Your phone as your only GPS only works if you never venture far from home or outside a strong cell coverage footprint.
Phones do not store maps/poi data. They grab it remotely as needed from a remote server. As such, if you get into an area with spotty cell coverage (deserts, mountains, forests, the Florida panhandle, etc.) you are S-C-R-E-W-E-D!
Phone based GPS is nice but it’s still a LONG way from replacing handheld and in dash GPS units. For those of you that don’t believe me, please think of me when you are lost in the middle of nowhere, yelling at your phone, cursing your carrier, and begging a homeless guy to please for-the-love-of-God help you find the interstate!
Tempting. I was thinking a new Garmin to replace the one I got in like 2009, when I found the screws on the back panel were too messed up for me to be able to replace the battery. But I dont want to spend the bank for that. We also have a cheap Tom Tom I dont like much but my wife likes because it is simple.
Never really considered a Magellan. Are the menus intuitive? Hmm at the price I am definitely tempted.
Google Maps caches map data when you start a route, as does any other GPS app worth its salt. And it’s easier to use and better than any stand alone GPS unit I’ve played with, although I won’t speak for Apple Maps. (You iPeople know you can put a link to Google Map’s mobile site on your homepage and pretend it’s an app, right? Seems like that would be loads better than the built in one.)
I agree. Driving near DC and I can tell you that it is slow and the accuracy will leave you trying to drive through a creek (happened to me 2 weeks ago) so I would pass any Magellan up. Get something else.
I would be wary of Magellan products. I’ve had to replace one (under warranty, fortunately) for a major software meltdown. So far the software on the replacement hasn’t failed, but the unit has to be plugged in continuously, or the battery goes dead. So it’s not a GPS unit you can pull out just when you need it. Also, the “Content Manager” software that you must load on your computer is user-hostile.
Def get it for your gf. I got one and I love it. Where other gps units take too long while ‘calculating route’, this one picks up right away without missing a beat. The realistic highway signs are a major plus, also. No more guessing which lane you should be in.
This was asked before, but not answered - and I think it’s probably a standard feature but is not listed in the description: Does this display your current driving speed AND the speed limit? I find that to be an EXTREMELY useful feature. I also found this review for 3065 - apparently very similar - looks pretty good IMHO. Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter review: Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter - CNET
I agree with your sentiment, but I need to say that my brother uses a nokia and their GPS DOES do that, and he actually really likes it. It’s great for those arterial roads that change from 45 to 55 to 35 and you’re always a little worried.