When it comes to behind-the-wheel navigation, I still prefer a dedicated GPS to a smartphone app (especially "smart" ones like the new Apple Maps -- just saying).
Of course, I'm a little spoiled now: I want a big screen, real-time traffic data, and all the map updates I can eat.
Ta-daaa: Today only, and while supplies last, Tech Woot has the Magellan 3065T-LM 4.7-inch GPS with lifetime maps and traffic for $84.99, plus $5 for shipping. Elsewhere it sells for $30 to $40 more.
Unlike a lot of the discount navigators I see these days, this one is new, not refurbished. Plus, it's loaded.
In addition to the lifetime map updates and real-time traffic info, the 3065T-LM offers an unusually spacious 4.7-inch screen -- bigger than the typical 4.3-incher, but not so overwhelming to your windshield as a 5-inch.
It also has Bluetooth, meaning you can use it as a speakerphone -- one that's likely to sound better than your actual phone, what with its larger speaker and noise-canceling microphone. There's a one-touch favorites menu, highway lane-assist, an integrated AAA tour book, and something called Traffic Wakeup, which powers up the GPS at designated times to pull down traffic info before you hit the road.
Now for the bad news: reviews on this model are mixed. The big complaint appears to be with Magellan's software, which you need to download and install maps. Apparently, it's a pain in the tuchus.
If you can live with that (how often do you really update your maps, anyway? Once a year?), I'd say there's a lot of bang for your navigation buck here.
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