"Nice unit but freezes once in awhile and can't say "3""
17 March 2010
Pros: Nice traffic reports. Nice size. Good display of maps and highway exits.
Cons: Can't say the number 3 or any number with a 3 in it such as 39. Instead, it will say 59. Substituting a 5 for 3 at all times. Luckily, I usually know my way around so I do not get confused. Freezes up once in awhile.
Summary: This is the 4th Magellan GPS I bought in last 4 years and my whole family now have a Magellan in each of our four cars. My first GPS was a Magellan 3100 and I kind of fell in love with this brand for its user friendliness. Model 4250 is unique in many respects. Pros: The most important feature I like about this unit is the lane assist feature on the highway.
Summary: I purchased a refurbished Megellan Maestro gps for my wife and she loves it so far. I prefer my Megellan 1440 because of the highway sign lane assist. This one just tells you what side the exit is on with an arrow. I love the bluetooth feature, but even though the person I'm talking to can hear me, I have a hard time hearing them. I paired it with my cel phone quickly and easily and was able to use the unit to dial the phone.
Summary: I came across the first one of these I gave as a gift really cheap, so I checked into it. (I was previously spoiled with a waterproof Garmin). I like the large screen, and this is really the thinnest GPS I am aware of at the time of this review. It has a single button for POWER, that is it. The rest is touch screen. This is good for operation, which is very easy to operate while driving (although you SHOULDN'T!
Summary: Part of why I selected this model is to get the blue tooth for my cell phone. I found (like many blue tooth units) that it picks up so much road noise at highway speed it is worthless. The GPS capability of this unit is terrific. The audio directions that include the street names is great, being able to set the scale on the screen to your preference is nice.
Pros: Intuitive GUI. Understandable grammar on the Voice Prompt, ex. "Go the left lane. Keep staying on the left lane." Unlike the Tomtom XL 330 S, ex. " Keep left then keep left."
Cons: Bad experience with software update. Very bad experience with Magellan Repair and Technical support. Essentially Magellan robbed my new Magellan Maestro 4250 and are now replacing it with poor seconds!
Summary: The Magellan GPS #4250 was purchased primarily for use in the SF Bay Area. We attend many estate sales in many cities surrounding the Bay Area and found when one of us went alone, it was hard to read a map/remember directions obtained either from a map book or an internet search. It could be that we have not figured out all the features but we do not like that you cannot see the overall plan leaving from your present location.
Summary: Nice system once it works - first unit was DOA and returned to seller. 2nd unit worked straight from box. I do not know whether this is inidcative or just bad luck on my part. This is our first GPS. The 4250 is simple to set up - screen is clear and easy to read. It also has voice commands but seems rather limited in options.