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#1 of 41 OFFLINE   Andres Munoz

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Posted February 16 2005 - 01:03 AM

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
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#2 of 41 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 16 2005 - 03:33 AM

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.

 

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#3 of 41 OFFLINE   Andres Munoz

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Posted February 16 2005 - 06:34 AM

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?
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Posted February 16 2005 - 10:54 AM

Warranty? Have no idea. Haven't used Customer service either.

 

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Posted February 16 2005 - 11:41 PM

The review seems to be down. Posted Image Does it talk to you?

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Posted February 17 2005 - 12:28 AM

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.

 

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#7 of 41 OFFLINE   Andres Munoz

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Posted February 17 2005 - 01:02 AM

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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Posted May 13 2005 - 08:25 AM

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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Posted May 13 2005 - 08:46 AM

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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Posted May 13 2005 - 09:06 AM

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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Posted May 15 2005 - 07:36 PM

I've been reading a lot of good things about the TomTom Go 700.
http://www.tigergps....omtomgo700.html
http://www.tomtom.co....=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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Posted May 15 2005 - 08:20 PM

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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Posted May 16 2005 - 08:08 AM

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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Posted May 16 2005 - 09:37 AM

Oooh! Thanks for alerting me of the update. Going to download it now.

 

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Posted May 21 2005 - 07:09 AM

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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Posted May 21 2005 - 12:11 PM

Just go for the Magellan! It's the best! Trust me!

 

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Posted May 21 2005 - 04:30 PM

Oh sure Ron, you've cost me thousands of dollars because of this site, and now you want me to spend more!Posted Image Posted Image

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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Posted May 21 2005 - 11:59 PM

George,

I'm a bad guy...what can I say! Posted Image

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.

 

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Posted May 23 2005 - 02:02 PM

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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Posted May 23 2005 - 11:18 PM

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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