Well it looks like Magellan has (finally) gotten with the program and updated the form-factor of its aging Roadmate product line. Magellan was once considered the high-end of automotive GPS navigation units, but Garmin and TomTom have been eating Magellan's lunch and steadily taking market share. With an MSRP of $600, the Roadmate 3000T is priced $400 less than other Roadmate's have been priced at their release date. If you need any more proof that competition is good for consumers, check out the feature list:
- 3.5" hi-resolution anti-glare color touchscreen
- 4GB hard disk with SD card slot for additional user storage
- built-in MP3 player
- picture viewer
- Preloaded maps (Navteq) of 50 USA states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
- 3D bird eye and 2D map views
- Turn-by-turn visual and voice guidance
- Over 6 million POIs
- Auto Re-route
- Automatic night view (The displayed map background color switches to night view at sundown)
- SmartVolume™, the volume automatically increases at speeds over 45 MPH
- QuickSpell (sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes)
- Optional traffic module
Should be available starting late April 2006. Expect an MSRP of around $600.