Summary: If you have been a longtime Magellan user you may want to consider a few things before getting on the Garmin bandwagon. I want to make it very clear that this isn't going to be a review to bash the Garmin 1450LMT, the particular unit I bought and returned, but more of comparison. Let's start off by getting what Magellan users have known from the very beginning about Magellan's issues out of the way.
Summary: Initially took 20 minutes remove the glue left on the screen from the fake screen display showing a typical screen display. Allowed unit to charge while carefully cleaning the screen. A beautiful display appeared..I entered my home address ..then a fiends address .. Then began entering close cities, hit enter the screen blinked ... the screen faded... the device was dead.
Summary: Just received the GPS and took it out of the box. Plugged it in to my car and was amazed at how large the display is. I shouldn't have any trouble viewing the screen. Will try to use it in the next day or two.
Sticky film left over from protective screen cover
Doc J, Amazon
27 March 2011
Summary: Over the years I have had nothing but good luck with Magellan Products. Recently I purched 2 Magellan Roadmate 5045-LM. The first one that arrived had no problems and worked perfectly. The second unit arrived and when I removed the protective cover from the screen a tacky adhesive mess was left behind. Contacted Magelland and was told to clean gently with a damp cloth. All that happened is screen became more tacky. Contacted Amazon and recieved replacement unit next day.
Summary: I had a Magellan for at least 5 years and they are very easy to navigate and very user friendly. I have a Tom Tom that I purchased for my son and yet I find that the Magellan is a bit easier to work with.
Summary: I have previously owned a Magellan GPS and was looking forward to using a more up-to-date version, so I tried the 5045. (As far as I can guess, the Magellan is the only GPS that have a sound cue - a "ding" - when you are making a correct turn, a feature I like.) The 5045's audio has a serious problem. The directions are spoken clearly and accurately until the name of a road, highway, or town, etc. is spoken.
Nice Features set, if only the routing worked as good
spinningPro "paintball", Amazon
13 January 2011
Summary: I own a Maestro 4250 and have been perfectly satisfied, excellent routing and re-routing, good Poi's and have had it for two years and only looked for another unit because of the maps getting out of date. Read the reviews on the 5045 LMT, with a lot of negatives, but decided to buy anyway because of my satisfaction with the Maestro. Setup on the 5045 was easy, came with the newest software and maps preloaded, only had to register the unit. Used it on a trip to St.
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.