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okay. but odd routing, and no mac support
, October 30, 2010
This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Traffic (Electronics)
So this is a midrange gps navigator that has a large (thankfully non-reflective) display, it has a good response time, and is encased in a somewhat cheap case.
It tells you which side of the road your destination is (unlike TomTom which shows you a tiny arrow if you have a magnifying glass).
The voice and the bell right before a turn are amazing, not annoying and the bell grabs your attention at the exact right time. Perfect.
Turns on instantly.
One Touch menu is just brilliant. One screen that has all your favorites etc.
Has unique hidden features like if you slow down too much on a freeway, it assumes you are stuck in traffic and calculates alternate routes.
It wants to route me through the streets with the most stop signs for some reason? It's extremely stubborn about the routes it pics and will nag you to take u-turns or anything to get you back where it wants to route you initially regardless if it's the quickest path or not. It's as good as how well it routes. That is its primary purpose and it does a mediocre job.
It always overestimates the arrival time.
Doesn't display speed limits (if it's based on navteq maps so it should have that data).
When you don't have a destination in, it tells you what road you are on. Well, I know what road I'm on I would like to see what the next road I'm crossing is (Garmin does this).
When you look for gas stations along the way, it doesn't tell you which direction they are, just the distance. Great, there is a gas station 4 miles away but I have no way to tell if that is behind me...
Can't update maps with a Mac. Normally I don't have a problem with this as I would just avoid it, but nowhere on the Amazon page does it mention this. Another reviewer mentions this and it seems like fans of this navigator are attacking him... Now according to Apple, ~20% of new computers in the US are Macs, why would Magellan ignore that market share. I have Macs, many variants of Linux and other OSs but not a single Windows machine and I'm not going to get one just for this navigator. Both TomTom and Garmin support Macs. (my star rating does not take Mac compatibility into account)
If your region has no traffic data you get a constant red x in the display. And if you are in an area that has traffic, you have to manually intervene to reroute making it more dangerous.
Possibly a bug: if you go to map options and then click on map view, you will permanently go to different 2D modes and the only way to get back to 3D mode is to restore default settings.
The ultimate test: Would I replace it with the same model if it gets lost?
No. For this price range (while not that expensive), I expect a more polished product (actually for any price).
EDIT (Feb 2011): I contacted Amazon and told them about the Microsoft Windows requirement and they have since changed the description to include this.
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