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July 26, 2009

Magellan Maestro 4700 Review

GPSmagazine Rating: 3 of 5
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Verdict: A Firmware Update Away From Recommendability

Magellan Maestro 4700 Review

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Magellan's Maestro 4700 offers a 4.7-inch display, voice command, predictive traffic, Bluetooth, highway lane assist, AAA data, and much more at a recession-friendly price.

So, is the newest Maestro the best Magellan yet? Well, no, not quite. But it's got a lot of promise, and could be just a firmware update away from greatness.

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Magellan Maestro 4700 version

Testing Notes: This review was written using a production, retail boxed version with software version 1.23 installed, and Navstreets version 35.

The unit was testing over several days of real-world driving, both on highways as well as back roads.

Table of Contents

  1. Unboxing
  2. Installing Maestro 4700 in the Car
  3. Finding an Address
  4. Finding A Restaurant
  5. Navigating with the Maestro 4700
  6. Voice Command
  7. AAA TourBook
  8. OneTouch Menu
  9. Traffic
  10. Pros
  11. Cons
  12. Conclusion

1. Unboxing

Magellan Maestro 4700 Retail Box
Figure 1: Magellan Maestro 4700 Retail Box

What's Included in the Box
Figure 2: What's Included in the Box

The Maestro 4700 includes the following items in the box:

  • Magellan Maestro 4700 GPS receiver
  • Pre-loaded maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • Windshield mount
  • Vehicle power adaptor
  • Adhesive disc for dash mounting
  • USB cable
  • Protective pouch
  • Printed User Manual

Magellan Maestro 4700, Front
Figure 3: Magellan Maestro 4700, Front

Physically, the most notable difference between the Maestro 4700 and Magellan's previous Maestro models is the larger 4.7-inch display, and the rounded corners on the plastic case.

The larger screen size translates into text that's easier to read, and better map readability. 4.7-inches appears to be the optimal screen size for use in a car, and, I suspect, will quickly become the most popular PND screen size.

Except for the power switch on the top of the unit, there are no physical controls on the Maestro 4700. All functions are performed via the touch screen interface.

Magellan Maestro 4700, Back
Figure 4: Magellan Maestro 4700, Back

A single, rear-facing speaking is located on the lower-left corner of the back of the unit.

The Maestro 4700's internal speaker is larger than those found on most other GPS devices, and produces deeper, crisper sound without distorting at high volume.

Magellan Maestro 4700, Bottom
Figure 5: Magellan Maestro 4700, Bottom

  1. Micro SD card slot - A micro SD card is not required to use the Maestro 4700, and is used only for backup up and restoring data
  2. USB Connector - Power input from vehicle power adapter cable, or optional AC power adapter (+5 VDC / 1A)

Magellan Maestro 4700, Top
Figure 6: Magellan Maestro 4700, Top

The power switch is located on the top of the Maestro 4700.

Measuring 5.2 x 0.7 x 3.46 inches, the Maestro 4700 is about the same thickness and height as Magellan's Maestro 4000 series, and almost half an inch wider. The 4700 is just slightly thinner than Garmin's nuvi 200 and 700-series models.

Windshield Mount
Figure 7: Windshield Mount

Maestro 4700 includes the same windshield mount used on new RoadMate models.

The lever at the base of the mount locks down to secure the suction cup to the glass on your windshield, and the ring around the ball and socket style joint can be tightened or loosened, as needed.

Maestro 4700, Docked in the Windshield Mount
Figure 8: Maestro 4700, Docked in the Windshield Mount

Maestro 4700 attaches to the windshield mount by sliding the GPS down onto the cradle, so that the slot on the back of the Maestro aligns with the tab on the cradle. Then slide the GPS all the way down until it rest on the two 'feet', and you hear a click.

Vehicle Power Adapter
Figure 9: Vehicle Power Adapter

Included Neoprene Protective Carry Case
Figure 10: Included Neoprene Protective Carry Case

Standard Mini-USB Cable
Figure 11: Standard Mini-USB Cable

A USB cable is used to connect the Maestro to your PC and install firmware or mapping updates.

Adhesive Mounting Disc
Figure 12: Adhesive Mounting Disc

An adhesive mounting disc is included for those who wish to mount the GPS on the dashboard instead of using a windshield mount. I don't recommend this, since the mounting disc can be difficult to remove later, but Magellan includes one just in case