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Mag­el­lan, $100 mag­el­ ★★★

MAG­EL­LAN is al­most do­ing it­self out of busi­ness. Rather than pro­duc­ing an­other ded­i­cated GPS nav­i­ga­tor, the com­pany has is­sued an iphone app and a car kit to use it while driv­ing.

Mag­el­lan’s Road­mate app ($59.99) of­fers the fea­tures of its ded­i­cated ri­vals, in­clud­ing turn-by-turn guid­ance, 3D in­ter­sec­tion views and, for an ex­tra $19.99 in-app pur­chase, live traf­fic up­dates from SUNA pro­vid­ing de­tails of road­works and ac­ci­dents.

Hand­ily, this app also has Tru­e­lo­cal and Foursquare in­for­ma­tion built-in to high­light points of in­ter­est. This app pur­chase in­cludes a life­time of maps, and users can choose the fastest or short­est routes to their desti­na­tions.

Mag­el­lan’s car kit also adds to its func­tion­al­ity with a built-in GPS re­ceiver for lock­ing on to satel­lites faster, wire­less Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for mak­ing calls while driv­ing, and a charg­ing cord so users won’t suf­fer for leav­ing the phone’s screen on for long jour­neys.

Road­mate’s maps are easy on the eye and the app also lets users add home and work desti­na­tions for quick guid­ance. The app also shows a user’s trav­el­ling progress by de­liv­er­ing an es­ti­mated time of ar­rival, dis­tance to the ad­dress and the di­rec­tion of travel. Be­ing in­side the phone, this nav­i­ga­tor can also help users in dis­tress. An emer­gency but­ton will let users con­nect to 000 or phone the near­est hospi­tal, po­lice sta­tion or me­chanic.

There are down­sides to phone nav­i­ga­tors too, though. When you reach your des­ti­na­tion, the voice guid­ance does not turn off au­to­mat­i­cally. Users have to tap the turn sym­bol, and can­cel, pause or edit the route.


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