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24 March 2006

Two New In-Car GPS Units From Magellan: Roadmate 300T & 860T



GPS Gazette have the dirt on the new release of Magellan's Roadmate 300T. Compared to previous GPS units, Magellan have steered away from their usual all-buttons-on-the-right design, and have opted for a new rounded creation, which to be honest I think looks a lot better. Amongst many of its features, the 300T comes equipped with a 3.5 inch hi-res touch-screen, 2D and 3D birds eye views, and 4GB hard disk with SD card capabilities for additional user storage. Auto-reroute and smart-detour, integrated MP3 Player and picture viewer, as well as over 6 million POI's are also amongst its cutting-edge features.

Additional integrated features include:
  • Preloaded maps (Navteq) of 50 USA states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
  • Turn-by-turn visual and voice guidance.
  • Automatic night view (The displayed map background color switches to night view at sundown)SmartVolume™, the volume automatically increases at speeds over 45 MPHQuickSpell (sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes, accelerating your data entry by matching letters to the available destinations.)
  • Optional traffic module


The Roadmate 860T...
From a design point of view, Magellan are sticking by their guns with this model. It is basically the same to the Magellan Roadmate 800, and compared to this existing model, nifty new features include an integrated mp3 player Magellan SayWhere text-to-speech feature and travel alerts. And like the 300T, the 860T will also have a 3.5” high res colour touch-screen, a 20GB hard disk, SD slot, and over 6 million POIs (the user will have the ability of adding extra custom POIs.). The rest of the features are identical to the Roadmate 300T.

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