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#spon #ad As a mommy blogger, my goal is to find and share products and services that will benefit other moms managing busy families. I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to try out new to the market products and I’m thrilled to share one with you today – the new SmartGPS from Magellan! Magellan is based in Santa Clara, California and specializes in portable navigation devices for cars, RVs, fleet and commercial vehicles, as well as personal navigation devices for all your hiking, hunting, and outdoor activity needs. Several mobile apps and accessories are available to seamlessly link all of your devices – computers, tablets, smartphones, and more.
Now, I’ve owned several GPS units over the last few years, and I have to say, this is a brand new concept and I think it’s going to completely change the GPS market. Using a cloud-based smart “ecosystem” the SmartGPS and companion smartphone app work together to give you the most complete GPS experience ever created including weather, traffic, restaurants, landmark verbal directions, junction views, points of interest, and more!
Features and Notes of Interest:
(1) With smartphone integration, the SmartGPS will allow you to find a destination on your smartphone and then send it to the GPS unit in your car, simplifying your itinerary planning and saving you time! This also eliminates the need to input an address in the GPS, keeping you and your family safer on the go. Better yet, the SmartGPS will also communicate with your computer or tablet. SmartGPS can communicate with your other devices in a few different ways – direct USB link to your computer, built in WiFi, and using a Bluetooth pairing system – giving you the freedom to use your GPS anywhere, anytime!
(2) Yelp and Foursquare are also integrated into the SmartGPS. This gives you instant access to restaurants, shopping, and points of interest near you or your destination. Information is displayed in real time and includes user reviews, coupons, and more! One of my favorite features – no more hunting for the best gas prices, SmartGPS will display up to date fuel prices in your area directly on the screen.
(3) FREE LIFETIME MAPS AND FREE LIFETIME TRAFFIC ALERTS – This is a huge plus in my opinion. No need to pay extra to update your maps or view the traffic along your route, it’s included, free, for the life of your GPS unit.
(4) Map coverage for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with over seven MILLION points of interest (included in your GPS library!!). A nice touch, you can also search points of interest that are close to highway exits (LOVE this!).
Specifications and Features
(1) Home Button – No matter where you are on your GPS unit, you can click the home button in the top left and return to the home screen instantly.
(2) Screen Size – 5″ touch screen, perfect sized to let you view all your information, but not be so large as to overwhelm the dashboard.
(3) Warnings – Speed limit warnings, as well as photo enforced red light warnings. If you’re going over the posted speed limit, the GPS speed limit sign will turn red to remind you to slow down.
(4) Traffic Updates – The GPS will give you traffic updates along your route, including the distance to the delay and the anticipated time lost due to the delay.
(5) One Touch Favorites Menu – Keep your favorite destinations all in a great one touch menu. I love this expansion on the typical Go Home button. Now, not only can you easily access directions home, but you can add other favorite places creating a custom list just for you.
(6) Landmark Guidance – One of my favorite features, the GPS will say “Turn left in 500 feet at the Shell Gas Station” instead of just the turning directions. This is really nice when you’re in unfamiliar locations and when street name signs are difficult to locate!
(7) Junction View – This feature gives you a picture of the junction or intersection you are approaching and instructs you which lane to be in. Wonderful addition, no need to worry about merging and changing lanes with unexpected turns, SmartGPS has you set up well ahead of time.
(8) Back Up Camera Integration – Now this is a feature we haven’t used (our vehicle has an integrated back up camera), but the SmartGPS will work with your back up camera displaying your surroundings. Just another way Magellan is keeping your safe in the car.
(9) Other features include Bluetooth, 4GB of storage memory, turn by turn navigation with spoken street names, a speaker output to run your GPS through your vehicle’s audio system, and more!
Would you like to try the Magellan SmartGPS for yourself?
Check Amazon to purchase the SmartGPS (ARV $249.99).
Giveaway Terms: One lucky reader will win a Magellan SmartGPS (RV$250). This giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on September 5th. One winner will be selected at random via Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to confirm their name and shipping information or another winner will be selected. Prize will be shipped by Magellan. Participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.