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December 20, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4250 Review

GPSmagazine Rating: 3.5 of 5
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Verdict: The Best Magellan Yet. A Contender

Magellan Maestro 4250

Magellan continues to refine its popular Maestro series with the release of the 4250. Magellan's top-of-the-line navigator, the 4250 offers a 4.5-inch display, voice recognition, Bluetooth, traffic, AAA TourBook guides, 6 million POIs, and more.

The Maestro 4250 offers solid navigation and some unique features in a package that's easy to use and reasonably priced.

Table of Contents

  1. Specifications
  2. Understanding Magellan's Maestro Product Line
  3. What's in the Box
  4. Mounting the Maestro 4250 in the Car
  5. Navigating with the Maestro 4250
  6. Route Exclusion
  7. Canceling the Route
  8. Using the Detour Feature
  9. Finding an Address
  10. Finding a Restaurant
  11. AAA TourBook
  12. Magellan's Exit POI Feature
  13. AAA RoadSide Assistance
  14. Using the Address Book
  15. Setting the Home Address
  16. Where Am I? Magellan's Locate Feature
  17. Trip Planner: Multi-Destination Routing (and Route Optimization)
  18. Routing Engine Performance
  19. Voice Recognition
  20. Traffic
  21. Bluetooth
  22. Signal Strength: The Mighty SiRF
  23. User Options
  24. Pros
  25. Cons
  26. Conclusion

1. Specifications

  • Maps of lower 48 States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, & Alaska
  • 6 Million Points of Interest (POIs)
  • AAA TourBook Guide
  • Text-to-Speech (GPS speaks actual street names)
  • Bluetooth & built-in microphone for hands-free calling
  • Traffic (Antenna is integrated in the included 12v power adapter, and includes 3 months free service. After initial 3-moth period, traffic subscription costs about $60/year)
  • Voice Recognition
  • 4.5" WQVGA touch screen display
  • SiRF StarIII GPS receiver
  • Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable, 4 hour average run time
  • Dimensions: 3.25 inches x 4.89 inches x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces

2. Understanding Magellan's Maestro Product Line

If you're confused about the difference between each Maestro model, you're not alone; there are now thirteen different Maestro units to choose from. Here's a breakdown of each model and features:

Magellan Maestro Feature Matrix:

Maestro 3100 Maestro 3140 Maestro 3200 Maestro 3210 Maestro 3220 Maestro 3250 Maestro 4000 Maestro 4040 Maestro 4050 Maestro 4200 Maestro 4210 Maestro 4220 Maestro 4250
Maps of lower 48 States, Hawaii * Puerto Rico
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Maps of Canada & Alaska
no
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Maps of Mexico
no
no
no
no
Yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
Yes
no
New Thinner & Lighter Design
no
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
POIs
750K
4.5M
1.3M
6M
6M
6M
1.6M
4.5M
4.5M
1.3M
6M
6M
6M
AAA TourBook
no
Yes
no
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
Yes
no
Yes
Text-to-Speech
no
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
Bluetooth
no
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
Traffic
no
Optional
no
no
no
Yes
no
Optional
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
Voice Recognition
no
no
no
no
no
Yes
no
no
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
MSRP
$349
$449
$319
$349
$449
$449
$449.99
$599.99
$699.99
$399.99
$449.99
$549.99
$599.99

All Magellan's Maestro 3xxx units have a 3.5-inch display, while the 4xxx models have the larger 4.3'inch screen. Some models have additional maps of Canada or Mexico, more POIs, AAA TourBook, text-to-speech, bluetooth, traffic, and voice recognition.

The 32xx and 42xx are Magellan's newest models, and feature an updated, thinner design compared to the older 3100 and 4000-series models.