Pros Very fast response time connecting to the satellites. Very quick when rerouting to a destination. Great deal with lifetime maps and lifetime traffic. Does a great job with lane assist. The chime is very helpful when approaching your turn.
Cons Would have been nice if the unit displayed speed limit and current speed at all times. Another fun feature is downloading other vehicles or voices, not a necessity though. Hard to see unit in direct sunlight, need to darken.
Summary This is a wonderful unit. I have owned at least 7 Garmin units over the past 13 years. They are really pushing out the units but quality control is at a worst. I recently returned 3 units due to powering on and off issues. Customer service for Garmin blamed the retail store yet hundreds of people had complained online experiencing the same problems. Their customer service agent finally admitted they had recalled many units but that didn't help me. Their customer service left a lot to be desired so I thought I would try Magellan. I purchased the Roadmate 3045-LM at Best Buy for $169.00. What a bargain for a unit with traffic and Map updates free for life. This is a current sale, $50 off the original price. The unit lacks the customization that the Garmin offered, different voices and vehicles. The Garmin unit also has a more polished looking map. You definitely pay for these features with Garmin. I wanted a nice unit that wouldn't freeze up or turn on and off at the blink of an eye. The Magellan unit has worked wonderful so far. The unit powers on quickly and connects to the satellite much quicker than any Garmin I had owned. The routing and rerouting is also twice a as quick. Another plus is the lane assist. The Magellan is much better when in route. The Garmin would hardly ever detail the exits, unless in a large city. The Magellan does this no matter where I am and for every exit. One thing I miss is the current speed driven and the speed limit for the road displayed at all times. Perhaps this will be added someday. Overall if you are looking for a reasonably priced unit with good POI, stability, traffic, map updates, etc....this unit is for you.
Pros Big screen. You can see if your turn is coming up with much ease. Reliable in navigation like any Magellan GPS has; I rarely get lost because I have Magellan, not like Tom Tom.
Cons Breaks down easily. This is the second time my GPS broke down. The map starts by saying my route cannot be calculated, even if Google Maps say it's only 15 minutes away from my location. Then it doesn't show the map at all. It can be fixed though by updat
Summary I really like Magellan compared to other GPS, but this big Magellan GPS breaks down a lot! My small Magellan GPS, which I gave to my dad, has never broke down, and that has been with me for 3 years already! This bigger Magellan GPS has only been with me for a year, and it broke down twice already.
Pros Never left me lost except for recent construction that re-routes roads. Reasonably fast. Good map coverage. Only fair store/point of interest coverage.
Cons In areas I know, I almost always know better routes than the ones the device generates.
Manual routes (for example, to avoid known bottlenecks or road construction) can only be entered as a series of destinations. Once entered, the device only shows rout
Summary I'd definitely buy it again, despite its cons, but I sure wish it handled manual over-rides of the automatic route better, both in terms of how to enter waypoints and in integrating the piece parts into a unified presentation of the trip.My cons post got cut off. Here's what I meant to say
Updated on Aug 17, 2011
Manual routes (for example, to avoid known bottlenecks or road construction) can only be entered as a series of destinations. Once entered, the device only shows the map and turn list to the next intermediate destination, not the total trip. Also, the mileage to complete and estimate arrival time are for that point, not the total trip. Very frustrating!
Like all GPS, when a road has recently been rebuilt over a significantly different route, the device shows me in an open field with no roads and no hints for getting back on track.
Pros Easily gives me the fastest or shortest routes very accurately.
Cons Some times the navigator will pass up a house number, or gives you the wrong direction on the street in which you are looking for a house number. Sometimes the traffic feature does not always work.
Summary Great GPS to have if you use it as a delivery driver. The special functions like traffic information, AAA location identification, and map updates are very handy. A great upgrade from the previous Navigon GPS that I had.
Pros acquired sats very fast. way too easy to use, didn't even glance at manual. appears to be very accurate. adjusts accordingly.
Cons doesn't charge by usb when hooked to cpu and on ac charger included.
Summary have never been a fan of auto gps, but so far this is changing my mind!