There is, of course, a GPS explosion out there. Everyone in the technology business is getting on board, and the choices have rapidly become overwhelming, whether the device in question has been constructed for that purpose or the routines exist as applications within a smartphone.
Reviews are, therefore, most useful in determining utility on a personal level.
Take the Magellan Roadmate 3055-MU, for instance, a state-of-the-art, real-time navigator that retails for $120.00. It’s 4.7″ display places it well above the average GPS device, and it offers many uniquely accessible vectors for use on the road.
Free Lifetime Traffic is perhaps its most attractive feature, granting the user total access to current conditions, and Multi Destination Routing comfortably allows for as many coordinated stops and starts as may be required. Highway Lane Assist anticipates optimal positioning within the 3-D interface, giving realistic signage, and the Magellan-exclusive content of the built-in AAA TourBook for the U.S. and Canada provides a truly massive amount of travel data, including extensive commentary on elements such as recommended accommodation along your route.
There are a fair number of additional modalities that bear mentioning. Bluetooth compatibility is superior, making the Magellan Roadmate 3055-MU a highly effective phone as well, and the AAA array is also meant for use in requesting roadside assistance in the event of an emergency. Spoken street name guidance permits the user to focus solely on driving, and turns are called out well in advance. Location accuracy is truly impressive for this type of device, comprising a clear assessment of your position to within 3-5 meters on the ground. This level of precision is, in fact, superior to all other GPS on the market today.
Downsides exist, and neglecting to mention them would be misleading to the consumer. Although streets and turns can be heard clearly through the Magellan Roadmate 3055-MU interface, there is no voice activation; you’ll have to enter your search data manually. Battery life for the unit is slightly less than the standard for this technology, meaning you’ll have to take special care in charging it. And although the traffic updates are among the very best, there is only one free map update included in the lifetime package; more than one update is likely to be necessary, and those must be purchased.
Although the cons are relatively minor, they could easily deter some. Research is always recommended here.
More, of course, is offered to the good. The QuickSpell feature ensures a quick and optimal search for just the right destination, and One Touch Favorites will allow storage of the most visited sites on your itinerary. Night Mode is truly one of the best on the market, and travelers will appreciate just how easy this larger interface is to view on those late-night runs. And the AAA features are stunning, with over 6 million points of interest loaded into the matrix. Searches for upcoming restaurants, lodgings, gas stations, and even ATM’s will prove easier and swifter than analogues found with other units.
The Magellan Roadmate 3055-MU, in conclusion, is generally a superior product for the money.