Magellan's
RoadMate 3050T



Automobile Navigator with 3-D view and Traffic Capabilities

January 2, 2007
By: Sam Penrod

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Overview

The Magellan Roadmate 3050T is one of the newest in the Magellan RoadMate line of auto navigators.  It is the same as the Magellan 3000, except the Traffic Kit is included in the package, so this review serves both the RoadMate 3000 and 3050T, with the exception of the traffic capabilities.  (If you have the RoadMate 3000, you can purchase the traffic kit directly from Magellan.com for $150.)  The 3050T falls into the category of the middle of the newer RoadMate series of the new re-designed shape and includes the new highly sensitive Sirfstar 3 receiver.
 The 3050T is similar to its older brother, the RoadMate 360, except the many of the issues we discovered in the 360 have been fixed and are NOT present in the 3050T.   The 3050T also features real time traffic abilities for select metro areas, which will prompt you of accidents, incidents and construction that could affect your route.  There are maps pre-installed for the entire USA, Puerto Rico and Canada and can be seen in the 3-D 'bird's eye' view, however it does not feature text-to-speech directions, meaning the unit does not announce actual street names.    The unit package lists on the street for $549.  Check discount prices here.  The RM 3050T is billed as "Turn it on and go" so it can be used right out of the box and that it is.  The 3050T had a touch screen, internal speaker, internal antenna, internal battery and dedicated function keys.  Overall from our testing, the 3050T does a good job navigating you to an address with voice and on screen directions.  It also includes an MP3 player (although you cannot listen to music while navigating) and a digital picture viewer.  Magellan has made some fixes to the unit's operating software, primarily for the traffic option, while we were testing the unit.  You should make sure you have the latest operating software (Version 3.10 as of this writing.)  Click here to see the improvements and download if needed.



The Package

The Magellan RoadMate 3050T package comes with the basic accessories needed for operation out of the box.   It includes:
The Magellan RoadMate 3050T GPS receiver, fully loaded with detailed maps of the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada (Navteq data)
A 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter for power inside of a vehicle
Traffic Receiver with free 3- month subscription
A USB cable for software updates
A windshield suction cup mount
A basic operation manual in paper form
A CD-ROM with a more in depth manual  (can be downloaded from Magellan.com here)
An SD-Card Slot  (SD Card not included)
"Tools" CD with additional software, including the ability to add Custom POI's.

How it works

The RoadMate 3050T is easy to use, right out of the box.  Upon initial start-up, you will be prompted for the language you want.   Once you acquire a satellite lock, you can begin navigating, by inputting a street, then a city and finally a house number.  You are then prompted to select either "shortest time," "avoid toll roads," "least use of freeways" or "most use of freeways."  The 3050T then calculates a route, usually in less than 20 seconds and off you go.   The 3050T gives voice directions and on screen guidance to get you to your destination, eventually telling you "You Have Arrived."

How to use it

The 3050T is fairly simple to operate.  There is both the touch screen as well as external buttons to operate it and many functions can be handled by either by the touch screen or the buttons.   The 3050T is designed for use as an auto navigator and we cannot recommend using it for anything else, such as hiking, geocaching, marine or aviation.  One catch is that to turn it on, it requires you to hold the power key down for at least five seconds.  At first I wondered if something was wrong because a simple press, won't work, it must be held in, for it to power up.  One feature is that you will be prompted for is "Quick Tips."  These are basic lessons in operating your RoadMate and you can disable seeing this option later on if you choose.  There are helpful hints here and we suggest you look them over at least once.


Main Menu



Navigation Options

This button gives you the user options, it is basically the main menu.  This is the way to make any changes in the setup of the 3050T.  When you press the "Navigation Options" button, these are your choices:

POI Selection
You can select which categories of points of interest you want on the map.  Gas stations, restaurants, airports, other businesses, etc. Default is for only basic ones, you can mark all, with one push of the button.

Custom POI's
With help from the included "Tools" CD-ROM, you can create your own custom points of interest.   When you load them, they are saved on the internal hard drive.  You can create categories, such as stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc.  You can also specify if you want an alarm triggered for POI's such as speed traps or red light cameras as well as the alert parameters of when those alarms will alert you.

Map Options
This is for setting the map page for: Heading Up, or North Up
Distance measured in either miles OR kilometers
You can also enable scrolling on the map in this screen.

Note the two maps below:  One shows the 2-D "flat' display, while the other shows the 3-D 'bird's eye' view display.  Note the small arrow icon inside of the box on both screens. This is how you toggle or switch between the 'flat' or 'bird's eye' displays.  You will be prompted to press the 'enter' key to make the change.   The data boxes on the bottom indicate direction of next turn (yellow arrow in green box) GPS reception quality (box with D and N) distance to next turn, ETA to final destination, direction to final destination as a crow flies (red arrow) and then total distance to final destination.  The green signal indicator in the upper right hand corner of the screen is for satellite reception and pressing the satellite icon will bring up the GPS status page and show you the satellites and other GPS data.

2-D View



3-D View



Remember pressing the box on the right side with the arrow in it, is how you switch between the 2-D and 3-D views.

TrueView Options
Will enable or disable the "True View", 3-D style mapping, indicating upcoming turns while navigating.  You can also specify if you want 'split' trueview.

Traffic Options
This is where you specify options in the traffic features.  This is discussed in more depth later in the article.


Trip Computer
This is similar in most car navigators, allowing you to keep track of your average speed, trip time, drive time (only counts when you are moving) and trip distance.  You can stop the computer, save the data or reset it.  This is handy if you want to measure gas mileage, or just want to know how much time you spent stopping along the way.  You can save information for up to 20 trips.



Select Map Color
There is the option of an automatic switch at sunrise or sunset, to darken the screen for night driving.  You can also select the map color in this screen.  Options include:



Default                White background
High Contrast     Black Background
Night                    Dark Blue
Black & White    Black background & white roads
Paper Map         Grey background with red freeways, yellow major roads
Wild                     Yellow background
Pretty                   Pink background
Cool Blue            Light blue
Fire                      Red Background


Route Preferences
Allows you to enable or disable the feature of "automatic re-route" which will automatically re-calculate you a new route to your same destination, when you deviate of off of the original route.  You can also choose to avoid toll roads.


Detour Options
This allows you to hit a detour if you come upon a delay and have the unit re-route you.  You can select a three, five or ten mile detour from the current road you are on as well as a custom distance if you choose.   You can also enable 'automatic detour' here for use with the traffic receiver.

Menu Colors
There are four different color schemes available.  This does not affect the map colors.  Choices are, "Default", which is blue, "Pastel" is a purple-pink combination, "Forest" is green and brown, and "Desert" is brown and tan.

Tone Options
You can select which tone alert you want, either Bell, Chime or Beep.  They are all quite similar however.

GPS Options
This will bring up the satellite page and also give you advanced satellite data, that for most users is not necessary.  You can also set your "GPS Position."  This is helpful if you have traveled hundreds of miles (by airplane) and want the unit to be able to quickly re-acquire a GPS lock at your new location.  You just input in the nearest city, address, etc.

Simulator Mode  
This is for use in simulating a route and watching it on screen.  You can set it for normal speed, or speed it up to twice as fast if you want to follow the proposed route.

Automatic Volume
This will increase the volume of the voice directions, as the unit senses your speed.  This is helpful if the inside of your vehicle becomes noisy the faster you go.

Backup and Restore
This is to backup your user data to an SD card through the SD slot on the 3050T.  Be careful when using this and consult the manual for specifics.

Clear Address Book
This allows you to erase both your latest destinations (if you don't someone to come across where you have been) and also you Address Book and Favorites.  Be careful with this as it will erase your saved locations.

Context Help Option
This is part of the help options in the 3050T.

Map Information
Displays the version of mapping software loaded onto the unit.  

System Settings

This is where you can make changes to the most common settings.

Brightness                   Set how bright you want the screen, there is no contrast setting
Power Management   You can disable the automatic shutoff after 20 minutes of inactivity
Password                     Allows you to set, change and delete a password, if you want your unit password protected
Language                    You can select from numerous languages (text & voice), U-S English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.


System Status

This is basic data on how your unit is working.

Product Information       This shows your model number, serial number, and current software installed.
User Storage                    You can see how much memory is being used, if you have inserted an SD card into the 3050T for music or picture files.
Diagnostics                      This is where you access the diagnostics, likely only if you are asked to do so by Magellan Tech Support.
          
Here are the Diagnostic options:

Audio Test  Spells letters, volume should increase with each letter spoken
Touchscreen Test  To calibrate screen if needed
Keypad Test   Allows you to determine if the physical external keys are working, they will highlight when pressed
Video Test     A simple test which will show you bars of colors, to ensure the screen is functioning properly

External Keys and Button

The 3050T has eight external buttons for operation.  A nice new feature is an external volume control, which you adjust in steps, either louder or quieter.  But a couple of the buttons proved to be too much.  The zoom in and zoom out keys on the left and right top of the unit, make it difficult to hold the unit in your hands, without pressing something you don't want to.  Here is a breakdown of the commands and what they do:



Enter
The enter key (green) is used to select highlighted items, if you don't want to use the touch screen.


Escape
To the right of enter and is in red.  Allows you to exit the current screen you are on.  You can also cancel your current route.  (You will be prompted to make sure you want to cancel your route first)

Arrow Key
This is in the center just below the screen.  It allows you to pan the map and also to toggle between different selections on the screen.

Locate
(Top of three buttons on right side)  Locate is a nice feature in the 3050T.  By pressing this button, you will get a screen showing you your current location.  It will show you the street you are on, as well as tell you the distance between the cross streets or nearby exits, if you are on the freeway.  There is also a compass, to show you the direction of your travel as well as a speedometer, which tracks your movement to give you your speed.   This screen is where you can save your current location to the address book, to return at a later time. The locate function also gives us a lat/lon readout, a welcome feature.  The lat/long is in the decimal format.  Altitude is also shown.  There are two pages to this screen, press 'enter' to get to page two.

View
(Below Locate) The view button allows you to toggle between the three navigation screens.  They are Select Destination, Map, and while navigating, "TrueView" and "Maneuver List"

Menu
(Below View) This brings up the options of Navigation Options, System Settings, System Status and Help.  It is also where you access the MP3 player and picture viewer and you can see the battery status and whether the unit is connected to external power.

Mute
(Left side)  A nice feature to help you immediately shut off voice directions.  Helpful if you are on a cell phone and are being interrupted by the RoadMate giving you directions.

Zoom In/Zoom Out
These are for the map and are located on the top of the unit.  Zoom Out is on the left and Zoom In is on the right.

Volume
The volume key is on the top of the unit.  It is not a rotary dial, more of a thumb wheel with a plus or minus of the volume, which will be adjusted in steps.  A volume meter will appear at the bottom of the screen to show you the range of the volume and where it currently is at.

Power
(Center on top of screen)  Remember you must hold this in, for the unit to start up.

Power Indicator
There is a very small LED light just above the Locate Key.  It will show blue if the unit is running on the internal battery, red if it is connected to external power and charging the battery and green if it is connected to external power and the battery is fully charged.

Navigating with the 3050T

Destination is the page you must be on, to begin navigating.  It allows for several options:



Map            Pressing this key will bring you up to the map page.  You may pan the map and a crosshair icon will appear in the center of the map, with a red arrow.  You can "grab" the map page and use it to highlight a road or POI icon. By pressing enter, you will be prompted if you want to navigate to or save that location.  You can also use the zoom in and out keys to expand the view.

Home
You can select your home location and then afterwards, pressing this key will automatically route you to your home location.

Select Address
This is where you input the information on where you want to route to.  First of all you are asked for the name of the street, then city, then house number.  This is for locations you wouldn't typically travel to more than once.   There can be at times situations where the unit won't recognize the address, even if you inputted it correctly.  We suggest you look at the street name as well as the city location. Sometimes we have found an address is located in a city, but the unit believes it is a county address.  Or other times it may be a highway with only a number, such as Highway 101,  but the GPS sees it as a street name such as 'Northwest Expressway" for example.



Address Book
The address book is for the frequent locations you want navigation for.  This is basically a saved list of waypoints.  You can name the location.  Options are "Previous Destinations" which lists the recent addresses navigated to, including those NOT in your address book.  "List Addresses" is your saved addresses and includes the sub-categories of "List All"  "List Favorites" and "Search Address Book." "Create New Entry" allows you to save a new address.



Trip Planner
"Trip Planner" is where you create a route of addresses and select the order you want to navigate.  It is the icon in the lower left hand corner with the pushpins in a map.   Helpful if you need to go to the bank, gas station, and a restaurant, before heading out to your final destination.  You can also use this if you want to get an estimate of the time it will take for those stops.  There is the option of creating a new trip, editing a trip, as well as deleting a trip or renaming one.  It will bring up the Destination screen to help you build your trip.  You can also modify it later by moving around the destinations.  Overall this worked pretty good in our testing. 

Dining, ATM, Gas...
This is for the Points of Interest (POI's) included with the 3050T.  There are six million POI's loaded into the unit.  There are the basic food, lodging, fuel, etc, as well as . You can either search POI by name or by nearest.  With the nearest, you only get the closest POI's.  This is helpful when you are looking for a hotel or a restaurant.



Intersection
This allows you to input to street names to get you to the intersection.  I sometimes have trouble with this feature when using streets named by number.  However that same problem exists in both the 3050T and Garmin units.  I have found that just using the address function, then inputting 4801 S and 3200 West will work better, than inputting 4800 S and 3200 W in the intersection function.

Area Select
The icon of a globe in the lower left hand corner is how you select the regions you want.  It is divided between the USA and Canada OR US Territories.  Unless you are in Puerto Rico, it should be in the "USA and Canada" setting, to properly give you the options of which city you want directions to.  

Navigating
Once you select an address, the 3050T will calculate a route and begin giving you directions.  Here are the features that are activated when you begin to navigate:

TrueView
This is a screen that appears just before you make a turn, indicating a three dimensional arrow of the upcoming turn.  You can select this as full screen, half screen or disable it from appearing.



Maneuver List
This gives you the next ten planned maneuvers in text format.  It shows an arrow indicating which direction the turn will be, as well as a distance and a street name or exit information



Route Exclusion
While on the maneuver page, you can press a specific upcoming maneuver, which will allow it to be excluded from the route.   This is helpful if you know a specific road is slow because of rush hour traffic or construction.  Simply press the "exclude" bar on the screen, the 3050T will re-calculate you a new route, without that segment previously selected.

Quick Spell, Auto Fill
This is a unique Magellan feature and is quite handy for navigating on the go.  When you begin to select a city name or street address, the unit uses the memory to help you spell out and will automatically suggest names to speed up the time of selection and lessen the number of characters you have to input.  For example, if you are trying to enter Pennsylvania Avenue, by the time you enter PENNSY, it will offer the full word on the screen.  You can then press OK.  Other keys will be grayed out.

Voice Directions
I like the 3050T's voice directions, the female voice quality is very good with 'polite directions.'  You also get voice directions as you touch the screen and enter an address. For example, when you press 'select address' you hear "Street Address"  As you spell out a street, it says: "E" "L" "M"  and  also states the individual numbers of the address.  The 3050T does NOT give "text to voice" directions as some of the newer GPS units out on the market do and does not announce the upcoming street names, only which direction to turn and when.   Something I do not like, is that when you press certain buttons, there is a click sound. However, there is no way to disable it, it is controlled by the volume control as well.

The voice sequence, typically follows this standard as you approach a turn:  Announces at two miles, one mile, half mile, then on final approach.  A tone signals when to turn.  

Here are some sample voice commands given by the 3050T:

Voice command:    "Approaching left turn, followed by right turn" then bell sounds
Voice command:    "Freeway entrance on the left in point four miles"
Voice command:    "Freeway exit on the right in 19 miles"
Voice command:    "When possible, make a legal U-Turn"
Voice command:    "Prepare to exit on the right in two miles"
Voice command:    "Continue on the current road for 22 miles"
Voice command:    "Destination ahead, in point five miles."
Voice command:    "You Have Arrived"

Display
In the left hand bottom corner on the map page, is a small square, which indicates direction of travel by cardinal letter.   The background color of the box signals what kind of GPS reception you are receiving.  Black means no satellite signal, red is for weak signals, yellow for average, and green for good.  
The 3050T display is quite bright and is also adjustable in the brightness control.    I never had any problem easily reading the screen, day or night, and on either cloudy or sunny days.   For more comparison of car navigator displays, read Joe's evaluation here.  



Power
The 3050T is powered by the included 12 volt cigarette adapter.   When you press the power key, you get a two second countdown before shutoff, apparently in case you accidentally hit the power key.  To keep the unit on, press any key.  (This use to be five seconds, but was changed to two seconds in the software update)

Satellite Acquisition
The 3050T has a 12 channel high sensitive Sirfstar receiver and is WAAS enabled.  We have had no problem getting a satellite lock, typically in less than a minute even on a cold start, meaning the unit has not been on for a few hours.  A warm start if the unit has been on within the last few minutes will get you a satellite lock within about ten seconds or less.  The unit also seems to re-acquire pretty quickly, if you go in a parking garage or other area where you lose satellite reception for a few minutes.  



Using inside a car

So how does the 3050T do in the car?  It did a good job during our testing.   It has always remained attached and the GPS unit itself is easy to disconnect from the mount and re-attach.   The unit itself is lightweight and was stable during travel and did not vibrate much at all on paved roads.  The mount is a newer design and not the gooseneck style that was previously the standard in other Magellans.  The new one is more stable and allows for adjustments.



This is a side view, showing the 3050T connected to the windshield mount.  There is a 'quick release' to put the unit in or take it out of the mount.  

Routing

The RoadMate 3050T seems to do a good job in determining the best routes for you to travel.  This seems to be an improvement from other recent Magellan navigators.  While navigating, the map page will display on the top your current road of travel.  On the bottom, it will display your next street/road you will take, as well the distance to your next turn, an ETA of your destination and a distance to your destination.  The red arrow indicates the direction of your destination.  (As a crow flies, not from your route)

Traffic

The 3050T includes a traffic receiver, that  can help alert you to problems on the road and re-route you around them.  As of this writing, the traffic service provider, Navteq RDS serves 50 metro areas in the United States.  To see a list of the current areas where coverage is available, click here. The traffic data is sent via the subcarrier on certain FM broadcast stations and is received by the traffic receiver, which must be connected to the RoadMate.   Options include: Danger, Slow Traffic, Lane Reduction, Road Work, Accident, Road Narrowed, Severe Weather, Special Equipment Required, Vehicle Related Restriction.  There should be a green box in the lower right hand corner with a capital "T."  If it is red, you are not receiving traffic data (either because you are not in a coverage area or do not have a current subscription)  Pressing the box with the "T" will bring up the traffic status page.  It will show you which FM station the signal is coming from as well as a list of current incidents, although they are in code and there is no actual list of the nearest problems.  One important item to remember is that you must have the external power connected to the traffic receiver for it to work.  If you are running off the internal battery, the traffic receiver won't work.  Overall the traffic receiver worked pretty good and helps to alert you to traffic issues.  Although as with other traffic receivers by other companies as well, the traffic receiver is only as good as when the data is updated and how specific it is, which seems to vary from city to city.  One thing I found less than optimal with the traffic receiver is how it is connected to the unit.  To me it seems a little cluttered, as you have to plug in the traffic receiver to the USB connection on the RoadMate, then connect the power cable on the traffic receiver to the Roadmate, then plug in the external power connector to the traffic receiver.  Then there is the issue of the long FM radio antenna wire on the traffic receiver as well, which is used to pick up the data signal.   It just seems to be "too many wires" all over your dash.  Garmin has figured out this as well and is now creating traffic receivers in the actual external power cable, to eliminate too many connectors or wires.



Traffic receiver is the small box in upper right area of the photo.  The top connection is to the USB port, the bottom connection is to power the unit and the light colored wire is the antenna, which is about three feet long.  Not shown on the opposite end of the traffic receiver, is where the cigarette power cable connects to the receiver.

As far as how the receiver works, it will alert you if you select a route and there is an incident ahead.  You can then 'exclude' that area from your route and the unit will re-calculate a new route around the problem area.  I found that I liked to zoom out the map and then see the incident icons.  Panning the map and then pressing a specific incident icon will bring up this page, (which is a little out of focus from my camera, but you can get the idea)
and list the problem.



(Image taken by a digital camera)

I do wish the unit gave you a list of the nearest incidents, but it is not really necessary as you will be alerted if the problem has the potential to affect your route.  The subscription will allow you traffic data access for anywhere you travel in the United States, provided where you go, there is traffic coverage available for that area.  Overall the unit gave me alerts for congestion, accidents, roads that are closed as well as even an alert for possible slick roads.  Again, the hardware part of traffic coverage in Magellan as well as Garmin's I have tried out works great, it just depends on how well the data is updated.  I have tried Navteq RDS, XM NavTraffic and Clear Channel Traffic and it all seems to be about the same, when it comes to updates and accuracy.

MP3

The 3050T includes a built in MP3 Player.  You can listen to music or other MP3 files on the unit.  It will play the file through the internal speaker, but for most uses, you will want to use the mini headphone jack, for stereo music uses.  One catch with the MP3 player is that you cannot listen to the music, while you are navigating.  So it is useful if you are in an airplane and want to listen to music, but you can't use it while driving, which seems to be a drawback.  To listen to the music, simply insert an SD card with the MP3 files on it into you 3050T and then select the music notes from the main menu to enable it.   The screen grab below shows you the options of using it.  (See included CD-ROM "Tools" for more details.



Digital Picture showing the MP3 screen.   MP3 player does not operate while navigating.

Picture Viewer

There is also a digital picture viewer available in the 3050T.  The image files must be loaded on an SD card and then can be accessed in the main menu by pressing the picture viewer icon.  From there, you can view digital photos on the screen.  Again, this feature is not available while you are navigating.

Specifications

Size: 4.8" W x 3.8" H x 1.4" D (W 121.9 mm x H 96.5 mm x D 35.6 mm

Weight: 244g / 8.6 oz
Screen: "3.5" color touch screen display, 2.11" x 2.81" (53.6mm x 71.5mm)
Internal Memory: 4 GB stores maps and custom points of interest
External Memory" Unlimited / Secure Digital (SD) Card compatible
Languages: U.S. English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish

Questions

Can I enter waypoints?
There is no waypoint category, however you can save "waypoints" in the address book, from either panning the map, or saving your current location, by selecting the "Locate" button and hitting save. You cannot enter a waypoint inputting lat/lon however, only by street address.

Can I enter in Custom POI or speed cameras or proximity alerts?
Yes, but it is a different format that other companies.  You can learn more with the included CD-ROM labeled "Tools."


What about the quality of the map data?
The pre-loaded map data available in the 3050T, is provided by Navteq and seems to be the most current mapping data available on the market today.

Does the 3050T have NMEA data in/out?
No.

Is there a Lat/lon readout?
Yes, accessible by pressing the "Locate" button.  Format is in decimal degrees.

Is there any altitude data available?
Yes, it is available by pressing "Locate."

Can I use an amplified external antenna with the 3050T?
Yes, it uses an MCX connector.  Magellan sells a compatible antenna as an added accessory.    So far I have found no need to use an external amplified antenna, the included antenna has worked just fine, especially with the Sirfstar receiver chip.

Other Observations

No software bugs or glitches showed up in the testing of the 3050T.  I would also prefer that I could set the way the routes are calculated (shortest time, no toll roads, least use of freeways, most use of freeways) in the settings once, instead of having to select an option each time I want to navigate.   I did have the unit lock up once and had to reset it.  This only happened once and while I was trying several functions at once.   After I restarted it, the unit came right back up.

Areas for improvement

The unit does a pretty good job.  The graphic look in the Magellan still seem to be very basic, as compared to other units by other companies.   The mapping look is still not as high tech as Garmin's, but has improved over the 360 series, especially with the 3-D view and automatic color change from day to night screens.  The 3050T is still somewhat slow with its processor, as compared to other units.  The click sounds of when you press a key and no option to disable this was annoying to me.  The ability for text to speech voice directions (announcing actual street names) as well as the ability to use the MP3 player while navigating, seem to be what the unit needs to go to the next level and be a better competitor.  But I was impressed to see a lot of progress from the RoadMate 360 to the 3050T, even though the units basically operate the same.   I would like to see an AC adapter included in the package, so you can use your Magellan indoors, while loading Custom POI's, or to charge the battery.

Summary

The Magellan RoadMate 3050T brings full auto navigation to you at a reasonable price (in the world of GPS auto navigators), and is ready to use, right out of the box.   The RoadMate seems well suited to those who frequently travel and want car navigation.  It can be easily set up in a rental car, in less than a minute. Overall it is simple to use and easy to learn.  The 3050T has all of the features you need and it will get you there with easy to understand voice and on screen directions.   To Magellan's credit, there is a very helpful FAQ page available on their website and you can also download the unit's manual in a variety of languages.  Click here for a link and to learn more about the unit for yourself directly from Magellan.   Another unit in the new RoadMate series is the Magellan 2000.  Read Jess's review here.

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