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Great if you want a big screen and nothing else.
, September 20, 2011
This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM GPS navigator (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I was kind of excited when I got this item.
I mean it's a Magellen, it has a huge 7 inch screen. It has lifetime maps and traffic. It is their top of the line model.
Well it has the big screen thing going for it, and that is about it.
The interface is slow and clunky, the touchscreen is not that responsive and you have to press down hard on the screen to make it register.
There is only one voice I could find to use. So if you don't like the voice you are in trouble.
The directions were good but the vocal directions awkward and you are alerted when to turn by a bell or a tone, not a voice, and there is no way to change this.
The color scheme on the screen is also pretty ugly and there is not way to change this either.
One nice feature is that the unit has built in blue tooth so you can pair it with your phone and use the GPS as a speaker phone. Which was nice if you don't have a headset or the speakerphone on your own phone isn't that loud.
The unit has built in lifetime traffic reports supposedly, I do not live an area that has this service so I could not report on it.
As a unit on the whole, it works, but isn't fancy. If you want a unit with a large screen, then this will work for you. If you want something intuitive to use with some nice extra features I would skip it. My major gripe with this unit is as follows:
This unit is also supposed to have lifetime map upgrades. I figure easy, just plug into my laptop, go to the website and load in the new maps. Not so easy. First you have to have the unit fully charged or connected to AC power before you connect it to your computer. Meaning the unit does not charge through the USB cable. Not a good thing. I know most map upgrade can take a few hours and my unit is going to be running on battery that whole time, poor engineering again.
Also even though the unit is supposed to have lifetime maps, the fine print reveals you are limited to four map upgrades a year. Why only four? Why not unlimited access to all maps.
Also the software and website often doesn't recognize that your unit is a lifetime upgrade unit. They even know this is a problem and have not fixed it. You go to the support pages and are told you need to call tech support (Which is only open 8am to 5pm west coast time) and be prepared to fax in your receipts to get your free map upgrade. What kind of support for free lifetime maps is that. If you want to buy the map upgrades yourself they are over $75! Until this process is fixed I would not bother purchasing this unit.
I can under stand the appeal of this unit if you have a hard time seeing the smaller screens, the big screen is nice, although in reality it may be too big. The features are average at best, other brands interfaces are much easier to use. On the who for Magellan's top of the line product, this is a real disappointment and I cannot recommend it.
If you have any questions about the unit, feel free to leave me a comment and I will try to get back to you.
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