It's a good one.
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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