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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.
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.
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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)
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