Summary: I bought this GPS on black friday for 109.99 which I thought was a steal. Just some of the things that went wrong or that I didn't like about the device. I ran routes for drives that I do on a frequent basis. One that should have only been an hour said it would take me an hour and forty-five minutes. It seemed to add atleast ten to fifteen minutes to whereever I was going. The routes looked right and I checked and made sure that I had it on the fastest route setting.
Summary: I just bought this for my dear old mom, who can't ever seem to remember how to drive to my house 2 hours away, in Boston. She lives in NH, and comes down to the "Big City" every 2-3 months, and I'm sick of spending 45 minutes on the phone holding her hand coming to my place everytime, so I figured I'd buy this for her.
Summary: I just tried out my Magellan 5045-LM for the first time and it was weird to say the least. The screen looks awesome, the interface is very nice and it would track you almost in real time as you move down the road (a nice improvement over my old Maestro which would jump from one place to the other instead of a nice continuous motion); BUT I found very annoying the fact that I took a route that I know VERY well, and which is the most direct route to the place I was going...
Wish i kept the slightly older cheaper Magellan models
Arthur Y. Moi "artmoi", Amazon
21 November 2010
Summary: I purchase 2 new Magellan Roadmate within last 4 months prior to this model Roadmate 5045LM,satisfy with the cheaper Roadmate 1424 4.3 inch screen basic,however reliable. Was happy with Magellan,so i sold it and move up to better and larger model Roadmate 3045LM with Lifetime map 4.7 inch didn't really have chance to use it on long trip,but little time i have it has no problems.
Summary: I've used "in-car" nav systems for the past 7-years and just replaced my Tom Tom with the Roadmate. It's easier to use, gives better directions and has more features than you will need. If you never intend to contact their Support group, it's a screaming buy. After reading the manual, I logged in and partially completed my profile. When I went back to finish it, I wasn't allowed to log in and as a result couldn't upload the latest maps.
Summary: Pros: Great visual layout, most of the most important frequently used options are easily accessible on the touch screen and easily allows you to move between 2D and 3D. The map moves for further viewing with a stroke of your finger. Turn warning bell is helpful to get your attention. Lane guidance works fantastic. Satelite is always linked up. Windshield mount works great and the unit slips out for portability easily. Automatic zoom at turn is nice.
Summary: I have had many GPS's looking for the perfect GPS, none exists but this Magellan comes close even thought its semi bare bones, its a GPS and nothing more than a GPS. The lane assist features is what I look for in a GPS and this one with highway signs with arrows is OK but my Tom Tom with the big green arrows on the highway lanes is the best I've found.
Summary: The magellan 5045 is a nicely built unit with a lot of great features. However, the software which provides new maps called "Content Manager" is the worst piece of mainstream consumer software I've had the displeasure to encounter in years. It is horrible. And the Magellan customer support was friendly enough, but useless (I was told to wait for the next update which might fix my problems).
Summary: Initially, I was pleased with my 5045 LM. Little quirks here and there that differed from my Garmins and from the GPS on my Android phone. Biggest thing at first was its unreliability in displaying traffic notices. This is my 6th GPS, in three different vehicles, and I have been using GPS's on the road and on the trail for about 6 years. I am well versed in their operation. But this last weekend my happiness with this Magellan was changed.
Summary: This was my first purchase and therefore use of a gps unit. I was fairly proficient at figuring out the basics of its use. I did find the manual lacking in information for the novice. I purchased this unit to help me navigate a 1900 mile motorcycle tour of the south. The unit stopped working after about 150 miles, I had the shortsightedness to NOT take some sort of backup navigation aid.