A decent mid-level GPS, but there are better choices out there
Timothy B. Riley, Amazon
13 March 2012
Summary: I have been using portable GPS receivers like this one for over 10 years (I travel a lot and have a bad sense of direction.) I have purchased over a dozen of them through the years, mostly Garmin but also Tom Tom, Magellan and a few others that are no longer made. All of them require the user to keep his/her brain engaged and to not follow the GPS's directions blindly.
Summary: The 3055 does everything I expect of a GPS, but in the month or so I've had the thing it's locked up twice and the only way to unlock it has been to plug its USB cable into a computer. Other than that, it gets me from A to B, which is all I want it to do.
Summary: The Magellan Roadmate 3055 is an ok unit it works well just like the the GPS I had before which was also a Megellan the reason I chose this model was for the voice command feature of which there is none very disappointing. However it does work I just have to pull over to enter an address instead of speaking it.
Summary: The amazon listing here is incorrect, there is no "Voice Command" on this unit. You can call Magellan to verify this, or just take my word for it. The only "Voice" feature on this unit is Text-to-Voice - the unit takes stored street names and attempts to pronounce them with the directions in its computer voice. Other than that, great unit. We tried it out from a local store recently, but returned it. I didn't like the traffic ads.
Summary: I am a novice at using a GPS and am not real up-to-date on using many electronics. I have a fear of getting lost, so a GPS should be a good item for me. The first time I used this one, I was going home from my vet's office. I knew where I was going, but wanted to know where it would take me. It didn't go the way I preferred. It kept wanting me to u-turn to get back to its preferred route. Eventually, it gave up and recalculated another route I would not choose.
Summary: I purchased this model for the bluetooth and have been happy with this feature. I am very frustrated with the mounting cradle which is extremely difficult to attach and remove. This set up is horrible. The actual GPS is no different from any cheaper model I have used . I choose Magellan due to the choice of route options which does help in preventing all those LONG out of the way routes found with some other brands. I expected more for the price.
Summary: The RoadMate 3055 is a decent GPS. The hardware is handsome, thin, and light weight. The software is showing its age and computer and car connection is just obtuse. Every manufacturer of GPS devices has an awful problem right now; there are too many models with too many features, too many price points, and absolutely no logic to model names or numbers. Magellan is just as bad as any other vendor. There are a few features to consider when buying a GPS.
Summary: I am an owner of several GPS units. I have an old Garmin Street Pilot C330. I also have a newer Garmin nuvi 765T and a TomTom 540TM. Overall, I can say that while the Magellan Roadmate 3055 is not bad, its not in the same class as any of the other GPS units I'e used. What in the box? * The Roadmate 3055 GPS * Windshield suction mount * 12V adapter * USB connector * Instruction guide What is notably missing from the box is an AC adapter.