Summary: I've had a Tom Tom and bought this for a second vehicle. When first trying to update maps and traffic, it was frustrating because you have to search for info. There is no software that is installed. It is not user-friendly and would never suggest it for beginners. I tested the accuracy of the maps by using it where I knew where I was going. On one road, I needed to travel southbound by turning left at the intersection.
Summary: It was for my Dad for Christmas and he has put it to the test. He loves how accurate it is! Every time he made a stop on a trip, the Magellan RoadMate 5045 calculated it and said estimated time of arrival to destination would be....and it was right on the exact minute! I was very pleased he's so pleased with it!
Summary: This is my 3rd Magellan. The main negative is trip routing is not adequately explained. I had to call the customer service # to get help. The other negative is the freeway exit screen is not as good as the Garmin. Its also not as accurate as my previous model as it off by a few hundred feet. I think this is due to their change to different software.
Summary: Magellan used to be better. I had 4 different models and let me tell you: They were way better. I guess Magellan, like other companies, are using cheaper parts to built the unit missing that actually it won't pay off. You can't neglet quality if you want to be competitive. They changed Map provider from NAVTQ to Atlas. They said Atlas is better that's why they changed. Do you believe that?
Total Nonsense! It's been malfuntioning from very first day!
Dae I. Lee, Amazon
15 December 2010
Summary: What a disappoinment! I like Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator user friendly interface. However, It's been malfuntionin from the very first day of operation. First day, It was displaying wrong side street names but I thounght that was temporary. After using about two weeks, this device has gone to out of control whis is not showing side street names except major street names.
Summary: Magellan has failed miserably with this device. My old gps was Magellan. After 4 or 5 years it started to get flakey so I decided to get another Magellan. What a mistake. My old device knew exactly where my house was. It always said 'You have arrived' when I pulled into my driveway. I never had a problem finding an address or POI. This new model thinks my house is .8 miles further down the road. It can't find a Dunkin Donuts anywhere near me.
Summary: Ordered for my wife because of the AAA feature. She had a Garvin Nuvi 265T and it was very reliable. We received this unit 12/3 and yesterday the unit was stuck on our home location, never moved and night mode. After searching for support info, very difficult to find it appears the only means of support is email. I emailed the problem and they finally replied back with the standard turn it off and back on...give me a break! Then if that doesn't work reload software..
Summary: Update 12/28/2010 I do not understand the low ratings that some reviewers have given this GPS. Zelda has always given us good directions no matter in what part of the U.S. we have been; and her response time for typed in addresses is only a few seconds . At this moment she is being upgraded with new maps at no extra charge. However, she has not given up the bottle. I am increasing the rating to FOUR STARS.
Summary: If you like having a drunk woman giving inaccurate and misleading directions to the wrong destination, this GPS is for you! This is my first non-hiking GPS and, as you probably have guessed by now, I am less than impressed. If my destination is on the other side of the road, the GPS routes me to the next turn signal to do a U-turn, instead of suggesting a left turn directly into the destination.
5045-LM Obsolete Maps: Changed to Tele-Atlas from NAVTEQ
Mark H Nittler, Amazon
2 December 2010
Summary: I purchased the Magellan Roadmate 5045-LM to replace a Magellan Roadmate 760 and a Magellan Maestro 3250 which have served me well. The new Tele-Atlas maps on the new 5045 were 15-20 years behind on road and street names in my area down in South Texas. I do not know if the maps have been updated in larger metropolitan areas. I checked with tech support and they confirmed that the installed maps in my brand new 5045 were Tele-Atlas and the latest U.S. edition available.