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Slick Magellan smartGPS 5390 gives traffic and fuel pricing without a subscription

Mar 28 2014, 10:38am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

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Slick Magellan smartGPS 5390 gives traffic and fuel pricing without a subscription

Connectivity uses your smartphone and an app

Magellan is one of the older names in GPS, even if it isn't as popular as some of the other names out there like Garmin. Magellan has unveiled a new smart connected GPS device aimed at drivers that want connectivity on the go. The GPS device is called the SmartGPS 5390. The device will provide all sorts of connected features with no monthly or yearly contract to maintain.

The connected features include traffic, weather reports, gas prices, and Yelp reviews of local restaurants. The connectivity for those features is supported via an app that runs on a smartphone. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

The connectivity with the smartphone also allows the GPS to warn drivers of red light camera systems. The app supports the iPhone 4S and up and most Android devices.

The downside I see here is that the app running on your smartphone will certainly reduce its battery life. Depending on how much data the app uses, it could also put you into overages with your carrier. The GPS device will ship this month for $299.99.

The social reviews via Yelp and Foursquare are an interesting way to determine if a restaurant you aren't familiar with is worth trying out while on the road. There are other GPS devices out there that offer this sort of connected information, but most require a subscription.

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