(Actual Size Shown Above)
The 2006 Magellan Roadmate 2000 is a touch-screen
GPS navigation unit for use in any car. It is the
simplest of the Roadmate Series products in relation to it's big
brothers the 2200T, 3000T, 3050T, and the 6000T. It is equipped
with a color touch-screen display, built-in battery, turn-by-turn
visual and voice guidance, built-in maps, Sirfstar III chipset,
pre-loaded points of interest, detour features, and multiple
destination routing. The 2000 calculates your estimated time
to destination, speed, your long/lat, elevation, time to your
destination, and information on the satellites to which your system is
linked. It allows you to set the volume of the voice guide, the
brightness of the screen, the strength of the zoom on the map, or
switch the units of measure between miles/feet and kilometers/meters.
You may mark your current destination, route to a specific
address or intersection, to your "Home," or to points of interest near
your location such as schools, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs,
and airports, to name a few. By touching the GPS icon on the map
page, you may see to which satellites you are linked, their positions,
and strenths. The Trip Computer feature tells you
the average speed, total trip time, drive time, and total trip
distance. The Trip Planner will route you between several
addresses in sequence if you like to plan out your trip in detail.
Unit at a Glance
On the right side, there is a headphone jack as well as the outlet for
the power source. The left side (pictured above) has
a data card slot, a reset switch, and a hold button, which allows
you to temporarily disable the touch screen during a route.
The installation consists of attaching the suction cup of the custom mount and finding a place to attach it on your car.
Pick a spot where it does not block your vision of the road and provides good access to the unit. Once the mount location is
determined you need only to route the power cable from the cigarette lighter to the unit and it is fully ready to go. It can also be
used as a portable unit with its built-in battery but it is too large to be a reasonable handheld.
List of General Features
Features at a Glance
- Map - makes the map appear on the display screen.
- Street Address - allows you to search for a specific address by City, ZipCode, or by the name of a Previous City which was searched.
- POI (Points of Interest) - search
the basic points of interest or those which are 'Around the Exit.' Then,
search by Name or the Nearest POIs. The screen following narrows
down the search even further by searching for POIs in relation to your
Current Position, Nearby City Center, Nearby Airport, or Nearby Address.
- Home - allows you to set the position of your home and route directly to it at any time.
- Address Book - search through saved addresses by Previous Destinations, Favorites, view a List of all Addresses, or Create a New Entry to save for future use.
- Intersection - search for a specific intersection by entering the city name, street names, and zip code of your destination.
- Trip Computer - calculates
the average speed, total trip time, drive time, and total trip distance
of your trip. You may also save the details from any trip to
compare them at a later time.
- Trip Planner - create a new multiple destination trip or edit, delete, or rename a previous trip.
routing to any position or address is very easy to do. After choosing
your destination using the above features, the Roadmate 2000
asks you how you would like to route yourself there.
You may choose from: Shortest Time, Shortest Distance, Most Use
of Freeways, or Least Use of Freeways. It will even route you around any toll booths along the
way if you so choose. Furthermore, if you make a wrong turn or if you know of a
"shortcut," etc... it will automatically re-route you to your
destination in relation to where you strayed from the course it
chose for you. For example, if you are on course to go to a
museum in Atlanta but you want to stop at a gas station or a restaurant
on the way, the Roadmate 2000 will compensate for your choices with it's SmartDetour technology.
||Cancelling a Route -
to cancel the current route which you are on, simply press the Menu button
and select "Cancel Route" from the on-screen options. This is a feature,
which, strangely enough, is not an option on some of the higher end
models of the Roadmate Series. You may also select "Re-Route" if you would like to add
another Point of Interest or take another path to your destination.
||Marking Your Position -
you may mark your current position and name it as you like by touching the
horizontal, light-blue bar located at the top of the Map screen. This will
show you your direction, speed, long/lat, and elevation. The 2000 will then
store the address in your Address Book for use at a later time.
||Accessing the GPS Information Screen -
by touching the GPS icon located at the top-right of the Map screen, you
may access the strength and position of each of the satellites in your area.
(Above: The GPS Status Screen can be accessed by touching
the satellite signal in the upper right corner of the screen.)
There are many options on the Roadmate 2000 which
allow you to customize the way you view the screen, the way you use the
unit, and so forth. Listed below are the elements which can be
changed. Making the changes is quite simple and self-explanatory,
so I will not go into great detail on how to perform the actions
step-by-step. (If you have trouble with any of the options of the
Roadmate 2000, please see the links at the bottom of the review which
will link you directly to the Magellan website.)
As you can see above, the menu screens which allow
you to change the options are easy to use and understand. Listed
below are the menu headings and what elements of the Roadmate 2000 they
allow you to alter:
- POI Selection - choose
which Points Of Interest show up on your map screen. Various
symbols represent the points, such as a knife and fork symbol for a
restaurant or a gas pump for a gas station. Available points of
- restaurants, banks/ATMs, gas stations,
vehicle service stations, hotels, city centers, car rentals,
airports, border crossings, amusement parks, bus stations, businesses,
casinos, city halls, civic/community centers, commuter rail stations,
court houses, exhibition centers, ferry terminals, golf courses,
grocery stores, universities/colleges, historical monuments,
hospitals/polyclinics, libraries, marinas, museums, 'park and rides',
parking garages, parking lots, parks, performing arts centers, police
stations, rest areas, schools, shopping districts, ski resorts, sports
complexes, tourist attractions, tourist information centers, train
stations, and wineries.
- Address Book Options - allows
you to clear all the addresses, clear all the favorites, or clear the previous address which was entered.
- Map Options - choose between a 2D
or 3D map, switch your heading between 'up' and 'north,' or turn off/on Auto
TrueView or Split TrueView.
- Select Map Color - turn off/on Auto
Night Mode or manually switch between the day screen and night screen.
- choose from default (blue/white), high contrast (black/grey), night
(light black/grey), black & white, paper map (white/cream),
wild (yellow/green), pretty (purple/cream), cool blue (light blue/blue),
or fire (red/orange).
- Route Preferences - turn off/on the Automatic
- Detour Options - set the detour mode to 3-mile,
5-mile, 10-mile, or customize your own distance, or turn off/on the automatic detour option.
- Simulator Mode - sets the features of the simulator
mode, which shows you the route which the 2000 sets for you. This option is particularly
useful, as it shows you the route to your destination ahead of time so you can know what
to expect along the road.
- Menu Colors - choose between default
(blue/yellow/white), pastel (navy/light green/pink), forest (dark
green/orange/light blue), or desert (brown/red/light green).
- Tone Options - sets a bell, chime, or a beep
to sound when an action is to be made in accordance with your specific route.
- GPS Options - gives you precise statistics on
the strength of your GPS signal, or manually set the GPS position.
- Backup and Restore - backup your current data
to a data card or restore data from a data card which was lost.
The System Settings screen on the Magellan Roadmate 2000 gives you the following options listed below from which to choose.
There is also a "?" symbol present in the lower left-hand corner of the screen which directs you to a "Contact Us" button
that displays Magellan's contact numbers in the United States, Canada, and even Europe. Their website is listed here as well.
- Volume - adjusts the volume of the voice which navigates you to your destination.
- Brightness - adjusts
the brightness of the screen and controls the On-battery dimming
feature which saves energy by dimming the screen when not in direct use.
- Power - sets the Auto-Power Off feature which
shuts the Roadmate 2000 down in order to save energy when not in use.
- Language - this setting would allow you
to change the language of the instructions and directions, but with this model, only English is offered.
- Unit of Measure - choose between Miles/Feet or
- Product Information - displays the Model Name
(Roadmate), Model Number (2000), Security # (a 12-digit number unique to each unit),
the Firmware Version (1.08), and the Hardware Version (1). Also displays the
OS Version (1.13), SH Version (1.14), and the Navigator Version (1.08).
- Diagnostics - tests the capability of and
calibrates the Audio, Video, and Touchscreen components of the Roadmate 2000.
Criticisms and Suggestions
This unit works quite
well and is generally very easy to figure out in no time. The simple on-screen
icons and instructions are very basic and understandable. And although
it is a bit bulky in size, it easily snaps out of its holster for
portable use. Setting the unit up in your car can be troublesome
as well, as the suction cup and arm which holds it in place is quite
large. (If you live in California or Kansas it is illegal to attach
the unit to your windshield.) It is possible to mount it onto or into
your dashboard, but I decided against it since there is not much free
space in my car's central console. The satellites linked up pretty fast
and as expected took a little bit longer when I powered on the unit in
a new place or if I was moving while it was searching for the satellites.
A manual for this product is not included with the purchase and must be
downloaded from the Magellan website
The audible directions are pleasant and do a great
job of describing the road ahead, but the routes that it creates aren't
always totally reliable. For instance, I was routed thirty minutes out
of the way when I took a trip to see my friend because the road which
makes for the quickest route wasn't a part of the Roadmate 2000's
pre-loaded maps. But overall, the routes are great, especially if you
are in a downtown city setting, as the unit will display the names
of even the smallest side-streets--that is, if you are in the right city.
The rural roads are not as detailed, as stated above, so the routes
are not always the "shortest time" or "shortest distance" to your destination,
but it gets you there nonetheless. The Points-Of-Interest features work
great as well when you need to find a gas station or a restaurant, but
because of new store openings and changes in certain roads, the list becomes
limited. It also shows you the fastest routes between familiar places and works
fantastic in areas with which you are unfamiliar. However, all of the optional
accessories are quite expensive, with none of them being available for less
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