A Premium Car-Kit from Magellan for iPhone

The vendor of Perennial GPS, Magellan, hit the market of iPhone grandly. Similar to TomTom app, Magellan too has got two complementary products which are GPS related. They include iPhone’s premium car-kit costing around $129.99 and an iPhone app’s RoadMate originally costing $79.99 which was later reduced to $59.99. The user may not require both but they together work so well. Except for some irritating quirks, the result is quite attractive and smart GPS system. Sometimes these quirks may give little pause for buyers, but may not be so big problems.

This kit seems to be relatively costly.  But the company is justifying the cost of the kit. When this premium car-kit is associated with GPS app of iPhone it gives most successful results. Positioning flexibility, capability of charging of the standalone PND and a large speaker are given by the kit along with the existing iPhone. This kit also works with iPod touch and Apple iPhone also separately as it has an isolated GPS radio. It also works as Bluetooth speakerphone for answering phone calls hands-free. The iPhone can also be hooked to the car stereo as this kit offers the Aux-out jack.

The mount of the kit is designed nicely and is highly flexible to suit handsets that have huge carrying cases. The top sliding piece unlocks and locks in the original position through a button present in the top place. A plastic dish of adhesive type is also available with the kit which can be mounted on the dashboard and also a suction cup of typical windshield and a whole pack of windshield cleaner. Another important advantage is that the iPhone keeps on charged to the existing charged level by a DC adaptor that is bundled with the kit.

The fit of the dock connector is little problematic. Hence some flexibility is built in the connector by Magellan so that the iPhone fits well without the worries of device snapping away. This may place the iPhone in position but the contact is shaky though it seems right. A click is also not heard and hence assuring whether it is in place or not is not possible.

POI Search and User Interface:

Six icons are seen in the pattern of grid in the vivid main menu. Settings icon graces the bar at the bottom while map and back keys are present at the highest corners. One touch type of favorite menu enables the user to navigate to key destinations an you can marks as many as things as favorites. The overall setting menu shows the experience of Magellan in designing the systems of in-car navigation.

RoadMate 2010 app is larger in size than the normal keyboard with QWERTY pattern. This is its best buying factor. Addresses can be contacted quickly with the help of this app i.e. integrated to the address book of iPhone. On the whole POI Search experience on this app is cool.

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