Stay Connected on the Go with the Magellan #SmartGPS {Review & Giveaway}

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I’m totally going to admit it – I’m horrible with directions.  I have tried repeatedly to print out maps and directions and I end up sitting on the side of the road somewhere scratching my head and wondering where I went wrong.  And while I’ve looked into GPS systems before and even tried some of them, I feel like I’m just juggling another device to try to help me get where I need to go.  Now, I would say this is a woman thing – but it’s totally not!  Because (you know I’m right) men are just as bad at directions as we are.  The only difference is they will try to figure it out and look it up on their phone while swerving all over the road (yes, honey, I’m talking about you).  So, for a while now I’ve been looking for a better solution – one that would allow me to completely sync up my car, integrating directions, phone, social media and more into one manageable device that I can trust to get me where I need to go!

So, when I had the chance to try out the Magellan SmartGPS, of course I jumped at it.  Not only is it super pretty (and oh so big) but it also does more than I ever thought a GPS could possibly do!

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When our new GPS arrived, we had a quick debate about which car it should go in.  With it being near Father’s Day, the hubby’s just about won out but then we though about what we take most trips in and decided that my car was the one that definitely needed more directional help.  But that didn’t mean that I didn’t want the hubs to help me set it up (like I could have beaten him off – it was a new electronic device).  So, he sat down with me and we walked through the set up together.  I have to say, I was completely impressed with the ease of setting the SmartGPS up -it took less than 30 minutes from opening the box to it being installed and fully functional.  We had to connect it to our computer for it to complete it’s initial sync and be ready to program.

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After going to the Magellan website to create our account, we were able to quickly and automatically install our SmartGPS.  The process was painless and required no technical knowledge on our end.  And this was where the fun really started.  Because there are so many amazing features to the Magellan SmartGPS that set it apart from it’s competition.  Let’s walk through them so you can see how awesome this product is.

Let’s start with the fact that it’s WiFi capable.  Once we connected our SmartGPS to our wireless network, it was ready to use!  The benefit of this WiFi capability is that our GPS can now perform software and map updates without having to be taken out of the car (sweet!).  Where in the past it was necessary to connect your GPS to your computer to install updates, now any time I’m in range of my wireless, updates can be performed to keep my SmartGPS working well!  That’s just the technical side of things though.  And while that was awesome (and such a time saver) where it really got fun for me was seeing all the the SmartGPS could do in my car!

First things first – all of you know how dependent I am on my phone.  I can’t leave the house without it but one of my big no-no’s is using it too much while I’m driving.  With the Magellan SmartGPS, I was able to sync my iPhone (this works for Android too) with my GPS system using Bluetooth technology, opening up a world of possibilities for me!  And it was as easy as pushing the bluetooth button and allowing the two devices to connect.

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With this completed, the last piece of the puzzle was installing the Free app on my iPhone and then I was ready to do just about anything I could possibly want!

With this fully integrated system, I have the option of looking up destinations on my GPS…..or planning ahead on my iPhone and then sending the destinations directly to the SmartGPS in my car!  This means I can plan out my whole trip before I even leave the house and have directions waiting for me!  It eliminates the need for sitting in a hot car trying to program in your destination and makes trips so much easier!

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The benefits don’t stop there though!  I can also look for the best gas prices, find local restaurants, search for points of interest and more!   Using FourSquare and Yelp, I can see ratings and search for locations by category.  And when I find my destination, I can check in with FourSquare to take advantage of the deals that are shown on the screen!  This makes it easy to get what I want when I want it no matter where I am!

But wait!  What if I want to call family and tell them I’m close or that I’ll meet them at this new restaurant that I just found?  With the SmartGPS and Bluetooth, I can do that as well without having to pick up my phone!  I can dial directly though the SmartGPS and it functions as a hands free speaker phone – allowing me to keep my hands where I need them – on the wheel!

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Oh, and this is really cool!  You know those text messages you get that you need to respond to but can’t because you are driving.  The Magellan SmartGPS allows you to send back pre-written messages with the touch of a button!

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Using the Magellan SmartGPS, I feel more secure than ever knowing that I’m completely connected even when I’m on the go.  As a mom, it takes away the worry of trips with the kids.  And as a wife it saves me having the beg the hubs to ask for directions.  Since it allows me to essentially completely connect my car, I never have to worry about directions again!  And since it syncs with my phone, I have the added benefit of hands free calling and searching on the go.  After years of looking for a better way to travel, I have finally found it with the Magellan SmartGPS!

Now, for the real surprise!  Most people would think getting a connected car like this is completely out of their price range!  But the Magellan SmartGPS retails for $250 at Best Buy!  That’s an amazingly reasonable price that will have you driving worry free!

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Now, do you want to try out the Magellan SmartGPS yourself?  Of course you do!  And we’re giving one away (seriously!).  But before we get to that I have something else awesome to tell you about!  Knowing that parents need a vacation, Magellan just launched a summer sweepstakes with a grand prize of a romantic trip for two to Hawaii with airfare, 5 nights at the Ritz Carlton, rental convertible car and more.  So, be sure to go (like right this minute!) and enter for your chance to win this awesome prize by clicking here.

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Now, on to our own special giveaway!  To enter to win a Magellan SmartGPS system of your very own, just use the Rafflecopter form below!

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Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on July 2nd, 2013.  Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.  The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug received a Magellan SmartGPS unit free of charge in order to facilitate our review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions on this unit are own own and my differ from yours.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and all other social media sites are in no way associated with this giveaway.  Please see the Rafflecopter form for full terms and conditions.

Comments

  1. the gas prices feature is awesome

  2. Nancy McPoland says:

    I like the planning ahead feature.

  3. Emily Wells
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    I like that it shows you were traffic delays are.

  4. Diane Zielinski says:

    I like the wireless sync feature.

  5. Michelle Hill says:

    I can call without picking up phone

  6. Kelly D says:

    I like receiving information such as red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates. This could make a difference between having a nice day out & not having such as good day.

  7. Colleen Boudreau
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    My favorite feature is the Wireless Sync.

  8. sandra davis says:

    food aps

  9. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I like the wireless and the detailed information. But I think my favorite feature is that it is easy to read.

  10. D SCHMIDT says:

    I am most excited about being able to navigate smarter with the Navigate Smarter with things like the features of Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts,

  11. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I like the you can connect to foursquare.

  12. Karin Dollery
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    The best feature(s) for me would be the Traffic Delay and gas Price updates feature.

  13. Kimberly Bauer
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    I am so excited it is WiFi capable. If I don’t win it I will have to buy it :)

  14. Maegan Morin says:

    I would really like to have the Magellan eXplorist 310 Topo edition: http://www.magellangps.com/Products/eXploristseries/Magellan-eXplorist-310-TOPO-Edition

  15. md kennedy says:

    My favorite feature is the Traffic Alerts.

  16. Kimberly Schotz
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    I like the Gas Price feature

  17. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I love the calling feature.

  18. jennifer wexler says:

    i love that you can message through it

  19. Debra Pauley says:

    the gas prices feature is awesome

  20. laurie nykaza
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    It makes it that I can call without picking up phone which is great when I need to be hands free

  21. My favorite is the weather updates. It changes quickly where I live.

  22. chrissy c says:

    I love that I can I can dial directly though the SmartGPS and it functions as a hands free speaker phone.

  23. Jennifer B says:

    free smartphone apps is always nice

  24. jeanette s. says:

    i would like to not have to print my directions all of the time!!

  25. Christine Cunningham says:

    lol the one that keeps me from getting hopelessly lost :P

  26. gas prices feature is awesome

  27. I love everything about it! But more specifically, I love the wifi capability. Not having to even take it out of the car is amazing! We are still dealing with the printed maps and directions since we don’t have smart phones. This would be awesome :)

  28. Well, the best feature for me would not be getting lost anymore! I am horrible with directions, but finding the best gas prices would be great too.

  29. Sheila Vives
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    The Maps are my favorite feature

  30. My favorite feature is the wireless sync feature.

  31. Andrea Amy
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    My favourite features are in the Navigate Smarter section. Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates. Awesome, this would be perfect for my hubby (who drives for a living).

  32. Suzanne B
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    I like the traffic alerts and best parking. Two of the things I always have problems with.

  33. Sandrea Igess
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    Wirelessly sync, save, and share your favorite destinations and contacts between your SmartGPS, Smartphone and PC.

  34. I like that you can use it as a hands-free phone and auto-respond to text messages.
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  35. stacey dempsey says:

    the wireless sync is really cool and i ike that you can put destinations from your smartphone into it ahead of time and best parking would be handy, well basically I love it all lol

  36. I hate to say this, but I love all of it. I need once because I have to travel to various sites in strange cities for my job.

  37. Angela Yeremenko
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    I like the wireless sync feature.

  38. Holly Thomas says:

    The gas prices feature!!

  39. tammy Shelton
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    I like the great price!

  40. Debra Hall
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    the Wirelessly sync

  41. Tabathia B says:

    I like that you can book mark locations

  42. I love being able to look up gas prices. That would be great!

  43. josie
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    traffic delay

  44. Katie A says:

    I like the fact that you can call on it, I use my phone for directions, but it gets a little distracting. maybe having a gps system like this in our car will not be so distracting and my husband can use it.

  45. steve weber
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    I like that you can sync everything through it.

  46. Kerrie Mayans
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    Traffic Delay feature.

  47. Carol
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    I like the wireless sync feature

  48. Theresa J says:

    I like go social feature because of yelp

  49. Eloise C
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    I love that it’s WiFi compatible. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  50. Tyneisha Fondren
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    Love the traffic alerts and the weather updates.

  51. Sheila Ingram England says:

    It’s hard to choose just one feature but if I must…..I love wifi capable!

  52. Michelle C says:

    I love that it is affordable and also that it allows for responding to texts with pre-written messages. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  53. I like that you can sync the info with your phone!

  54. Mim Bidlack
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    The wireless sync would be amazing. For our current GPS system I normally take it out of the car and program it before we go anywhere. This would eliminate a hassle when planning trips out!

  55. Lena N.
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    I like the Gas Price feature!

  56. I love the fact that it has yelp and foursquare, to see reviews for different attractions!

  57. sisam wiener
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    luv the calling feature. thx

  58. Anna H
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    I love the messaging function! That’s pretty cool!!!!

  59. Melanie Montgomery says:

    You can use the apps anywhere!

  60. I like wireless sync, save, and share your favorite destinations and contacts between your SmartGPS, Smartphone and PC. Bookmark locations wherever you are, and your connected devices conveniently share your preferred destinations.
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  61. dawn cook says:

    the gas price updates feature

  62. CANDI doucet says:

    i love all its smart features ….

  63. Colleen Schilinski
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    I like the simple fact that this can get me from point “a” to point “b’ without getting lost, which I do more often than not.

  64. Austin Baroudi
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    The gas prices feature!

  65. Love the idea of keeping it in the car, wireless!

  66. I need this so I won,t get lost

  67. getting me correctly where I want to go

  68. The planning ahead is such a good one for me.

  69. Getting me to right place at the right time!!!

  70. I love Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera alerts!

  71. amybelle2001
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    I like the integration with the iphone. Finally!

  72. Danielle Papsis
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    I like the wireless syncing feature.

  73. K.Pugh
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    I love that you can look up the best gas prices
    Thanks for the chance

  74. text message feature

  75. Cindy S.
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    I like that I can plan ahead on my iPhone and then send the destinations directly to the SmartGPS in my car!

  76. Amy Otrosinka
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    I like the feature that shows you Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates.

  77. Sydney D says:

    Traffic alerts!

  78. Helen May
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    I travel a lot with work and it’s hard sometimes to find the grocery stores or some place to eat. It would be a big help to find these things quickly and easily. thanks.

  79. I like that is can send pre written text messages

  80. I like that it can show you traffic delays.

  81. I really like them all, especially leaving a message so you aren’t distracted while driving.

  82. CA Scott says:

    My daughter just got a job as a postal carrier and doesn’t have a very good sense of direction so anyone that can get her home!!

  83. Terri C. McMillan says:

    Traffic Alerts

  84. Amy Osborn says:

    The map feature is my favorite.

  85. Finding my way from one place to another.

  86. Amy Heffernan
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    LOVE how it shows traffic delays! :D TY!

  87. Marissa M
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    I love the wireless sync!!

  88. Cindi Decker
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    I like the plan ahead feature.

  89. I like that is easy to install and you can use it to find the cheapest gas near by.

  90. the updates on traffic delays,,,,and that No matter what always connected on the go with less worries….THANKS

  91. I like how you can call without picking up great feature

  92. Rae Nelson says:

    L like that’s it’s wifi capable and easy to install!

  93. justin warren
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    I like that you can find the cheapest gas

  94. Erica Saldivar
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    I love the fact that it can also look for the best gas prices, find local restaurants, search for points of interest and more. Can come in super handy!

  95. Megan Cromes
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    i to like the fact it shows where delays are..ty;)

  96. Brandi Price says:

    I like the wireless sync!

  97. Angel Wolf says:

    Since I’m going to college, I really like that it tells you where there are delays. That will be great for when I start off at least so I know where it’s going to be backed up anytime I leave. Everything around my school is about 20 minutes out and I don’t want to end up late to my classes!

  98. Glenna F
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    The wireless sync feature would be nice.

  99. Tally H. says:

    I like that it has wifi. How cool!

  100. carol roberts
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    Wireless Sync is my feature i like most

  101. Sara Floyd says:

    I like gas prices and traffic alerts

  102. I like wireless

  103. Lisa Littleton says:

    gas prices and traffic delays are awesome!!

  104. jessica hager
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    Wireless Sync feature

  105. Doris Calvert
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    I like the maps and the sync feature

  106. Nadene Adams says:

    I’m most excited about the wireless sync. That is awesome that it can update itself from my driveway.

  107. veronica baker says:

    The best feature(s) for me would be the Traffic Delay and gas Price updates feature

  108. Nikki Elkins says:

    I love the wireless sync. traffic jam notifications too!

  109. Holly C
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    I like the planning ahead and wireless sync features!

  110. Lucy Lopez says:

    I like that you can send selected destinations and contacts from your smartphone to the SmartGPS.

  111. Julie D says:

    Besides it being able to get me where I want to go, I like the wireless sync.

  112. Robin Blankenship says:

    planning ahead feature

  113. Jessica A. says:

    I like the traffic delay and gas features!

  114. I like that it is wireless sync!

  115. Wow! This looks like it would be simple to use and be much more reliable than the TomTom I have.

  116. Lacey Burd says:

    I love that you can check gas prices with it

  117. Love it ALL! But if I have to choose, I would say the traffic feature.

  118. Michelle Tucker says:

    I like that it gives updated Fuel Prices and traffic updates.

  119. The gas price calculator is pretty handy.
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  120. Mary Williams says:

    I love that it tells you about gas prices, weather, red light cameras and the best parking!

  121. The gas price feature is my favorite

  122. Tara Gauthier
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    I like that it is wifi capable

  123. Marilyn says:

    I like the gas price feature and that it’s wifi capable!

  124. Heather Adams says:

    I like searching for points of interest and finding the cheapest gas.

  125. I love that it is WiFi capable! Our old GPS needs to be updated but we never remember to take it out of the vehicle.
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  126. Charisma says:

    I like the traffic feature!

  127. Jessica
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    I love the thought of traffic alerts…how awesome!!!

  128. Vanessa McPherson says:

    I love how interactive this is!

  129. That is like a computer and take it with you anywhere

  130. misty farmer
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    There is so many good features, but my favorite would be the traffic alerts! How awesome, I would never get lost again!

  131. Denise Donaldson says:

    I like the syncing feature

  132. Laurie Griffith
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    Love that it tells you special deals at the restaurants!

  133. Christianne says:

    wireless sync

  134. Dale H.
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    The WiFi capability which lets the GPS update wireless

  135. Coleen M. says:

    Looking for the best gas prices, especially this time of year!

  136. Heather L. says:

    I love the syncing between all wireless devices!

  137. Martha Favillo says:

    This looks like it is very easy to read!

  138. Sue Ellison
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    I like that I can sync it with my iPhone

  139. Hand free so love that!

  140. Love the hands free!

  141. The feature with gas prices

  142. This is just all around great

  143. Laura Miller
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    I love the wireless sync!!!

  144. Debra G.
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    wi-fi and traffic info

  145. Tiffany
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    I like the wireless sync and traffic alerts

  146. Jessica Parent
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    autoupdates

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