2005, Release 2
Review By: Sam
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The Magellan Roadmate 360 is one of the newest in the Magellan RoadMate
line of auto navigators. It falls into the category of the
end of the RoadMate series as compared to the 500, 700, 760 and 800
models, however the 360 is fully functional with maps preinstalled for
the USA and Canada and has all of the
necessary features and more for an automobile navigator. It
on the street for $630. Check discount prices here. The
360 is similar to its older brother, the RoadMate 300, except
the 360 comes fully loaded with detailed auto-routing maps for the
entire United States and Canada. The RM360 is billed as
"Turn it on and go" so it can be used right out of the box and that it
is. The 360 had a touch screen, internal speaker,
and dedicated function keys. Overall from our testing, the
does a pretty good job navigating you to an address with voice
and on screen directions.
The Magellan RoadMate 360 package comes with the basic accessories
needed for operation out of the box. It includes:
The Magellan RoadMate 360 GPS receiver, fully loaded with
detailed maps of the USA and Canada (Navteq data)
A 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter for power inside of a vehicle
An A/C adapter to power the unit for trip planning or software
A USB cable for software updates (Although Magellan includes no
information on how to use it)
A windshield suction cup mount-- gooseneck style
A basic operation manual in paper form
A CD-ROM with a more in depth manual (can be downloaded from Magellan.com here)
The quality of
the screen images shown below does not accurately reflect the screen on
the RoadMate 360. The images are meant as a demonstration
the actual screen quality and resolution is very good.
How it works
The RoadMate 360 is easy to use, right out of the box. Upon
initial start-up, you will be prompted for the language you want and
also asked to select a region of the country where you are located.
This is to narrow the search for street addresses,
can easily change regions and this will be explained later.
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
freeways" or "most use of freeways." The 360 then calculates
route, usually in less than 20 seconds and off you go. The
gives voice directions and on screen guidance to get you to your
destination, eventually telling you "You Have Arrived."
to use it
The 360 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
designed for use as an auto navigator and we cannot recommend using it
for anything else, such as hiking, geocaching, marine
screen pops up when the unit is turned on, along with a warning about
being cautious while using the 360, when you are driving.
allows for three
separate user settings, which can be customized by name. Use the touch screen
to select which user configuration you want. If you do not
one within one minute, the last user profile in use, is automatically
selected. These user settings can also be password protected.
Handy for a business with different employees sharing the
and also for a family when users have different preferences for screen
color, volume, etc. However, if you create a saved address, you
must resave that same address in the other user settings individually.
The saved addresses and previous destinations are only
accessible in the user profile which created them.
The buttons are backlit in orange, except for the "enter" key which is
green and the "cancel" which is red. Here is a breakdown of the
and what they do:
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 360.
When you press the "Option" button, these are your options:
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
data or reset it. This is handy if you want to
mileage, or just want to know how much time you spent stopping along
the way. Each user can save information for up to 20 trips.
This feature will record where you traveled, for later
a map. There is no data for speed, location, heading,
etc. And there is now way to download this information.
Really all it does is provide a map page, with a red line on
roads you have traveled for the duration you select.
is where you can make changes to the most common settings.
Set how bright you
want the screen, there is no
Adjusts the volume of both the voice directions
Auto Power Off
disable the automatic shutoff after 20 minutes of inactivity
You can select from numerous languages
When you do make changes to these, you must press save, before exiting
out. Otherwise the changes you make will not take effect.
This is for more of the settings, which need adjustment, less often.
You can select which categories of points of interest you
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.
This is for setting the map page for: Heading Up,
or North Up
Distance measured in either miles OR kilometers
And either "Smart," "Map Always" or "Manual." This refers to
the "Tru-View" screen and when you want it to appear.
Select Map Color
This is where you select the map background and color. These
user specific. There is no automatic switch at sunrise or
you have to manually make the change. Here are the options:
High Contrast Black Background
Black & White Black
background & white roads
Grey background with red freeways,
yellow major roads
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.
Enable Split True View
Will enable or disable the "Tru View", 3-D style mapping, indicating
upcoming turns while navigating
There are four different color schemes available. This does
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.
This is user
You can select which tone alert you want, either Bell,
Chime or Beep. They are all quite similar however.
This is where you access the diagnostics. The only features
probably need access to is the "GPS Status" (satellite info, lat/lon,
altitude, heading, speed, etc." Set GPS Position" "Touch Screen Calibrate" page and "Simulator
others should only be used if asked to, by Magellan Technical
Especially be careful with "Repair" as you can completely erase all of
the mapping memory if you aren't careful. (This seems
to have some of these commands so easily accessible)
Here are the options:
GPS Status-- For altitude, lat/lon, satellite, info)
Initialize GPS-- For use if you have traveled hundreds of
miles and need to re-acquire
Set GPS Position
Product Information-- For serial number, software version,
Touch Screen Test, to calibrate screen if needed
Audio Test spells letters, volume should
increase with each letter spoken
Headphone Test sends audio to the headphone jack
Simulator Mode for use in simulating a route and
watching it on screen
We do not recommend you use this, without help from Magellan.
The enter key is used to select highlighted items, if you
don't want to use the touch screen.
And while you are navigating, pressing "enter" will get the unit to
give the next verbal directions of your route outloud.
Allows you to exit the current screen you are on. You can
cancel your current route. (You will be prompted to make sure
want to cancel your route)
This is a nice feature in the 360. By pressing this button,
will get a screen showing you your current location. It will
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
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
feature. Garmin has cut out any type of lat/long in their
lower end car navigators, (StreetPilot c3X) and ix series) I am glad to
see Magellan has not. (How can you
have a GPS and not have any access to a basic lat/lon?)
lat/lon is in the minute-seconds format. However when you
pan the map, the lat/lon is in the decimal format-- and there is no
way to change this setting. (Why the inconsistency in lat/lon
formats in the same unit is
This is in the center of the function buttons, it allows you to pan the
map and also to toggle between different selections on the screen.
The view button allows you to toggle between the three navigation
screens. They are Select Destination, Map, and while
"Tru-View" and "maneuver List"
Select Destination is the page you must be on, to begin
navigating. It allows for several options:
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
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
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
then house number. This is for locations you wouldn't
travel to more than once.
The address book is for the frequent locations you want navigation for.
This is basically a saved list of waypoints. You
the location. Options are "Previous Destinations" which lists
recent addresses navigated to, including those NOT in your address
book. "List Addresses" is your saved addresses and includes
sub-categories of "List All" "List Favorites" and "Search
Book." "Create New Entry" allows you to save a new address, and "Trip
Planner" where you create a route of addresses and select the order you
want to navigate. Helpful if you need to go to the bank, gas
station, restaurant, before heading out to your final destination.
You can also use this if you want to get an estimate of the
it will take for those stops. There is the option of creating
new trip, editing a trip, as well as deleting a trip or renaming one.
Overall this worked pretty good in our testing.
you need to explain to your passengers how much time out of the way
their "one" little stop will put you behind schedule.
This is for the Points of Interest (POI's) included with the 360.
There are two million POI's loaded into the unit.
the basic food, lodging, fuel, etc, as well as . You can
search POI by name or by nearest. It seems that whichever map
region you have active, are searched in the name search. With
nearest, you only get the closest POI's. This is helpful when
are looking for a hotel or a restaurant.
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
in both the 360 and StreetPilot c330. 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
The icon of a globe in
the lower left
hand corner is how you select the regions you want. This is an
part of the initial setup of the unit, which is prompted when you first
turn on the unit. However, the globe icon will allow you to
select more than one region or change regions. We only
you have one region active, unless you live on the border of two
regions. The more regions selected will mean longer times in
selecting a street address. The "Areas" are then subdivided
into smaller "regions" of about three or four states.
Western & Southwestern US
1- Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington
2- California, Hawaii, Nevada
3- Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
4- Oklahoma, Texas
1- North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska
2- Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
3- Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
1- Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri
2- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico
3- North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
4- Kentucky, Tennessee
Mid Atlantic & New England
1- Connecticut, New Jersey, New York
2- Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania
3- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Regions: All Provinces
(You will have to scroll to the bottom of the screen to find Canada)
Once you select an address, the 360 will calculate a route and begin
giving you directions. Here are the features that are
when you begin to navigate:
This is a screen that appears just before you make a turn, indicating a
three dimensional arrow of the upcoming turn. You can select
as full screen, half screen or disable it from appearing.
This gives you the next ten planned maneuvers in text format.
shows an arrow indicating which direction the turn will be, as well as
a distance and a street name or exit information
While on the maneuver page, you can press a specific upcoming maneuver,
which will allow it to be excluded from the route. This is
if you know a specific road is slow because of rush hour traffic or
construction. Simply press the "exclude" bar on the screen,
the 360 will re-calculate you a new route, without that
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
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
to enter Pennsylvania Avenue, by the time you enter PENNSY, it will
offer the full word on the screen. You can then press OK.
And the unit will know as you enter Washington DC, that only
cities in that region you selected that have a Pennsylvania Avenue,
will be an option. Other keys will be grayed out.
I like the 360's voice directions, the female voice quality is very
good and you could say the 360 offers more polite directions than the
Garmin c3X0 series. You also get voice directions as you
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
numbers of the address. The 360 does NOT give "text
voice" directions as some of the newer more sophisticated units do and
announce the upcoming street names, only which direction to turn and
when. One thing I do not like with the 360 is that there is no
external volume control. It requires a total of five
button/screen pushes to change the volume. This can be an
inconvenience if you are on a cell phone or at a drive thru and want to
quickly turn down the volume. There is no mute key either.
One thing I did, was to set
one of my user profiles for "city" driving at a lower volume than user
"highway" which is set to a higher volume. Something else I
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
approach. A tone signals when to turn.
Here are some sample voice commands given by the 360:
Voice command: "Approaching left
turn, followed by right turn" then bell sounds
command: "Freeway entrance on the left in
point four miles"
command: "Freeway exit on the right in 19
Voice command: "When possible, make a
command: "Prepare to exit on the right in
command: "Continue on the current road
for 22 miles"
Voice command: "Destination ahead, in
point five miles."
Voice command: "You Have Arrived"
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, green
good and blue means you are getting good reception with the added
benefit of WAAS, which is used for optimal accuracy.
360 display is quite bright and is also adjustable in the
brightness control. Again, the display does not automatically
between a "day" and a "night" screen. I never had any
easily reading the screen, day or night, and on either cloudy or sunny
comparison of car navigator displays, read Joe's evaluation here.
The RoadMate 360 is basically the same model as the RoadMate
300, evaluated in Joe's review.
The 360 is powered by either the included 12 volt cigarette adapter or
the AC adapter. There is no internal battery, so when the
is disconnected, the unit immediately shuts off. There is an
auto shutoff feature, where the unit will turn itself off, if it is not
navigating or if any key has not been pressed for 20 minutes.
A bell will chime and you have 60 seconds to press any key to
keep the unit on. If not, it will automatically shut off.
(This feature can be shut off in "Configuration" under "Auto
power off.") When you press the power key, you get a five
before shutoff, apparently in case you accidentally hit the power key.
To keep the unit on, press any key.
The 360 has a 12 channel receiver and is WAAS enabled.
Acquisition times are about average, usually less than one
minute. There is a satellite icon on screen, which disappears
when the unit gets a satellite lock. The small box in the
hand corner of the map, which indicates direction, will be either
yellow, green or blue. Black and red mean no signal or weak
signal. There is also a simulation mode, if you
want to watch the progress of a route. Settings for GPS
simulation, are found in "Diagnostics."
inside a car
So how does the 360 do in the car? It did a good job during
testing. First of all, I am not a fan of windshield suction
mounts, primarily because I worry about advertising to thieves that I
have a valuable electronic device available for stealing.
(I do realize that the windshield mount is the most universal
why GPS companies provide them) However, I do like
included in the package with the 360. It has always
remained attached and the GPS unit itself is easy to disconnect from
the mount and re-attach. With its gooseneck style, the
mount is easy to adjust it to the best angle for viewing.
The unit itself is lightweight and was stable during travel
did not vibrate much at all on paved roads.
So far from our initial tests, the RoadMate 360 seems to do a good job
in determining the best routes for you to travel. This seems
be an improvement from other recent Magellan navigators. Our
testing is going to continue, but so far, so good. While
navigating, the map page will display on the top your current
of travel. On the bottom, it will display your next
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
not from your route)
360 vs StreetPilot c330
The RoadMate 360's closest competitor is probably the Garmin
StreetPilot c330, when you compare features and price. First
of all, the two units both use
Navteq mapping data. However it seems the 360 has newer
than even the recently updated version of Garmin's City Select
version 7. The StreetPilot does have more Points of Interest
included, but the RoadMate 360 seems to have the major POI's you would
while traveling, such as food, lodging, fuel, etc. The
processor in the StreetPilot c330 is much faster and calculates routes
quicker than the 360, however we find the route calculation time in the
360 as acceptable. The actual screen size in both units is
basically the same. The 360 is thinner in size, but longer.
also has more external buttons. The StreetPilot c330 is wide, but
shorter in length and has an internal patch antenna. All
buttons in the StreetPilot are only accessible in the touchscreen,
except it does have an external volume control. When
using both units at the same time, we found they both gave almost
identical routing guidance, with few variations. The 360 does
allow you to create a route, (ie multiple destinations to a final
The StreetPilot does not have this feature and also
does not have any type of a track recorder. The 360 also
for "Route Exclusion" while the StreetPilot c330 does not. As
as the display, the RoadMate 360 seems to have a brighter display in
the day than the StreetPilot c330, however at night, it is hard to tell
a difference between the two. The StreetPilot has an internal
battery, which can last up to eight hours, while the RoadMate 360 does
not. For a
review of the
StreetPilot c320, (same as the 330, except without pre-loaded maps)
Joe's review here.
Can I enter waypoints?
There is no waypoint category, however you can save
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
What about the quality of
the map data?
The pre-loaded map data available in the 360, is provided
by Navteq and seems to be the most current mapping data available.
Can I add TOPO maps?
There is about 500 MB of space left on the memory
card, still waiting for specifics from Magellan
Can I use the 360 in Europe?
Magellan says no, they do market a RoadMate 300 European
Does the 360 have NMEA data in/out?
Is there a Lat/lon readout?
Yes, accessible by pressing the "Locate" button.
Format is in minutes, seconds. Also can be found in "GPS Status" in the "Diagnostics."
Which map datum does the 360 use?
From what we can tell from the lat/lon readings, it is WGS
84, however there is no way to change this setting.
Is there any altitude data available?
Yes, it can be found under "Diagnostics" in "GPS Status."
When you are on the main page, press enter, to get to the next
Can I use an amplified
external antenna with the 360?
Yes, it uses an MCX connector. Magellan sells a
antenna as an added accessory. First remove the external
to find the connector. (The manual says to put the antenna in
upright position and then pull it off. I tried this, but it
seemed to put a lot of stress on the unit and it made me nervous it was
going to break, so it quit trying. However, you may
try prying it loose slowly with a small flat screwdriver.)
So far I
have found no need to use an external amplified antenna, the included
worked just fine.
Do I need to extend the
The external antenna is small and only extends about an inch and half
above the unit. However, in our testing we left it down,
(horizontal) at times and it for the most part did not seem to change
Can I enter in Custom POI
or speed cameras or proximity alerts?
No, this unit does not have this feature available in many newer auto
navigators developed by other companies.
bugs or glitches
showed up in the testing of the 360, there are just a few things that
don't make sense. Again, why the inconsistency with the
formats being different and no setting to set them one way or the
other. I would also prefer that I could set the way the
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 find that the
does give great guidance while traveling through roundabout
biggest disappointment with the 360, was what in my opinion is a lack
of documentation about the unit itself. Clearly Magellan
to be easy to use and it is, however I think there are some
critical details left out of the manuals. There is no
reference on what do with the included USB cable anywhere in
basic directions or in the manual on CD ROM. And there is
Magellan Website in the category of the 360 about the USB cable. When
you plug in the GPS unit into a computer, it
says to use "RoadMate Manager", but again not a word about "RoadMate
Manager" anywhere with the included materials or on the website.
(RoadMate Manager is a software program used with the 300 to
load on the maps, but
maps are already loaded on the 360) When you invest a lot
of money in something, I think it is nice to be able to easily
understand everything it can do. To look at the RM 360 manual from the Magellan website, click here.
included 12V cigarette coiled power cable should be longer.
a center console connection, it is a tight stretch to the windshield
mount and the cord stretches out and is in the way. In
the plug in connector is very rigid and does not plug in very easy to
receptacle and it takes some effort to make sure it makes
connection. And the plug that goes into the GPS unit itself,
become disconnected from the unit, with the slightest movement
the cable, and immediately shuts off the unit.
street addresses, when trying to navigate using a street name
identified by number (i.e., 3200 West), instead of a
(i.e. Pennsylvania Ave.) the system sometimes will not allow
input that numeric address, even though it exists and is on the map.
We did not have problems when it was a name street, only
with numbers, typically in smaller cities or towns. One other
issue is that when you only navigate to a street and not a street
address, there were a couple of instances when we were routed on a much
longer distance, than if we had a name street address in the same town.
no basic computer utility type program, so you can manage your address
book on a computer using a keyboard and then send them
back to the GPS. It can take a lot longer, entering addresses
into the unit by hand. With the USB port and supplied USB
would seem this would be easy to do, but according to Magellan, it
cannot be done with the 360. This seems strange, since most
electronic devices nowadays, such as cell phones, can be
to a computer to manage data. It would also be nice to create
routes for the "trip planner" on a computer and then download them into
the GPS receiver.
The Magellan RoadMate 360 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. With
some complaints with the 300 model about difficulty in loading maps,
this is not a problem with the 360 pre-loaded version. 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
a minute. Overall it is simple to use and easy to learn. This
is probably not suited to GPS enthusiasts, because many basic GPS type
functions are not included. However for those only interested in road
navigation, the 360 has all of the features you need and it will get
you there with easy to understand voice and on screen directions.