MAGELLAN PREMIUM CAR KIT FOR IPHONE
Magellan, $100 magellangps.com.au ★★★
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.