Pros um...it talks to you
Cons slow routing, bad touch screen, poor MP3 player
Summary This is the first GPS that I've bought, so I did a lot of research. Of course, I wanted the coolest thing I could find. This is one of the few out there that does more than just help your route your driving. It's got an MP3 player and a picture viewer in it. I used it during a road trip from Minneapolis to Denver, back, and around Minneapolis for the next week.
The MP3 player was okay at best. I loaded up all my MP3s before leaving on my road trip. The built in speaker sucks big time. It's not worth using. I picked up an adapter to route the sound through my car stereo speaker, which was a ton better. Still, though, the quality of playback was disapointing. The real negative about the MP3 player was the touch screen interface. It lists out the songs in a strange way by album and then song in such small type that a human's fingers can't easily touch the proper song/album you want. (maybe the touch screen just sucked altogether) The supplied navigation buttons on the side don't do what you'd expect them to, either. They're very counter-intuitive. And, yes, there is the stupid element that you can't listen to your MP3s while the device is routing you. What the heck is the point of that? That's almost as dumb as including a picture viewer on a GPS system.
Which leads to my only comment about that feature: Why? Who the heck wants a collection of still photos to distract them while driving? This is as bad an idea as putting in a DVD player so that the DRIVER can watch while on the road.
The GPS itself was only of mediocre quality. It was quite slow when re-routing most of the time. It also made some obvious mistakes trying to get me to my destination. I would leave it in the car at times when I was doing something. When I came out and fired up the device, it would start, but when it tried to calculate a route gave an error about the temperature being outside of operating parameters. It wasn't even very cold out in Denver when it did that.
I'm a map junkie. One of my favorite things in a car is a road atlas. Thus, I switched the display on the device to have North always up, so it looked more like a map. Every time I switched to the alternate 3-D view and back again, however, it would reset that preference back to the default. Very frustrating.
Again, with the use of the GPS features, the touch screen sucked--big time. Never before have I felt like a giant among little people until I tried to actually touch something on the screen of this system. And try doing that while driving. The window mount means this thing is bouncing around waaaay too much to touch what you want on the screen while driving.
I can say that being able to use the system to find the nearest gas station or a certain type of restaurant is pretty handy, but this isn't the only GPS with Points of Interest. As long as other GPSs have better touch screens and a more intuitive interface than this thing, they've already beaten this thing, in my opinion.
Pros Ability to route over 1000 stops in segments of 20
Cons That you would have to enter them manually as it is not compatible with Microsoft Excel or any other program that makes it an automatic entry.
Summary I use it to travel all over the US and regularly do over 100 stops a day and have to enter the data in segments of 20 per route. It's only downfall is that I cannot upload an excel spreadsheet to be able to not have to enter each and every address for my route. This unit is by far the best on the market and is way better than the Garmin Nuvi and the Tom Tom. I have owned and used both units and would not recommend them to the salesman or traveler that has to run multiple stops as I do. Finally, I can and do 200 different stops a day and can only do this because of the awesome ability and power of the Magellan 800.
I can also say I am very proud to be able to say that this unit is a NEVER LOST system that will allow me to change directions and re route me around gridlock cities such as New York or Los Angeles where gridlock traffic is supposed to be a way of life.
Pros very accurate gps
Cons live traffic not an option
Summary Very good GPS would be nice to offer live traffic update. Text to speech no biggie it definately lets you know when you need to turn and even chimes when you should be turning, really can't miss your turn......
Pros Bright screen easy to read
Cons Haven't found any yet!
Summary With all the new roads in Florida, I've yet to have a problem locating any street. It has helped me immensely locating business sites.
Pros Has always provided reliable GSP tracking
Cons Was never able to update BOTH North american and European maps - if updating NA maps would loose European maps. Have had to replace the charging post 3 times at a cost of about $110 each time - DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS GPS
Summary In terms of gps functionality, has been excellent, however, if you ever have technical problems, your pretty much on your own. I have not been able to update my North American AND European maps (if I update the American Maps I erase the European maps- European maps have never been updated) The charging post on the GPS itself has had to be replace 3 times which has bceom very expensive each time. Generally speaking, this has not been a good GPS - I would heartily encourage you to find another maker who is serious about customer service. Have just received an e-mail from Magellan telling me that they no longer make the Road Mate 800, that I cannot get updates for the European maps, and if I want to update my North American maps, I will loose my European maps which cannot be replaced. I very much regret purchasing this RoadMate 800 and would not wish it on anyone.