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Magellan SmartGPS

Magellan SmartGPS
alaScore 90

3 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the price, but the size and performance get critical opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan SmartGPS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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The Magellan SmartGPS is a portable navigation device, but it's also part of a larger system that, at the time of publication, has parts that give users multiple ways to navigate, search for destination, and manage their favorite places. At the core of...

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.

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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...

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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.

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