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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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.
Figure 1: Magellan Maestro 4700 Retail Box
Figure 2: What's Included in the Box
The Maestro 4700 includes the following items in the box:
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.
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.
Figure 5: Magellan Maestro 4700, Bottom
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.
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.
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.
Figure 9: Vehicle Power Adapter
Figure 10: Included Neoprene Protective Carry Case
Figure 11: Standard Mini-USB Cable
A USB cable is used to connect the Maestro to your PC and install firmware or mapping updates.
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