Pros Easy to navigate, Good response time, Fast Sattalite connection
Cons Sound Quality, Blue Tooth hang-up,
Summary I tested it with latest Firmware upgrade version v22.214.171.124084
The first and major thing that I want everyone to know is the way this Unit tries to be over smart.
Here is the example
On any highway, if there is an exit lane that will merge again with the highway, this unit always asks me to take that exit and then after like 1000 ft on exit lane, asks me to merge again on the same highway.
Example: I am going on Highway I-66 East and I have three exits to pass before I get to my exit.
So let?s say these three exits are 12, 13 and 14 (all exits are on the right side). So my exit should be 15. Exit 14 has two exit lanes and left lane of the exit further merges again with I-66 East
This unit always asks me to take exit 14 then tells me to stay in the left lane of the exit lanes, since left lane of the exit lanes merges back on I-66, so it asks me again to merge back on I-66.
It does that on any exit that falls in my Route and has exit lane that merges with the highway again.
I tried it on I-66, I- 495, I-95 and I-695 in Baltimore & Washington DC Area, behavior is 100% identical.
There are 4 exits on my entire route that have exit lanes merging back to the highways and it asks me on all four exits to take exit and then once I take exit, asks me again to merge back on the highway.
I talked to Magellan about it and they say,? that?s how our engineers designed the routing process?.
Unit considers that there is always Traffic Jam on the highway and you should get in the exit lane to bypass all those cars and then merge back on it again. Extremely STUPID thought process whoever put it together.
Pretty smart haan ?..? That?s what I refer as ?Sometimes DUMB Sometimes SMART Unit?
It?s extremely annoying and a major issue for me.
Another thing I noticed is that if you have your phone paired with it and place a call from the unit, while the call is in progress (bell ringing on the other side), you hang up the phone from your Cell phone instead of the unit, It will hang the entire unit and you have to then reset it (at least that?s what my experience is).
3rd issue that I noticed was, I copied few songs on SD card just to test how the MP3 player works, so I inserted the card, it would read the card but would not display the songs I has on it. I am an IT person and I knew dam well what I was doing, it just wouldn?t show the songs list. And after two days, wallah, there they were. It just started showing all of them. Since then it just works fine on the player side.
4th issue I noticed was sound quality ? this is funny.
Before the Firmware upgrade, if I keep the unit?s sounds level to HIGH, its sound quality was terrible from the unit, but was fine if I stream the sound through FM transmitter to my Car Radio.
After the Firmware upgrade, if I keep the unit?s sounds level to HIGH, its sound quality is terrible if I stream the sound through FM transmitter to my Radio, but sounds OK on the unit itself (exactly the opposite situation before firmware upgrade).
I still need to test the Traffic feed since I have a month free subscription and will post the update.
I am pretty satisfied with the rest of the options this unit has to offer. I would ve given it all 5 stars if it did nt have this stupid navigation flaw of exiting and merging drama of freeways
Pros This unit has features typically found in much more expensive units such as bluetooth, says street names (TTS), FM Modulator built in, Traffic module built in, SD slot and audio/video player.
Cons None so far and regarding the review which claims the database does not include DeLand they are wrong. You have to spell it De Land, leaving a space in the middle (the City name is spelled DeLand, which would indicate a space).
Summary I am moved from a $3,000 in-dash audio/video GPS with a 7" screen to this model and am not at all disappointed. My new auto did not have a GPS I liked (very small - a foreign convertible) so I researched GPS units, which I did last year when I purchased a Garmin 265W for my wife, and for the price this Magellan has features found only on much more expensive devices. Some others might have one or two of the features but not all of the features that this Magellen has for the price. Also Magellan has long been known to have one of the greatest map databases going which is why one of the big rental companies chose a pricy Magellan to put in it's fleet.
"Fantastic gadget"on by rupertoooo
Pros HOLY COW this thing rocks. This is my first GPS and I can not believe there are negative comments about this device. Aesthetically this device is the best on the market, fantastic mapping system additional info under bottom line.
Cons I have not found any yet although I have not mastered every detail so I cannot give it a perfect score.
Summary I went into Best Buy just to browse and purchased this on any impulse buy, why because it looked cool and I love gadgets. Boy am I impressed with this device it does more than I could have imagined. My favorite part is typing a destination, for example Starbucks, it will give all locations available, click on a particular one and bam a route is given. Another cool function is the traffic routing. Live traffic is taken into account during all trips set. Lets say a bad accident has just happened this unit will take that into consideration during your travel and will reroute your trip on the fly to avoid any major delays, no that is cool. I highly recommend this device for anyone looking to purchase a GPS.
Pros able to put camara SD card in and see our photos, can zoom in and out the map feature so you can have a arial vew or ground level. The 4370 seems to be more accurate than the 4250 it also seems to show more features like airports, parks, ect.
Cons I miss the Ding-Dong at where to turn, also the 4370 dose not tell you what side of the road your destination is on like the 4250 did. I know these may seem petty but I got use to them and miss them.
Summary The 4370 touch screen works much better than the 4250 did I also don't miss the voice command feature of the 4250 as it seldon worked well. I due miss the splitt screen in the night mode of the 4250 where the left half showed which way to turn with a very large arrow, very easy to see at night. The zoom feature of the 4370 is nice in the arial mode as it shows your route miles ahead.
Pros When it works, it works OK
Cons When it doesn't as I will explain briefly below it leaves you hanging.
Summary I bought the 4250 about 4 months ago (see my review of the 4250 on CNET). Even with the latest firmware updates and upgraded 2009 map (the same one that's in the 4370) I have been taken up and down interstates directed to exit just to enter back in the same direction. Also, the "saved" settings, brightness, etc. don't save after turning the unit off. More times than not it will direct you in a particular direction just to tell you as your approching an intersection that it's "recalculating." Then, it doesn't make up it's mind quickly at all leaving you with an empty feeling that you may not be going the right way. Customer service from Magellan is virtually non existent (read other Magellan reviews by other people). I wouldn't and personally don't trust Magellan products.Magellan has been sold to another Company (see article in Cnet) I guess I can look forward to even less customer service and no updates at all. DON'T BUY MAGELLAN!!
Updated on Dec 17, 2008
Updated on Mar 16, 2009I have a Magellan and since Magellan has been sold there have been no firmware or other types of updates. BUYER BEWARE!!