|The Maestro 4050 delivers a combination of elegant design and ease of use, resulting in the best portable vehicle navigation experience. The Maestro 4050 utilizes the latest generation of Voice Control to enable you to route to your destination using voice commands, and without touching the GPS unit. It Includes Bluetooth hands free cell functionality plus advanced voiced routing instructions. The SayWhere text to speech is included in the Maestro 4050 audibly announces the name of the upcoming street and maneuver. The Maestro 4050 features a large 4.3 Inch WQVGA Display that includes full color, anti glare, and touch screen functionality. The new user interface is the most intuitive UI available in todays market. Vastly improved on screen graphics makes it easy for readability in all conditions. Features also include SiRF Star III and QuickSpell, which intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling with reduced keystrokes. You will also find NAVTEQ on board which icludes detailed maps of the 50 United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and also features 4.5 Million Enhanced POI's. Find restaurants, hotels, airports, gas stations, and more. |
NAVTEQ ON BOARD
4.5 Million Searchable Points of Interest
Voice Command and Control
AAA Travel Information
Takes some getting used to5/27/2008
This was my first experience using a GPS. I went to Washington DC for Memorail Day weekend. I know that I was a much safer driver using the Magellan than I would have been trying to read a map or written directions while I drove. When I did miss a turn "she" got me back on track, whereas I would have been clueless as to where to go to get turned around. For those two reasons, I am glad that I bought it. However, it can be a bit disconcerting to be told to "Make a Legal U-Turn" in the middle of a busy 4-lane street. Instead I made a right and she gave me new turns until she got me back on track. "The Voice" mispronounces words, especially abbreviations(e.g. referred to "Dr." as Doctor instead of Drive, "Frwy" came out Frrr-Why instead of freeway.) She suddenly told me I was on another road instead of the interstate that I had been on for 120 miles. She would have sent me all over the place if I hadn't been close to home and knew where I was going. When things are happening quickly she can be slow to respond with a new Reroute. It pays to look at the screen for more details, and not just listen to the voice. I haven't used all of the features yet, but the POIs include wineries which can be tucked in some pretty remote places. I look forward to exploring those this summer.
Only GPS device with Voice Recognition11/29/2007
This is the only GPS that has hands free capability. The Bluetooth connects to your phone so you can answer calls from your Magellan. It takes voice commands for adding a routes and finding POI's. It solves some of the contrast issues of previous models by having a night mode with different background and contrast colors. It has traffic alerts by default unlike the 4040 where it costs extra to enable the traffic service. The absolute coolest feature is that you can find your way back home from any location by saying 'Magellan, Go Home'. Of all the widesreen (4.3 inch) GPS units this has the best combination of value and features. For its price range it has the best set of features. Only drawbacks are price and mp3 playback. The Maestro does not play mp3 music files which is not what a GPS meant to be bought for and the cost of the device is higher than a good TomTom model.