The other big name in GPS is Magellan, so I requested a review unit of the Road Mate 700, the model most comparable to the Street Pilot c330, thanks to its pre-loaded map set. The problem is what happens once you get there, given that Boston is notorious for having some of the most, er... Would the Road Mate 700 take us successfully to and from our hotel, with some city street navigation through Cambridge on the way home?
The Hardware -- The Road Mate 700 is a bit larger and heavier than the Street Pilot c330 because the Road Mate 700 duplicates touch screen functions with a keypad, includes a hard drive for storing all the maps, and has a slightly larger display.
Voice Navigation instructions, street name announcement ...
CNET com/roadshow/auto/magellan-maestro-4250Despite some minor shortcomings, the Magellan Maestro 4250 is a solid and accurate mid-level portable navigation system with a helpful voice-command feature.
When I last wrote about GPS navigation, Tonya and I had just returned from the mean streets of New York City safely, thanks to the Garmin Street Pilot c330 GPS's voice-navigation instructions.
But perhaps the Garmin c330 wasn't the ultimate GPS navigation device. Unlike New York City, it's easy to get to Boston from Ithaca; you just follow interstates to the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs smack into the city.
Tonya found its touch screen a bit less accurate at tracking her finger presses than the Street Pilot c330's screen.
However, the Road Mate 700 provides extra controls in the form of right-mounted buttons.
There are plus and minus buttons for zooming in and out, an eight-way rocker button for scrolling, and Enter and Cancel buttons for responding to prompts and navigating menus.
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