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01/12/2008 08:31:35 PM · #1
Which way??

I'm leaning towards Magellan Maestro 4040

Message edited by author 2008-01-12 20:33:29.
01/12/2008 08:33:22 PM · #2
I have owned both a Garmin and a Magellan. I prefered the user interface of the Garmin and the ease of getting the extra information out of it.

I won't buy a Magellan again. I have not used a Tom Tom, but I don't htink that it is as serious of a unit as the Garmin is.

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01/12/2008 08:35:09 PM · #3
Good discussion here
01/12/2008 08:36:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by BHuseman:

.....I prefered the user interface of the Garmin and the ease of getting the extra information out of it.
Which one? The Nuvi or Street Pilots?

Originally posted by BHuseman:

I won't buy a Magellan again.
Why please
01/12/2008 08:37:28 PM · #5
I use a Garmin 330 , Love it don't leave home without it
01/12/2008 08:48:49 PM · #6
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by BHuseman:

.....I prefered the user interface of the Garmin and the ease of getting the extra information out of it.
Which one? The Nuvi or Street Pilots?

I have not used a Navi, I like the street pilots.

Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by BHuseman:

I won't buy a Magellan again.
Why please


I think that the Magellan is lacking in the extra features that the Garmins have. I have a smaller Garmin GPS on my motorcycle that I use to make sure that my speedo error doesn't result in a ticket. It is easier to see my speed along with the map. With the Magellan I can't see speed with the map, it takes me to another screen to see the speed. I don't like that. That is what I was talking about with the user interface being better with the Garmins. I also got better routing with the Garmin than I did with the Magellan. But if you live in the sticks, Iw ill tell you that you might be disapointed in either of these units. I was in Sedalia Missouri (Stationed at Whiteman AFB, home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber, oh yeah babe) and anytime I wanted it to route me somewhere it woudl alwasy try to divert me 40 miles to get on the interstate. If I was on the backroads it would try to route me to a state highway which could add about 70 miles to the trip. I would continue on the path I knew I wanted to go on until the GPS would reroute itself and say it was ok for me to travel down that road.

I will say that anyone that feels they don't need a GPS just doesn't know what they are missing. Sure you can look at a map before you leave the house along with mapquest, but that is only half of the features. I was on a trip back from Texas after a Thanksgiving and wanted to stop at a photo shop. I didn't have a clue where a photo shop was in Springfield MO, so I pulled my phone out and did a local search for photo in Springfield. Lawrence POhoto and Video came up with an address. I popped the address into the unit and whala, I was at the store in no time.

Calculating trips is very easy. It helps to know if you need to stop here, or maybe you can drive another 20 miles to a better gas station, or a better choice of motels. When I was a dog, I would use this to find my way to girl's houses all the time. Or to meet up at a bar. It comes in ultra handy.

People that I used to ride with always thought it was cool that I put my GPS on my bike. We never got lost and always knew how far we had to go until we got to a gas station. When you are ripping off miles a good clip the gas tneds to drain a bit faster than usual so this was important information. It is also good at night because you can anticiapte where turns will be and what direction they are going to be in depending on how far in or out you have the unit zoomed.
01/12/2008 08:56:21 PM · #7
thanks Ben

01/12/2008 08:56:38 PM · #8
We have a Magellan Crossover. Very happy with it. It does maps, for roads, topo, & marine. It has brought us a new hobby, geocaching.
01/12/2008 08:56:53 PM · #9
My recommendation is Garmin - I haven't used any others, but after owning a Nuvi 350 for almost a year I see no reason to. Very easy to use - my technologically-challenged parents even figured it out in no time. They also have a factory installed GPS system (Ford F-350)...the Garmin is so much nicer (IMHO) and 1/4 the cost. Garmin customer service is also very helpful - the power cable for mine developed connectivity problems - I called the helpline, the phone rang once, was answered by a real person without any menus and I had a new cable within a week.
01/12/2008 09:04:26 PM · #10
Just have a basic one for geocaching, but returned the Magellan for a Garmin and haven't been sorry. We had a LOT of trouble with echo off rock faces/tall buildings giving false readings with Magellan, tried the Garmin in the exact same spots and it worked perfectly. So why use a GPS if you can't trust its readings?
01/12/2008 09:34:44 PM · #11
Originally posted by TLL061:

I use a Garmin 330 , Love it don't leave home without it


Me too! Althought it did tell me that there was a pizza parlor out in the middle of an almond orchard today, but I find it to be right on the money 99% of the time. I highly recommend the Garmin units.
01/12/2008 09:44:12 PM · #12
I'll add another vote for Garmin. And if you're into geocaching, Garmin has a new GPS called the Colorado, which works with the geocaching page!
01/12/2008 09:51:13 PM · #13
TomTom for satnav, Garmin for offroad stuff :o)
01/12/2008 10:22:14 PM · #14
I prefer Garmin and have owned four of them; car type (Street Pilot), boat type with chart plotter and small handheld for hiking (the newest Garmin GPSMap 60csx). My experience is that their interface is more user friendly and their map sets more complete.

With that said there are two main issues if you are concerned with reception (canyons, tree cover and the like). The first is the chipset. The latest and most powerful and accurate chipset is the SiRF Star III which has very high sensitivity. My new handheld (60csx) has it and I can tell you it locks in much faster than any other model I have owned and stays locked in in very heavy NW mountain tree cover. The second issue is antenna. The built in slimmer design units have a weaker antenna. Units with what I believe is called double helix antenna, on that you can identify the antenna, work better.

What I have found is that one GPS unit does not serve every purpose. In a car you want the largest screen possible as you will want to glance at it while driving. You would also want one that speaks the directions and turns and re-routes you if you leave course. For hiking you want waterproof, small size, good battery life, etc. Screen size is not as important. Other uses, like boats, have different needs. So the first thing you need to do is decide on the primary use.

Hope that helps in your search.


Message edited by author 2008-01-12 22:23:48.
01/12/2008 11:03:35 PM · #15
I ordered the 4040 through Circuit City as a Christmas gift for my father. It was back ordered and would arrive in around 9 days. Two weeks went by and I didn't hear anything. I went back to the store and found out that it's discontinued. So, with only a week or less left, I went with the 3250. I chose Magellan because of the positive reviews, ease of use, and partnership with AAA. (My father has AAA.) I was told that you get free map upgrades through AAA with the Magellan. That's a savings of $60-80+ per year and that pretty much sold me. They've only used it on one long trip but were very happy with it. I guess it rerouted them without any problems when they took their normal route (that wasn't the same as the suggested route by the GPS).

Message edited by author 2008-01-12 23:04:48.
01/13/2008 03:01:02 AM · #16
STAY AWAY FROM THE MAGELLAN 4040!!!! It is a defective piece of crap. If you seriously want to buy one I will give you mine for free!!! It SUCKS. Appearantly there was a recall on it way back when it came out and now Magellan will not admit to it's problems. It dies in the middle of directions and continously locks up and you have to reset it.
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