Pros Worked straight out of the box, was extremely accurate. A very good first experience.
Cons No cons yet.
Pros Large Screen - easy to read
Cons i couldn't find anything I didn't like
Summary It's easy right out of the box. it has volume control, day/night auto display, road names, arrival times, easy to program your destination, large screen is very helpful, i just love it. everyone should have one!
Pros Accurate, easy to use, quick rerouting
Cons Limited POI's, Cannot find map upgrades.
Summary I was unsure if I really wanted a GPS, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I got this unit for $200 and used it right out of the box. I charge it at home, and entered my home address and destination before leaving. I did not read any manuals before playing with it, and had everything programed in about 15 minutes.
We left Harrisburg, PA and drove to Newark, NJ to hop a train into NYC. We do this a couple times a year, so we did not need directions. I figured this would be a good test for the GPS. It took us the exact route we typically take. The Exit POI's are a nice touch, and it rerouted us quickly (even telling us where legal U-Turns could be made). The "beep beep" right before you are to turn is a nice feature because we were driving down a street with a lot of right hand turns spaced very close together. We knew not to turn until the "beep beep".
I also took it into the city with us in case we wanted to find something, and I did try to use it. I wanted to find the apple store, but it wasn't listed in the pre-programed POI's. Neither was the Nintendo store.
When I got home, I went on Magellan's website and there were no POI upgrade/addition files. This was a little bit frustrating. I have heard that because the unit it sponsored by AAA, that, that is the reason for the limited POI's. This unit has 1.5 million or something, when others have over 4 million. However, there is software that comes with it which is a POI editor, and there are websites that you can download POI's and edit them for the Magellan Maestro 4000. I found an Apple Store file, for Apple stores across the 48 states, converted it and loaded it into my Maestro. I just only wish I knew that earlier.
Pros Acurate, night mode automatically, recalculates automatically
Cons The detour feature not the best and many points of interest are not programed.
Summary I work for a fire department and we have a propriatory GPS guidence in our dispatch computers that calculate best route to the call. The Magellane is MUCH better. I whish our dispatch computers had magellan maps and programed to recalculate if you get off the route, go to night mode and chose the best route to the call as the Magellan does. The only weak points that I have found are that the detour function often takes you WAY out of our way and trying to find many restaurants that I know are in the area the Magellan 4000 doesn't list. Otherwise this is a great product and I use it all the time, sometimes to map my route but mostly just for fun.
Pros Ease of use, screen size
Cons Lack of advanced features, accuracy of POI's
Summary I got this unit as a Christmas gift. I have been using marine grade GPS systems (Northstar, Furuno, Raytheon) for several years, so I am very familiar with the theory. For the price, you get a decent GPS unit, very user friendly. Setup was cake, just charge, mount and go. The 4.3' screen is easy to read. The directions and re-routing are decent and quick, but it did fail to recognize some roads. I have found that some POI addresses dont show in the correct locations, off within about 100 yards. No big deal. Satellite connection has taken no more than 30 seconds for full signal. Map tracking is a tad slow, but not excessive. The only feature that I am missing is a "breadcrumb" setting. For my needs, this unit is perfect, but for those seeking more options (bluetooth), go with a Garmin.