Originally Posted by Laiser
Bought the Magellan 4250 on Saturday 11/17. I am taking it back today, 11/20.
No. 1 Complaint: Freezes all the time!!
It is running Windows CE 5.0, probably that is the cause...but i have not really researched to know what OS the other ones run. Sometimes it takes quite a number of tries to turn it on. You would push power button on, and nothing would happen for several times.
No. 2: Phone Menu completely locked Up....
Called Magellan Tech Support....and they suggest returning it for repair! (I will return to BB store!).
I primarily bought it for phone function as well...since in DC they require hands free operation, and i hate bluetooth headsets. Paired it OK with my phone...which is listed as supported, and unit menu choice also includes it (Sony Ericsson W800). Now when i click on phone menu, unit simply talks back to me "phone, phone, phone..." but never gets into phone menu. Couple unit resets (thru pin-hole) with tech support did not help either. Interestingly, on their website FAQ....unit lockup/freezes procedures are listed. So they must be very much aware of the issue.
Other than that, unit is pretty accurate, and re-calculates route very very quickly. It also notices fairly quickly (i would say less than 5mtrs) if you miss a turn...and recalculates. Night mode is excellent. Excellent finish, fairly thin in construction. If it were not for the lockups, i would keep it. I was so fond of Hertz Neverlost system (based on Magellan), so i resisted temptation to go Garmin when it came time to purchase my own. BB had it for $499!! oucch, but good price on 4yr warranty of just $49.00. Based on the lockup defect...hopefully no-restocking fee!
I had previously bought a TomTom XL-S.....which i have also returned.
The TomTom XL-S was more feature rich than this Magellan 4250. Only problems i had with it was the fact that it took 5-7mins to acquire satellite signals when coming from powerdown, and the fact that its "bluetooth capable" feature did not include "hands-free calling" which is a must for me. Additionally, the TeleAtlas maps (used by TomTom) dont seems to be as comprehensive as the Navteq ones used by Magellan&Garmin. there were a couple of places i went to (around Irving, TX) that have been around for more than 5-6 yrears, and TomTom maps simply did not have them! A realtor i was driving around with had a Magellan, it had those maps.
The menus on it are very user friendly....you could even create an itenerary on your PC and transfer it to TomTom. While driving...the screen had lots of useful trip information all on the main screen....including current speed, ave. speed, distance to destination & time...and nicely tucked into place.
On the Magellan.....you need to navigate 2-3 menus dip to get to trip computer...and even then, it is limited info.
So now i am back into research....my upper limit is $500....i doubt i will be able to find a garmin with bluetooth, handsfree capable & widescreen at that price range. Hopefully with holiday shopping bargains, i might be able to accomplish something.