Discovering More with Magellan SmartGPS

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As much as I love a good road trip, I am very bad with directions. I absolutely can’t drive off without one.  Now, there are GPS units.. and then there are GPS’s like the new Magellan SmartGPS ($250 at Best Buy) which takes destination awareness to a new level.  What is the magic? Their new unit can actually work in conjunction with your smartphone. It’s absolutely amazing stuff. The technology is just mind blowing, get ready to discover more, find the best gas prices and even find deals for local establishments.

Magellan SmartGPS

The new Magellan GPS has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that can be connected through your home or public service. You’ll be able to synchronize data between the GPS and your PC.  Perhaps one of the most incredible features of this nifty little GPS is that it has built-in Bluetooth, which enables you to get fuel pricing, traffic light camera information and weather when you “pair” the SmartGPS to your smartphone. Can you believe it?

Social Media meets GPS?

When traveling in unknown territory, it’s hard to know what restaurant to eat at or the skinny on where to go. But, no longer. Easily find reviews, content and real time information through the GPS for both Yelp  and  Foursquare.

Another awesome feature: It has wireless back-up camera compatibility! You can use the Magellan SmartGPS in conjunction with your back-up camera for better viewing.

Free SmartGPS Companion Apps Make it Happen

When you purchase the SmartGPS, it includes free SmartGPS companion apps for either the Android or the iOS. The app allows you to make trip plans on your cellphone and sent them to the GPS unit. It will also be what allows you to connect and have access to Yelp and Foursquare.  You’ll also be able to use pedestrian mode on your smartphone when you are on foot. Pretty sweet!

Surprisingly, I found the new SmartGPS is really easy to get up and running right out of the box. You can charge via USB or with the car charger which is incorporated into the holder. There is a tutorial video that you can watch right on the unit which I found particularly helpful and convenient. I had no trouble gearing up and putting this little clever travel gadget to good use.

When I first opened the box, I definitely never would have guessed that saving money would be a part of what this GPS has to offer. Being able to find fuel pricing and getting local deals is definitely an added perk. I am beyond impressed. With all of our summer travel plans, this bad boy will be a very welcomed side kick.

Do you 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. Enter to win here!

BUY IT! Want more info on the Magellan SmartGPS? Visit the Magellan GPS website. The unit can be purchased for $250 at Best Buy.

We have a special treat for you here at Adventure Yum! We are giving away a Magellan SmartGPS right here to one lucky winner! This is our first giveaway, so we are super excited!

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PRIZE: One winner will receive a Magellan SmartGPS (ARV $250)

-Giveaway is open to US Residents, 18+
-Giveaway ends on 07/17/2013 at midnight EST
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  1. Margaret Smith says:

    There’s so many times I can use a GPS. I have no sense of direction and often get lost. Even my kids tease me. What I’d love this for most of all is when I need to drop or pick my kids up from some of their friends home. I’m embarrassed having to ask parents for directions.

  2. Angela Kinder says:

    We definitely could have used a GPS last year on Thanksgiving. We went out of town to see Nature in Lights on Fort Hood, and thanks to Google directions, we got sooooo lost! We ended up in a seedy part of town to ask for directions and they had no clue what we were talking about. We finally got back on the main road and found someone who knew where we were going. We were only a few blocks away.

  3. Katie K says:

    could’ve used a gps when moving from DC to AZ!

  4. Cynthia C says:

    I learned the smart GPS can search for fuel prices. That could save a lot of money on a trip.

  5. Jemima P says:

    I love the social aspect. We are often driving around in unfamiliar areas and need help finding a place to eat.

  6. Pat Babcock says:

    I could have used a GPS the last time we went to Biloxi – would have helped us to find the casinos more easily.

  7. Tanya White says:

    We are driving to Chicago in 6 months i can really use this then.

  8. Christine says:

    the smart GPS can search for fuel prices

  9. Karen M says:

    My husband could have used the Magellan GPS when he picked me up from the airport. He made a wrong turn and ended up in an industrial area. He said he could see the planes taking off and landing and see the control tower but had no idea how to get there. I waited about 30 minutes for him to find his way.

  10. Adam Crayton says:

    My uncle wanted me to go to a family reunion with him but all he had was an address and he led me to believe he knew how to get there so I had to buy a map and physically find the address in the middle of Georgia.

  11. I could have really use a GPS when I got lost on the highway on my way to a job interview.

  12. Jessica Carnaggio says:

    I could have used a GPS when I got lost in Baltimore city!

  13. Chrystal D says:

    I could have used it traveling from PA to NC the one time…took a wrong turn & ended up an hour out of my way!

  14. Denise B. says:

    Years ago, we were trying to find a restaurant during our travels. We had an address and exit number but could not find it. So, we gave up.

  15. Annmarie says:

    I could use this when I visit friends and family in other states.

  16. Theresa Jenkins says:

    we could of use this when we were going through the Poconos on race day…detour!!!!

  17. brandy g. says:

    I learned that u can search for the best gas prices on the GPS.

  18. I learned that you can get Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates.

  19. kwcoaster says:

    I love Magellan SmartGPS they are the best out there

  20. smart GPS can search for fuel prices.

  21. ginette4 says:

    I could of used one today, I was so lost and getting directions was a nightmare, some people have no clue on how to give directions or they were messing with me, I wan’t laughing I tell ya

  22. Allison Wilson says:

    I really could have used this when I got lost driving to a first date!!

  23. One time my mom and I were driving around a city in Virginia and were trying to use the mapquest directions we had printed to go to Red Lobster. Following the directions exactly we ended up at a University lol. I could have used the Magellan Gps then.

  24. I hate driving in unfamiliar cities. I got lost in one about a hundred miles from home and had no way to figure it out. All I could do was literally follow along the roads alongside a river that I knew eventually would lead home. It took me hours. I could have used Magellan then.

  25. Daniel M says:

    could have used it when I went to a Boston Computer Society meeding, got totally lost

  26. fuel prices!! Smart gps is epic 😛

  27. s riches says:

    I learned that the 350H GPS has over 30 hunt specific waypoints

  28. Monica I says:

    I really could have used this the last time mapquest took me somewhere way out of the way to make my daughter late for practice…

  29. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I love the detailed information this gives. I also love that it looks easy to read. And, wow–I could use GPS almost any time I go out right now, because we have just moved to a new city.

  30. This would really come in handy and save me from getting lost all the time 🙂

  31. Speaking of which, I just got lost last night, taking my daughter to a new physician… 30 minutes late, but I didn’t mind too much 🙂

  32. shaunie says:

    I ran out of gas in a new town (and boy this was when I really needed it) and the town was not the safest.

  33. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the Magellan Beanbag Mount accessory!

  34. Susan Smith says:

    I could have used this yesterday when I went to a find a new Dr I had been referred to.

  35. Sarah Cool says:

    I learned that the gps can search for fuel prices which can help you save money 🙂 Love it!!!

  36. kathy pease says:

    From your couch or on the go, you can discover and select new destinations from Yelp and Foursquare recommendations, automatically delivered to your smartphone.

  37. We could have used this last week. My grandson was in a little league all star tournament and the game was in a little town out in the boondocks. We liked to never found the ball fields. We finally had to stop and ask at a gas station. Google maps had it all wrong.

  38. Melissa B. says:

    We could have used this a month ago when we were visiting a family member’s church in another state.

  39. crystal smith says:

    I have a horrible sense of direction and get lost super easy and can think of many times where a GPS like this would have come in handy. One particular time though was while I was traveling from WI to IL and got lost in the last hour of the trip- had to stop and ask for directions multiple times- kind of embarrassing lol



  41. i love the features like Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates. I would use these all the time

  42. allyson becker says:

    I like that you can save your favorite locations.

  43. I could have used this last week when we were lost in the mountains.

  44. I would have loved this when I first started driving over 45 years ago…but it wasn’t invented yet.

  45. Macaria says:

    I really could have used the Magellan GPS driving through Los Angeles the first few times!

  46. Mike Bratek says:

    We go all over the country for my step-daughter. She is rollerskating dance competitions from regional to national, so this would definately come in handy when driving to new locations!

  47. I could have used it this past weekend when I got lost in PA

  48. I like that this GPS is ‘truly mobile’.

  49. Barbara S says:

    I could have used this last year when my husband & I were coming back from Atlantic City and we got lost down a murder death road & wound up in the swamps of Jersey at 3am NOT GOOD AT ALL!

  50. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I could have used this when I visiting my friend in New Hampshire last week

  51. ellen casper says:

    I like the ability to sync your wireless devices

  52. Diane F says:

    We can use the GPS when we travel on our family trips. i love the gas station and finding places to eat feature.

  53. Nicole Carter says:

    I just learned it has little coupons down below when you type in a place to discover! How cool is that!

  54. kim johnston says:

    I could have used a gps like this when I was in downtown Detroit and the map that was given to me said to turn the wrong way down a one way street! That was fun trying to get out of that predicament. LOL

  55. jennifer S says:

    Oh, I could have used the GPS last weekend on the motorcycle. we went too far north and then got stuck in the rain. Had to find a way to get back….and our cell phones died !

  56. latanya says:

    You can Receive powerful and practical information while on the road like: Fuel Prices, Traffic Alerts, Red Light Camera Alerts, Best Parking and local Weather Updates.

  57. I could have really used a GPS the night I was driving home late at night. There was a fire along the route I normally traveled and had to take a detour onto roads I had never traveled before.

  58. Courtnie Miller says:

    I can use the GPS for when I am going to job interviews and need help getting there!

  59. Janet F says:

    Wirelessly sync, save, and share your favorite destinations and contacts between your SmartGPS, Smartphone and PC.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  60. Lyndsey R. says:

    I learned that while traveling on major roads the speed limit for the road you are
    on is displayed. When you have exceeded the posted speed limit,
    the speed limit icon will have a red warning halo. That is pretty awesome!!!!

    lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

  61. Brad Merrell says:

    I’d use this basically every time I leave the house

  62. My teenage daughter got lost trying to find a restaurant the other day. She was late for a job interview. Time to get a Magellan for her car.

  63. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Pretty much anytime I leave the house I could use a GPS! I wish I was kidding… I have this terrible sense of direction. One time, a friend and I took a long weekend vacation to go to Ocean City, New Jersey (this was at least 12 years ago when GPS wasn’t something most ppl had). We used the “old fashioned maps and it ended up taking us 12 hours to get there. I live in northwestern PA, it should have taken us about 6 to 7 hours!!!

  64. I sadly got lost last week because of a detour

  65. Lisa Fonseca says:

    We could have used this to go out of town recently. We ended up going way further than we needed to lol.

  66. I could have used this about a month ago when I had to take my son to Pittsburgh. This would have been perfect!!

  67. Jeff Legg says:

    You can wirelessly sync, save, and share your favorite destinations and contacts between your SmartGPS, Smartphone and PC. How cool is that!

  68. Jeff Legg says:

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  69. Susana Zerega-Higuera says:

    I like that you can wirelessly sync info from your cell or computer to the device and all the extra features like red light alerts and traffic alerts.

  70. Blessie Nelson says:

    I could have used this when lost my way travelling to a new city

  71. A few years ago we traveled down to Kentucky for a job, we had never been that far from MN before and it was a nightmare. Would have been nice to know exactly where we were going.

  72. Richard Hicks says:

    We could have really used a gps like this on our last trip to Atlanta. It would have made our trip much easier!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  74. Kathleen M Smith says:

    I could really have used a GPS when I was looking at schools to decide which one would be best. I never did find one of them, even though I stopped and asked for directions.

  75. Whitney Lindeman says:

    We could have reeeeally used this in Hawaii!

  76. I could get lost in a paper bag, I need something like this anytime I am driving someplace new for the first time.

  77. laurie nykaza says:

    trying to find a shop in LA and couldn’t this would of helped so much and cut down the time it took us to find it

  78. Lucy Lopez says:

    We really could have used a GPS when we took a trip from Florida to Tennessee. We got lost in the mountains for 2 hours trying to find the cabin we were staying at.

  79. Wendi S says:

    I was taking the boys to a Christmas light show. It was at a campground called Mr. B’s. One of my boys has autism so there are very little events we can all do together. Sitting in a car and driving through a light display was something we could do together safely. I was thrilled I left here at 530 pm they were opened until 830 pm. It was suppose to be approximately a 30 minute drive according to an online direction service. I drove according to the map I was given. As it turns out the road I was to make a right turn on dead ended. I drove around trying to figure it out myself,waited in a gas station for someone who looked like they weren’t going to kills us so I could get directions. Finally realized I needed gas (Good thing I was at a gas station) finally I was told the road split and I needed to pick it up on the other side of the highway! Are you kidding? At 8:20 pm I arrived, the kids were barely awake and it was beautiful. They all said it was nice but it was just to far away!! LOL

  80. Lucy Lopez says:

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  81. Geoff K says:

    I could have used this GPS when I moved from the midwest to Vermont and ended up getting lost in the middle of a state forest in New Hampshire!

  82. ugh! i coulda used a gps when mine got stolen a few weeks back and i had to take the hubby to bham airport, well they are doing roadwork on I20 so the way i had to come back was closed and the detour signs werent clear and i ended up in the hood, trippin. seriously.

  83. Melissa says:

    A smart GPS can let you know fuel prices in the area

  84. Trisha B. says:

    I learned that you can wirelessly sync, save, and share your favorite destinations and contacts between your SmartGPS, Smartphone and PC. Bookmark locations wherever you are.

  85. Vickie H. says:

    Got lost in Chattanooga, Tennessee going down one-way streets…there’s too many of them!

  86. I could have used a gps like this, when I was only an hour away from home. I was in this little town that had a lot of road that were one way, and I was on a road going the wrong way, then I got turned around and drove and drove and I was so lost, I didn’t have a clue where I was or what direction I was going, there were no stores around, just corn fields, I was kinda freaked, so I called someone familiar with the area, and once I got to a road sign, they were able to guide me out to where I needed to be. Spooky!

  87. Elena Vo says:

    I could have really used a Magellan when I was delivering my friend’s birthday cake to her sister’s house for the birthday party. I got lost and almost missed the party because of it!

  88. Debbie Petch says:

    I hike a lot so I would feel so much safer if I have a Magellan SmartGPS.

  89. I learned you can wirelessly sync your smartphone and GPS

  90. Vicki D. says:

    There have been so many times I could have used a GPS. It seems like when I go to someplace, or a new city, I get lost. The last time I can remember is when a friend and I were going to a different town. We were visiting and realized we were way past our exit. Luckily, we saw a city truck, stopped and asked them directions, and they knew exactly where we should go.

  91. I like a lot about it but I also like the Go Social feature. To be able to get reviews, ratings and deals wherever and whenever is a really cool and helpful feature.

  92. Buddy Garrett says:

    I could have used it on many occasions. Once I couldn’t find the business I wanted to put an empoyment at.

  93. Sarah L says:
  94. Sarah L says:

    Could have used the GPS when we were on vacation – but we kept saying ‘we’re having an adventure’!
    Thanks for the contest.

  95. I learned that you can get real-time information about weather alerts, traffic problems, and red light camera notifications. Very cool!

  96. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I would love a GPS for my car. I learned you can use and plan ahead using this GPS anywhere. Thanks for having this contest.

  97. Brandi Price says:

    Lord, when am I NOT lost and needing something like this!?

  98. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned you can Let the Yelp and Foursquare communities help you find your next favorite hot-spot.

  99. We could have used one of these to try to find the Bethel Mines in Maine we love rockhounding and just couldn’t find it

  100. shirley says:

    Learned- Wherever you are, send selected destinations and contacts from your smartphone to your SmartGPS. Once in the car, the information is automatically synced to your SmartGPS.

    Could use this when I go anywhere, well maybe not the grocery store, but everywhere else.

  101. Kelly Amos says:

    I learned I can wireless Sync the GPS to my Smartphone and PC! 🙂

  102. Christian Alejandro says:

    Whenever my sister has me visit her or meet up somewhere.. I could really use this.

  103. Jayne Cameron says:

    There are many times I could use a GPS. They are always doing construction here and new routes need to be taken and often I get lost.


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