Magellan CrossoverGPS - GPS Devices: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
Magellan CrossoverGPS - GPS Devices: Reviews

   Photo: Mark Wiens

1. Eliminate extra gadgets: The Crossover is the first unit on the market with outdoor, marine, and advanced vehicle capabilities all crammed into a single lightweight unit. Even with the broad functions, the Crossover is simple to use, thanks to an intuitive, icon-based menu system paired with one of the largest (3.5 inches) and clearest screens we've seen. In other words, the do-it-all age has finally arrived.

2. Menu navigation works directly through the touch screen, so there's no need to remember which button does what. We found our way through several cities before we even bothered to crack the owner's manual. There's a detour feature that helps you re-route around traffic jams and—our favorite—a simulator mode that lets you plug in departure and destination info, and then preview the route being "driven" onscreen.

3. Off the dashboard, the Crossover is up for mellow backcountry trips, thanks to wilderness-friendly features like eight to ten hours of battery life, a simple backtrack function, and a 1.5GB internal memory loaded with North American topo (and street) maps. Plus, with its media-specific SD memory-card slot (cards sold separately) and earphone jack, it doubles as a digital audio player and portable photo album.

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