Summary: I have been using Magellan maestro 3100 for few years and am very happy with it, but recently battery started losing charge quickly. Instead of spending money on new battery & also on newer map updates, I thought it will be much better to buy a new unit. Since I had such a good experience with Magellan & familiar with their interface, I decided to stick to Magellan. After some digging and searching decided to get Maestro 4700 based on my needs.
Good but could be better - disappointing map update policy
A. DeHart, Amazon
17 July 2010
Summary: I've had the Magellan 4700 for six months now and felt compelled to write this review because of what is becoming a more and more disappointing experience with the product. From the beginning there have been little nagging issues but the last straw for me was the map update policy. I'll be quick as I'm sure no one at this point wants to read a lengthy review. I'll just list my quick pros and cons and map update experience and leave it at that.
Summary: I have owned the Maestro 4700 since February 2010. The GPS worked marvelously up until I updated the firmware to 2.20. Little did I know, there is a growing # of people who have also had problems with firmware 2.20. Most people GOOGLE this issue once they realize they have a problem, when you do this you will see a growing community of people with the 2.20 problem.
Summary: I loved my previous Magellan, but it was getting up in years and finally passed away recently. It was a no-brainer to get a new Magellan. I especially loved the ding just before turns and never had a problem getting where I wanted to go. Although I wished the voice level could be louder, everything else was so good, I could live with it. But I couldn't live with the 4700 more than one test drive. I programmed it to go to a new restaurant in my area.
Summary: This unit by far has the best features and usefulness for the price! The problem is that there have some serious technical problems with the routing function (what we buy the unit for) and mapping a route function. You can see the various discussions yourself on[...] and the GPSPassions forum in the Magellan 4700 section.