The Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus has the same features as the RoadMate 500 but
with twice the map memory space. It uses the same street-level detailed maps and
turn-by-turn guidance, so getting to where you want couldn't be easier.
The RoadMate 500 Plus replaces the RoadMate 500's 128 MB CompactFlash memory card
with a 256 MB card. Included with the receiver are four CDs of map data for the
continental U.S. and Canada. Since the memory cards are twice as large, you can now save
twice as much map data as before. And because the cards are also erasable and removable,
you can have an unlimited supply of maps with whatever detail you need.
One thing that hasn't changed with the Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus, is how it
guides you to your destination. Voice prompts alert you to upcoming turns as well
as the route map showing your changing location. If you ever miss a prompt or
turn, the message can be repeated and the receiver can recalculate your
position to get you back on track.
The RoadMate 500 Plus has an equally sophisticated screen to display the
routing information. The color LCD is a high resolution screen with both automatic and
user adjustable brightness and contrast. So when it gets dark or you pass
through a tunnel, the receiver automatically increases the brightness. The
keypad is also backlit, so navigating is the same, day or night.
The display for the RoadMate 500 Plus does more than show information,
it can also be used to enter data. By touching the screen, you can select individual
letters and characters, or menu options. If you prefer, you can use the keypad
to move a cursor to make the same choices. Either way you choose, there
are also various shortcuts to make your entries faster. For instance, if
you weren't sure how to spell a street name, you could enter just the first
letter or the first several letters. The receiver would scan the map database
and display the possible matches. You would then select the right street from
The versatility of the Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus is further shown with
its route selection options. You can choose to get to your destination in the
shortest time, by the shortest distance, using freeways as little as possible,
or making the most use of freeways. And it's not always necessary to know the
address of your destination. If it's in the point-of-interest database, which
includes businesses, ATMs, and airports, the route is calculated for you. So
if you have the late-night munchies and want the nearest pizza place, the
receiver will find it for you.
The map screen showing your position constantly updates as you move. If
you want to see more detail, or less with a larger coverage area, you can use
the zoom keys to move in and out. Plus you can select from 9 color combinations
to get the map appearance you like best. There's also a feature to get instant location
information for emergency situations. And the Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus receiver is
Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) ready to give you a position accuracy to
within three meters.
If you're not big on reading manuals, the RoadMate 500 Plus has built-in
tutorials explaining the different screens and operations. And once you've made
several trips, you can start storing you favorite destinations in the built-in
address book. There's enough space for 100 destinations for three different
The 3.25" H x 6.5" W x 2.0" D case of the Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus is easy
to mount using one of the different brackets available. The power comes from
the vehicle's cigarette lighter, so you won't have to constantly replace batteries.
And so it's always ready to go when you are.