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1.0 out of 5 stars Aweful Device - go with a Garmin, December 14, 2010
This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Traffic (Electronics)
Magellan has failed miserably with this device.

My old gps was Magellan. After 4 or 5 years it started to get flakey so I decided to get another Magellan. What a mistake.

My old device knew exactly where my house was. It always said 'You have arrived' when I pulled into my driveway. I never had a problem finding an address or POI.

This new model thinks my house is .8 miles further down the road. It can't find a Dunkin Donuts anywhere near me. I live in Maine and the closest Dunkin Donuts it finds is in Massachusettes. I do a search on my old GPS and it finds all the dozen or so Dunkin Donuts that are within miles of me.

I contacted their support department via email. They responded that the old device used maps provided by NAVTEQ. The newer devices use Tele-Atlas. They referred me to them so I could notify them of their mapping error. Sorry, not my job.

It's a shame. I would think the maps and PIO's would improve over time, not degrade. When I use my old gps at the same time as this new model, my old one finds more POI's and gets me their more directly.

I returned it and will get a Garmin. I tested several in the store and it found many more POI's then Magellan. I find that one of the most useful features; to be able to find places of interest when I am out of town. I'm not sure why Magellan switched to a lower quality map with very poor POI's.

I won't get a Magellan again.
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