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Magellan and Mercedes duke it out.

My Magellan car navigation system went head to head with my Mercedes navigator and the latter was knocked out in the first round. Actually the MB didn't suffer a KO right away; but, its first driving instruction asked me to go the wrong way on a one way street and it followed that with telling me to make an illegal left turn.

For the better part of two hours I simultaneously tested both machines over the same route. Even though the software in the MB is newer than that in the Magellan the latter machine out performed the MB in almost every category.

1) The Magellan screen was always pointed in the direction that you were going while the MB arrow always pointed north even if the car was going south.

2) The Magellan screen was clearer and offered more details...like street names.

3) The Magellan told the real driving distance between A and B while the MB gave the how-the-bird-flies distance.

4) The Magellan gave you choices (shortest, fastest, most freeways, no freeways) while the MG did not.

5) The Magellan took my car to the exact address while the MB took my car to the street.

6) Both voices were feminine; but the MB voice sounded like that of a dungeon queen: I could see her dressed in black leather.

7) The Magellan can be moved from car to car.

8) The MB does not hog my cigarette lighter.
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RE: Magellan and Mercedes duke it out.

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My Magellan car navigation system went head to head with my Mercedes navigator and the latter was knocked out in the first round. Actually the MB didn't suffer a KO right away; but, its first driving instruction asked me to go the wrong way on a one way street and it followed that with telling me to make an illegal left turn.

For the better part of two hours I simultaneously tested both machines over the same route. Even though the software in the MB is newer than that in the Magellan the latter machine out performed the MB in almost every category.

1) The Magellan screen was always pointed in the direction that you were going while the MB arrow always pointed north even if the car was going south.

2) The Magellan screen was clearer and offered more details...like street names.

3) The Magellan told the real driving distance between A and B while the MB gave the how-the-bird-flies distance.

4) The Magellan gave you choices (shortest, fastest, most freeways, no freeways) while the MG did not.

5) The Magellan took my car to the exact address while the MB took my car to the street.

6) Both voices were feminine; but the MB voice sounded like that of a dungeon queen: I could see her dressed in black leather.

7) The Magellan can be moved from car to car.

8) The MB does not hog my cigarette lighter.
I'm surprised, my navi do well, you may have to consult your dealership about your navi. Good luck

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Opps... I meant the the top of the screen on the MB navigator aways pointed north; not the arrow.
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How does the navi on the S do?

The S-Class navi does pretty good, at least it did for us.

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RE: Magellan and Mercedes duke it out.

The new Magellan / Garmin units are so good and so compact that they make in-dash units almost needless. I can take my wife's unit from car-to-car, and even get maps for marine use.

And all that for $400.
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RE: Magellan and Mercedes duke it out.

Hey Corky, some of those things you mention are user-selectable with the Mercedes NAV... e.g. which way the display is oriented, whether you want to avoid tolls, etc etc.. look in the manual..

Also.. that dungeon queen remark, is that a pos or a neg [:I]

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The new Magellan / Garmin units are so good and so compact that they make in-dash units almost needless. I can take my wife's unit from car-to-car, and even get maps for marine use.

And all that for $400.
I think you are right. The in-dash machines are old.
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Hey Corky, some of those things you mention are user-selectable with the Mercedes NAV... e.g. which way the display is oriented, whether you want to avoid tolls, etc etc.. look in the manual..

Also.. that dungeon queen remark, is that a pos or a neg [:I]
You are probably right....I did not pay that much attention to the manual. Mea culpa!

But, I do like the voice of the subservient girl....
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Today I bought a paper map. Very cool....you can read them in bed or on the can.
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Today I bought a paper map. Very cool....you can read them in bed or on the can.
Heh... I guess they do have their advantages, but I'm a real NAV convert. I never have the announcements turned up, I just leave the map dispay on. Works!
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