyone, but that doesn't mean Magellan has scrimped on features. Designed from top to bottom for simplicity and ease of use, its user interface is the same as that found in the Hertz NeverLost system and the RoadMate 700.
    Quickly locate amenities and points of interest along your route.
    It uses powerful, 14-channel GPS positioning that's accurate to within three meters thanks to Magellan's TrueFix technology. Turn-by-turn voice prompts guide you on your way and automatically recalculate your route when you get off track, while intelligent routing lets you plan a trip based on shortest travel time, most or least use of freeways, or avoidance of tolls.

    Meanwhile, the locate feature displays your current location and allows you to save it to the address book. Finally, you can select destinations by entering an address or intersection, selecting an address from the address book, touching a point on the map, or by choosing from more than 1.7 million points of interest like airports, gas stations, and restaurants. All of these features make the RoadMate 300 a snap to use right out of the box.

    Design
    Weighing in at just under nine ounces and with an integrated GPS antenna, the RoadMate 300 is compact and portable. The tough, rubberized exterior is built for abuse, while the 3.5-inch TFT color touchscreen makes address entry easy--no need for an awkward stylus. The intuitive keypad is backlit and highly visible, night or day. A headphone jack lets you catch the next turn command in a car full of noisy kids.

    Connectivity and Expansion
    You can also choose a map view, or the maneuver list.
    While maps of major North American roads--including those in Hawaii and Puerto Rico--are stored in the unit's 128 MB of internal memory, you can add more detailed maps of specific areas to your available internal memory or through the SecureDigital card expansion slot (SD card not included). Using your Windows PC and a USB connection, the RoadMate 300 can be loaded with predefined routes from included trip-planning software, or you can load addresses from your Outlook contact list for easy mapping of the locations of clients, coworkers, and friends. You can also play back and view data from trips you've already taken, or have the unit speak in one of six languages in addition to American English: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, or British English.

    What's in the Box
    The Magellan RoadMate 300 unit with integrated GPS antenna, PC software, a quick-start guide, a basic reference guide, a complete manual on CD, a USB cable, a cigarette-lighter adapter, and a windshield mount. ... Read more

    Features

    • Simple, powerful and portable--the first vehicle navigation device for everyone
    • Same user-friendly interface as Magellan RoadMate 700 and Hertz NeverLost system
    • Major North American roads map preloaded into 128 MB internal storage, more map storage available via SD Card slot
    • Turn-by-turn voice prompted guidance with automatic route recalculation
    • No professional installation required; includes USB interface and cable

    3. Magellan Meridian Gold Handheld GPS Receiver with Waterproof Exterior
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005OLY8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 3817
    Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With 16 MB of built-in map data and a Secure Digital Memory Card slot, the Magellan Meridian Gold Global Positioning System receiver gives you almost unlimited ability to access and store location information. This rugged handheld GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe. The Meridian Gold's 16 MB base map gives you detailed information on U.S. cities, interstates, and waterways. Slide in a data card to get even more detail, or use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.

    The Meridian Gold is PC compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

    See your exact position on the Meridian Gold's seven navigation screens and vertical-profile graphs that show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information and comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian Gold's functionality.

    The Meridian Gold is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12-channel GPS unit with 16 MB base map
    • Built-in detail on U.S. cities, interstate highways, major roads, parks, waterways, and airports
    • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
    • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
    • Oversize gray-scale screen with backlight; includes serial PC interface

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Meridian Gold
    After much deliberation and comparison between various Magellan and Garmin GPS units, I chose to go with the Meridian Gold.
    The larger screen size and resolution, the relatively large 16MB base map, and the ability to add more detail using secure disk modules helped to make my final decision.
    I purchased MapSend Topo software and a SanDisk secure digital card. The only downside has been that I got a 64MB card and the Topo software will only load a total 32MB or 4 8MB region size maps, which renders half of my storage useless. As others have wrote, when zooming in all the way you may be off the road a bit, otherwise the unit and map interface seem to be real accurate. The specifications say 7 to 3 meter accuracy which seems hold up. The MapSend Topo software seems to have a lot of detail for the money, probalbly more than I'll ever need.
    Iv'e used the unit mainly in my truck so far with no lost signals and Iv'e even been able to get a position in my house. When the weather gets warmer I'll use it with my biking. Neat Unit.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Meridian Gold - The Good, Bad & Ugly
    After much comparison of Magellan and Garmin GPS, I plunked my $$ down on Magellen.

    Purchase decision - My impression from OTHER reviews and info for Magellan was great hardware, weak software but considering all pluses, minuses and price points and my usage: hiking, biking, back-country skiing, driving, boating, I chose a Magellan Meridian Gold, 32meg memory, and Mapsend Topo Sofware. Keep in mind there's a lot to choose from and yet none seemed PERFECT.

    I've now had it for 2 weeks of vacation time biking, hiking, driving and land surveying in S. Utah. I monkeyed with this unit everyday, becoming completely familiar with it's usage.

    The Good: Solid, durable hardware. The Gold has a great feel, is a good size and fits into any of my outdoor shirt pockets. It holds satellite signal extremely well in trees, 2nd story house, Utah canyons. Solid feeling buttons and rubber armoring are all great. Seems to do very well on batteries using roughly a pair or less a day. (I already have a charger and extra batteries from my digital camera and headlamps).

    The Bad: Mapsend topo software at 1:100,000 is not really precise at closest level. However, the amount of built in software and downloaded maps are sufficient for my usage and I can imagine the memory and processor speed needed for 1:24,000 topos. Also on the positive side Mapsend and Magellan built-in software has a ton of info! It's great having altitude, moon/sun info, vertical trip projections, and much more.

    The Ugly: Magellan's method of setting routes and backtracking is absolutely terrible for my usage. I am so annoyed with this, I would return it if I hadn't already used it 2 weeks. Here's the deal -

    If you go out for the day and retrace your route exacty, or just set it for the car in general it works very well. But so does a few cents worth of flagging, popcorn, or the cheapest GPS available.

    In reality, I usually go on a hike, bike, or ski in some type of semi circle and at some point want to return to my nearest backtrack point and THEN start backtracking. I want the unit to beep when I get near the next point and keep counting them down. In the canyonlands of Utah and backcountry skiing here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this could really be useful.

    However, this ONLY works easily if you exacty retrace your trail.

    So... in everyday usage where you aren't going exactly back down your same trail (why have a GPS?) you have to build a route with the GPS and/or go through the user database and select the nearest backtrack points. And then if you don't keep manually going through the database and selecting the next point, it will just keep pointing back at the last one. This is ridiculously time consuming on a day hike and makes operating the GPS the whole excecise instead of enjoying the outdoors. THIS SEEMS LIKE IT COULD BE EASILY CHANGED BY MAGELLAN BY SOFWARE PROGRAMMING.

    More ugly: Really ugly.

    Okay, so you set waypoints along your way using the GPS. Great, it does this well with 2 clicks. But THEN what??? It's back to the problem above.

    It takes SEVEN screen operations and even more arrowing buttons to get a single one of these into a route. This completely insenses me. I could walk around circles for a day and eventually catch up to my wife and find the car in the time it takes to make a route! WHY CAN'T MAGELLAN MAKE IT SO I SELECT ALL THE POINTS FOR A ROUTE AT ONCE!!!???? How about storing waypoints in separate databases to start with? Or using two buttons in a computer-like fashion to highlight and select?

    THEN: after I've got a route made HOW ABOUT if the GPS allows me to select manual or automatic retracing???? In other words, I want to go on a trip and set waypoints along the way. (Remember this is easy) Then, no matter where I am when I want to return to camp, I dump all my waypoints into memory in a few clicks, point the way to the nearest, and as I approach each new one, (automatic mode) the GPS beeps and rolls over to the next (lower number) waypoint.

    If Magellan would make route setting and retracing easy, this would be a real must-have piece of gear for all my trips. At present, it's an electronic toy to play with while walking on flat ground or while my wife is driving the car. To give it the benefit of the doubt is also perhaps a good last resort safety measure so that if I get really lost I know where the nearest town is.

    The annoying part is it is so close to being great, but Magellan's software programmers apparently never leave the office!

    One last word - I find the Gold a great decision over the Platinum for using less batteries, having less to break, not needing re-calibrated everytime you change the batteries (daily) and knowing I haven't paid even more for some hardware that is mostly a toy because of the software behind it. Plus, I wouldn't go somewhere I could really get lost without a basic topo map and compass!

    Three Stars overall for amazing toy that gives you info from satellites in outer space!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GPS
    This is a great gps. After using the Magellan Meridian Gold, i fell in love with it. it was easy to use, fits in your hand nice, and has a easy to read large screen. It was a little bigger than i thought it would be but seems a little more rugged than the little Garmin's. I compared prices and brands and decided to get the Meridian Gold. I bought min eat Wal-Mart for $199.83 which was about as cheap as I could find it on the web. I would strongly recomend this GPS. It is a good price for what you get, maps aren't graet but overall is great GPS. Good buy, good GPS.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
    After comparing all the various Garmin and Magellan models, I went with the Meridian Gold because of the large basemap and the sale price ($199 when I got it). The included map was quite accurate in the US, but when we went over to Canada the map had us 100 feet out into Lake Ontario while parked on the beach.

    Where this receiver really shines is with the new (optional) MapSend DirectRoute software. The Navtech maps are high-quality and quite recent, too. I live in a new subdivision and all the streets are correctly listed. With a 128MB SD card as storage, I can get about a quarter of the entire US down to the street level loaded. With DirectRoute loaded, the Meridian Gold is pretty good at street address routing. It's only suggested one bizarre route, but once I passed the unusual turn, I pressed Reroute and it correctly recomputed the remainder of the trip to my house. (Of course, had I followed it, I may have had a shorter trip, but it was a state highway with traffic lights instead of the usual Interstate.)

    When used with the freeware QuakeMap, the unit correctly locked my home waypoint right in the middle of my driveway on the aerial photos. (Good, of course, because that's where I was standing when I took the fix!)

    For the money, this is a nice unit to have, and with the extra DirectRoute software, a much cheaper alternative to the standalone vehicle GPS nav systems.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Product does NOT meet specifications
    When I first got the unit, I loved it. It appeared accurate, though it took a long time to acquire satellites at times. In fact, many times my Delorme Earthmate would acquire within 15 seconds, and the Meridian would take several minutes (while moving in a car sitting on the dash). The ability to use SD/MMC cards and load maps onto the unit was great for general usage. I used Magellan GPS for everything, from hiking, kayaking, driving, to boating.

    HOWEVER, the specs say that the unit is IPX7 compliant, which means accidental submersion underwater for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. I was in a kayak, got hit by a wave with the Meridian in my pocket, and was in less than 1 meter of water for less than 15 seconds, and water made it's way into the unit.

    I sent Magellan/Thales navigation an email and gave them a call but was not given much help, even though I own multiple Magellan products (including the GPS companion, etc...). They noted that I could have it serviced for $150, which is what an new unit cost (this was not the platinum edition, but it is the same form factor and same case). All customer service would tell me is that sometimes water may enter through the keypad area. Well, if water enters through the keypad area, how can they advertise that it is IPX7 compliant?

    I may be an isolated incident. However, with the customer service I received, I don't think I would ever buy another Magellan product, and will probably get rid of the rest of my Magellan products. I think the product design, features, usability, and intuitiveness is great, just the product does not perform up to expectations or promise. I would also consider customer service as well. ... Read more


    4. Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS with Waterproof Exterior
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005OLYD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 1667
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Take care of all your instrument needs with the Magellan Meridian Platinum Global Positioning System receiver. This rugged handheld GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe, and it includes a barometer and a three-axis digital compass. The 16 MB database provides details on U.S. cities, interstates, major roads, and airports. The Meridian Platinum's Secure Digital Memory Card slot allows you to slide in a data card to get even more detail, or use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.

    The Meridian Platinum is PC compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

    See your exact position on the Meridian Platinum's seven navigation screens and vertical profile graphs that show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information and comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian Platinum's functionality.

    The Meridian Platinum is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12-channel GPS unit with 16 MB base map, barometer, and 3-axis digital compass
    • Built-in database of U.S. cities, interstates, major roads, and airports
    • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
    • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
    • Oversize gray-scale screen with backlight; includes serial PC interface

    Reviews (32)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome GPS unit!
    It took me a very long time (3 months or so) of comparing just about every Garmin and Magellan units before choosing the Meridian Platinum and I am *extremely* pleased with my final decision.

    The Meridian Platinum is very easy to use (didn't have to read the manual and this is my first GPS). I was up and running with it in about 15 minutes.

    I use this GPS for GeoCaching as well as street navigation in the car and it's excellent for both applications. One of the deciding factors for me was that the Magellan units are not as proprietary as the Garmin ones: for instance, using SanDisk memory cards is possible with Magellan but not Garmin. Considering the price that either Magellan or Garmin charge for those bits of silicon, going with the SanDisk option is a no-brainer.

    For street navigation, the MapSend Topo software is a *must have* since the basemap shipping with the Platinum is really weak in details. Even though the MapSend software is a bit outdated, it's still a good buy.

    I also purchased a 64Meg SanDisk SD card and a Cruzer SD card reader/writer to avoid using the serial connection for loading maps. Works like a charm! Loading a 32 Meg map only takes a few seconds as opposed to hours over the serial link.

    I have not experienced any problems with the MapSend Topo software or GPS lock-ups as reported by a previous reviewer. However, I *did* upgrade the GPS firmware (free download from the Magellan site) before messing with the MapSend Topo software.

    While the MapSend Topo software is necessary to upload new maps to the GPS, it's not great to plan trips with it. For that purpose, I find DeLorme's TOPO USA 4.0 to be excellent.

    But when it comes to the management of routes built from waypoints, nothing beats the "EasyGPS" software. Even high-end products from DeLorme or Magellan aren't as good just for that purpose.

    Overall this is a BIG thumbs up for this unit. The only downside may be how the GPS eats batteries (the electronic compass of the GPS has something to do with it but can be disabled to increase the battery life if needed) and for this reason, NiMH rechargeable batteries are a must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Unit-Barometer feature over rated-compared w/Marine
    I must say I really like the Platinum GPS. I used a friends Marine unit several times, which sold me on Megellan. I used both units (marine & my Platinum) side by side while driving. Every display was identical b/w the two units. The Platinum has some features the Marine doesn't. For the extra money, you otta get something. The base data b/w the two are almost if not identical. I didn't look that close. For the Money the Marine is a great unit. I decided to spend a few extra bucks (which I will discuss later)and get the Platinum because of the built in Barometer and electronic compass features.
    The Barometer is accurate, but so what, I don't see the need. The compass works very well except while moving at hiway speeds. If you're a hicker/camper the feature is great but why not save a few Bucks and buy a regular compass and get one of the more accurate Sports Trak Models?
    The Thermometer works, but once again who cares about the temp is inside the car?
    ...BR>Over all the Platinum is a great GPS for what it was built for. Think twice about the Barometer and Compass features. If I did it over I would buy either the Sports Trak or the Gold.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A full featured GPS receiver
    I've been using my my MeriPlat on almost a weekly basis for over half a year now. I'm very happy with the purchase! The features I love most are the SD slot and the three-axis magnetic compass...meaning it works while held vertically, horizontally, or on it's side. It also has a superior built-in antenna when compared to Garmin's Etrex series of receivers. I've been out in the woods with friends who had Etrex. They periodically lost signal reception while I stayed locked in. The MeriPlat even works inside the house away from windows! In fact, the only time I have ever lost signal was under heavy tree canopy during a down pour. I highly recommend buying Magellan's Direct Route software...it gives the unit turn by turn routing ability and works great!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Does NOT meet specs
    When I first got the unit, I loved it. It appeared accurate, though it took a long time to acquire satellites at times. In fact, many times my Delorme Earthmate would acquire within 15 seconds, and the Meridian would take several minutes (while moving in a car sitting on the dash). The ability to use SD/MMC cards and load maps onto the unit was great for general usage. I used Magellan GPS for everything, from hiking, kayaking, driving, to boating.

    HOWEVER, the specs say that the unit is IPX7 compliant, which means accidental submersion underwater for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. I was in a kayak, got hit by a wave with the Meridian in my pocket, and was in less than 1 meter of water for less than 15 seconds, and water made it's way into the unit.

    I sent Magellan/Thales navigation an email and gave them a call but was not given much help, even though I own multiple Magellan products (including the GPS companion, etc...). They noted that I could have it serviced for $150, which is what an new unit cost (this was not the platinum edition, but it is the same form factor and same case). All customer service would tell me is that sometimes water may enter through the keypad area. Well, if water enters through the keypad area, how can they advertise that it is IPX7 compliant?

    I may be an isolated incident. However, with the customer service I received, I don't think I would ever buy another Magellan product, and will probably get rid of the rest of my Magellan products. I think the product design, features, usability, and intuitiveness is great, just the product does not perform up to expectations or promise. I would also consider customer service as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Is the Best GPS Available
    Two years ago, after extensive research, I purchased my Magellan Meridian Platinum. I have used it for automobile travel, geocaching, and to just play around with. It is a reliable and extremely accurate GPS. I spent last weekend geocaching (if unfamiliar with the term check out www.geocaching.com)locating 8 caches. The "MeriPlat" got me to within feet of each item. It is easy to use, most screens can be customized, and is very rugged. I have both MapSend Streets & Destinations and Topo and have found them to be acceptable for my use. With a SD card you can load several map areas and select them as needed. Documentation accompanying the GPS is lacking but there are several excellent user groups on Yahoo that provide all the information you need to squeeze every bit of functionality out of your MeriPlat. Two years after it was introduced, the Meridian Platinum is still one of the best GPS units available in its price range. You cannot go wrong with this GPS. Good luch and happy geocaching. ... Read more


    5. Magellan eXplorist 200 16 MB Handheld GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00029TN9S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 698
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    There's a lot to Magellan's small, cool eXplorist 200 handheld GPS navigation device beyond its vibrant yellow exterior. Inside and out, the eXplorist is built to provide real GPS (global-positioning system) abilities for serious outdoor use--from its tough, impact-resistant, waterproof exterior to Magellan's proven, powerful, and easy-to-use technology. The eXplorist 200 rewrites the rules by proving you can spend less and actually get more.

    The eXplorist 200 includes all-new Magellan TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver to provide precise position fixes within 3 meters while ensuring reliable, accurate satellite-signal acquisition and tracking. Small, lightweight and easy-to-use, anyone can pick it up and get going without studying a manual. Among its many features, the eXplorist 200 offers 3 navigation screens with track plotting to help you find the fun--then find your way back.

    Explorers will appreciate Magellan's 1-button access, which takes you directly to the functions that matter most: the menu, navigation screens, personal points-of-interest, "go to" routing, and backlight. In addition, the eXplorist 200 stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 5 track logs with up to 2,000 points each, providing ample storage even for avid navigators. The unit also supplies a built-in North American background map, which offers convenient access to roads, parks, waterways, airports, and more.

    Designed for compact, fit-in-your-pocket convenience, the eXplorist receiver measures just 4.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 inches (11,7 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,3 cm) and weighs less than 4 ounces (115 g), yet still has room for a large, 2.3-inch (5.8 cm), 4-level grayscale LCD. A zoom capability and an amber backlight ensure optimum viewing, even at night.

    The unit's rugged exterior is cased in a rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell that is waterproof to the rigid IPX-7 standard. The eXplorist 200 is ready for adventure in all conditions and terrain, whether you'll be hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or simply finding your way around a new area. ... Read more

    Features

    • TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver provides precise position fixes within 3 meters
    • 2.3-inch, grayscale LCD offers zoom and an amber backlight; unit's rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell is waterproof to the IPX-7 standard
    • Stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 5 track logs with up to 2,000 points each
    • Built-in North American background map offers convenient access to roads, parks, waterways, airports, more
    • 1-button control takes you to important functions like menu, nav screens, personal points-of-interest, "go to" routing, and backlight

    6. Magellan Meridian 16 MB GPS with 16-Color LCD Display
    list price: $499.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007KVHO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 3574
    Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Magellan Meridian Color GPS receiver is just as at home navigating the highways and byways in your car as it is tracking through your favorite mountain trails. This top-of-the line GPS device features a preloaded 16 MB map database of North America, which can be augmented by detailed maps from optional CD-ROMs via the Secure Digital memory card slot. It also offers easy-to-read navigation screens, good-sized buttons and a thumb directional pad on the front, and WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) for 3-meter accuracy.

    Compared to Magellan's Sportrak line, the Meridian is bulkier both in weight (8.5 ounces with batteries compared to the Sportrak's 6.1 ounces) and overall dimensions--6.5 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D)--making it not quite as pocketable (unless you have cargo pants).

    The bright color screen measures 2.2 x 1.75 inches and has a decent 160 x 120 pixel resolution with 16 colors. Compared with the staid monochrome screens of most GPS devices, the icons and mapping detail literally jumps off the screen. We found it to be nicely readable in the car and in most outside conditions, though it wasn't at its best in direct sunlight. As with cell phones in the car, you will have to be wary with your usage. The Meridian Color can be a bit distracting while you're driving as you have to read the screen for turning instructions (though there are audible prompts) rather than hear a voice providing directions (a feature of the Magellan Roadmate).

    With a selected map region loaded into the memory (such as from the Mapsend DirectRoute CD-ROM), simply press the Goto button and select either a new or previously loaded waypoint or a point of interest (such as an airport or sports arena) to navigate to via a street route. After a bit of calculating, we were presented with a turn-by-turn journey that we could follow while driving. As we neared each turn, the Meridian Color emitted a set of beeps to warn us (which elevated to an urgent beeping when we were right on top of the turn). We used this to plot a course to Seattle's Space Needle, and it produced acceptable results (though, if you're familiar with the terrain, you may know better shortcuts). If you turn off the Meridian while following a route (say if you take a coffee break), you can return right back to it once you turn the device back on.

    Magellan's Meridian series offers Secure Digital (SD) memory card expandability, which is a bonus for adding a large amount of map data (especially for long trips). However, we were disappointed at its placement within the device behind the batteries rather than an external slot. This won't be a problem for most users, but it will be annoying if you've got a number of maps spread across several cards.

    We experienced good battery life during our test (Magellan boasts 13 hours of continuous use with 2 AA batteries). If you do plan on using it a lot in your vehicle, we recommend either purchasing the optional cigarette lighter power cable or using NiMH rechargeable batteries (which provide a typically longer battery duration as well as minimized cost in the long run).

    Overall, we were pleased with this portable hybrid car/outdoor GPS receiver. The Meridian's color screen definitely helps with quickly viewing details while out hiking or mountain-biking, while the driving navigation features were indeed helpful in unknown locales. However, if you do plan on using your GPS primarily in your car, you should think about moving up to either Magellan's Meridian Color Traveler (which includes a street map CD-ROM, vehicle mounting bracket, and power adapter) or the Magellan Roadmate (with voice instruction). --Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Color LCD is very readable--routes and icons pop off the screen
    • Controls well laid out, navigation screens are intuitive (especially for new users)
    • Optional mapping software is easy to use and transfer
    Cons:
    • SD memory card slot not easily accessible
    • We recommend a power adapter or NiMH batteries for extended car use
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Full-color 120 x 160 pixel display; backlit for easy night-time use
    • Uses WAAS technology for accuracy to within 3 meters or better
    • 16 MB of built-in memory includes mapping of North America and unlimited expandability
    • Rubber armored construction is impact resistant and waterproof
    • Runs for up to 13 hours on 2 AA batteries; includes USB interface with cable

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Feature rich, quality unit, color screen is a miss
    I have used a downloaded mapping GPS since 1998 and use it extensively.

    The pluses on the Meridian Color are: SD memory cards - I can finally carry the maps I need, uses only 2 AA batteries, well built and waterproof, searchable addresses, extensive points of interest, maps of Canada and parts of Europe, programmable navigation menus. I use a USB 2.0 SD card reader and a 256MB SD card and can quickly download 64 MB maps. Multiple maps can be stored on the SD card up to your storage limit. Using a card reader the map creation and storage process is done in a couple of minutes.

    The misses: the color screen is not a helpful as I expected, in daytime use the screen is very dark and hard to see even with the backlight on draining the batteries quickly, still needs better waypoint management, the Topo maps are not a useful as I expected.

    Good unit, but I would probably have been better off with the Meridian Gold due to the Color unit's hard to see screen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than car-installed navigation systems
    All the power of a car-installed navgiational system, but portable! Incredibly easy user interface. Display as many, or as few information screens as suits your needs. Color display is appealing to the eyes, but it's the functionality of this devise that makes it a must have.

    Accessories available include carrying case, bicycle/auto mounts, additional memory, mapping software, all readily available. The unit is waterproof and floats which is a great feature if you're planning to use it while boating. Pocket size and lightweight makes it practical to carry with you anywhere.

    Waited a long time to buy myself one of these units, and glad I am that I waited. The Meridian color is Magellan's flagship handheld GPS unit. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Product does NOT meet specifications
    When I first got the unit, I loved it. It appeared accurate, though it took a long time to acquire satellites at times. In fact, many times my Delorme Earthmate would acquire within 15 seconds, and the Meridian would take several minutes (while moving in a car sitting on the dash). The ability to use SD/MMC cards and load maps onto the unit was great for general usage. I used Magellan GPS for everything, from hiking, kayaking, driving, to boating.

    HOWEVER, the specs say that the unit is IPX7 compliant, which means accidental submersion underwater for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. I was in a kayak, got hit by a wave with the Meridian in my pocket, and was in less than 1 meter of water for less than 15 seconds, and water made it's way into the unit.

    I sent Magellan/Thales navigation an email and gave them a call but was not given much help, even though I own multiple Magellan products (including the GPS companion, etc...). They noted that I could have it serviced for $150, which is what an new unit cost (this was not the platinum edition, but it is the same form factor and same case). All customer service would tell me is that sometimes water may enter through the keypad area. Well, if water enters through the keypad area, how can they advertise that it is IPX7 compliant?

    I may be an isolated incident. However, with the customer service I received, I don't think I would ever buy another Magellan product, and will probably get rid of the rest of my Magellan products. I think the product design, features, usability, and intuitiveness is great, just the product does not perform up to expectations or promise. I would also consider customer service as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Meridian COLOR vs. PLATINUM
    Display:
    The COLOR has no-light/dim/bright, as does the PLATINUM. But the COLOR it is only usable with bright lights in daylight and dim during nighttime, with no lights you don't see anything. The Platinum w/o light has still an acceptable display and runs for about 8 hrs, the COLOR on bright runs slightly over 4 hrs (1.850 mAh).

    Functionality:
    The colored display is very helpful together with Topo Send. You can easily distinguish between different graphics by the color; like arroyos and dirt-roads, specially marked arreas and lakes, etc.
    What is missing on the COLOR compared to the PLATINUM is the baro, thermo and the build in electronic compass (not gps dependent). I thermo and baro I found fun to play around with but never really found a serious application. The compass needs constant alignment and is often considerably off. For all those applications there is way better stuff out there.
    The COLOR has the better software wich might be due to the fact that I downloaded the latest software to it (v. 5.12). After v. 5.xx there is supposed to be a street navigation function to it, which I haven't found yet- maybe only works with MapStreets.

    Durability:
    As I pointed out in my earlier review on the PLATINUM this unit is extremely rugged and highly reliable in the field. I figure so will be the COLOR.

    Deficiencies:
    The backtrack function is higly deficient. When you wanna walk back you have to hit every single point this function created on the way back. Often you don't do that because you do a shortcut. Neither one of those units does allow you to bypass one single point and from now it desperatly points back to the one point you might have missed by a couple of feets.

    Map-Download:
    has certain limitations which are discussed in some other reviews on this side. Even with the latest software I was only able to download 3 regions to one map, but 4 maps alltogether with a total of 120mb over my PDA (Card-Reader might be even better) by doing the following:

    1. Without connecting your Meridian to a PC, begin the map Upload process (click Regions; then Upload to GPS).
    2. When the map data conversion process is done, MapSend will display a message that it cannot find your GPS receiver to perform the download.
    3. Stop the process here by selecting "Cancel".
    4. Using Windows Explorer, go to Program Files/Magellan/MapSend/Export and locate the file called "maps.img".
    5. Copy this file to the SD card using USB card reader. Do not create any folders within the SD card where you place this file. Your Meridian will always looks at the top, or "Root" level within the card.
    6. Rename the file "XXXXXX.img" - Example (SO California.img).
    7. Remove the card and place it in your Meridian. You can use your Meridian as you would normally from here. (If you have at least software version 3.12 loaded on your Meridian, you will be able to select a map image to use from the Card Utilities menu - Press MENU to find Card Utilities)

    Verdict:

    I do recommend both units, but do personally prefer the COLOR for its more consise display even considering the extra functions on the PLATINUM. Because of certain flaws in the software I give both a 4 out of 5.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful GPS worked great!
    Just returned from a trip to Europe, and I have to say this GPS is stellar. I read some of the other comments below and let me offer some advice that clears up some of the problems.

    The backlight is adjustable, there is Bright, Dim, and Off. You change from one to the other by holding the power key down for a few seconds.

    There is a work around for the maps. I was able to download all of german, netherlands, italy, most of poland etc. You need an SD card programmer to do it, and either 128 mb or 64 mb cards. I needed 192mb total to store what I wanted. Each "Region" that you want to store has to be under 16mb. You can store up to 4 regions in a "Map". You can store as many maps as you want to the SD card, but you will need to rename them from "Region00." to "Region01", "Region02", etc. In this way you are able to store multiple 64 mb "Maps". You can change which map you are using by going to card utilities->select map. Waypoints and routes are stored in the GPS, so they will be sticky if you switch cards.

    Using this method you can download all the maps you could possibly need during your trip, and not have to lug a laptop or any software around with you, maybe a couple of postage-stamp sized sd cards. Also note that you'll want to load at least 16mb of the European basemap onto each sd card if you will be using it in europe.

    Be sure to format your SD cards before using them!

    I think the unit would work with 512mb sd cards, but I don't have a 512mb card to test with.

    Another important note is that magellan is releasing Turn-By-Turn software for this GPS this Month! It will retail @ 149.99 and if you do a cost comparison between the magellan and the garmin software, the magellan will now work out cheaper AND provide turn by turn routing with voice prompting (This is just a fantastic software upgrade, I can't believe it can be done without buying a new GPS. I will have to see how well it works when I receive my copy however.).

    Some items that keep this from getting 5 stars:

    Non-intuitive user interface for loading multiple maps (workaround described above)

    Battery life - I went thru about 4 2100 maH AA batteries a day. I had the backlight auto-off set at two minutes, but wanted the gps on all the time to get accurate routing. I remember by GPS V goes for a couple days on one set of batteries, although it uses 4 batteries instead of two.

    No compass - this makes it kind of tricky to navigate if you're walking. The directional arrow is frequently inaccurate, so you have to cross check the street that you are on. I'd love to see a screw on magnetic compass attachment for this unit. The sport-trak color has the compass, but only allows 10 or so MB of built in maps.

    No built in auto routing - was kind of dismayed to find it didn't have this originally, but with the promised software upgrade, it should be good. I do feel that this should be built into the unit, as a I think every user out there would want it. $150 is a bit much to pay for software that should really be included with the unit.

    Annoying alarm when battery reaches critical - There are some times that you don't want to advertise that you are carrying around an expensive device, and having the alarm go off in the middle of a subway or something could be dangerous. Didn't fully investigate if this can be turned off.

    Difficult to tell which button you're pushing if it's in your pocket - a little bump on the power and enter buttons would help for unseen operation.

    External connector is slow to connect disconnect - you have to turn a screw to connect the external car power or PC interface cables, which takes 60 seconds or so, maybe 30 when you get good. Very difficult to accomplish while driving.

    Annoying alarm when external power lost in car - my car connector kept turning off when bumped with the hand, and then this alarm would go off. A single beep would suffice guys!

    External power should turn off backlight saver automatically e.g. the backlight should stay on. (or better yet, seperate backlight saver mode for battery and external power). Ditto the auto-off functions although I wasn't using those.

    Display - the display was pretty good, and the color definitely helps to clear up the map. Street names are a bit difficult to read and certain zoom levels, the detail level/zoom level threshoulds might need a bit of adjustment.

    Antenna - Definitely works better when the gps top is pointed up. This is only my second GPS but it seemed a little less sensitive then my GPS V is.

    Cursor - cursor didn't track correctly when entering in a street name where the second word of the street name caused it to wrap to the second line; the cursor remained on a blank square - annoying, no big deal.

    German streets - geez, the first 17 characters are the same, can someone figure out how to do the UI so it is easier to get to the right street? I think using the up/down arrows to scroll thru the possible repeat characters would be much easier then the current methods. ... Read more


    7. Magellan eXplorist 300 8 MB Handheld GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Blue)
    list price: $229.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00029TNA2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 2560
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    There's a lot to Magellan's small, cool eXplorist 300 handheld GPS navigation device beyond its vibrant blue exterior. Inside and out, the eXplorist is built to provide real GPS (global-positioning system) abilities for serious outdoor use--from its tough, impact-resistant, waterproof exterior to Magellan's proven, powerful, and easy-to-use technology. The eXplorist 300 rewrites the rules by proving you can spend less and actually get more.

    The eXplorist 300 includes all-new Magellan TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver to provide precise position fixes within 3 meters while ensuring reliable, accurate satellite-signal acquisition and tracking. Small, lightweight and easy-to-use, anyone can pick it up and get going without studying a manual. Among its many features, the eXplorist 300 offers 3 navigation screens with track plotting to help you find the fun--then find your way back.

    Explorers will appreciate Magellan's 1-button access, which takes you directly to the functions that matter most: the menu, navigation screens, personal points-of-interest, "go to" routing, and backlight. In addition, the eXplorist 300 stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 5 track logs with up to 2,000 points each, providing ample storage even for avid navigators.

    The unit also supplies a built-in North American background map, which offers convenient access to roads, parks, waterways, airports, and more. Going beyond the step-down eXplorist 200, the 300 adds a trio of handy tools to simplify navigation: a barometer, an altimeter, and an electronic compass, which frees you from needing to be in motion to get a direction to a destination.

    Designed for compact, fit-in-your-pocket convenience, the eXplorist receiver measures just 4.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 inches (11,7 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,3 cm) and weighs less than 4 ounces (115 g), yet still has room for a large, 2.3-inch (5.8 cm), 4-level grayscale LCD. A zoom capability and an amber backlight ensure optimum viewing, even at night.

    The unit's rugged exterior is cased in a rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell that is waterproof to the rigid IPX-7 standard. The eXplorist 300 is ready for adventure in all conditions and terrain, whether you'll be hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or simply finding your way around a new area. ... Read more

    Features

    • TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver provides precise position fixes within 3 meters
    • 2.3-inch, grayscale LCD offers zoom and an amber backlight; unit's rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell is waterproof to the IPX-7 standard
    • Stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 5 track logs with up to 2,000 points each
    • Built-in North American background map offers convenient access to roads, parks, waterways, airports, more
    • Offers a barometer, an altimeter, and an electronic compass, which frees you from needing to be in motion to get a direction to a destination

    8. Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld GPS
    list price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000064184
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 2502
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Magellan's Sportrak Map--with its gray monochrome screen and limited data upload--is a little bit old school. But that's not bad. Think of the Sportrak Map as a jeep--rugged exterior, spartan controls (that are easy to access), and all the power you need to get you to any destination, whether it be the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest or the urban jungle.

    This Map model resides at the low end of Magellan's Sportrak series, which is geared more toward the outdoorsy type than the business person navigating appointments from the car. The Sportrak Map offers a 2 MB built-in map database of North America, a relatively small 6 MB flash memory for downloading maps and points of interest from your PC, storage for 500 waypoints and 20 routes, and WAAS reception (more on that in a moment).

    Our first of the Sportrak Map was that it was much smaller than we imagined from the online images we'd seen. At 2.2 inches wide and 5.6 inches, it's about the same size as our old Nokia 5190, and its 6.1-ounce weight is slightly lighter than that old behemoth. The controls at the bottom of the device are well laid out and easily accessible, whether you're right- or left-handed (though the smaller Enter and Nav buttons could prove challenging if wearing bulky gloves). The 2.2 by 1.4-inch grayscale display was adequate, and definitely geared toward handheld viewing.

    The Sportrak Map has 9 information screens, including compass, track details, and satellite status. It also has such useful features as track back (which helps you to retrace your steps to previous waypoints) and a track-to-route saving function. (A track represents your current direction of travel, but it won't be saved to your GPS until it's created as a route.)

    As mentioned, the Sportrak Map is a fairly base-level GPS unit, which can be a bit disconcerting for GPS newbies. Though it does have a North American land-mass and waterway database, it does not show much mapping detail (save for major highway systems and points of interest like airports and lakes). Again, the Sportrak Map is best used for hikes, mountain biking treks, and the like. You can easily set it to capture the path you follow (i.e., create a track) with specific markers (waypoints), and then upload this set longitude/latitude data to a PC to record your route. Our first attempt at naming a waypoint, which requires using the thumbpad to navigate to onscreen letters and numbers, took longer than it should, but we devised a system that kept our names short but recognizeable.

    In our testing, we had access to a Magellan Mapsend CD-ROM, and were able to download maps to the Sportrak Map. We grabbed a large swath of the Seattle metropolitan area (including detailed city streets) and transferred it easily to the device (the file was a little over 3 MB, or half the available memory). Smaller map selections for multiple hikes and such will definitely fit on the device, though highly detailed topographical maps may not.

    As with most new handheld GPS receivers released since the middle of 2003, the Sportrak Map adds WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception for a reading of your location that's accurate to about 3 meters. Is it handy? Definitely, for some--but it will be mostly transparent to you under typical use. For others, such as a friend who is plotting specific hikes in the Pacific Northwest for a book, the accuracy WAAS provides will improve the precision of tracks and offer better detail for map illustrations.

    The Sportrak Map isn't the most powerful GPS receiver out there. But if you're looking for a navigation device that offers accuracy, transfer of routes and waypoints to a PC, and a modicum of extended features (such as detailed map download), the Sportrak Map might just be your ticket to adventure. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Easy to use, accurate GPS receiver for outdoor activities
    • Ruggedized, waterproof exterior (that even floats)
    • Internal memory enough for medium-sized map downloads
    • Ability transfer of routes and waypoints to PC via included serial cable
    Cons:
    • 6 MB memory won't be enough for detailed topographical maps
    • No external memory card capability (for that see Magellan's Meridian series)
    • Isn't recommended as primary in-city navigation device
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    Features

    • 12-channel GPS receiver; WAAS enabled for up to 3 meter accuracy
    • 2 MB North American basemap of roads, waterways, parks, and more
    • 6 MB memory for additional map downloads
    • Large, easy-to-read display; 9-key keypad for quick access to software features
    • Rugged, waterproof design; Quadifiler Helix antenna for superior tracking in harsh environments

    Reviews (24)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Features, Nice Unit
    I have a poor sense of direction and wanted a portable GPS unit to (1) use when traveling in unfamiliar places, and (2) to be able to map out some places by plotting points. I haven't plotted points yet, but have taken it on the road a fair bit.

    I looked seriously at units from Magellan and Garmin, but decided on the SporTrak Map primarily because of its features and a ... rebate.

    I have owned this unit for a little more than a month now, and really have enjoyed it. It has a nice "breadcrumb" tracking feature which will let you save a route previously traveled. It has plenty of memory for my uses, though I have not purchased map additions yet. The basic map included has major interstates, US highways, airports, cities and some other details.

    I also purchased a cigarette-lighter power adapter for use on the road. The backlight feature has two levels of brightness, and I had been traveling for a little over two hours with the power adapter and the unit on "bright" when the backlight went off. It wouldn't come back on again despite pulling power, removing the batteries and reinitializing the unit (wiping out all memory). I got a return authorization from Magellan, sent the unit back via ground freight and got it back within a week, also via ground freight. The service was exceptional. Magellan even threw in a couple of goodies with my returned unit for my trouble.

    I certainly recommend this unit, and the only reason that I didn't give it five stars was because of the light failure. Other than that, I have been very satisfied.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good midrange GPS
    I have been thinking of buing a GPS for over 3 years, after I heard about Geocaching a couple weeks ago it was enough to make be jump to get one. Did not know much about them in the beginning and I guess I am still learning. I paid ... for mine last week and this week it is less,... it really is quite a deal.

    I like that it is small, light and compact...it seems smaller than some of the other magellans that I have seen others with. The screen is good size and the menus have been pretty simple to get around with. My 9 year old picked it up in about 15 minutes and my 5 year old used it to create a breadtrail.

    Yesterday I used it for the first time geocaching and it took me within 8 feet of the cache box each time. Features it does not have is average speed and more memory would be nice.

    Nice unit for the money

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Durability and Lots of Options for the Price!
    I have been using this unit for 7 months now and it does more than I expected for the money. It doesn't have a lot of the frills like other more expensive models but does a lot of the same and great for geocaching! I have purchased a mount to secure it to my mountain bike and it tells me my speed, direction, altitude, and tracks my path where I go so I can backtrack. It does lots of other things also. Bottom line...it's a great buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT GPS!
    Back in March/2004, I was looking for a cheap/quality GPS that used alkaline batteries, a monochrome display, and could be used out of the box, without connecting the unit to a PC. Well this GPS was my answer! It took me sometime to find it, but the wait was well worth it! I remember stopping by Fry's, Best Buy and a number of other electronic stores and being told that I would not be sold a GPS that did not offer a monochrome display, and worst of all would not be sold a GPS under $400! I do not understand why so many people using electronics feel they need a Bazooka to kill a rabbit. Shouldn't sales people understand that not everyone needs a powerful device, and some people just need a simple unit? Well I only needed a pistol for the job and found it at Radio Shack.
    Well the Magellan SporTrak Map GPS has 2MB of built in maps, which entails interstates, freeways, and highways, not to disclude airports and other points of interest. For me, I do not expect a GPS to replace a regular map, but just to be a strong add on, which will tell me my exact location when I'm traveling. This GPS unit has 6MB of free memory for detailed street maps, but the only catch is the price of the MapSend CD-ROM, which is highly overpriced. So, I do not expect to add on any detailed maps to my GPS anytime soon. I recommend this GPS to all users wanting a simple monochrome GPS unit with great battery life (15+ hours) and only need a GPS for freeway, interstate, and highway navigation. Oh one more thing for the best battery life use the Energizer Titanium cells.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm happy!
    After lots of research, I finally decided to purchase this Magellan over the Garmin Legend. The decision was based mostly on other websites and reviews questioning the sensitivity of the Garmin. I can't say anything about that, but I know I can usually get enough signal on the 1st floor of my 2 floor house (and I'm away from any windows). In the open, I can usually get 100% signal from 6 satellites and a little from a 7th (it only needs sufficient signal from 3). It's a little bigger than the Garmin, but being an RF engineer, I know that generally, the larger the better the antenna performance. I can't wait to take mine on a hike. FYI The unit comes programmed with fairly detailed maps of the US and very general maps of the rest of the world. If you want more, I guess you have to buy the CD.

    Update: I compared my unit to my friend's Garmin Legend and from the window at work, the Magellan did seem to perform better.
    I managed to lock on to 3 satellites, while the Garmin only two. ... Read more


    9. Magellan eXplorist 100 GPS
    list price: $119.99
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00026ID5Q
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 434
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    There's a lot to Magellan's small, cool eXplorist 100 handheld GPS navigation device beyond its vibrant orange exterior. Inside and out, the eXplorist is built not merely to be budget conscious, but to provide real GPS (global-positioning system) abilities for serious outdoor use--from its tough, impact-resistant, waterproof exterior to Magellan's proven, powerful, and easy-to-use technology.

    The eXplorist 100 includes all-new Magellan TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver to provide precise position fixes within 3 meters while ensuring reliable, accurate satellite-signal acquisition and tracking. Small, lightweight and easy-to-use, anyone can pick it up and get going without studying a manual. Among its many features, the eXplorist 100 offers 3 navigation screens with track plotting to help you find the fun--then find your way back.

    Explorers will appreciate Magellan's 1-button access, which takes you directly to the functions that matter most: the menu, navigation screens, personal points-of-interest, "go to" routing, and backlight. In addition, the eXplorist 100 stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 3 track logs with up to 2,000 points each, providing ample storage even for avid navigators.

    Designed for compact, fit-in-your-pocket convenience, the eXplorist receiver measures just 4.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 inches (11,7 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,3 cm) and weighs less than 4 ounces (115 g), yet still has room for a large, 2.3-inch (5.8 cm), 4-level grayscale LCD. A zoom capability and an amber backlight ensure optimum viewing, even at night.

    The unit's rugged exterior is cased in a rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell that is waterproof to the rigid IPX-7 standard. The eXplorist 100 is ready for adventure in all conditions and terrain, whether you'll be hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or simply finding your way around a new area. ... Read more

    Features

    • TrueFix technology with a 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver provides precise position fixes within 3 meters
    • 2.3-inch, grayscale LCD offers zoom and an amber backlight; unit's rubber-armored, impact-resistant shell is waterproof to the IPX-7 standard
    • Stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes, and 3 track logs with up to 2,000 points each
    • 1-button control takes you to important functions like menu, nav screens, personal points-of-interest, "go to" routing, and backlight
    • View speed, direction, and distance to destination on 3 easy-to-view navigation screens

    10. Magellan Sportrak Topographic 16 MB GPS with Waterproof Exterior
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C85CQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 5963
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 16 MB memory for additional map storage
    • Store up to 20 routes, 500 waypoints and 2,000 track-points
    • Save complicated tracks to easy-to-follow routes
    • Includes serial interface and cable for PC connection

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reception, ok features
    I use my unit to log traces of my hikes and runs; so good, continuous reception is my most important criterion for judging this unit.

    I originally bought a Garmin eTrek GPS unit, but I had to return it. Reception was fine when properly oriented, but the small size and antenna design caused it to lose the satellite signal even under clear skies while I carried it in my hand. I could get good reception only if the unit was held horizontally. This makes it worthless for logging runs and hikes.

    The user interface on this Magellan is OK: it's easy to use on the run and somewhat customizable. It's also not too hard to learn to use. But some simple data isn't displayed, like time elapsed since start of trip, or average pace (though average speed is available.)

    Map quality is good, and the CD to download detailed maps is included, unlike the Garmin. Also, topographical data of most of the US is preloaded. But this I've been disappointed with, since it seems far less accurate than the USGS maps available in electronic form from National Geographic. Often, a steep uphill appears on the Garmin map as a downhill, while the data loaded into the USGS maps shows the altitude change correctly.

    But again, this is all secondary to the good quality reception of the unit in different orientations. Since this is good, it gives good traces of my runs and hikes, and so I'm happy with it. ... Read more


    11. Magellan Meridian Color Traveler GPS Value Pack with 64 MB Secure Digital Memory Card
    list price: $599.99
    our price: $469.94
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DJEIL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 4361
    Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Magellan Meridian Color Traveler kit comes with everything you need for navigating unfamiliar city streets--as well as tracking through your favorite mountain trails. The kit includes the MapSend DirectRoute CD-ROM (for street-level map detail), a 64 MB Secure Digital memory card, vehicle mounting bracket, and cigarette lighter power adapter (with PC data cable). It also offers easy-to-read navigation screens, good-sized buttons and a thumb directional pad on the front, and WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) for 3-meter accuracy.

    Compared to Magellan's portable Sportrak line, the Meridian is bulkier both in weight (8.5 ounces with batteries compared to the Sportrak's 6.1 ounces) and overall dimensions--6.5 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D)--making it not quite as pocketable for use while walking or hiking (unless you have cargo pants).

    The bright color screen measures 2.2 x 1.75 inches and has a decent 160 x 120 pixel resolution. We found it to be nicely readable in the car and in most outside conditions, though it wasn't at its best in direct sunlight. As with cell phones in the car, you will have to be wary with your usage. The Meridian Color can be a bit distracting while you're driving as you have to read the screen (though there are audible prompst) rather than hear a voice providing exact turning instructions (a feature of the Magellan Roadmate).

    We've known several new GPS owners who have been frustrated at the need to purchase additional software to make their new device road-ready. The inclusion of the MapSend DirectRoute CD-ROM (compatible with Windows only) makes this kit invaluable, and we hit the ground running (well, driving really) within an hour of opening the box.

    With a selected map region loaded into the memory, simply press the Goto button and select either a new or previously loaded waypoint or a point of interest (such as an airport or sports arena) to navigate to via a street route. After a bit of calculating, we were presented with a turn-by-turn journey that we could follow while driving. As we neared each turn, the Meridian Color emitted a set of beeps to warn us (which elevated to an urgent beeping when we were right on top of the turn). We used this to plot a course to Seattle's Space Needle, and it produced acceptable results (though, if you're familiar with the terrain, you may know better shortcuts). If you turn off the Meridian while following a route (say if you take a coffee break), you can return right back to it once you turn the device back on.

    Magellan's Meridian series offers Secure Digital (SD) memory card expandability, which is a bonus for adding a large amount of map data (especially for long trips). However, we were disappointed at its placement within the device behind the batteries rather than an external slot. This won't be a problem for most users, but it will be annoying if you've got a number of maps spread across several cards.

    We experienced good battery life during our test (Magellan boasts 13 hours of continuous use with 2 AA batteries), and the cigarette lighter adapter was instrumental in preventing battery drain.

    The included vehicle mounting bracket connects to your dash via three suction pads, which isn't completely secure--you'll need to ensure the dash surface is completely clean before applying the wetted suction pads. The bracket's bendable arm is very firm, and it can move both vertically and side-to-side (a plus if you can't to position it near the center of the dash). However, because it's so tightly stable, you'll need to take it off the dash to adjust it, then reapply the suction pads.

    Overall, we were pleased with this car navigation kit. The Meridian's color screen definitely helps with quickly viewing details while driving (or while hiking or mountain-biking), though it did take awhile to get used to looking at the screen when alerted to a turn. If you do worry about the hazard of having to divert attention from the road, you should think about moving up to the Magellan Roadmate, which offers voice instructions.--Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • The kit has everything you need to get maps easily loaded into the GPS receiver
    • Color LCD is very readable--routes and icons pop off the screen
    • Mounting bracket has a strong, firm arm that bends both vertically and horizontally
    • Mapping software is easy to use and transfer
    Cons:
    • SD memory card slot not easily accessible
    • Mounting bracket suction pads aren't 100% secure and not quickly adjustable
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    Features

    • Meridan Color handheld GPS unit
    • MapSend DirectRoute CD-ROM
    • 64 MB SD memory card
    • Vehicle mounting bracket
    • Turn-by-turn audio prompts; includes serial interface and PC cable

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super product
    The Meridian Color GPS is great. The unit is small but the screen is easy enough to see in my truck. To get the detailed maps I need I am using a 256meg SD card with Map Send Direct Route. It is easy to load maps and mark places I want to see to the GPS and then "goto" them while I am traveling. I have used unit in the San Francisco rain and it worked perfectly, I am not sure why the other reviewer had water problems.

    Pros: I will never be lost again, Expandable memory, Color screen, Turn by turn directions, Nice sized unit that easily fits in my jacket pocket, Quick to pick up satellites, Intuitive menus

    Cons: Battery life could be better, Comes with a serial connection for the computer A USB type would have been been better since most computers do not use serial anymore, Magellan is vague about availability of map updates but so is Garmin so it's probably the norm for GPS companies.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Two defective units in a row/unacceptable copy protection
    I purchased two Magellan Meridian Color Traveler kits to try and give my father-in-law. Both were defective. Unit one worked properly as long as there were no memory cards with detail maps in the unit. If there were, the unit would hang forever "loading" and it would never find enough satellites to get a fix. The mapping software installed and worked. Extended sessions with Magellan tech support produced the advice "return for repair." Amazon did a fantastic job rushing a replacement out to me. Unit 2 arrived and it wouldn't even boot (no base map). Magellan Technical support coached me through reflashing the unit. Same error. Magellan technical supports final advice was to return the unit for repair. The copy protection was so good on this copy of the mapping software that it wouldn't run on either of my computers. It didn't complain it just hung and had to be manually terminated.
    I returned the second unit to Amazon and ordererd a Garmin 76CS. I will throw away the Magellan accessories I ordered to give my father-in-law.
    Unless I have confirmation that Magellan's hardware and software quality control have improved a lot I will not consider them for any future acquisitions.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Product does not meet specifications
    When I first got the unit, I loved it. It appeared accurate, though it took a long time to acquire satellites at times. In fact, many times my Delorme Earthmate would acquire within 15 seconds, and the Meridian would take several minutes (while moving in a car sitting on the dash). The ability to use SD/MMC cards and load maps onto the unit was great for general usage. I used Magellan GPS for everything, from hiking, kayaking, driving, to boating.

    HOWEVER, the specs say that the unit is IPX7 compliant, which means accidental submersion underwater for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. I was in a kayak, got hit by a wave with the Meridian in my pocket, and was in less than 1 meter of water for less than 15 seconds, and water made it's way into the unit.

    I sent Magellan/Thales navigation an email and gave them a call but was not given much help, even though I own multiple Magellan products (including the GPS companion, etc...). They noted that I could have it serviced for $150, which is what an new unit cost (this was not the platinum edition, but it is the same form factor and same case). All customer service would tell me is that sometimes water may enter through the keypad area. Well, if water enters through the keypad area, how can they advertise that it is IPX7 compliant?

    I may be an isolated incident. However, with the customer service I received, I don't think I would ever buy another Magellan product, and will probably get rid of the rest of my Magellan products. I think the product design, features, usability, and intuitiveness is great, just the product does not perform up to expectations or promise. I would also consider customer service as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No More Excuses for Getting Lost
    This is the coolest gadget I've used in a long time! I've only had the Magellan Meridian Color for 1 day but I'm already eager to search for my first SF geocache.

    Setup was simple - just follow the onscreen instructions and soon the unit will be searching for satellites and locking onto your location. From my bedroom window (house is on a hill) the Meridian Color was able to find 5 satellites within a couple of minutes and then keep the signal as I moved to the other side of the house to my office. Very impressive.

    As far as the MapSend software goes, it loaded fine and quickly found the COM port that had the GPS unit attached. The only tricky spot was having to upgrade the firmware on the GPS unit itself since the pre-loaded version was 3.4x and the upgrade was 5.1x. The instructions provided on the upgrade CD-ROM didn't match the software setup at all.

    Fortunately the software has limited options so it wasn't difficult to figure out (Go to UPLOAD and select Program Code Only making sure that the unit is on and has a fresh set of batteries installed. Then find the right .hex file for your GPS unit that's on the CD-ROM provided.) Don't freak, just read the instruction sheets before trying to do the upgrade.

    Anyway, the unit appears to be working great. The color screen is terrific and has a High/Low setting (hold the PWR button down a few seconds) to save on battery life.

    The unit also insists that only one mapping image can uploaded into the unit at a time. Not good if you want to visit more than 1 region over a period of time. The trick is to "pretend" you're uploading a region but have the GPS receiver turned off or disconnected. Proceed with the map preparation until the software says it can't find your unit then cancel out. Go find the .img files in the Program Files/Magellan/MapSend DirectRoute NA/Export/Images directory and then copy them to your SD card using Windows' Internet Explorer just as you would any other file. Sounds complicated but it's really just a basic file transfer.

    After the files have transferred, stick the SD card back in and power up. The maps can be found by pressing MENU/CARD UTILITIES/CHANGE MAP.

    Unfortunately, it's the battery life that's the reason this GPSR gets only 4 stars and not 5. This unit is a battery hog! If you use the color screen on high don't expect more than 6 hours per set of batteries.

    Because of this I've ordered a separate 12v cigarette lighter power cable for the car and will keep the power/data cable for home use. The cable only comes with a 12v cigarette plug so I've also purchased a 110v to 12v adapter so that I can use household current. I also bought a swivel mount to use at home as a cradle -- no need to use the attachment screw on the connector and the unit is upright and viewable. Extra stuff to clutter my desk but it should save me from a lot of aggravation.

    Overall the Magellan Meridian Color appears to be a great GPS receiver and I look forward to using the point-to-point routing features in the car (MapSend DirectRoute software comes with the Traveler's Pack bundle). The expandable standard SD card capability is a feature only Magellan seems to have (Garmin, are you listening?) and that, along with the color screen, should be reason enough to get this snazzy little unit.

    Happy triangulating!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love this GPS -- but use car cable to save on batteries
    I've had this GPS for 3 weeks now and I love it. I do a lot of Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) and it's made it much easier to find our geocaches. Now and then I use it for guidance to new destinations, and it works beautifully. Learn to trust it: You will arrive at your destination if you follow its directions.

    I used the mapping software and defined an area on my PC that includes all of San Diego County, all of LA County, and all of Las Vegas -- and now I have street-level guidance in real-time anywhere I drive! It is a wonderful thing to have this with me as we take weekend drives. The included 64 MB SD card still has about 45 megs of room left to add even more maps.

    I am still waiting on European maps (ordered through Amazon) and plan on taking this GPS with me on vacation through central Europe next month; while there are European maps, there is, unfortunately, still no map routing for Europe, but that's OK with me: I know where I'm headed to.

    The color capability makes a big difference -- far better than my former Garmin GPS. Be sure to use the included cable while driving so you don't kill the batteries within a few hours. I'm happy to have this thing -- it's made life easier and I do more Geocaching, more driving to unknown places, more exploring. ... Read more


    12. Magellan External Antenna for the Meridian and RoadMate
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000196ENM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 3633
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    Features

    • Helps increase the GPS signal reception of your Magellan Meridian Color navigation device
    • Works in the most demanding environments
    • Perfect for use on boats or RVs
    • Features a built-in signal amplifier and 9-foot antenna cable
    • Easy to install

    13. Magellan SporTrak Pro Handheld GPS
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000064189
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 1823
    Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Magellan SporTrak Pro is a feature-rich, fun, and easy-to-use GPS receiver designed for the serious navigator. Its rugged, waterproof, and ergonomic design is perfect for the outdoorsperson needing a compact but powerful navigator.

    Included in SporTrak Pro is a 9 MB North American basemap of highways, major roads, parks, waterways, marine navaids, buoys, lighthouses, and more. An additional 23 MB of built-in memory is included for downloading detailed maps from Magellan's MapSend line of CD-ROMs. With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the SporTrak offers readings with up to a three-meter accuracy.

    The large display, along with a front facing 9-key keypad, makes it easy to use in any environment. SporTrak Pro software includes seven graphic navigation screens, storage for up to 500 waypoints and 20 routes, a best fish and game time calculator, and BackTrack for finding your way home after a long trip into the woods.

    The SporTrak Pro runs on two AA batteries for up to 14 hours. It's housed in rubber-armored, impact-resistant plastic that's waterproof and also floats.

    The WAAS difference
    • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
    • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
    • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
    • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
    WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

    How it Works
    WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

    Who benefits from WAAS?
    Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

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    Features

    • 12-channel GPS receiver; WAAS enabled for up to 3 meter accuracy
    • 9 MB North American basemap of roads, waterways, parks, and more
    • 23 MB memory for additional map downloads
    • Large, easy-to-read display; 9-key keypad for quick access to software features
    • Rugged, waterproof design; Quadifiler Helix antenna for superior tracking in harsh environments

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Too cool.
    I just received my Magellan SporTrak Pro GPS unit, and after about three hours of non-stop twiddling with it, I can safely say "WOW!" I powered up the unit for the first time INSIDE my house, and it started acquiring satellites. Pretty amazing.

    Highlights:

    - Easy to use
    - Dead accurate
    - Surprisingly detailed base map
    - Well worth the money

    The only Down Sides I've noted are:

    - PC cable securing screw has a small, floppy D-ring-type handle on it, which makes securing the PC cable to the GPS somewhat finicky. The same type D-ring is used for the lanyard loop/battery compartment screw. It's OK, but nothing I'd design.

    - Magellan doesn't make a carrying case for it, but a slightly modified Nokia 5160 leather case works very well!

    - The backlight makes an annoying hum. It is barely noticeable at the Low setting, but on High, it sounds like a mosquito. Good thing I detest backlights to begin with.

    If you want a GPS, go buy this unit. Don't mess with the "toy" GPS systems that only use "patch" antennas. The quad helix on the Magellan systems is FAR superior.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Critical Deficiency
    I returned this unit because of an inaccurate trip odometer and will probably replace it with the Garmin GPSMap. The accuracy of the odometer on my Sportrak was off by about 20% at walking speeds. Try the following test: drive a one mile course away from and back to your home with the unit on the car dashboard. You will find quite close agreement (within a couple of percent) of the odometer reading on your car and the Sportrak. Now walk the same course holding the unit in your hand. My unit would record approximately 0.8 miles on the odometer on the same 1 mile course. I have conducted this experiment with a Garmin unit (the Foretrex 201) and found this unit to have the same accuracy at walking speeds as at highway speeds. Since I wish to use the system for mostly walking speed trips the Sportrak was unacceptable to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm happy!!
    After lots of research, I finally decided to purchase this Magellan over the Garmin Legend. The decision was based mostly on other websites and reviews questioning the sensitivity of the Garmin. I can't say anything about that, but I know I can usually get enough signal on the 1st floor of my 2 floor house (and I'm away from any windows). In the open, I can usually get 100% signal from 6 satellites and a little from a 7th (it only needs sufficient signal from 3). It's a little bigger than the Garmin, but being an RF engineer, I know that generally, the larger the better the antenna performance. I can't wait to take mine on a hike. FYI The unit comes programmed with fairly detailed maps of the US and very general maps of the rest of the world. If you want more, I guess you have to buy the CD.

    Update: I compared my unit to my friend's Garmin Legend and from the window at work, the Magellan did seem to perform better.
    I managed to lock on to 3 satellites, while the Garmin only two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most accurate GPS
    The is the most accurate GPS I have ever tested.
    It is a good overall unit.

    3-0 out of 5 stars on upgrading your firmware, be careful
    One word of caution. It's very easy to upgrade the firmware on the Magellans. But nowhere on the "readmes" for the sportrak pro upgrade did it tell the user to keep both the com port and the GPS at 4800 baud (esp. since the GPS can be set for 115,200! You can totally hose the flash memory and firmware by running the upgrade at ANY baud rate > 4800. You CAN go through an arcane series of "keystokes" to get the GPS back into "upgrade" mode..but it's a pain.. ... Read more


    14. Magellan RoadMate Dash Mount

    our price: $28.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000196ENC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 3680
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    Features

    • Requires ownership of Magellan Roadmate GPS device

    15. Magellan Meridian Marine GPS
    list price: $359.99
    our price: $319.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005OLY9
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 10993
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Keep on course at all times with the Meridian Marine Global Positioning System receiver. This rugged handheld GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe, and it comes with a 16 MB base map that details U.S. marine navaids including fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions, wrecks, and lighthouses. The Meridian Marine's Secure Digital Memory Card slot allows you to slide in a data card to get even more detail, or use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.

    The Meridian Marine is PC compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

    See your exact position on the Meridian Marine's seven navigation screens and vertical-profile graphs that show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information and comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian Marine's functionality.

    The Meridian Marine is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12-channel GPS unit with 16 MB marine base map
    • Built-in database of U.S. marine navaids including fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions, wrecks, and lighthouses
    • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
    • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
    • Oversize gray-scale display with backlight; backlit keypad

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Rip off software by design 1 chart only 1 sd card only
    The limits that are placed on you: 1 sd card and 1 chart -It does not matter how much memory or how many cards you have do not buy any thing more than 32 mb!
    So if you use the blue nav software on your boat be sure to pack your computer. If you are going out of the imposed restricted zone placed upon you by "map send" fire up the generator get your computer going and then load the next chart you need. I guess this should not be a problem if you have an ocean liner - boy hope you do not have a smaller boat.
    I would be happy with this gps if they let you register let's say 3 additional sd cards or if they did not limit you to one chart what is the point of one chart some one needs to get on the ball at magellan and lift restrictions ASAP!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great technology hamstrung by poor functionality
    Thinking it'd be great to get a GPS for your boat/ car/ hiking which will work for all three? Think again. The Magellan GPS MapSend software system makes it virtually impossible to use your GPS for more than one of these categories. Hard to believe, I know, I just got mine in the mail yesterday and I already feel duped. The killer is that the inability to crossover from the BlueNav charts to Topo or Streets is BY DESIGN. There is no software or memory restriction that would keep the unit from being able to use all three MapSend products. Plus... the waypoint managment is poor (can't load from PC to handheld or visa versa without erasing all of the waypoints stored on the receiving device), the file transfer is slow (unless you buy extra technology), the wrist strap screws in to the center of the mount area for external power/ computer communication cable/ external antenna so you always have to unscrew the wrist strap to attach anything else (I mean, come on!). I feel I've spent $500 for a nearly useless product. Avoid Magellan is my advice.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good product but the software needs work
    I purchased a Meridian Marine and was disappointed to find that the BlueNav Chart software has serious shortcomings. First you can only download one small chart on one SD card. Chesapeake bay, for example, has 3 different charts so you have to erase the SD card and re-load another map. If you are in a sea kayak it is tough to take a lap top. Also you can't download your track into a PC, which is a problem for sailboats. Your other option is to buy the extra large charts on an SD card which is quite expensive. If you buy this unit with the idea of loading Marine charts you will be seriously disappointed. Buyer beware check it out with Magellan, the website glosses over these shortcomings. The hardware works well if you want to download maps into the unit get an SD card reader it will save you hours of time over a serial connection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
    I almost did not buy this unit after reding the reviews but as I suspected this is a well built GPS that fits in your hand with a large useable readout. The map software worked perfectly and had all the street info I needed even in remote areas of MI in the "UP".

    5-0 out of 5 stars A super GPS! The pick for mariners and roadies...
    Just got this unit. It's great! I think this will set the standard for handhelds for a while. The ability to add memory makes it fairly unbeatable right now. I've put down some thoughts of mine that might be helpful. The stats and whatnot are on the Magellan web site and Amazon so I won't go into those. Also go to the Magellan site for screen shots. They have a shot of each screen, it's helps to see them I think. Anyhoo, my thoughts, very random and probably not much help but....

    - It's very easy on the hands. Fits nicely with all the buttons up front, no hidden or back buttons. Very nice. Also has dedicated zoom buttons for the maps, a great touch. Nothing's worse then one button for both. The rubber cover is very grippy so water will never be a problem. The battery compartment doesn't look very water tight, however the unit seems tight. I would guess water will never be problem.
    - This unit come with the pc cable, although the blur above doesn't say this. So you won't need to buy that cable. Makes it easier really and saves a little money for other extries. You will only need the car cable, which is cheaper. The combo looks a little large and complicated, so I'll go for the straight cig lighter cable.
    - The screen is very easy to see. It has 3 levels of backlighting, but I haven't needed that at all. The screen's large enough and bright enough for most folks. The detail is good, like any hand held it's somewhat limited but I have had no problems at all.
    - The 16MB of info is really pretty good. The detail doesn't go beyond state, national, and some limited local roadways but that's to be expected. With the Mapsend CD-ROM I would think the detail is endless, especially with the add on memory. I haven't bought the CD-ROM yet (...). Can't wait to test that out! The marine points are good. Seems to have most of the local fixed navaids, including archaeological sites. I'm on east coast so marine points are plentiful and this seems to have most. Good enough most sailing and boating, especially since one doesn't navigate solely with a GPS anyway - I hope! I would think a future marine CD-ROM is in order though. I'm not sure if the gold or platinum has more road map detail or not. Probably, but they don't have the waterway points which is a neat feature. Also has lakes and rivers, for the fishers out there - has a fishers helper time-of-day screen.
    - It's very easy to program and get going. I had it up and going in 15 minutes, including reading the manual. It's really easy. I'm a first time GPSer if that helps. No worries! Oh, it comes with batteries in the box. A nice touch. No running out looking for batteries when all you really want to do is play with the thing! A+ to Magellan on that one.
    - It's very quick at getting the sats and giving your local. Since it's my first I cannot compare but I'm satisfied with the speed. It refreshes quickly and has a nifty compass. The drive screens are well thought out and uncomplicated.
    - All of the prompts and menus are intuitive and easy to navigate, which seems logical for a navigation tool. But not always the case I guess. The learning curve is gentle, without losing the feeling that this is a seriously techno complicated piece of equipment.
    - Extras. Includes a very neat sun/moon function. It will tell you rise and set times as well as phase of moon. The GPS lets you know your position to the sun and moon at all times as well.

    I really like this GPS. It does everything I can think of and a little more. Heck it even has an elevation gain/loss recorder. Kinda cool after a major hike to see how far you climbed. Overall this is a must buy. If you're in the market for a GPS seriously look over this one. I think it's the top of the heap, and well worth the ticket price. Hope this helps! Now go and have an adventure. ... Read more


    16. Magellan RoadMate 500 GPS Auto Navigation System
    list price: $1,199.99
    our price: $859.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DJEIT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 3904
    Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Imagine having a personal assistant in your car, guiding you turn by turn, with a friendly voice and visual signals, even when you don't know the address. That's exactly what you get with the Magellan RoadMate 500 portable GPS auto navigation system. The unit comes with an extremely detailed map of the United States and major metropolitan areas of Canada on CD-ROM, from which you can select and load different 100 MB regions to the included memory card when making excursions to different areas.

    Lightweight and truly portable, the RoadMate 500 goes wherever you go, from your personal vehicle to your business car, to your RV. Built on the same Magellan technology found in the Hertz NeverLost system (proven and road-tested by over 4 million drivers), the RoadMate 500 makes your driving adventure easier and more enjoyable. The unit has access to over 2 million points of interest, making it a cinch to find your destination. Search by name or category for gas stations, restaurants, hotels, sights, amusements, and more, whether you're driving cross-country or to an unfamiliar address across town.

    Dynamic turn-by-turn guidance with TrueView 3D navigation and friendly voice prompting indicates when to make your next turn. The voice prompt tells you when to turn and you can confirm the direction at a glance. There's no need to watch the screen. The RoadMate 500 finds your location and the map continues to move with you by tracking up to 12 GPS satellites simultaneously. Assisted by the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), the RoadMate is accurate to within three meters or better.

    You can select your route from one of four ways: by shortest time (an advanced algorithm calculates your route using shortest distance and speed-limit factors), by shortest distance (determines your best route by the shortest distance traveled), by the least use of freeways (calculates your route through city and side streets, letting you stay off highways when possible), or by most use of freeways (provides directions over freeways, highways, and interstates).You get three guidance screens: True View (shows a detailed view of actual road layout), Map View (a bright, high-resolution display with bold, easy-to read icons and text; choose your favorite from nine different color combinations), and Maneuver List (which details when and where to expect turns along your route). Want to avoid a certain road or maneuver? Simply press a "route exclusion" button, the Magellan RoadMate 500 will find another route. It also automatically calculates a new route when you decide to take a detour because of heavy traffic or a closed road.QuickSpell intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes, accelerating your data entry by matching letters to available destinations. Store up to 100 personal or business destinations per user for a total of 300 addresses. Each user can even personally select their top three destinations to keep them handy.Instant Locate provides information about your present location so you can easily direct emergency services and roadside assistance. Best of all, the unit turns on when you start your car. Just turn it on and go.

    What's in the Box
    RoadMate GPS, 4 CD-ROM map discs, a 128 MB Magellan-authorized CompactFlash memory card, a vent mount, a 110V AC power adapter, a DC vehicle power adapter, and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Built in technologies used in the Hertz NeverLost system
    • Ultra-portable design allows frequent travelers to use Magellan RoadMate between cars and in any city
    • Full Color advanced display visible in sunlight and dark interiors
    • Includes map CD-ROMS for the United States and most of Canada
    • Dynamic turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts before each turn. Clearly see your next turn with TrueView 3D Navigation

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars New King of the Hill !!
    The Magellan Roadmate, quite simply, is currently the best auto gps available. I own the 700 (not yet available on this site, but available at Best Buy, along with the 500). Difference between the 500 and 700 is the 500 stores maps on compact flash cards (a 128 mb included w/ the 500) and the 700 has all of US and Canada built in on an internal 10 gig hard drive. Amazon currently advertises the 700 as having a 5 gig drive. They're wrong). Units are identical beyond that. The mapping is incredibly accurate, user friendly and intuitive. Voice prompts are clear and pleasant to listen to (male, female, or no voice user selectable). Screen (4") is clear, high resolution, and readable in all conditions, including bright sunlight. Like most recent units, the Roadmate will automatically re-calculate your route if you stray. Unlike other units, however, the Roadmate does it with amazing speed and accuracy. Because this is a WAAS enabled unit, it's accurate to within 12 feet of your position on the earth. I live in a spread-out, country part of Maryland, and this unit shows the detail of my dead end cul-de-sac!!

    I could go on and on about the unique features of this product, but I'll save some bandwidth and just say it's well worth the price. It's world's beyond the competition from Garmin (except for their new 2610, which is a very nice unit, but is not WAAS enabled and some say the mapping database is not as good) and the other major players.

    BTW, I'm a private pilot and I understand and have lots of experience with GPS.

    Edit 12/5/03: I am still thrilled with this unit after daily usage. Amazing how accurate it is, even in congested and confusing Washington DC during rush hour. I'm convinced that the WAAS feature on GPS auto units is real important in the inner cities.

    My first complaint: While the vent mount that comes with the unit is OK, Magellan should supply every conceivable other type of mount with a unit in this price range. I obtained, free of charge, their "gooseneck" suction cup windshield mount, and it is excellent. Should buyers have to pay extra for this? I don't think so. Their "beenbag" mount is also due out shortly. These can be handy when switching cars a lot. Garmin ships with multiple mounts. So should Magellan. I've forwarded my opinion to Magellan's marketing dept. That being said, my 5 star rating remains, as this product is really superb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Auto Navigation System
    The roadmate 500 (and it's larger brother the 700) are the cream of the crop when it comes to economical auto navigation systems. Make not mistake about it, this is NOT a general purpose GPS. The roadmate does one thing and one thing only -- it helps you navigate your auto. To start up, you download the area of interest into the device. It comes with a 128mb compact flash card and you can buy additional cards if you so desire. Areas are typically things like an entire state or for large states like California, "Norther California". From there, you just tell it where you want to go with it's excellent on screen keyboard or select a location by name from it's points of interest database. The POI database contains restaurants, malls, hotels, and other things of interest to travellers, but you won't find the nearest chair store -- it's not a complete yellowpages. You can specify an exact street address or a street and cross street. From there, you just follow the directions. The screen is large and bright, but there's no need to look at it while driving. The voice prompts are excellent. You are warned when you are approaching a turn or freeway entrance/exit and you are told if it's left or right. When I drive to my home, the it tells me "approaching destination on your left" and then "you have arrived". If I were to stop the car exactly when it told me, I'd literally be staring out the window at my front door. It's locations are precise. This precision speaks to the quality of the built-in database. Another lovable thing about the voice prompts is when it knows you have a complex maneuver coming up and warns you "approaching right turn followed by a freeway entrance on your left". The voice navigation is almost as good as a real human copilot. Overall, a great product that excels at it's intended usage. If you've used general purpose GPS's hooked to laptops for auto-navigation, this is a whole new experience in terms of quality and sophistication.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Initial Set up
    The unit requires registration and an authorization number from the manufacture before maps can be loaded into the compact flash card. This requires determining the CF card ID when registering. Instructions for this procedure are very poor and navigating Magellan's web site is tricky at best. If you enter the CF ID incorrectly, you cannot store any maps in the unit even if you are provided an authorization code for the CF card. Beware!

    1-0 out of 5 stars No Customer Service
    Received my 500 the other night. Also bought a 1 GB compact flash card.

    Started to install maps on PC, turns out CD #4 scratched pretty badly, so maps won't install. Called Magellan support, told to send them a fax with receipt and that they would get the CDs out to me. Emphasized that I really needed the maps for a trip and asked if I could receive a tracking number. Was told to call back next morning. Called 3 times starting the next morning (20 plus mins wait each time) and sent a fax - no response to any. Spoke to another rep whowas UNABLE to get my information - said I had to talk to the original support rep - what? They don't have a system where they log this stuff?

    I also sent an email through their website - you know one of those 24 hour response promises? Well, it has been 72 hours and nothing.

    Also went online to "unlock" the 1 GB compactflash. Lets see.. an option for 256MB, one for 512MB, but nothing for 1GB. A guy from support tells me to select 512MB.. what, would adding one more option to the website kill them?

    Just truly inexcusable level of support for a product this pricey. There are better options - I suggest you check them out. This is going back.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Can't travel without it
    My wife and I drove to L.A. with this RoadMate 500. It helped us so much in several ways.

    1) We felt it took shorter time than before because we never needed to slow down for looking up highway exits.
    2) We were never worried exiting to thew wrong street. The device always instructed us to go back to the right route.
    3) We drove like the L.A. local people. Many times, we used the local roads when there were heavy traffic in the highways.

    Two only complaints are
    1) the device crashed twice in the trip, we lost all the addresses and settings, big deal! We just re-entered the address and it works again.
    2) since roadmate is not powered by batteries, it is not meant to be portable at all. I wish Magellan offered a fix mounted solution. We had to unmount it everytime we parked because we don't want people to break in our car.

    Overall, it is stress killer. We so enjoyed the whole trip with it. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    17. Magellan RoadMate GPS Windshield Mount
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000196EO6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 2660
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    Features

    • Attaches your Magellan RoadMate to the interior of your windshield
    • Holds the RoadMate firmly in place just above the dashboard
    • Fully adjustable arm enables you to position your RoadMate at just the right distance and angle for convenient viewing and operation
    • Reliable suction grip
    • You can quickly detach and secure the mount when transferring your unit from one vehicle to another

    18. Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus GPS Auto Navigation System
    list price: $1,299.99
    our price: $899.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001O2594
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 15550
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Imagine having a personal assistant in your car, guiding you turn byturn, with a friendly voice and visual signals, even when you don't knowthe address. That's exactly what you get with the Magellan RoadMate 500Plus portable GPS auto navigation system. The unit comes with anextremely detailed map of the United States and major metropolitan areasof Canada on CD-ROM, from which you can select and load differentregions to the included 256 MB memory card. With the RoadMate 500 Plus,you can download details for as many areas as the card will store,letting you pick and chose from regions that interest you (the RoadMate500 limits you to 100 MB at a time).

    Lightweight and truly portable, the RoadMate 500 Plus goes wherever yougo, from your personal vehicle to your business car, to your RV. Builton the same Magellan technology found in the Hertz NeverLost system(proven and road-tested by over 4 million drivers), the RoadMate 500Plus makes your driving adventure easier and more enjoyable. The unithas access to over 2 million points of interest, making it a cinch tofind your destination. Search by name or category for gas stations,restaurants, hotels, sights, amusements, and more, whether you'redriving cross-country or to an unfamiliar address across town.

    Dynamic turn-by-turn guidance with TrueView 3D navigation and friendlyvoice prompting indicates when to make your next turn. The voice prompttells you when to turn and you can confirm the direction at a glance.There's no need to watch the screen. The RoadMate 500 Plus finds yourlocation and the map continues to move with you by tracking up to 12 GPSsatellites simultaneously. Assisted by the Wide Area Augmentation System(WAAS) and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS),the RoadMate is accurate to within three meters or better.

    You can select your route from one of four ways: by shortest time (anadvanced algorithm calculates your route using shortest distance andspeed-limit factors), by shortest distance (determines your best routeby the shortest distance traveled), by the least use of freeways(calculates your route through city and side streets, letting you stayoff highways when possible), or by most use of freeways (providesdirections over freeways, highways, and interstates).You get three guidance screens: True View (shows a detailed view ofactual road layout), Map View (a bright, high-resolution display withbold, easy-to read icons and text; choose your favorite from ninedifferent color combinations), and Maneuver List (which details when andwhere to expect turns along your route). Want to avoid a certain road ormaneuver? Simply press a "route exclusion" button, the Magellan RoadMate500 Plus will find another route. It also automatically calculates a newroute when you decide to take a detour because of heavy traffic or aclosed road.QuickSpell intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapidaddress entry with minimal keystrokes, accelerating your data entry bymatching letters to available destinations. Store up to 100 personal orbusiness destinations per user for a total of 300 addresses. Each usercan even personally select their top three destinations to keep them handy.Instant Locate provides information about your present location so youcan easily direct emergency services and roadside assistance. Best ofall, the unit turns on when you start your car. Just turn it on and go.

    What's in the Box
    RoadMate GPS, 4 CD-ROM map discs, a 256 MB Magellan-authorizedCompactFlash memory card, a windshield mount, a 110V AC power adapter, aDC vehicle power adapter, and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Auto navigation system that's ready to go, right out of the box--no wires to hook up or cards to plug in
    • Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompting helps you find your way, even when you make wrong turns
    • Full-color screen automatically adjusts to the light conditions for easy viewing day or night
    • Includes with 2 million points of interest across the contiguous United States and Canada
    • Includes detailed map of U.S. and major Canadian areas on 4 CD-ROMs; download specific areas to supplied 256 MB CompactFlash card

    Reviews (3)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great product with a few shortfalls
    This product is great but has a few shortfalls:

    PROS:

    * Clear precise voice prompts
    * Large, clear display
    * Excelent mapping and on-screen drawing of maps
    * Quick routing and re-routing
    * Night display mode is great

    CONS:

    * No EXIT numbers for Freeway exits
    * No sub-categorization - say if you select a restaurant, it doesn't sub-categorize into types of restaurants, which the GARMIN does very well. Same goes for other categories.
    * Couldn't find shopping centers like Best Buy or Home Depot
    * The auto-contrast and auto-brightness doesn't seem to work too well, at night the display is too bright for comfort and you need to manually dim it
    * Couldn't even find Showcase Cinema using POI
    * Map is backdated - even my 2 yr old GARMIN seemed to have a more updated POI

    Customer Support is awefull by the way!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dare to Dream!!
    This product was excellant. I have used it for 4 months now and find very little at fault with it. I use the 500 for work and usully put in over 20 addresses a day, it always gets me there! It takes a little time to learn but it is like any other electronic device; to use it properly you must READ THE MANUAL. don't listen to the negative reviews of people who couldn't get it to work right because they were to impatient to read the manual.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM! FREEZES COMPUTER! RETURNED!
    *****(btw, the person above who posted "don't listen to the negative reviews of people who couldn't get it to work right because they were to impatient to read the manual" has no idea what he is talking about. I am a computer geek, and my problems had NOTHING to do with impatience or not reading the manual!!!! My software simply "stopped responding" while trying to load up the maps!!!! I spent 2 days trying to get this thing to work!!! The software is buggy beyond belief! BE WARNED!)*****

    I bought this item the other day, because I thought "What a good deal! you get the windshield mount and a 256MB card!!" Then 1 day letter I returned it! There are MANY positives...but they dont matter in the least bit if your machine DOESNT WORK!

    NEGATIVES:
    1) BUGGY SOFTWARE FREEZES: The software that comes with the Roadmate 500 to load on the maps is BUGGY to say the least! Everytime I tried to load the maps in my region, It would get about half way done, then just freeze up. Then Id have to restore the corrupt card, and start again. I NEVER sucessfully downloaded the maps, and therfor I had to return the item. And this is on a BRAND NEW Pentium 4 Dell Desktop that WELL exceeds all of the system specs.
    2) LIMITED AMOUNT OF MAP DATA: It is VERY decieving in that they tell you "You get 4 CD-ROMS with ALL maps from the US an and CANADA!! Just upload your maps and you're ready to go!!!" But what they DONT tell you is that you have 45 days to decide which regions you want, and then after 45 days your card locks up and THATS IT!! You can no longer download maps from the CD-ROMS unless you want to shell out more cash. This wouldn't be so bad, except for the fact that I live in NJ and I was UNABLE to fir all of NJ, NY, CT, and PA on the 256MB cards...and I travle to ALL of these states from time to time. This is NOT fair! I spend almost $900 and I cant even transfer additional maps after 45 days??? This is GREEDY to say the least!!!
    3) CARD NOT BIG ENOUGH: The 256MB card DOES NOT hold that much data! Dont expect to hold more then 2-4 states on the card. But since the map of the US is broken down into "regions" you might be able to fit only 1/2 of one particular state and not the rest because it is in a different region and your card is full. YES...THATS RIGHT...Some states are split between 2 or more regions!!
    4) LOOSE AC ADAPTOR: The AC adaptor is VERY loose and may slip out and cause it to shut off randomly.
    5) NO PLASTIC COVOR ON SCREEN: Ok, not to be petty...but when I buy an electronic device with a nice color screen, I LOVE to peel off that nice sheet of adhesive plastic that protects the screen from scratches. The Magellin Roadmate 500 DOES NOT have that on its screen, and I mean, without it...it just doesn't feel NEW!

    POSITIVES:
    1) NICE SCREEN: The screen looks great...nice and bright!
    2) GREAT SATILLITE RECEPTION: This machine will locate a satillite in as little as 1 minute and no more then 4 minutes. Thats not too bad. And once it finds it it LOCKS on!
    3) GOOD VOICE PROMPT: Both the woman and the man sound very pleasent.

    In conclusion, DO NOT BUY THE MAGELLAN 500 PLUS! If you are springing for this item, go the extra $150 and Buy the MAGELLAN 700! It has a 10 gigabyte hard drive in it with ALL of the maps from the US and CANADA already in there. It is "plug and play" which means you take it out of the bos, stick it to your car's windshield, turn it on, and DRIVE! No computer needed, no hassles, no computer crashes!

    DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM!!! PERIOD! GET THE MAGELLAN 700!!!

    Have a nice day :)

    -BRAD ... Read more


    19. Magellan Meridian Handheld GPS Receiver (12 Channel)
    list price: $239.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005OLY7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 20651
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With 2 MB of built-in map data and a Secure Digital Memory Card slot, the Magellan Meridian Global Positioning System receiver allows you to access and store extensive location information. This rugged handheld GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe. The Meridian's 2 MB base map allows you to access worldwide political boundaries and major cities. Slide in a data card to get even more detail, or use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.

    The Meridian is PC compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

    See your exact position on the Meridian's seven navigation screens and vertical profile graphs that show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information and comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian's functionality.

    The Meridian is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12-channel GPS unit with 2 MB base map
    • Built-in worldwide database of political boundaries and major cities
    • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
    • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
    • Oversize gray-scale display screen with backlight; backlit keypad

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bargain Technology
    This GPS receiver is fantastic. Some reviewers haven't done their homework. For example - I promise that San Francisco is in the database. I don't know where he was looking. The Power button is selectable for either Confirm Off required, or Cancel to stay connected. The street level mapping with the add-in MapSend data is selectable for Low, Medium, High or Very High resolution. Hidden costs for the software? Magellan has a ... rebate if you buy a Meridian and a software title. This unit is extremely accurate, and the maps are pretty good. Don't try to use this unit for surveying, but for any other use - it's fantastic. For the price it can't be beat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS
    This is an awesome GPS. This Meridian GPS is a beautifully sculpted lightweight unit.
    It is very accurate with WAAS capability (common 1 yard accuracy). It easily records a track of points of your path. This track may be reversed into a route to find your way back.
    It comes with 2MB of memory, although with an inexpensive memory card up to 64MB, you may add topo maps to the unit. I added the maximum 64MB and purchased the MapSend Topo software. I added ALL the topographic (altitude lines, special map features and more) of the entire state of California AND also about 95% of Nevada. This is a huge amount of area! This means that ALL of the Sierras-Yosemite etc.., California Coast and almost all of Nevada is always ready to go in the unit. PLUS, this added card enables you to save tracks which go to about 2000 points. I've saved about 20 tracks before. You may also save Waypoints to the card. The card saves the data if you turn off the unit-take out batteries etc.. until you erase it-it's saved.
    I also own National Geographic TOPO! which incedently is wonderful software. It is fully in harmony with it too.
    The unit comes with a huge amount of features. It has a two level backlight. The text on the unit is easy to use in "MSCOMIC" font. Included is moon/sun rise/set and hunting/fishing best time indicators for position. It has over half a dozen screens which show what you want-from set up. You may show a huge amount of data: MPH, AVG Speed, Position, Bearing, Turn right/left, velocity to waypoint, and many more!
    One of the best features on the unit, is a mapping function. On the map screen which shows the topo lines, there is a way to use the cursor to go to a position on the map which scrolls if off the screen. By putting the cursor at a position, you may create a waypoint at this destination. This enables you to create a "GOTO" to that position. Thus, you may create a route or GOTO in the field from the map. You don't need Topographic software or the accessory memory card to do this map screen waypont trick in the field-the default GPS will do this.

    Pros:
    * Waterproof
    * Huge, detailed mapping ability
    * Lightweight
    * Looks good
    * VERY accurate with WAAS
    * About 15 hours of battery life from rechargeable NIMH 2 AA batteries
    * Affordable-I got mine NEW from Ebay for about $120

    Cons:
    If the unit's batteries run out while data is in its memory (not the card which saves all data regardless and won't lose it if power is lost)-it loses it. Best remedy: save your work to the card-just like a PC

    Conclusion:
    Buy it if you want an upgrade to WAAS and mapping ability-the price is hard to beat. It holds its value well-so if you sell it, you'll get a good price at Ebay.com or GEOCaching.com. Sure, there may be other brands, although this one is VERY FINE and will do the job whether hiking or GEOCaching.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good unit with some reservations
    This unit gives me a mix of things that I really love and some things that I find hard to live with. On the plus side, you'll find a unit that performs flawlessly for the level of my use (aimless wandering in the woods, geocaching, etc), an operating system that is exceptionally easy to learn, a rugged case, and a big screen. On the downside, you'll find that the unit doesn't fit well in your pocket so you'll need to compromise with a belt mounted holster. Nonetheless, I would give the unit a high rating if it wasn't for the annoying "power" button which is very easy to touch by mistake, which causes the GPS to automatically power off. My opinion is that you will be more than happy with it, if you understand these shortcomings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars nice unit
    I bought the Meridian a few months ago and find it to be a handy and fun device. It has quite a few different screens to give you plenty of data on your position, speed, bearing, etc. I use it quite a bit for work since I often need to go out into the field to pinpoint and find specific locations.

    I also use a Garmin at work and personally I like the Magellan. The Garmin is smaller which may have benefits to some but, the Garmin screen is smaller and harder to read when you are either walking or driving in a car. I also find the buttons on the Magellan to be easier to use. Both provide more, or less, the same GPS data on their screens for my needs.

    Negatives: The maps the Meridian, or Garmin equivalent, come loaded with are not very detailed. No dirt roads or smaller township roads are included. The Magellan and Garmin map CD's you can purchase for these units are better but still not a USGS 1:24,000 quadrangle which would really be nice for hiking, etc. As far as I know, the most detailed maps you can currently get on the Magellan or Garmin CD's are 1:100,000 scale. Ask a company rep how much memory you need to save the CD maps that you will be using in the unit. A color screen would also be nice for use with the topo maps but battery life is already quite short (if you are out all day you had better carry an extra set) so that may not be feasible.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Watch the hidden costs!
    ...I am disappointed with the Meridian GPS. (This being the standard unit and not the Gold or Platinum versions which may be better.) As a GPS it is adequate, however compared to Garmin units the interface is confusing and it is not obvious how to create such simple items such as user defined waypoints. If you are successful in creating a waypoint, creating a route is fairly easy but I had to refer back to the CD manual to figure out how to activate the route. The printed manual contains very limited information, and the manual contained on the CD is cumbersome to navigate and not available for quick reference.

    My main complaint with this GPS are the hidden costs associated with using the mapping features. As it comes out of the box, the Meridian GPS contains a 2MB base map that is only marginally useful (showing only major land masses, lakes, and some interstate highways). In order to recreate the image shown on the front of the manual, Magellan neglects to tell you that you will need to buy the MapSend software...and an additional memory card ([cost] depending on capacity) which almost doubles the cost of the GPS. In fact, none of Magellan's documentation including the box, manual, website, or MapSend documentation ever mentions this limitation. Perhaps the Gold or Platinum versions of the Meridian GPS have memory available for downloading maps, but the standard Meridian GPS does not.

    The unit itself is seemingly rugged, but it quite heavy compared to units with similar features from other manufacturers. While this may not be a factor in some applications, if you are hiking you may prefer to look for a lighter GPS.

    I would suggest you look hard at the Garmin line of GPS before you settle on this model. ... Read more


    20. MapSend BlueNav XL Chart - North Carolina
    list price: $279.99
    our price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A0VCN
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The XL version of the MapSend charts covers large regional areas. This marine navigation chart will help you maximize the navigation capabilities of your Magellan GPS receiver. The chart will work with the following units: Magellan Meridian Gold, Marine, Platinum and Color, Magellan FX324 MAP and FX324 MAP Color, or Magellan SporTrak Pro (CD-ROM only), SporTrak Pro Marine and SporTrak Color. Magellan has made it easy to download the chart into your GPS using a preprogrammed Secure Digital (SD) memory card. Derived from Navionics GoldTM charts, the chart offers a complete range of detailed marine cartography for your GPS. MapSend includes information on marine currents, tides, port services and much more.

    What's in the Box
    Preloaded 32MB or 64MB SD memory care and plastic case. ... Read more

    Features

    • Detailed marine cartography
    • Available on SD memory card
    • Derived from Navionics Gold charts
    • Information on marine currents, tides, ports, etc
    • Use on Magellan GPS units

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