Bluetooth hands-free calling rounds out a strong feature set
The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts.
Feature Rich but Performance Poor
The top-of-the-line feature list promises 5-stars worth in a small package. While the 5265T-LMB barely meets my expectation for use with the back-up camera; the delivery of all other features suffer, from poor reception which affects both initial start-up, to the subsequent performance issues(screen freezes, Bluetooth drops, etc.) - thus I say 2-stars overall. For my other GPS installations without a backup camera, I'm sticking with Garmin.
Responsive and improved speed
The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB is another 5-inch GPS coming into an already crowded field. However, this new model brings a new Bluetooth Safe Texting feature that lets you safely reply to incoming calls with pre-written texts. It also comes loaded with a AAA Tour Book Guide which is great for traveling in unfamiliar places.
Lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
Taking a trip or just spending a lot of time on your daily commute? Get more from your time in the driver's seat with Magellan's RoadMate 5265T-LMB portable navigator. It offers recommended AAA content for top-rated destinations around the country, and built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling with your compatible phone. New features like traffic camera alerts and Landmark Guidance round out this trusty travel companion.
Lifetime Traffic Alerts, Landmark Guidance
The RoadMate 5265T-LMB is the elite 5" navigation unit with features that include Lifetime Map Updates, Lifetime Traffic Alerts, Landmark Guidance, Traffic Camera Alerts, Portrait/Landscape view, Bluetooth speakerphone and SafeTexting.
MicroSD card slot for expanding storage
The Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM is a higher-end automobile GPS model targeted at frequent or business travelers. Physically, its main features include a 5" touchscreen with WVGA display mode as well as a Wi-Fi transmitter, enabling web browsing (with an included browser), on-the-fly updates and downloads, so long as a network is available.
Lifetime map & traffic updates
The Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM is one of the latest GPS navigation devices that offers free lifetime traffic and map updates, built-in Wi-Fi, AAA travel resources and a database of 6 million points of interest. It also has a large 5-inch touchscreen, text-to-speech and wireless Web browsing.
RoadMate navigation experience is both intuitive and robust
The new RoadMate 2220-LM introduces the security of Free Lifetime Map Updates. With the ability to update your maps up to four times a year you can rest easy that you are driving with the latest road changes in your navigator.
The only item I am still reporting to the tech support folks is the location of the vehicle on the screen is not where you actually are. It displays the vehicle behind. Example - if you were stopped in the middle of an intersection, the screen would show you are not quite at the intersection. My old Roadmate was so accurate, it showed the car was in the middle of the intersection, when you were actually right there.
Navigation experience is both intuitive and robust
The new RoadMate 2230T-LM provides a perfect blend of navigation features starting with the security of Free Lifetime Map Updates and the convenience of Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts. Drive knowing you have the latest road changes in your navigation. Should there be a reported traffic incident or delay on your route, the RoadMate 2230T-LM will chart the most efficient course around it.
In addition to these two high end features, this GPS navigator boasts a rich set of new features!
Multi-destination routing performed well
Overall the Magellan 2230T-LM is a decent GPS. It comes with all of the features most people need and makes both short trips and long journeys simpler. It is easy to use and pretty much everything you will access most often is quick to get to. The slow response time and overly bright screen were letdowns, but not really deal breakers, just something you have to live with.
But really nothing about the 2230T-LM stood out that much to me.
Innovative, intuitive interface
The Magellan eXplorist 710 returns Magellan to the top tier of handheld GPS manufacturers (along with Garmin and DeLorme). The four corners interface is very well thought out, intuitive and reduces the number of steps that plague some other touchscreen models, such as the Garmin Oregon series. The list of significant negatives is short. I don't know if the contour line issue can be fixed with a firmware update or not.
Unique multimedia features
Apart from its 3.2Mpixel camera, video and voice recording abilities, the Magellan eXplorist 710 is a fairly standard premium hiking GPS. It's waterproof and ruggedised, has a three-axis compass and barometric altimeter, and offers the usual tracking, waypoint, Geocaching and routing functionality. However, the menu system puts most common functions within easy reach, and you can customise it to provide rapid access to your favourites.
Strong, long-lasting and adaptable
The eXplorist 710 is a rugged GPS device, coming in a rounded, heavy, solid case, with the screen deeply recessed in the body for extra protection. Magellan claims it's waterproof enough to survive rain and occasional puddle immersion, but it also offers turn-by-turn navigation for those who want to leave it attached to a warm, dry car dashboard.
Robust and versatile
There's no doubt the Explorist 710 does everything it says on the box and does it pretty well. On the hill, its ability to give you a pinpoint location is useful if you have OS maps loaded, but the 3in screen is an inherent limitation, although it helps keep it compact. If you travel a lot, are into geocaching and want a GPS tracker, it could be a just the job. Considering its price, you'll need to weigh up whether your needs will take full advantage of the Magellan Explorist 710's features set.
You would be a beta tester for buggy GPS software on the unit
I returned the unit after a week of use. The latest map update for the older Magellan GPS at this time was v45. The new 2012 unit, like the 5220-LM had an even newer map with v47. No other software/map updates were available at the time of my ownership. Here is the software info on the unit of the time of my use:
Exclusive AAA TourBook Guide
Magellan brings you the all new RoadMate 5220-LM. Enjoy the security of knowing your maps are always up to date by taking advantage of the Free Lifetime Map Updates feature, which allows you update your maps for free up to four times a year. There are many new features to this Magellan RoadMate to make your trip effortless. Some of the new features make navigation easier. With the all new Landmark Guidance your routing instructions use landmarks instead of street names.
Perfect for those wanting to use it for fishing, hunting or camping
The color screen on this Magellan is vibrant. I'm shocked how much easier it is to use this GPS with the bright color screen versus my Garmin's black and white screen. Both GPS's are waterproof and have rubber buttons and a rugged design. I have to admit, at first glance, I expected more from my Garmin than this Magellan, but I was so wrong. While the Garmin's sporty yellow design is eye-catching, that's all it has going for it compared to this Magellan.
Free traffic updates
Magellan offers a single model that comes pre-loaded with Europe maps - the 5045T-EU. As the name suggests, this model is very similar to the RoadMate 5045-LM that we recommended as one of the best GPS navigators overall. The 5045T-EU offers free traffic updates, but does not come with Magellan's lifetime map coverage.
A great value GPS, intuitive interface with a large POI database
This is my first Magellan GPS unit and so far I am impressed. The unit is thin which makes it easy to store in the glove box. The start up time is fast, the user-interface is intuitive and most importantly the maps are much more complete than the Garmin or Tomtom units I have used in the past. Only time will tell if the hardware quality of this unit is great or not but since I only paid $60 for this thing I'll be thrilled if it lasts 3-4 years. It will be time to upgrade before then anyway.
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