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GPS Blues

Last year I replaced my aging Magellan RoadMate 760 with a much spiffier Magellan Maestro 4250 and for the most part have been pretty happy with it.  By far it has been the most intuitive to use and the hands free voice command is pretty spiffy.

The biggest complaint about Magellan GPS products is they only release updates about every 12 months or so and they also charge a subscription fee for the traffic service.  I think they're counting on people to not know that the traffic information is really broadcast for free.  There is no traffic infrastructure that Magellan has to support.  In simplest terms, making you pay for ongoing RDS/TDS subscription is a scam.

In my attempt to escape the yearly fees and also get more frequent map updates for less, I purchased a Navigon 7200T.  This one came with free traffic for life and there was an optional 3 years of map updates (FreshMaps) for an additional $59, which is about 1/5 of the price of Magellan updates over the life of the product.

At the moment, I am not really happy with the Navigon.  It does have voice entry but it is by no means hands free.  The interface is very non-intuitive too.  I was going to send it back but I'm thinking I'll go ahead and keep it.    Like the Navigon, the new Magellan Maestro 4350 does have the "lane assist" feature I want but they have removed voice commands.  I like my voice commands.

I'm also looking for a simple mapping GPS for hiking but really can't justify spending the money for it since my hiking days are limited.  If anyone reads this who is knowledgeable about the subject, drop me a note.

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