Magellan gets in on the free lifetime traffic trend with its new 2010 line of GPS navigators. All eight of its new devices feature free traffic service, multidestination routing, and text-to-speech. Magellan has also included a few unique features across the line, such as its OneTouch menu shortcut, a parking lot finder that automatically finds and presents nearby parking lots when you reach the end of a trip, and a find-your-car feature that stores your vehicle's location when you disconnect the RoadMate and provides you with walking directions back to your car if you forget where you parked it.
The basic RoadMate 2035 has a 4.3-inch screen and comes packed with all of the aforementioned features and map coverage of the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico.
Users who want to explore Canada can step up to the RoadMate 2036, which adds Canadian map coverage, built-in AAA Tourbook and Roadside Assistance, and Highway Lane Assist--which displays a graphic representation of highway interchanges with information about what lanes are valid for the current route. At the top of the Roadmate 2000 Series is the 2045 which adds a microSD expansion slot--which is an odd feature to base an entire model differentiation upon.
Stepping up to the RoadMate 3000 Series nets you all of the features of the 2000 Series, but bumps the screen size to 4.7 inches. The RoadMate 3045 has preinstalled maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, while the RoadMate 3045-LM is the only unit in the line that gives you free quarterly lifetime updates to those maps. The RoadMate 3055 adds Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice dialing for improved safety. For users who need a bit more screen real estate, the RoadMate 5045 has the same feature set as the 3045, but with a larger 5-inch screen. … Read more