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Compared to my Garnin Nuvi 255W ...
, September 6, 2010
This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 3055 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Compared to my Nuvi 255W, there are good points and bad.
I love one of the choices the for "Route Method" is "Mostly Freeways", I wish my Nuvi had that.
Screen: Both are nice Magellan is bigger and bigger is better right?
Bluetooth: The Magellan had no problem connecting to my Eris, thought it took several minutes and the screen did warn me it could take up to 5 minutes. It auto-connected after shutting off. When receiving a call, the map does disappear and you have to press a very small icon to get it back during the conversation.
Voice Directions: Both are pretty accurate. However, the 3055 is very annoying. Traveling on a freeway with your exit coming up, it tells you 4 times and is very verbose in doing so. For example: "Exit California 14 North Palmdale, Lancaster on right in 2 miles", then 1.1 miles, the .5 miles, then at the exit. And each time it does the whole freeway description name. Good thing I don't drive too fast or I would be past my exit before it finished "California 14 North Palmdale, Lancaster." There needs to be a setting, so it only says the freeway name once.
Setting and saving locations: Both pretty trivial. The 3550 will give you some more information e.g. Latitude, Longitude, distance from next intersection on the save screen..
Changing the route: E.g. going a different way. Sometimes you know better which way to go. The Garmin instantly recognizes this and says "recalculating" then gives you new directions. The Magellan actually took what seems like a quarter of a mile before it just gives you new directions. I don't know if that delay is intentional, hoping you will just correct yourself and I'm not sure which is better. The "recalculating" or silence.
Traffic Assistance: My Nuvi doesn't have this, but it seems almost useless (to me) on the Magellan too. The traffic triangle's border changes color if there is something you should know. The you have to press it to see what is going on. Are you suppose to being doing this while driving? The you can select avoidance options. Also, one of the times the triangle was red, my wife pressed it and it gave us an incident that was well over 20 miles away even though it says incidents within 15 miles.
I live in an area that is being built up all the time. So there are lots of roads not on "maps" yet. On both units when driving on these nonexistent roads, you are in open area just traveling. The Magellan had a small problem with this when my wife moved the map to search the surrounding area for roads. When she stopped, the 3550 could not "find" its way back. Only when we hit a road it knew about did it start tracking again.
In summary, the 3550 has a lot of very useful features. The bluetooth is handy if you don't already have one. The big screen is easy to see.
My only complaints are the traffic function should only be used by a passenger and the units chattiness needs to be dialed down a lot.
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