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Magellan SmartGPS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of Magellan SmartGPS. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the maps and design. There are some mixed views about the durability. Many are negative about the performance and size.

price, design, maps

usability, screen, size, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan SmartGPS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Magellan SmartGPS


Design The SmartGPS hardware looks about like you'd expect a portable navigation device to look. It's a plastic slab with a touch screen on one side that gets suction cupped to your windshield.

The Magellan SmartGPS hardware connects to the Web via Wi-Fi and syncs contacts, favorites, and recent destinations with a smartphone app and a MiCloud Web service. Via its Internet connection, Yelp and Foursquare destinations can be downloaded and...

Syncing can be slow at times. The interface crams a lot of information on the screen, and the flipping of the smart squares can be distracting.

The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Magellan SmartGPS


The Magellan SmartGPS is an innovative take on the common standalone navigation device thanks to its smartphone integration, but it's overly involved and fussy to use.

Least expensive GPS device with a glass capacitive WVGA touch screen. Innovative smartphone and Wi-Fi links provide live POI updates and cloud-based backup

Cluttered, complex interface lacks polish or consistency. Large given the screen size. Built-in cloud and phone connectivity doesn't offer enough real benefits. A few bugs

Magellan has struggled a bit in the U.S. GPS market recent years, but not because of anything wrong with the company's products. It's thanks to the dominance of Garmin and TomTom. The new Magellan SmartGPS ($249 direct) represents a complete rethink of...

Apr, 2013

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Magellan SmartGPS


The Magellan SmartGPS is a rebranding of the traditional GPS device. The idea of having active tiles displaying useful information, such as gas prices and restaurant reviews as you drive by, is novel. However, in practice, the tiles are distracting and...

This device integrates smartphone technology with a navigation system, combining the best of social media and smartphone apps with lifetime map and traffic updates

The tiles are very distracting and require your attention if you plan to use them to their full potential

The SmartGPS lives up to its name. It is a smart GPS unit with useful tools and valuable information displayed on the screen. However, this model would be better if the screen wasn't so crowded.


Consumer review by: yvanh (

"Low rent hardware and low rent support"


Do NOT purchase products from Magellan / MiTAC. Bought a model (in this line) a few months ago and it failed recently. These things will happen and a company's mettle is tested at times like these. "Inept" does not begin to describe the "support"...


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Nov, 2014