The Good The Magellan CrossoverGPS offers navigation for drivers, boaters, and walkers. The unit is also water resistant and comes with a sport guard for protection. The receiver did a great job of tracking our location, and driving directions were accurate.
The Bad General performance was sluggish, and the unit was slow to recalculate routes. It's also too big and heavy to carry on long walks or hikes, and you can't enter specific addresses in Outdoor mode.
The Bottom Line The Magellan CrossoverGPS is a versatile GPS, offering navigation help to drivers, boaters, and walkers, but it's tripped up by sluggish performance.
There are a variety of uses for GPS devices--in the car, on a boat, on foot, geocaching--but it's rare to find one device that can do it all. The Magellan CrossoverGPS is one of the first portable navigation systems we've seen to tackle all modes of transport, and it does so in a neat and affordable package. It's got a rugged design to withstand some of nature's elements, and it offers text-to-speech functionality, a voyage tracker, a compass, and other tools. However, it also has its downfalls. First, general performance was a bit sluggish, as were route recalculations. Plus, it's too big to carry on long treks, and you can't enter specific addresses in Outdoor mode, limiting its use for navigating city streets on foot. As such, serious hikers and boaters will be better served by a dedicated device, but if you're on a budget and need a versatile but basic GPS unit, the CrossoverGPS can fill those tracks. The Magellan CrossoverGPS is available now for $499.99.
Designed to work in the car, on foot, or on a boat or bicycle, the Magellan CrossoverGPS has a nice portable form factor, measuring 3.4 inches high by 4.2 inches wide by 1.1 inches deep and weighing 9.4 ounces. Plus, it's prepared to weather some of nature's elements as it meets IPX-4 standards, which essentially means it's water resistant, and comes with a removable rubber sport guard that covers the perimeter of the unit to protect it from dust or any possible drops. All that said, we're not completely convinced this is the ideal device for hikers. It's too large and heavy to comfortably walk around with for extended periods of time, so serious trekkers are better off with a dedicated handheld outdoor GPS device.
The CrossoverGPS features a 3.5-inch, color touch screen that's readable in various lighting conditions, including sunlight. While the maps and text are clear and colorful, the unit's interface is outdated, with its 80s-looking icons and primitive look. Are we being superficial? Perhaps, but as we noted in the RoadMate 2200T review, we want our tech to look good inside and out, especially in this day and age. Despite these complaints, the menus are functional and easy to understand, and fortunately, Magellan has updated the interface with its newer Maestro series.
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