It looks like the Magellan Car Kit has been delayed until January, 2010. Too bad, it looks nice.
I find this magellan navigation software not as usable as Navigon and Tomtom which are my favorites.1 - It is too memory consuming on my iphone, just as iGo MyWay or Sygic (I track the memory usage off each application on my iphone and man magellan is just taking it all).2 - Its usage is not as intuitive or easy as the Tomtom and NavigonMany the updates will improve it, but right now for me it doesn't get near to Tomtom and Navigon.
I have used the magellan iphone app.What i meant by memory was the ram usage once the app is running on my iphone. Without the app running or any other app running i have between 150 and 163 MB free on my 3GS. once Tomtom (ver 1.2) is running, it takes about 30 MB while Magellan takes about 120 MB. Navigon (1.3) takes a little bit more ram than Tomtom on my phone. IGo MyWay (1.1) takes about the same amount of RAM as the Magellan. That is just too much specially for someone running more than 2 applications at a time.Both Tomtom and Navigon have TTS and the Tomtom TTS is just excellent both in English and French (at least the two languages i have tested).Navigon TTS in french is just too robotic, and sometime it is just preferable not to use it. Hopefully it has improved in the 1.4 version.Again i will say it : Magellan in my humble opinion is far behind Tomtom or Navigon right now. May be the updates will improve it as it was the case with other GPS apps.
The Car Kit is available for Pre-order on the Magellan Website.
I don't recall the aux output being confirmed before, tho it could have been. Otherwise I think you're right.
The Magellan app is slower than the Navigon app to launch (it is frustratingly slow) and is about the same figuring out your position.
The Magellan app is slower than the Navigon app to launch (it is frustratingly slow) and is about the same figuring out your position.Tim. I have a 3GS with 32GB memory and I just launched the Magellan iPhone app version 1.10vs the Navigon version 1.4.0 and they booth took 13 seconds to launchwhen I tried again Navigon took 18 seconds to launch the app how many times have you timed the app launch for you to determine the Magellan app launches slower than the Navigon app? How much slower was your test and using which model iPhone or iPod touch? I think all these factors should be taken into consideration when compairing the two apps
[how many times have you timed the app launch for you to determine the Magellan app launches slower than the Navigon app?
[how many times have you timed the app launch for you to determine the Magellan app launches slower than the Navigon app?Several dozen times with each app on an iPod Touch, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. I've spent probably a couple of hours testing. Each device had about half of the internal memory free (which really shouldn't matter) and was rebooted before launch to ensure no memory leaks.I just performed the test a couple of times again with the RoadMate app on the iPhone 3G. Each launch took between 65 and 85 seconds. I'm counting from the time I touch the app icon to the time when I can "do anything" in the app. I'm not waiting for satellite acquisition.
which version are you testing and is it a the apple itune app you down loaded
For the 3G, we have documented that it would roughly take about 50 or so seconds to load. 65-85 seconds is not normal. Tim, are the devices you are testing jailbreaked in anyway?
For the 3G, we have documented that it would roughly take about 50 or so seconds to load. 65-85 seconds is not normal. Tim, are the devices you are testing jailbreaked in anyway?No, it hasn't been jailbroken. Stock iPhone 3G. Although 50 seconds to 65 seconds isn't a terribly big difference.
That's interesting. Is it really tracking you in the tunnel, or just estimating your position based on conditions when you entered? Driving up to NYC last week, my Nuvi 1350 appeared to "track" me pretty well going through the Holland Tunnel even though the traffic was slow. I never got an error message about losing signal. Obviously, the map must be setup to do this for a given amount of time for the Holland Tunnel. When I went through the Queens Midtown tunnel however, it very quickly told me that I had lost the GPS signal.
Magellan RoadMate iPhone app version 1.2 just came out... improved speedometer accuracy and "other minor bug fixes" were listed in the release notes.
Typing in the address of my destination of choice on my iPhone's touchscreen was easy, and before I started driving, the RoadMate app mapped out my projected trip by distance and even gave me my estimated time of arrival. I liked the fact that I could immediately tap on symbols of other spots in the vicinity and the restaurant or store's name, address, and phone number would pop right up. I also liked the simple organization of the app's main menu, which Magellan calls OneTouch, and which had simple icons that made it easy to navigate between points of interest, previous destinations, and contacts.
However, Dave was inconsistent. Sometimes, he allowed me lots of advance notice before a particular turn, and even gave me multiple steps at once in a few instances. But at other times, he was the strong silent type—he offered no assistance as I squinted at my iPhone screen and noted that the mapped route had called for a turn, only for him to pipe up and tell me about said turn a few seconds after I had already made it
So, was it worth it? I loved the 3D mapping technology and easy navigation of the Magellan RoadMate app, as well as the car kit's power adapter that kept my iPhone charged while I drove, thus eliminating the perpetual battery drain issue. But I found the price of $130 plus $80 for the app to be a little steep, especially compared to the slightly cheaper TomTom car kit and app.
And the video version is here: http://tinyurl.com/ygn3fhaAnd she chooses... drum roll... free Google. Missed your smiling posts the last couple days Boyd :lol:
I am disappointed with the review. It would of been alot better if she had a more positive experience with our app. I also think she did not really appreciate the functionality of the car kit. Yes, look forward to 2.0 because we are going to have a array of surprises; but stay tuned for our 1.3 ver. update which should be up early March. 1.3 is going to put some more refinement into our app.