Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM Review – 4.3 Inch Touchscreen Portable GPS Navigator With Lifetime Maps

Important features of the product:

  • Screen size- 4.3 inch
  • Free Lifetime Map Updates
  • Average Battery life- 2 hours
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 13 x 7.1 inch
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Landmark navigational guidance
  • Traffic camera alerts
  • Best Parking locations
  • One-touch favorite Menu
  • Junction View
  • Warnings for Speed Limits
  • AAA Roadside Assistance
  • Smartcity Search with QuickSpell
  • 7 Million Points of Interests

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RoadMate -2220-LM- Overview

Magellan Roadmate series has more than 100 portable GPS navigators to choose from. You can fix the budget and other requirements and get the best GPS for your needs.  All the leading features and specifications are covered in this series. With each new addition to the series, there is something more for the drivers in terms of navigational data. It definitely makes driving easier and safer.

The reasonably priced Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM is a good pick in the 4.3 inch screen segment. The unit comes with all the essential features that define comfortable road trips. With lifetime free map updates, you can be certain of the latest road changes while exploring new cities. The Junction View lets you get a realistic image of freeway signs and arrows. It guides you to the right lane so that you can eliminate the possibility of not taking the right exit. However, it gets a little confusing on highways where there are multiple exits. Even if you miss an exit, it reroutes promptly but then again, there is no rerouting announcement made.

Besides fulfilling its purpose as a road navigator, Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM comes with certain added features like Best Parking and Traffic alerts. These increase the degree of comfort in case of busy city driving.  The one-touch favorite menu lets you save the frequent destination. This saves a lot of time during routine trips. Just one tap and you are good to go. Most users feel a great sense of ease in this.

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Driving with the Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM

The device provides not only visual guidance but lets you hear instructions as you keep the eyes on the road. Many consider the 4.3 inch touch screen as the perfect size for vehicle GPS. It is neither too big to block a large portion of the windshield, nor too tiny to let you see the routes properly. The visuals are vibrant and clear but sometimes it become difficult to see the screen in bright daylight.

The navigation is more or less accurate with proper navigation guidance. The Multiple Destination Routing lets you plan multiple stops on your way to the destination. You can also leave the task of selecting the stops to the 2220-LM unit. Simply feed in the destination and the appropriate route plan is made. You also have the option of choosing a different route.

The Junction View and Traffic Camera Alert features make sure that you don’t just drive to your destination but that you drive safe and easy. RoadMate 2220-LM’s Junction View provides visual and audible alerts all along the route.  It notifies you about the forthcoming exits and helps you to take the right lane.

The traffic camera alerts, as the name suggests, lets you be aware of an approaching red signal or a speed camera along your route. So in addition to effortless navigation, you get to drive with a peace of mind.  Having said that, there might be rare occasions where you might be warned even when you have not exceeded your speed limit. But that can sometimes be overlooked when you are considering the overall safety benefits.

The Landmark Guidance feature goes a step ahead of traditional navigation. It helps you in reaching the destination even if you are in a completely unknown neighborhood. The logic is very simple. If you do not know the name of street, then it is quite illogical to tell you to take right or left from there. So instead, Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM will provide directions with respect to a particular landmark that you can actually see. The device receives 4 updates in one year. This implies that you will have the latest landmarks for most locations coming in automatically.

It does not stop guiding once you reach your destination. With the Best Parking feature, it provides information about the nearest parking garage locations and also tells you about the entrance and hours of operation, so that you do not have to spend time on trying to park your car. However, the accuracy is not one hundred per cent all the time and you may have to try more than one parking lot. But then, you don’t need to go looking for them as the navigator shows you the nearest parking spaces.

If you weigh the pros and cons, Magellan RoadMate 2220-LM is a good choice in the small screen  segment device of portable GPS navigation devices. The accuracy might falter once in a while. But if you take all the features that it possesses and the reasonable price into consideration, then the system is a fairly good deal for those who love to drive safe and for those who are new to a city.

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