One experience I had yesterday with my Magellan 5045LM Roadmate is that it froze up in mid route and after about a minute it rebooted and asked if I wanted to continue on with the programmed destination. After answering "yes", it did recalculate to my current position and eventually got me close to the destination, but it still didn't signal my arrival until I was about half a block past the address I had programmed in. I've read other people's feedback who have had the same experience with Garmin and TomTom units turning themselves off also; what is the cause of these spontaneous shutdowns? Any idea if they are rare or common? This could really be an issue if you're at a critical junction on a trip and the ol' gps decides to take a little siesta for a minute or two.
Earlier Warren commented that the mapping in general is something that will improve gradually and I fully agree, but I had hoped for something more accurate than that. The more I drive around with the Magellan in my rural area I am also noticing some well established side roads showing up on screen after I am well past them or in some cases, not at all. Others were spot on. At one point it lost track of the road I was on entirely, as if I were in an off-road vehicle tooling through the bushes. It may be simply a signal lag, I'm guessing; has anyone else had that experience with your respective brands? BTW, when these things happened the weather was fairly clear, the unit was in good position on the dash and firmly plugged into the power source. I am now seriously considering returning the Magellan and switching over to a Garmin 1450LMT, since I don't need the Bluetooth capability the 1490 offers nor do I want to make the investment in the 1695 unit. Besides, I am very curious as to the difference between the TeleAtlas and NavTeq mapping systems as far as the address accuracy goes.
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