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Magellan RoadMate 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and voice guidance are generally positive. The reliability and screen are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the performance and value for money are different. Many are negative about the route planning and build quality.

usability, screen, reliability, voice guidance, design

build quality, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan RoadMate 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Magellan RoadMate 800

 

Picking up where the RoadMate 760 left off, the Magellan RoadMate 800 is stocked with many of the same great navigation features of its predecessor and includes a few entertainment extras to boot. You get an integrated MP3 player and a picture viewer;...

The Magellan RoadMate 800 comes with maps preloaded on its hard drive and includes entertainment features. It also has solid performance.

Unfortunately, the Magellan RoadMate 800 doesn't feature text-to-speech functionality or an FM modulator.

Armed with a rechargeable internal battery and entertainment features, the Magellan RoadMate 800 is an accurate nav system you can use in the car or on foot, but it lacks some of the advanced features of its competitors.

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Review: Magellan RoadMate 800 GPS

 

Have you ever gotten lost while in a strange town, or even in your own town? I frequently have to go to new places. Usually, I just go online and print off a map and directions. Now with Magellan RoadMate 800 I can just hop in the car and go. The...

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Magellan RoadMate 800 Review

 

Here's what others have to say about the RoadMate 800:

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"Once Purchased the Company orphans you"

 

In terms of gps functionality, has been excellent, however, if you ever have technical problems, your pretty much on your own. I have not been able to update my North American AND European maps (if I update the American Maps I erase the European maps-...

Has always provided reliable GSP tracking

Was never able to update BOTH North american and European maps - if updating NA maps would loose European maps. Have had to replace the charging post 3 times at a cost of about $110 each time - DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS GPS

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Once Purchased the Company orphans you

 

In terms of gps functionality, has been excellent, however, if you ever have technical problems, your pretty much on your own. I have not been able to update my North American AND European maps (if I update the American Maps I erase the European maps-...

Has always provided reliable GSP tracking

Was never able to update BOTH North american and European maps - if updating NA maps would loose European maps. Have had to replace the charging post 3 times at a cost of about $110 each time - DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS GPS

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Poor Customer Service

 

I do not have much to say against the product itself other than some small directions problems that I could even live with. But what was really disappointed was that once I bought the European map in addition to my US map I have opened a whole can of...

Good design, Clear sound. Easy-to-see screen

Very poor customer service. In same instances you are not allowed to get map updates

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"Poor Customer Service"

 

I do not have much to say against the product itself other than some small directions problems that I could even live with.

Good design, Clear sound. Easy-to-see screen.

Very poor customer service. In same instances you are not allowed to get map updates.

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"Size is big compare to others and functionality is not good"

 

I've been purchasing this product(paid 300 + tax+warranty) for more than a year and rarely could use it (it takes long time to locate GPS location). For the trip longer than 1 hr, it is useful but not for the short trip. I did send the device to...

It has voice for instruction, user can see the car moving to which area.

It takes a long time to locate GPS location

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Size is big compare to others and functionality is not good

 

I've been purchasing this product(paid 300 + tax+warranty) for more than a year and rarely could use it (it takes long time to locate GPS location). For the trip longer than 1 hr, it is useful but not for the short trip. I did send the device to...

It has voice for instruction, user can see the car moving to which area

It takes a long time to locate GPS location

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"Poor support, not all parts are available."

 

The follow-up service is terrible. You cannot get anyone to answer the telephone line. Just because they answer doesn't mean they can help or answer your questions.

Fairly easy to learn to use

Poor light control for the screen

Product Specifications

Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading innovators of global satellite positioning, navigation, and guidance equipment with operations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Known for its popular Magellan , MLR, Ashtech , and DSNP brands, Thales Navigation offers a broad range of navigation and positioning solutions for consumers and professional customers around the world. Now streamlining its portfolio of brands to maximize marketing resources, Thales Navigation will offer all of its consumer products under the Magellan brand and all of its professional solutions under the Thales Navigation brand.

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.8"
Diagonal Size (metric):9.7 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Receiver:14 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
SBAS:EGNOS / WAAS
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Model:800 North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan RoadMate