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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.