The Magellan RoadMate 700 may be the perfect navigator. This portable GPS
receiver, lets you pick the type of route you prefer, never gets you lost, knows
all the local restaurants, and the nearest ATM to pay for the meal. Plus
it only talks when you want it too.
In a case weighing only 13 ounces, the Magellan RoadMate 700 packs a 12-channel
GPS receiver with Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability. WAAS
decreases the position error of GPS navigation to less than three meters. And you
can use this enhanced accuracy on the built-in maps covering the continental
U.S. and parts of Canada. The maps are stored on an internal 10 GB hard drive, so there's
no need to download new maps as you travel around. Since the RoadMate is easy
to remove from its mount, it's simple to use in several vehicles, including rentals.
All of the navigation power of the RoadMate 700 is displayed on a
high-resolution color LCD screen. The receiver contains a light sensor to
automatically adjust the contrast and brightness of the display. Or you can
adjust them manually. Additionally, the keypad is backlit, so even in the
dark, the unit is easy to use.
One of many options the Magellan RoadMate 700 gives you, is how you enter
data. You can use the conveniently laid out keypad or the touch screen. And
to avoid spelling errors or to find incomplete addresses, there's interactive
data entry. To enter your destination, a keyboard is displayed. As you enter
each letter, the receiver matches the partial entry against all relevant
addresses in its database. It then grays out all but the possible next letter(s)
to be entered. Or you can enter a partial address and let the receiver show you
a list of possible matches to choose from.
Once you've selected your destination, you're given four options in the type
of route you'd like to take. You can get there by the shortest distance, the fastest
time, the least use of freeways, or the most use of freeways. The RoadMate 700
is then ready to display a map showing your route and give you turn-by-turn
guidance all the way. And whether you want to see the whole route or close
up details, there are zoom keys to alter the map scale. Also selectable are the
nine different map color combinations.
In addition to the map screen, there are two other ways to view your route
with the Magellan RoadMate 700. The "True View" screen has a 3-D image of what
the road looks like ahead and shows your turn or other intersection information.
The third screen is a list of the details for when and where to expect turns
along your route.
Even with several options for looking at your route, the RoadMate 700 doesn't
require you to have your eyes glued to the screen. There are voice prompts to guide
you at every turn. And if you miss a prompt, there's a repeat key to replay
the information. The volume control lets you adjust the sound from the
Sometimes you can let the Magellan RoadMate 700 choose your destination for
you. The point-of-interest database has over 2 million listings divided into
over 40 categories. Listings include airports, schools, police, historical
monuments, parks, restaurants, banks, and ATMs. If you wanted the nearest gas
station you'd choose the category and the RoadMate would show how to get there.
Or if you had the name of a restaurant, but not its location, the receiver
would find it for you.
Since trips don't always go exactly as planned, the RoadMate 700 lets you
make changes along the way. Maybe you're approaching a highway and see that
the traffic is backed up. Enter the road you want excluded and the RoadMate will
recalculate a new route around it. Or maybe you leave your planned route,
either by accident or on purpose. When you're ready to get back on track, press
a key and the receiver will guide you back to your original path. And for your
favorite trips, there's an address book with space for 100 listings each for three
The RoadMate 700 is also handy as an aid to travel record keeping on business
trips. The receiver has a trip computer to record and store the distance and
time spent traveling. The average speed and total time of the trip is also
recorded. And the information is saved for later retrieval.
The operation of the Magellan RoadMate 700 is simple and intuitive, but
if you ever get stuck there's a built-in tutorial. It gives you a tour of the
various displays and shows how to enter or retrieve the information you want.
So all that's left is to plug in its power cord to the cigarette lighter and