Magellan’s newest GPS device has tablet-like features and hardware, with a 5-inch capacitive screen and built-in WiFi, plus a new social media system.
At CES Magellan is offering its SmartGPS, that lets users see maps, navigate and view reviews, tips and offers from Yelp and Foursquare, on a single GPS screen. Magellan says its new system is the first to offer these features on one screen.
The screen shows “squares” of information that the user can tap for more details.
The SmartGPS system also delivers current gas prices, weather, traffic events and speed camera warnings.
Users must set up their services on a computer (using a micro USB cable to the device) and from there, the SmartGPS manages updates to their social media that’s relevant to their location. It’s updated through its onboard WiFi and it switches to Bluetooth when WiFi is not available.
The portable naviagation device (PND) has WVGA glass multi-touch screen and runs on a TI Cortex A8 1 GHz processor with 4GB memory. It works with a wireless backup camera (optional at $149 SRP).
The new SmartGPS will be available this spring at $249 suggested retail price.