Magellan Magellan Maestro 4250 Automobile Navigator - 980-0019-001

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Total Reviews
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4.4
Overall Satisfaction
4.8
Value
4.5
Ease of Use
4.6
Performance

I was lucky enough to find the Magellan 4250 on Buy.Com for $100 less than the next lowest price on the internet - lower than the price of the 4050 which made it a very good buy. I first used it while on a trip to Spokane, WA, and was delighted with its features. In fact it planned a route, using "Fastest route", on secondary streets which was much faster than our usual route through town from north to south and which was never suggested by my previous GPS unit. It was just as good in planning other routes to other destinations in the city and saved me more time and stress. With my previous unit, when I would stray off its planned route either by choice or mistake, I would be nagged over and over again that I was to return to the planned route. With the 4250 however, there was no complaining - it just quickly calculated a new route from where I was. Other reviewers are correct when they said there are not a lot of commands that you can use with the voice recognition feature however its ability to distinguish what you say is excellent. There is too much distance between the windshields of my two vehicles and the driver's position to allow me to use the windshield mount that came with the unit. I could see it and hear it fine but couldn't program it without leaning too far forwards. However, I found that mounting the windshield mount on the forward lower corner of the driver's side window worked out very good and suggest those of you who encounter the same difficulty to try that. I had some negative reviews about the unit "seizing" and having to be reset. The first half-dozen or so times I tried programming it in my office, it would take several commands and then hang for a while and then reset to the opening screen. I called the telephone number for Magellan Technical Service about it and quickly got a real, live tech rep who was very polite, courteous, and helpful. He said that the unit I received might be defective and that I could return it for a new one if I wanted. However apparently I had been pushing the command keys too rapidly because when took his advice and slowed down a little, it worked fine. The unit is very fast to respond if you work at a normal pace and calculates your route very quickly. I wonder if this is why those who complained about it seizing had difficulty. I considered a Tom Tom unit because its software can be updated through their web page and I couldn't find out if the Magellan units could also before I purchased this one. Magellan also has an updating service via the internet which is free if you have an AAA membership, as is a year extension of the warranty. Overall, I am very satisfied with the Magellan 4250

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This moves on out from the 6000t model magellan with many features and compactness. I still can not get it to see my i880 though so I will call Magellan. They could have made it a learning AI voice controlled device though. The voice commands are very few. I used to get more hours of battery with my 6000t too. The one thing that really makes it restricted is that they still won't let us add our own address finds or corrections manually. Too bad even if they allowed a side program on the SD chip that could be an add-on for separate access when needed! Mainly because the Navteq POI collection doesn't seem to be allowing changes unless they get a bunch of money for the changes. Great buy overall though and AAA will be helpful too!

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It's a good one.

by John on 12/7/2007

I was lucky enough to find the Magellan 4250 on Buy.Com for $100 less than the next lowest price on the internet - lower than the price of the 4050 which made it a very good buy. I first used it while on a trip to Spokane, WA, and was delighted with its features. In fact it planned a route, using "Fastest route", on secondary streets which was much faster than our usual route through town from north to south and which was never suggested by my previous GPS unit. It was just as good in planning other routes to other destinations in the city and saved me more time and stress. With my previous unit, when I would stray off its planned route either by choice or mistake, I would be nagged over and over again that I was to return to the planned route. With the 4250 however, there was no complaining - it just quickly calculated a new route from where I was. Other reviewers are correct when they said there are not a lot of commands that you can use with the voice recognition feature however its ability to distinguish what you say is excellent. There is too much distance between the windshields of my two vehicles and the driver's position to allow me to use the windshield mount that came with the unit. I could see it and hear it fine but couldn't program it without leaning too far forwards. However, I found that mounting the windshield mount on the forward lower corner of the driver's side window worked out very good and suggest those of you who encounter the same difficulty to try that. I had some negative reviews about the unit "seizing" and having to be reset. The first half-dozen or so times I tried programming it in my office, it would take several commands and then hang for a while and then reset to the opening screen. I called the telephone number for Magellan Technical Service about it and quickly got a real, live tech rep who was very polite, courteous, and helpful. He said that the unit I received might be defective and that I could return it for a new one if I wanted. However apparently I had been pushing the command keys too rapidly because when took his advice and slowed down a little, it worked fine. The unit is very fast to respond if you work at a normal pace and calculates your route very quickly. I wonder if this is why those who complained about it seizing had difficulty. I considered a Tom Tom unit because its software can be updated through their web page and I couldn't find out if the Magellan units could also before I purchased this one. Magellan also has an updating service via the internet which is free if you have an AAA membership, as is a year extension of the warranty. Overall, I am very satisfied with the Magellan 4250 Read More

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on 12/7/2007

This moves on out from the 6000t model magellan with many features and compactness. I still can not get it to see my i880 though so I will call Magellan. They could have made it a learning AI voice controlled device though. The voice commands are very few. I used to get more hours of battery with my 6000t too. The one thing that really makes it restricted is that they still won't let us add our own address finds or corrections manually. Too bad even if they allowed a side program on the SD chip that could be an add-on for separate access when needed! Mainly because the Navteq POI collection doesn't seem to be allowing changes unless they get a bunch of money for the changes. Great buy overall though and AAA will be helpful too! Read More

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Product Overview

The large 4.3" wide-format color touch screen and amazingly easy-to-use interface add pleasure to your driving experience. Magellan Maestro 4250 delivers the latest advanced navigation and communication features. It includes built-in maps of the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, 6 million pre-programmed Points of Interest, integrated AAA TourBook® guide information, SayWhere™ text-to-speech, LIVE traffic report capability and more. Plus, make hands-free phone calls with your Bluetooth®-enabled phone.

Voice Command and Control

  • Drivers can use their voice to engage the Maestro 4250. No other manufacturer in the United States or Canada offers voice command and control.

    Integrated Live Traffic Functionality

  • Includes a free 3-month traffic subscription, which provides for real-time traffic updates and reroutes drivers when an alternate route is available.

    SayWhere

  • Text-to-speech tells drivers the street name of the next turn.

    Bluetooth Compatibility

  • Designed for the business mobile user who requires hands-free cell functionality.

    6 Million Searchable Points of Interest

  • Customers can easily search for restaurants, hotels, airports, gas stations, and more—with telephone numbers and addresses.

    NAVTEQ ON BOARD

  • Includes pre-loaded maps of the 50 United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

    Built-In AAA Travel Information

  • AAA TourBook® guide travel information
  • AAA Member Roadside Assistance details
  • AAA Show Your Card & Save
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Magellan
    Mfg Part# 980-0019-001
    SKU 205483888
    UPC 763357118032
    UPC 14 00763357118032
    Features
    GPS Type
    GPS Chipset: SiRFstarIII
    GPS Accuracy: 3-5 meters
    Integrated Antenna: Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Product Dimensions: 3.25" H x 4.88" W x 0.7" D
    Form Factor: Ultra-thin, pocket-size
    Product Weight: 6.87 oz
    Screen Size: 4.3"
    Screen Resolution: 480 x 272 WQVGA; 64,000 colors
    Battery Type: 1200mA Li-Ion rechargeable
    Battery Life: Up to 4 hours
    User Interface: Touch screen
    Built-In AAA Travel Information
    AAA TourBook Guide Travel: Yes
    AAA Member Roadside Assistance: Yes
    AAA Show Your Card & Save Member Discounts: Yes
    Extra Hardware Features
    USB: 2.0
    SD Card Slot: Yes
    Memory: 2 GB
    Advanced Software Features
    Map Coverage: United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada
    Map Data Base: NAVTEQ ON BOARD
    Searchable Points of Interest: 6 million
    SayWhere Text-to-Speech: Yes
    Bluetooth Compatibility: Yes
    Voice Command and Control: Yes
    Live Traffic(Integrated RDS/TMC): 3-month subscription
    QuickSpell: Yes
    SmartDetour: Yes
    TrueView® and 3D Map View: Yes
    Night View: Yes
    Warranty
    Warranty: 1 year
    Package Contents
    Magellan Maestro 4250 receiver
    AC wall power supply/charger
    Windshield mount
    USB data cable
    Adhesive disc for dash mounting
    Protective pouch
    Basic cradle
    Quick reference guide and CD
    CLA-FM antenna
    Tech Specs
    MAGELLAN Maestro 4250 Auto Navigation SystemNew 4.3 Inch WQVGA full color, anti glare, touch screen displayNewly designed, intuitive user interface makes the Maestro series the easiest to useNew look and function with an ultra thin, stylish, industrial designSiRFstarIII: fastest GPS position acquisition in the industryQuickSpell: intelligently searches and checks spelling when entering addressesSmartDetour: prompts drivers to route around heavy or stopped freeway traffic AAA enabled for a superior navigation experience: AAA TourBook guide travel information AAA Member Roadside Assistance details AAA Show Your Card and Save Member Discount locations Voice Command and Control: Drivers can use their voice to engage the Maestro 4250. No other manufacturer in the United States or Canada offers voice command and controlIntegrated Live Traffic Functionality: Includes a free 3 month traffic subscription, which provides for real time traffic updates and reroutes drivers when an alternate route is availableSayWhere: Text to speech tells drivers the street name of the next turnBluetooth Compatibility: Designed for the business mobile user who requires hands free cell functionality6 Million Searchable Points of Interest: Customers can easily search for restaurants, hotels, airports, gas stations, and more with telephone numbers and addressesNAVTEQ ON BOARD: Includes pre loaded maps of the 50 United States, Canada, and Puerto RicoLook Up Options: Drivers can search for any destination by address, street intersection, and point of interest using fingertip touch interfaceIntegrated Rechargeable Battery: Enables drivers to operate the Maestro 4250 away from their vehicle for up to three hours. Recharges while driving via the included cigarette lighter power cableGPS Chipset: SiRFstarIII GPS Accuracy: 3 to 5 meters Integrated Antenna Form Factor: Ultra thin, pocket sizeScreen Size: 4.3 inch/ 10.42 cm Screen Resolution: 480 x 272 WQVGA/ 64,000 colors Battery Type: 1200mA Li ion rechargeable Battery Life: Up to 3 hours User Interface: Touch Screen USB: 2.0 SD Card Slot Memory: 2 GBMap Coverage:United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada Map Data Base: NAVTEQ ON BOARD Searchable Points of Interest: 6 million SayWhere Text to Speech Bluetooth CompatibilityVoice Command and Control Live Traffic/ Integrated RDS/TMC 3 month subscri
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