I am writing this review after I own this GPS for a while now.
5 January 2014
Summary: I did love it a lot. The best feature is that I don't need my eyeglasses to operate it. Lifetime map update is cool feature too. So, sounds like no complains product. However, after I installed Magellan's desktop software and connected this GPS to my PC it got updated with a new firmware and things degradated rapidly... First it changed the routing algorithm, and I can't say the new way of routing is better.
Summary: I have a Magellan RoadMate GPS. Two stars because the functionally of the unit is good. Only two because of the rest of this review. When I bought my RoadMate it came with lifetime map updates. Recently I have have been trying to update them. We use iMacs and MacBooks at our house and for work, I can run Windows, but only in a virtual machines. We do not have a "Windows native machine".
Summary: This unit has some strengths - its compatibility with the Magellan backup camera was why we bought it. The video is poor quality but I can live with that. However: 1) The plugs are loose, so we continually have to plug them back in to retain the camera function 2) The touchscreen is sometimes nonresponsive 3) Sometimes the unit becomes very slow, as if its circuitry is overwhelmed 4) It sometimes will not turn on at all and you have to keep turning it on and off to get...
Summary: I purchased this unit specifically because it comes equipped with an A/V input jack. I wanted to use it as a dual-purpose backup camera viewer and GPS unit. Well, it turns out that the fine folks at Magellan decided to try to wire the A/V jack such that it would only really work with their (vastly overpriced) backup camera, and not standard off-the-shelf models. Their documentation does not tell people about this "fun fact".
Summary: After owning a few Garmin units, I tried something different with the Magellan. Here are the positives: I loved the 7" Screen and the large mounting cradle. Here are the negatives: Screen looks washed out in bright sunlight. Speaker sounds tinny. Spoken directions became redundant. I could live with the above but what made me return the unit was: Traffic!! Very spotty reception even though I live not far from Boston.
Summary: Good while it worked. Quit working after 11 months. I hope I get good service from Magellan. otherwise I will reduce it to 1 star. One thing I do not understand, why people complain that the unit is too big??? Isn't that why you buy this? Kinda like complaining about a Car you bought and reduce the rating because it is too Red.
Summary: This is the second unit that has the same problem. It won't get me to within 4/10's of a mile of my destination before it announces that I've arrived. Sometimes it's an open field and sometimes it's an intersection but not the address I've put in. Kind of defeats the purpose of buying one. I was told by Magellan that it's a software problem and will be fixed on their next update which will occur between now and six months from now. Why market it before it's ready?
Summary: I'm a tech geek and also directionally impaired. So I'm a huge fan of GPS units. I have had two TomTom units which I love and also use Google Maps on my Android phone. I was so excited to get this unit with a large screen lifetime map and traffic updates. I've been a big TomTom user and that's not gonna change because of this unit. Sure this has a large 7 inch display but that's all it has going for it. I like to name my GPS units (go ahead and laugh).