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Magellan CrossoverGPS

by December 04, 2006
Filed under: Portables

Magellan showcased it's recently released CrossoverGPS at the 2007 CES. This GPS is would be great for use in your car or on your boat (rugged and splashproof), has many useful features and is very easy to operate.

The traffic-ready Magellan CrossoverGPS is a cross between two products, delivering car navigation, plus the functionality of handheld GPS receivers for the outdoors.

Preloaded with both street maps and topographic contour maps, the CrossoverGPS guides users from door-to-door in a car - and from point-to-point where the road ends - so they can enjoy driving, off-roading, hiking, geocaching, boating, fishing and more, all with one GPS device.

The CrossoverGPS offers voice-and text-prompted turn-by-turn driving directions with pre-loaded street-level maps for the 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The easy-to-use system features a 3.5 inch color touch-screen display with a 3-D birds-eye map view. The vehicle navigation mode delivers the fee-free SmartDetour feature to help drivers route around freeway traffic; SayWhere directions with audible street names for extra driving confidence; and optimized multi-destination routing for the quickest and most efficient routes when making several stops. Its searchable directory of nearly 2 million points of interest helps users easily find restaurants, lodging, gas stations, banks and other useful businesses and services. The system also provides a MP3 player and photo viewer for added entertainment value as a travel companion. In addition, users have the option to add real-time traffic capabilities to avoid delays and get to their destination faster.

To help users find their way through land areas without streets, Magellan CrossoverGPS delivers pre-loaded topographic contour maps, plus the ability to create and go to waypoints and routes or backtrack. The outdoor navigation mode provides guidance using GPS coordinates for geographical locations, such as the latitude and longitude of a starting point and a desired destination. Other convenient features, like the compass screen and the ability to save a base camp location, make the Magellan CrossoverGPS easy to use even for novice navigators. The integrated battery lasts up to eight hours for extended cord-free operation during outdoor activities.

Similar to Magellan GPS receivers for outdoor navigation, the CrossoverGPS allows users to load mapping software via optional SD memory cards to enhance navigation capabilities for hiking, off-road excursions and water sports. The Magellan software line provides additional topographic maps to enhance the detail of the topo content preloaded on the Magellan Crossover. In addition, Magellan MapSend Lakes and MapSend BlueNav XL3 provide useful information like fishing hot spots and marine charts for saltwater activities.

The Magellan CrossoverGPS measures 3.4 x 4.3 x 1.1 and weighs 8.5 ounces. The system has a built-in lanyard hook and ships with a Sports Guard sleeve for easy gripping and protection in any environment. The CrossoverGPS is now shipping with a MSRP of $549. For information on Magellan Crossover accessories or other Magellan navigation products, visit www.magellanGPS.com .

About the author:

Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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