"An excellent GPS"on by bholowach
Pros Accurate, Quick route recalculation, Voice recognition works great Very user friendly
Cons None at the present
Summary I have used the 4050 two weeks now and yes it has ETA, a great display night and day, great speaker and recalculates quickly. Love the voice recognition works better than I thought it would judging by some of the remarks some people have made, and I paired it to my LG8300 within seconds. I certainly made the right choice and highly recommend it.
Pros Larger screen, bright display, updated interface
Cons Bulky traffic receiver, online store not open at this time, iffy voice recognition
Summary The 4050 includes additional hardware: the TrafficKit which must be activated by going to Magellan's online store. Alas, the Magellan store is "down" at this time. One cannot activate it by phone.
A worse fact is that the supplied windshield bracket mounts directly to the traffic kit, which then mounts behind the GPS unit. The normally low-profile unit becomes nearly double the thickness. This also means that in order to mount the 4050 w/o the Kit, you need to buy a separate bracket (the one supplied, I assume, with the non-Traffic-Kit 4040).
For an exhaustive review see: http://www.gpsmagazine.com/2007/07/magellan_maestro_4050_review.php
I bought my Magellan at Costco, and am seriously considering returning it for the more expensive, but less bulky Garmin NuviUpdated
Finally found an opening today when I could activate the 3-month trial subscription. Some links to their store are broken, but the subscription page can be accessed by:
Cons slow responce
Summary I bought this after having the 4250 does have the volume control cnet person was wrong on that note it does... the 4050 voice mode comes in handy when your driving but not what expected. it has a traffic update for 70 bucks a year I like that it routes me different ways if it picks up the exit was closed up ahead or traffic back up sense I do not know where I am going so I go where it tells me to go lol its a keeper
Pros screen size
Cons Slow jerky update and very poor tech service
Summary I purchased the Magellan 4050 three months ago and do not like the unit as well as my older Garmin 2610. The 4050 does not update smoothly or accurately, the unit is always behind your present position no matter how fast or slow you driving. Magellan’s Tech service help is off shore, staffed with people that do not understand English well and are technically inept when it comes to knowledge of the product. Magellan came out with a firmware update (2.36) that was suppose to help with navigation update problems but has not worked for my unit.
Pros good product until you need help!
Cons customer service if thats what you call it
Summary Any customer service in this company?
I have tried multiple times trying to talk about a issue
unable to get a manager or supervisor!
the only contact I can find is 1-866-339-0488
all together have 7hrs tied up just to get a question answered?
been sent every direction and back
talked to 10058 could not understand, some other language
10054 could not even catch the name?
I talked at 6:58pm 1/7/08 to Id 10062 Sasha from tech support who Peter transferred me over to
gave me a new customer service number to call 1-800-699-4477
I called and found out was a sex talk line
this is great customer service!
I didn't even get a chance to thank her when I called back and was on hold for 1/2 hr and gave up!
I can't understand trying to get some info is so hard with a company this size!