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This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 1700 7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Electronics)
Over the last ten years or so, I've owned at least six GPS units and have quite a bit of experience with them. I rely on my GPS at work to get me places quickly and efficiently and if the unit has navigational or usability flaws, I have very little patience with it. My last GPS, the TomTom GO 720, was loaded with features and gee whiz stuff like MP3 capability and bluetooth, but in the end, I hated it because it did a million things and none of them very well. When it comes down to it, I need a GPS to get me somewhere with the least amount of hassle and the Tom Tom just didn't cut it for me. When I found saw this unit at Best Buy, I was instantly drawn to it for its huge screen and simple user interface. Best Buy is usually priced a little high, so I checked Amazon and found it for $217.00, including shipping, from Car Toys. It arrived within a few days and was packaged very well.
In regards my satisfaction with the Magellan, I can honestly say this is the best GPS unit I've ever used. The maps are accurate and seem up to date and the ease of use is fantastic. The huge screen makes it easy to do simple things on the unit while driving without being a big distraction. It doesn't have a lot of frills, but it does what it's supposed to do and does it very well: get you from point A to point B with little drama.
What I particularly like about it is the fact the display is large enough that it can show the street names for most of the surrounding streets, which is something most other GPS units with smaller screens just can't do. I find nothing more aggravating in a GPS than for it to show you a street, but no street name- that's not very helpful, to say the least. I also like that it shows elevation, which is something a lot of other vehicle GPS units don't do, for some reason. I live in a mountainous area and it's nice to know my elevation a lot of times.
When I read complaints about the screen size being a problem in some cars, I can't help but wonder what the h*ll the person was thinking when they bought it! I mean, did you NOT buy it in the first place because it has a gigantic screen? Why are you shocked that it won't fit in the same places your old GPS did? Unbelievable. I think those are the same people who complain because they bought a huge SUV and are shocked to find out it doesn't get the same MPG their Camry did. Life is about compromises, people.
If I had to pick one annoyance with this device, I'd have to note that the unit is a little slow to keep up sometimes; i.e., it will show an intersection a little ways ahead of you when, in reality, you just passed it. Annoying to be sure, but something you can compensate for after a little time with the unit.
All in all, I highly recommend this device!
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Initial post: Apr 25, 2010 5:13:46 PM PDT
Annoying slow refresh rate or delay update, is not unique to some but to all that include my Garmin nuvi 750. I did not realize this latency in Florida until we moved to Long Is. NY. My speculation is this, average capture satellites and signal quality were better down southern regions than up north. Better signal quality produce less latency. Hope that helps.
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