GPS review by Ron

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  1. Andres Munoz

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    Hi Ron,

    I've sent you a couple of emails at your hometheaterforum.com address but they don't get delivered. Something about "the email address does not exist at the organization this message was sent to".

    I just wanted to ask you about the GPS system you bought for your car a while ago. I tried doing a search but didn't find anything. That review was probably in the affected hard drive.
    Do you still like GPS system? What's the model #?

    I apologize if this is the wrong forum to post this on but I don't know how else to get a hold of you.

    Thanks.

    Andres
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Andres,

    Good to hear from you. Sorry about the
    email problem.

    First, my email address is fine. I have been
    formatting my computer over the past few days
    and many emails (I get 200+ spam messages per day)
    are getting caught in my filter befeore I have
    the chance to assign GOOD vs. BAD addresses.

    Anybody who has emailed me recently only to get
    mail bounced back should do so again.

    Okay, as far as the GPS unit....

    I have the Magellan RoadMate 700

    Yes, the review was posted on the hard drive
    that went defunct. The good news is that we
    will finally have that drive in our hands in
    the next day or so for recovery attempts.

    Back to the Magellan RoadMate 700....

    Read the discussion here

    Love this unit. It is the best out there
    in my opinion based on the reports I continue
    to read on it and my own personal use.

    It's also still quite expensive but you get
    what you pay for. The 700 model has all
    the roadmaps built into it.

    I recently had a 2.5 hour drive out to Pennsylvania,
    a state I have rarely entered. The GPS unit got me
    there without a hitch. It calculated total travel
    time and minutes to the next turn. I didn't even
    have to look at the map as the voice commands gave
    me plenty of information in advance right up until
    direction execution.

    For anybody that travels, this is the best toy
    you can buy. You will not regret what you paid
    for it.

    Without hesitation I would recommend you buy it
    if you are looking for a quality GPS unit.
    After you do buy it, email me back and I'll help
    you upgrade it to the newest firmware.
     
  3. Andres Munoz

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    Thanks Ron.

    I've done a little research and it can be had for about $850 on the internet. What type of warranty does the unit come with? How's customer service?
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    Warranty? Have no idea.

    Haven't used Customer service either.
     
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    The review seems to be down. [​IMG] Does it talk to you?
     
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    The review is down because we are
    attempting to get the hard drive it
    resided on repaired.

    Absolutely, it features male or female
    voice guidance.
     
  7. Andres Munoz

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    I guess I'm gonna have to take a risk. The difference in price between a retail store and an online store is pretty big. We're talking about $350.

    Hopefully Magellan has a good manufacturer's warranty.
     
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    Is this unit still considered the best bang for the buck? I'm very seriously tempted to buy one. Any other choices?
     
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    George,

    Have not seen what new products have
    been introduced since. I suppose once
    you buy a product, you no longer take
    an interest in what else is out there.

    That being said, I would still believe
    this Magellan unit ranks near or at the
    top of the heap. It really is an outstanding
    GPS unit. The only problems I have with
    it (and it may be the same problem with all
    the other brands) is that when you start from
    a new location it can take up to 5 minutes
    sometimes to get a signal from the satellite.
     
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    Hi Ron,


    I was just looking at your reveiw thread and I was wondering if there have been other updates that have eliminated any of the gripes that were mentioned in the thread. I believe the last post to that thread a long time ago.

    Thanks for the reply,
    George
     
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    I've been reading a lot of good things about the TomTom Go 700.
    http://www.tigergps.com/tomtomgo700.html
    http://www.tomtom.com/products/produ...=77&Language=4

    It won't be released in the US until sometime in June. However I've seen some rave reviews from European GPSr user websites and of it's little brother version; the 300.

    The only quirk about TomTom's interface is that when you put and address in that first you must enter a state and city. Some people have a problem with that. However a lot of others say that cuts down on search times.
     
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    George,

    The only gripe I remember was a rattling noise
    which I have not experienced.

    Otherwise, outside of the sometimes delayed
    satellite access, this baby works great!
     
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    Cool, Ron. Do you have the latest firmware? According to Ebay items, it is 4.32. Sounds like there are new maps and features.

    I'll check out the Tom Tom as well. Thanks.
     
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    Oooh! Thanks for alerting me of the update.

    Going to download it now.
     
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    The TomTom Go 700 sounds like a nice unit. But, so does the Garmin 2610/20 and the Magellan 700! Any reviews I've seen on these units (excluding the TTG 700 since it isn't out here yet) are not on the updated models. Very frustrating.
     
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    Just go for the Magellan!

    It's the best! Trust me!
     
  17. George_W_K

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    Oh sure Ron, you've cost me thousands of dollars because of this site, and now you want me to spend more![​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm definitely leaning towards the Magellan, but I want to research some more so I don't have buyer's remorse.
     
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    George,

    I'm a bad guy...what can I say! [​IMG]

    I understand you want to do more research.

    I'll be interested to learn what you
    discover. I can only tell you that I am
    completely satisfied with my Magellan.
     
  19. George_W_K

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    Ron,


    Did you upgrade your unit to version 4? Is the upgrade free? Also, when you bought your unit, did you have to unlock any of the built-in maps before you were able to use them? From what I've read it seems that you get the entire USA and parts of Canada right out of the box, but a guy who works for Garmin said Magellan charges for unlocking parts of the USA. That didn't make sense, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

    Also, when using TruView, is it 3D all of the time, or is it just 3D still close-ups when you arrive at a turn?

    Have you had any problem with the built=in hard drive. I worried about vibrations and the shocks of driving over bumps in the road.

    Anyway, I was able to play around with the Garmin c330 at Best Buy at it was really simple to use. It didn't have a signal though, so I was only able to enter a destination at watch it calculate. Plus, adjusting colors, etc., etc.

    At CompUSA I played around with the Magellan, again without a signal, but it was rather simple to use as well. I especially liked the QuickSpell.

    Two things that have me stuck are the POI's since Garmin has 3 million more than Magellan's, and the 3D view of the c330 (and the TomTom Go that is coming next month). I really like that view.

    I know I want a GPS system. The main motivation is for when my fiance starts driving again. 3 years ago next week she came down with viral encephalitis. It took one 2 weeks of it to shut her down and put her in a coma for over a month. But, even out of the coma, it took her 2 and a half years to recover enough to come home. That's the short version of that chapter in out lives, but the result is that right now she has some short term memory loss. It isn't too bad anymore, she keeps getting better, but I'm still nervous. I'd feel a lot more comfortable knowing she had a GPS in the car whenever she drives somewhere without me. So that is the main reason. But, I also want it for the occasional road trip, and for normal "where's this restaurant, movie theater, gas station" type stuff.

    Having said all of that, I need something easy to use for her, so I think that eliminates the Garmin 2620. I also like the HOME option on both the c330 and Roadmate 700. And I want something with enough options for the occasional roadtrip, like nearest rest stop, etc., and "what's around this unfamiliar city?". That's where the more POI's might come in handy.

    I'm so confused! I thought shopping for HT gear was tough enough!

    Thanks for the info as always!
    George
     
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    I did an upgrade on my Magellan. Could
    only upgrade it to version 3.5. I can't
    be totally certain as I am on vacation
    right now.

    I did attempt version 4, but if you
    purchased the unit prior to October 2004
    as I did, it was a $99 software upgrade.
    I imagine that version 4 is included (or
    you can upgrade for free) on the model you
    are considering -- but I would check on
    that first.

    I will pay the $99 for the upgrade, but I
    think that what you get with that revision
    is Canadian and European maps which I do
    not need.

    There seems to be no rattling of the hard
    drive. No problems whatsoever in fact other
    than the occasional delay in receiving an
    initial satellite signal which I am guessing
    is normal.

    All I can tell you based on experience is
    that I fell in love with the Magellan when
    I rented a Hertz car with the NeverLost
    system. I found its maps and guidance system
    to be first-rate. The home version -- the
    Roadmate you are considering -- was just as
    wonderful (and still is).
     

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