November 16, 2009
Magellan, another major player in the standalone GPS device market, has decided to jump on the iPhone bandwagon with their recently released Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America. Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America hits the App Store nearly full-featured, unlike some of the other turn-by-turn GPS apps out there. It features the same interface used in Magellan's standalone GPS devices, along with a OneTouch favorites menu, text-to-speech, lane assist, address book integration, in-app music control, QuickSpell address entry with SmartCity Search, and NAVTEQ maps. The app also contains some helpful features for when you are not in your vehicle, including the ability to save your parking location and a Pedestrian Mode. Pedestrian Mode is able to give you walking directions to your location of choice. Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America is available in the App Store for the introductory price of $79.99, although we aren't exactly sure at this point what the regular price will be. We can only assume it won't be more than TomTom's current offering, which is priced at $99.99. The North American version covers the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Magellan intends to offer other versions of the app as well, including the Eastern U.S., Western U.S., and Europe. Magellan will also be competing with TomTom in the premium car kit department, which is currently listed on their website as "coming soon." The car kit will feature an enhanced GPS receiver, Bluetooth hands-free calling, noise-cancelling speakerphone, compatibility with any iPhone GPS app, and second generation iPod touch support. The iPod touch support is a little puzzling since the app's description states that the iPhone is the only supported device, but maybe that will change when the car kit hits the market.
Magellan RoadMate North America
TomTom U.S. & Canada