The Magellan RoadMate 2200T holds the mid-line position of three new models being introduced by Magellan that are billed as crossover GPS units suited for automotive use or the great outdoors. The 2200T offers voice prompted turn-by-turn directions, a 3.5” color touch screen and pre-loaded maps of the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, it features the SiRFstar III chipset, an SD slot that allows you to upgrade and add topo maps or marine charts, an MP3 player, photo viewer, and real-time traffic capabilities.
Below this model, the RoadMate 2000 leaves off the SD slot, MP3 player, photo viewer and traffic capabilities. One step above the 2200T, the CrossoverGPS (formerly known as the 2500T) adds pre-loaded topo maps to the 2200T's feature set.
CNet gave a 7.7 out of a possible 10 (very good) rating in their Magellan RoadMate 2200T review. Their summary says:
- The good: The Magellan RoadMate 2200T features a new, compact design and includes two handy tools, called SmartDetour and QuickSpell, for easier navigation. It also has an accurate receiver, text-to-speech functionality, music playback, and an image viewer.
- The bad: The Magellan RoadMate 2200T performs a little sluggishly in creating directions and recalculating routes.
- The bottom line: The Magellan RoadMate 2200T packs some of the latest navigation features into a nice, sleek package, but it hits some speed bumps with its slow route creation and recalculation.
Let's see what others are saying about the Magellan RoadMate 2200T:
- GPS Information.net has posted a thorough review of the Magellan RoadMate 2200T.
- GPS Magazine has posted a Magellan RoadMate 2200T review. Their verdict? Good.
- Dozens of Magellan RoadMate 2200T reviews have been posted by consumers at Amazon.
I'll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some other helpful resources:
- Here is a PDF version of the Magellan RoadMate 2200T owners manual.
- There is a Magellan RoadMate message forum at GpsPasSion.
- There is also a Magellan GPS message forum at Yahoo, and an alt.satellite.gps.magellan UseNet group.
- Want to see how the RoadMate 2200T stacks up against other units? Use this Magellan GPS comparison tool.
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More on the Magellan RoadMate 2200T from the official RoadMate web page:
Small. Powerful. Expandable.
Get the first full-featured, pocket-sized, expandable vehicle navigation system! Simple touch-screen menus make it easy to select virtually any destination and get turn-by-turn voice and visual guidance. Pre-loaded with detailed maps of the 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Waterproof to IPX-4, so there's no need to worry about coffee spills, rain, humidity or it getting wet. Avoid traffic with SmartDetour™ or upgrade your device to provide real-time incident reports2.
Turn your vehicle navigation system in to a CrossoverGPS™ with the Magellan RoadMate 2200T upgrade1 enabling you to add detailed topographic maps for navigating your outdoor adventures. The sleek, rugged design with integrated rechargeable battery and built-in antenna enables you take it wherever you go. Advanced features include; SmartDetourTM to automatically re-route around sudden slow freeway traffic, multi-destination routing, 1.5 million pre-programmed points of interest and SayWhereTM text-to-speech that tells you the street name of your next turn.
1 Requires paid outdoor upgrade.
2 Requires paid TrafficKit upgrade.