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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
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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 Platinum GPS with Waterproof Exterior
list price: $399.99
our price: $279.99
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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


4. 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


5. Magellan eXplorist 200 16 MB Handheld GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
list price: $169.99
our price: $149.99
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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 eXplorist 300 8 MB Handheld GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Blue)
list price: $229.99
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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

7. Magellan Meridian Color Traveler GPS Value Pack with 64 MB Secure Digital Memory Card
list price: $599.99
our price: $469.94
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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


8. Magellan RoadMate 500 GPS Auto Navigation System
list price: $1,199.99
our price: $859.99
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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


9. 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


10. 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


11. Magellan 750M Vehicle Navigator with GPS
list price: $2,399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066SUE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 30168
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 750M portable navigation system from Magellan provides 750NAV functionality without requiring a permanent installation. Compact, lightweight, and rugged, the 750M's portability and easy set up makes it ready for use in minutes--without the cost and inconvenience of installation. It's the ideal navigational tool for road warriors, frequent travelers, fleet and lease-car operators, recreational vehicle owners, and multi-vehicle families.

Smaller and lighter than many notebook computers at seven pounds, the 750M comes pre-assembled and self-contained in an attractive carrying case with a shoulder strap for easy transport. It includes free map coverage of the entire United States and Canada and features an off-road navigation option. The included power adapter, battery, and battery charger provide system power. Simply attach the Battery to the system, plug the system into the accessory power port, place the antenna on the roof, and you're on your way.

The intuitive 750M gives you visual and voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to any domestic location--at any time and in any vehicle. It combines map-matching, inertial navigation technology, and continuous free data from Global Positioning System satellites to provide extremely accurate guidance data. The unit's color display shows the driver's position on detailed maps of streets and highways. You can exclude routes with construction, traffic, or accidents, and you have the option of choosing the fastest or shortest route. If you take a wrong turn along the way, the 750M automatically recalculates your route from your current position. It powers on and off through ignition sensing.

Other features include the option to choose a male or female voice from seven languages, view routes in four formats, and store 100 frequent destinations. The 750M also shows services available at each highway exit and works off its database of more than 500,000 businesses, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, government facilities, and business-related retailers.

Magellan also offers a mobility kit that converts the 750NAV to a portable system (includes all 750M components except the navigation computer and display; additional displays are available).

What's in the Box
A navigation computer, a color display (visible in bright sunlight), a five-foot display cable, a rechargeable backup battery, a carrying case with shoulder strap, a docking station, a quick-mount bracket, a battery charger, an in-vehicle power adapter, and a 12-foot-cable magnetic GPS antenna. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact, lightweight portable GPS system offers turn-by-turn directions to any domestic location
  • View routes in four formats, and store 100 frequent destinations
  • Mapping of the entire U.S. and Canada, including off-road locations
  • Visual and voice prompts, 500,000 points of interest (gas stations, hotels, etc.)
  • Pre-assembled, includes carrying case with shoulder strap

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
Ok... first things first. You must know a few simple rules about this unit. Setup - very important and it takes just a few minutes. Once you follow the setup the rest is easy! It's like they say "if all else fails, read the instructions". Well, I promise you, if you set it up right, it works!

I first used this unit with Hertz. It takes a few minutes to get used to it, but it's a phenomenal product. Since that time, I purchased one for my daughter when she went off to college in the "big city". I don't have to worry about her going off to some unknown area of town. It allows you to pick locations by street, address, places of interest, etc., etc.
However, you have to READ the instructions. I was looking at some of the other "comments" written by other users... they obviously didn't read the screen. For instance... if you use the option to find a street - well obviously, you need to select the town! I mean, it tells you what to do, you just have to READ the screen. The first time I used it, i went from Dallas to Fort Worth and within that short distance went to at least 15 different locations, including resturants, hotels and airports. I never got lost. (at hertz they call it the Never lost system) If you do take a wrong turn or exit the Magellan AUTOMATICALLY re-positions itself and tells you how to get back on track. It changes the route to get you back to where you were going.

There are some other really great features..... such as "shortest time" ... this is great to get someplace in the shortest time. There are all sorts of options. Yes, there are times that a point of interest is not available, but it's pretty rare - at least from my experiences.

I have to admit, my daughter DIDN'T follow the instructions and didn't position the unit properly.... so, she got bad results the first few times. After her complaining i found out that she didn't read.... of course. Now that she has it set up properly, she says it's great and she hasn't gotten lost since.
Obviously, I'm a fan... but hey, don't take my word for it. Rent a Hertz car and try it out..... ok, that's a little extreme, but hey.... i knew what I was getting before I bought it.
Best electronic investment I have made this year - and believe me (I'm a gadget fanatic), I've made lots of purchases this year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
Mine is on the way back to Amazon for a refund. Large stores that have been available around my area for 5 years are not included in the database. This includes a large Target and a super grocery store. Roads where I live changed 2.5 years ago, but the maps in the unit still don't reflect this. To top it off...my hometown, Columbus, MS, isn't even in the system! That's a town of about 50,000 people! Many, many state parks aren't listed, and no campgrounds are mentioned at all.

Just to see if it was all a fluke...I had a friend try to route to his family's house in Nampa, ID. The unit found Nampa, but not his family's street. It's a newer neighborhood true....but it's been around for 4-5 years. Not good performance at all.

If you're a full time RVer as we are...save your money. Exit information includes no phone numbers (so you can't call a service center for a tow even though they show up on the exit services screen). Gas stations have no info as to whether they sell diesel, propane, or have big rig parking. These needs may sound like niche requirements....by up to date maps and a robust cross referenced databases would solve them. Nothing fancy is required...just accuracy.

Until GPS manufacturers start to address the usablilty of their units in real world situations, I'm keeping my money in my pocket. So, my recommendation is, for the money, pass on this unit. The Garmin Street Pilot isn't much better, but at least it can find most state parks and has real exit service information. It's databases don't cross reference, so you'll have to run 3 types of searches to find out whether a service is really near the exits along your route....but it is quite a bit cheaper and much more mobile. For me....I'm still waiting....I've tried the Garmin unit also and find it not very useful for full time RVers either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Experienced User
Definitely recommended. You have to know the street address and the correct city/town name to get optimal results, but there is absolutley NO comparison between having this in the car and using maps or hand held units. You can not only use it to guide you, but to check the traveltime, distance, etc., when planning road trips. Unlike web based map services, when there is a recent change to conditions, routing, accessibility, etc., the unit instantly recalculates and provides revised and optional routing. I believe that this is a "must have". The newest software also offers travel services, including gas stations, restaurants, business services, points of interest, etc...like the cell phone and email, how did we ever get along before we had this?

3-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
My wife and I, recently, rented this unit (or, perhaps, another model, but of the same company) with a car from HERTZ. While being excited about "smartness" of the unit during our driving from Washington, D.C. to New Jersey, we were stunned later, when it guided us to a street we wanted to reach in Manhattan. Instead of Manhattan, it brought us to Staten Island to... a street of exactly the same name (Clinton). We were lucky that time of the day was early afternoon and we were able to finally to reach our destination at daylight, using, again, the device. However, at this time we specified intersection of the street we were looking for and of another street in the area. Also, the unit did not recognize one way streets.
The conclusion I would make, while using the device, be familiar, in general, with the area and carry a map, as well, just in case. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best Portablr Navigation Money Can Buy
I live in Switzerland and keep going forward and backward to the USA doing business every time in a different place. I use to rent cars from Hertz with their Never Lost Navigation system which also is a Magellan 750 but not portable. It was okay for me except I had to rent Hertz every time, and sometimes I find better deals at other rent a car or even Price Line. So I looked for the portable unit at the time and found out that this system is the best comprehensive portable navigation available. This system is so easy to install in less than 2 minutes. Now it has West and East maps and it covers the entire USA on road and off road navigation. What makes this system so easy to use is it's huge database of all kind of point of interests from Airports, Restaurant, Tourist Attraction, Hospitals to Shopping Malls. You name it has it. It eliminates the need to enter addresses manually or look up the address for a hotel or a restaurant. You can also look up point of interests by their distance from your location, like the nearest restaurant from where you are.

I love this system because you do not need to change CD's for different states like other units. All the info is stored on a large hard drive for easy access. Simply take it with you from one city to the other and from one car to the other.

The only advantage DVD navigation has over the Magellan 750M is it's a bit faster in calculating routes, and until now I am not a ware of any company that makes DVD portable navigation systems.

Finally, I know this unit is expensive but it is worth every dollar you pay for it. ... Read more


12. Magellan 750NAV Plus Vehicle GPS Receiver with Voice Prompting
list price: $1,999.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AR6SM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 43966
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The highly refined Magellan 750NAV Plus car navigation GPS receiver offers full color, detailed mapping, and a wealth of rich location-specific information in a sleek and intuitive design. It uses the same Magellan technology found in the NeverLost system of the Hertz rental car fleet.

The Magellan 750NAV Plus was developed for people who want a semi-permanent mounting in their personal or work car. When professionally installed, the 750NAV Plus GPS receiver leaves no housing or cables visible when removed. With the optional 750NAV Plus mobility kit you can easily switch the unit between vehicles.

With turn-by-turn directions and friendly voice prompting, 750NAV Plus automatically guides you to your destination, recalculating your route if you make a wrong turn or decide to take a detour. The built-in database of detailed maps covers the United States and most of Canada. The large full-color screen and keypad make it easy to enter your destination information and find the best route. With WAAS-enabled GPS accuracy tracking up to 12 satellites, the 750NAV Plus can place your location to within 3 meters.

You'll get seamless detailed mapping of the entire U.S. and key areas in Canada Travel the country with no need to load new data. A single database contains all major city streets as well as the federal, state and county roads and highways in the U.S. and most of Canada. The comprehensive POI database provides over one million listings, including businesses, banks, hotels, airports, gas stations, ATMs, restaurants, and more.

The 750NAV Plus features an Exit Service Directory Guide, enabling you to find services at specific highway exits quickly and easily. Get information about food, gas, lodging and emergency assistance for upcoming Interstate exits by accessing Interstate AmericaÕs Exit Authority information.

Other features include:

  • Three guidance screens to chose from with easy to use interface: True View (shows actual road layout and information about intersection maneuvers), Map View (bright, high-resolution display screen with bold and easy-to read icons and text), and Maneuver List (details when and where to expect turns along the route).
  • Voice prompting tells you when to turn so you donÕt need to watch the screen.
  • Route Method allows you to choose the shortest time, shortest distance, most use of freeways, or least use of freeways. Route Exclusion tells the 750M Plus to avoid certain roads.
  • With Auto Re-route, the 750NAV Plus automatically calculates a new route when you make a wrong turn or decide to take a detour because of heavy traffic, a closed road, etc.
  • Easily enter addresses with QuickSpell, which intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes
  • Store 100 personal or business contacts and calculate routes to their locations

Electronic Mapping
The Magellan 750NAV Plus has an electronic map of the contiguous United Statesand Canada stored on a hard drive.The map is divided into 10 separate regionscalled Map Areas, and your purchase provides you access to one (1) Map Area. Access to Map Areas is controlled by Unlock Codes that are provided when the product is registered, or when additional Map Areas are purchased or rented

What is WAAS?
GPS receivers have an accuracy of about 15 meters, but you can get to as close as 3 meters with a WAAS-enabled receiver. WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, which is a network of satellites and ground stations (in North America) that were designed to improve the accuracy and ensure the integrity of information coming from GPS satellites. Originally implemented by the FAA for aviation use, WAAS is particularly useful for serious outdoors enthusiasts as well as for precise in-city navigation. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel vehicle navigation GPS receiver
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • Built-in database of detailed maps covers the United States and most of Canada
  • Turn-by-turn directions and friendly voice prompting
  • Large full-color screen and keypad; includes parallel port interface

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the navigation system that Hertz car rentals uses. I rented one of their cars equipped with the system in the summer when I was visiting family in Canada for a week and it made my trip so simple. I had no idea where I was going, but I typed the address into the quick spell address feature, and I was off. The voice told me when my turn was coming with incredible accuracy, and if I missed any turns my route was re-routed instantly and I was told where to go from there. I never had to look at the screen. It even told me where there were rest stops and places to stay. At one point I was in the middle of nowhere, dirt roads and all, and the system still new exactly where I was and when I should turn. I was never lost once my entire trip, and that's quite a feat for me since I get lost everywhere I go. I have never seen such an amazing GPS system and I could never purchase anything else now that I've used the best. ... Read more


13. Magellan RoadMate 760 Portable GPS Vehicle Navigation System

our price: $1,099.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009MFQ12
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
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Features

  • Magellan RoadMate finds your location and the map continues to move with you by tracking up to 12 GPS satellites simultaneously, with WAAS support
  • Voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions get you there easily

14. Magellan 750M Plus (12 Channel, WAAS, Portable)
list price: $2,399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009ZY3Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 36982
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The highly refined and portable Magellan 750M Plus car navigation GPS receiver offers full color, detailed mapping, and a wealth of rich location-specific information in a sleek and intuitive design. It uses the same Magellan technology found in the NeverLost system of the Hertz rental car fleet.

With turn-by-turn directions and friendly voice prompting, 750M Plus automatically guides you to your destination, recalculating your route if you make a wrong turn or decide to take a detour. The built-in database of detailed maps covers the United States and most of Canada. The large full-color screen and keypad make it easy to enter your destination information and find the best route. With WAAS-enabled GPS accuracy tracking up to 12 satellites, the 750M Plus can place your location to within 3 meters.

The 750M Plus is portable so that you can easily transfer it from one vehicle to another, leaving no evidence housing or cables visible when removed. You can quickly and easily install the 750M Plus yourself with the mounting accessories that are included.

You'll get seamless detailed mapping of the entire U.S. and key areas in Canada Travel the country with no need to load new data. A single database contains all major city streets as well as the federal, state and county roads and highways in the U.S. and most of Canada. The comprehensive POI database provides over one million listings, including businesses, banks, hotels, airports, gas stations, ATMs, restaurants, and more.

The 750M Plus features an Exit Service Directory Guide, enabling you to find services at specific highway exits quickly and easily. Get information about food, gas, lodging and emergency assistance for upcoming Interstate exits by accessing Interstate AmericaÕs Exit Authority information.

Other features include:

  • Three guidance screens to chose from with easy to use interface: True View (shows actual road layout and information about intersection maneuvers), Map View (bright, high-resolution display screen with bold and easy-to read icons and text), and Maneuver List (details when and where to expect turns along the route).
  • Voice prompting tells you when to turn so you donÕt need to watch the screen.
  • Route Method allows you to choose the shortest time, shortest distance, most use of freeways, or least use of freeways. Route Exclusion tells the 750M Plus to avoid certain roads.
  • With Auto Re-route, the 750M Plus automatically calculates a new route when you make a wrong turn or decide to take a detour because of heavy traffic, a closed road, etc.
  • Easily enter addresses with QuickSpell, which intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes
  • Store 100 personal or business contacts and calculate routes to their locations

Electronic Mapping
The Magellan 750M Plus has an electronic map of the contiguous United Statesand Canada stored on a hard drive.The map is divided into 10 separate regionscalled Map Areas, and your purchase provides you access to one (1) Map Area. Access to Map Areas is controlled by Unlock Codes that are provided when the product is registered, or when additional Map Areas are purchased or rented

What is WAAS?
GPS receivers have an accuracy of about 15 meters, but you can get to as close as 3 meters with a WAAS-enabled receiver. WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, which is a network of satellites and ground stations (in North America) that were designed to improve the accuracy and ensure the integrity of information coming from GPS satellites. Originally implemented by the FAA for aviation use, WAAS is particularly useful for serious outdoors enthusiasts as well as for precise in-city navigation. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel vehicle navigation GPS receiver with shoulder carrying case
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • Built-in database of detailed maps covers the United States and most of Canada
  • Turn-by-turn directions and friendly voice prompting
  • Large full-color screen and keypad make it easy to enter your destination information

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best Portablr Navigation Money Can Buy
Simply The Best Portablr Navigation Money Can Buy September 7, 2003
I live in Switzerland and keep going forward and backward to the USA doing business every time in a different place. I use to rent cars from Hertz with their Never Lost Navigation system which also is a Magellan 750 but not portable. It was okay for me except I had to rent Hertz every time, and sometimes I find better deals at other rent a car or even Price Line. So I looked for the portable unit at the time and found out that this system is the best comprehensive portable navigation available. This system is so easy to install in less than 2 minutes. Now it has West and East maps and it covers the entire USA on road and off road navigation. What makes this system so easy to use is it's huge database of all kind of point of interests from Airports, Restaurant, Tourist Attraction, Hospitals to Shopping Malls. You name it has it. It eliminates the need to enter addresses manually or look up the address for a hotel or a restaurant. You can also look up point of interests by their distance from your location, like the nearest restaurant from where you are.
I love this system because you do not need to change CD's for different states like other units. All the info is stored on a large hard drive for easy access. Simply take it with you from one city to the other and from one car to the other.

The only advantage DVD navigation has over the Magellan 750M is it's a bit faster in calculating routes, and until now I am not a ware of any company that makes DVD portable navigation systems.

Finally, I know this unit is expensive but it is worth every dollar you pay for it. ... Read more


15. Navman Navigation iCN 630 Vehicle GPS Navigation System
list price: $799.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008KRGV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Navman
Sales Rank: 2997
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether driving across country, around town or anything in between, the Navman iCN 630 12-channel GPS receiver includes everything you need for a complete street navigation solution. It features Navtech map data--found in 100% of North America's in-car vehicle systems--and Navman's powerful street mapping software. It includes a windshield/dashboard mounting bracket and vehicle power adapter.

The iCN 630 gives you precise, vocal turn-by-turn instructions throughout your journey. It indicates which lane to get into when approaching difficult intersections, such as motorway entrances and large roundabouts.

Other features include:

  • Variable map and navigation screens allow you to choose your preferred navigation screen, including Map Display only or Map and Navigation Instructions.
  • Navigate by an address to a door, a street name, an intersection, or to a point of interest selected from the integrated map database.
  • Automatic calculation of any route brings you Back-On-Track fast if you take the wrong turn.
  • Automatic zooming occurs when driving with overlay arrows showing the exact turn to take when you approach an intersection.
  • Edit the Destination menu to navigate to your Home, Office, Hotel, Restaurant etc. without having to enter the same details over and over again.
  • Two-inch advanced TFT color display with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution; large 2-inch speaker for vocal instructions.
The iCN 630 has 64 MB of internal memory available for storing maps, and is also compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards for additional map storage.

What's in the Box
This package contains the ICN 630 GPS receiver, two CD-ROMs (with In-Car Digital Navigation Software and detailed street maps), vehicle windshield and dashboard mounting bracket, 12/24 V vehicle power cable, USB cable, protective carrying case, and quick start guide. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver for car navigation
  • Precise, vocal turn-by-turn instructions
  • Two-inch advanced TFT color display with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • Map storage: 64 MB of internal memory, compatible with SD and MMC memory cards
  • Includes a windshield/dashboard mounting bracket and vehicle power adapter

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars The new Gold Standard for vehicle GPS systems
I have used several GPS systems in the past; Deloreme Street Atlas 2003 on my laptop with their Earthmate ,and the Garmin GPS III.

The Navman ICN 630 is far and away superior to all of the above. It is more accurate then the Delorme.

The screen is like the screen on a laptop computer. It is bright and easy to read. It is very easy to operate the unit. The accuracy is excellent. Regardless of zoom level I am always on the road. The 2 inch speaker provides clear verbal directions. Verbal directions are provided early and often.

I would recommend a 256MB SD Card. Each region is between 30 and 50MB. You can load two regions in the base memory of 64MB.

Software installation is smooth. All updates and map loads are performed via USB. Map uploads can take 15 minutes per region (no big deal). The software is bullet proof, you can do other tasks while performing map uploades.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat It For The Price!
I cross shopped Garmin and Magellan units before buying the Navman, and I think I made the right decision. You can't get more for your money!

The unit works very well. Sure, it's a bit slow to enter your destination if it's not stored in one of the 100 shortcuts (a nice feature!), the voice is a bit low if your radio is on, the maps are slow to get you 'back-on-track' if you decide to go in a different direction (to get around traffic hotspots or avoid contruction), small internal memory that necessitates you having to buy a 256 mb SD card to store your maps, and the system is a bit slow to boot up.

But the Navman has a LOT going for it!
1) price!
2) a great screen that works in all kinds of light
3) small siz & portability
4) a windshield mount that lets you place it directly in your line of sight so you don't have to take your eyes off the road
5) excellent accuracy, considering the small small built-in antenna
6) the overall coolness factor of a small, portable, afforable GPS unit that works!

I recommend it without hesitation to those that need an afforable GPS system that is easy to use, easy to install (and won't leave any marks in your leased car!!), and one that works really well!

4-0 out of 5 stars Gets you where your going without the worry
I got the Navman iCN 630 after trying the Delphi Mobile Navigation system, as these units are based on the same hardware and similar (but not identical) software. The screen is sharp and easy to read, while the voice instructions are loud enough to be heard in a car traveling at highway speeds with the radio on.

I considered the Garmin 2610 and the Magellan Roadamte 500, but I went with the Navman because the Garmin doesn't have 3D views (which I find very useful for a quick visual of where you're heading) and the Magellan seems to have a host of quality control problems (see the forums at www.gpspassion.com).

Benefits of the Navman vs. the Delphi include:
(1) Navman bundles USA and Canada maps with the unit, while Delphi only provides the USA maps.
(2) Navman has released a couple of service packs to improve the display and the routing algorithms, and these service packs are NOT compatible with the Delphi GPS.

Be aware that the Amazon information is pretty outdated. The new Navman units ship with 4 CD-ROMs containing the software and Tele-Atlas maps, not Navteq maps. I've found the Tele-Atlas data to be pretty good in my area, but you'll have to make that determination for yourself.

Also, Navman just announced that it will be coming out with the iCN 635 in a few months, and that unit will include a remote control and more base memory (128 mb vs. 64 mb). If those features are important to you, then you may want to wait.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll never get lost again..
This is my first ever purchase of a GPS. I just love it.. I feel like I've got a car for the first time.. I just feel so independant now that I can feel comfortable in going into unknown areas knowing that I won't get lost (i'm just not good at directions or my sense of direction !!).
The instructions it gives you can take a little getting used to. For example, on a roundabout it might say 'take the 4th exit' and you have to be in the right lane beforehand. Also in the roundabout it will say 'exit left' when the exit is approaching. Due to the GPS not being 100% accurate (which is expected) that can be a little confusing. However, should you ever take a wrong turn you won't actually be lost and it quickly adjusts the route and gets you back on track. It gives plenty of warning for upcoming turns, however it can be hard sometimes trying to judge say 200m. I've sometimes taken a wrong turn due to this- but it's really no big deal. As I said, if you want a device to enable you to always know where you are and never be lost- this is it. Personally, I think the imporvement in the quality of my life and mobility is worth the cost of this nifty little gadget.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love the Navman
This is my first GPS and I love it. It does exactly what I wanted and even if I miss the turning it very quickly corrects the route. The voice is very clear and if you happen to be talking it reminds you when you reach the turning. The screen is very easy to read. The information I received from my initial enquiries to Navman were answered immediately. I had one query after purchase and that again was answered straight away. It is my best mate now - I will never get lost again!!!!
Jeannie (Australia) ... Read more


16. Magellan Meridian GPS Receiver (12 Channel, Yellow/Black Exterior)
list price: $239.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066SUC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 22508
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get there easily and safely, and have a little fun along the way using Magellan's Meridian GPS. The rugged, cost-efficient global positioning system offers superior tracking and accuracy to 10 feet or under, assisted by the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The Meridian GPS finds your location by tracking up to 12 GPS satellites simultaneously, and its built-in 2 MB mapping database of North America includes interstates, highways, major roads, waterways, cities, and airports, along with unlimited expandability. You can even download street-level maps to an optional Magellan SD memory card.

.Seven customizable graphic navigation displays show a map, compass, speedometer, and text readouts of heading, bearing, speed, direction, ETA, and other details. Choose from 12 built-in coordinate systems and 76 datums, including Latitude/Longitude, Universal Transverse Mercator, and the Military Grid Reference System. An intuitive interface and large keyboard provide direct access to key features.

Rubber armored, impact-resistant plastic allows you to confidently take your Meridian GPS on that next great adventure. It's also sealed to IEC-529 IPX7 specifications--and it floats.

Store up to 20 routes, 500 waypoints and 2,000 track-points to help find your way back again. The unit's unique, Save Track-to-Route feature lets you convert complicated track files into easy-to-follow routes. You can save hundreds of routes by transferring them to a PC using Magellan MapSend software (not included).

The Meridian GPS shows you when the sun will rise and set, as well as the phase of the moon, for any date and location in the world. Want to know when the fish are likely to be biting in your little corner of the world? The Magellan Meridian GPS can tell you. The receiver's built-in NorthFinder technology shows your direction--even when you're standing still. You can also monitor the GPS satellites in view and retrieve information about their status.

Last but certainly not least, the Meridian GPS is intuitive and easy to use, with all major functions described in step-by-step detail in its built-in help database. If you speak English, French, German, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Dutch, so does the Magellan Meridian GPS.

What's in the Box
GPS device, PC cable, user's manual (English), CD-ROM user's manual (in nine languages), two AA batteries, and a wrist strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Finds your location by tracking up to 12 GPS satellites simultaneously
  • Intuitive interface and large keyboard provide direct access to key features
  • Built-in mapping of North America and unlimited expandability (includes interstates, highways, major roads, waterways, etc.)
  • 7 customizable navigation displays show a map, compass, speedometer, and text readouts of heading, bearing, speed, etc.
  • Stores up to 20 routes, 500 waypoints, and 2,000 track-points to help you easily find your way back again

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
After I opened the box and inserted the batteries, it was ready to go! The best thing that happened since sliced bread. Easy to use, accurate, good enough to use with just the base map. How did I live without it for so many years? Besides your location (with backtracking dotted line) it gives you your speed, accurate direction in degrees from North, and many many more, including fishing conditions, sunrise and sunset. I am still trying to figure out however if the moon rises at 9:05 AM (as they show on the Magellan GPS) or at 9:05 PM!! I think this is a booboo...
Buyer be aware of just as much cost for the accessories such as the mounting bracket ($...+), the Streets USA Map CD ($...), the cigarette lighter adapter ($...), the SD memory card ($...), etc.
Still, an excellent GPS for the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good low-cost GPS
After using it for several days, I am really impressed with the amount of technology that's packed inside. Satellite acquisition is pretty good, but it has trouble inside buildings, even wood-framed. The accuracy and repeatablity is better than the manual claims, but battery life is worse. Also, it is easy to accidentally hit the buttons, especially the power button. They should all be recessed slightly to prevent this. I found that the "backtrack" feature is really nice, as it shows a simulated street display that is easy to follow. The installed map of major roads is pretty much what it claims, so if you need more detail, the extra memory & MapSend S/W is necessary. I wish, however, that it was possible to use other (read less expensive!) software to upload map data (for example, Microsoft Streets & Maps). Overall, I like it and will probably upgrade the memory & add more mapping data. However, I am a bit leery of the reported errors in the Magellan S/W, so I'll check things out a bit first.

4-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Meridian GPS (Yellow/Black)
I am very impressed with the performance and reliability of this product. There is a learning curve with which one must deal, however, easily overcome by using the included CD Rom Users Manual. Secure Digital Cards from various manufactures can be purchased affordably, yet maps seem to only be downloadable from Magellan Mapsend Software, and not some of the other popular varities ... Read more


17. Magellan SporTrak Color Bundle with Magellan SporTrak Color GPS, MapSend Topo CD-ROM and Case
list price: $549.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C7G9D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magellan
Sales Rank: 23495
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Amazon.com Product Description

This Amazon exclusive bundle features:

Magellan SporTrak Color Navigate through all your outdoor adventures in vibrant color with the Magellan SporTrak Color. The SporTrak Color provides superior tracking and accuracy, showing your position to within 3 meters, even in difficult environments such as cities or mountains. Featuring an impressive 10 MB North American or 11 MB European, built-in mapping database, SporTrak Color puts rich color maps at your fingertips. The large, high contrast, full color 240 x 160 pixel display enables you to easily find your location, heading and route. An additional 22 MB for North America or 21 MB for Europe of memory enables you to expand your mapping capabilities by uploading detailed maps from optional Magellan MapSend software products. A clear advantage over the competition, SporTrak Color also offers a built-in barometer, giving you an advance on the weather and an innovative 3-axis compass for superior navigational accuracy no matter how you hold it. Built tough, SporTrak Color is waterproof and rugged enough to go with you on any adventure.

Magellan Mapsend Streets TOPO CD-Rom Maximize the potential of your Magellan GPS receiver. The MapSend Topo for the United States CD-ROM provides the capability to download highly detailed maps into your Meridian and MAP 330 family of products. These are detailed topographic maps including trails, streets, rivers, lakes, coastlines, and recreational points of interest for the entire United States. Customize the map sizes and regions to your needs.

Create waypoints and routes and then download them directly into your Meridian or MAP 330 for use in the field or save them to your PC. Download your tracks from your GPS handheld to view on MapSend. Use the search function to easily find elevations, trails, street addresses, cities, lakes and waterways, parks, airports, campgrounds, geysers, waterfalls, towers, caves, mines, summits, dams, bridges, and more.

The MapSend Topo for the United States CD-ROM is compatible with Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 or later. You will also need PC cable for both the Meridian series and the MAP 330 series.

Magellan Carrying Case

  • SporTrak Belt Clip Carrying Case secures to your belt
  • Durable clear vinyl window
  • Reinforced opening allows easy access to battery panel
  • Made from water resistant neoprene
... Read more

Features

  • SporTrak Color provides superior tracking and accuracy, showing your position to within 3 meters, even in difficult environments such as cities or mountains.
  • SporTrak Color features an impressive 10 MB North American built-in mapping database that puts rich color maps at your fingertips.
  • The large, high contrast, full color 240 x 160 pixel display enables you to easily find your location, heading and route.
  • An additional 22 MB of free memory enables you to expand your mapping capabilities by uploading detailed maps from optional Magellan MapSend software products.
  • Exclusive Amazon.com bundle includes software and carry case

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