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Magellan RoadMate 2.0 for iPhone (photos)

Magellan updates its RoadMate iPhone app with a new UI and Yelp integration.

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Collapsible menu bar

The RoadMate 2.0 app's info bar can be hidden or displayed at the touch of a button to show as much or as little info as needed and maximize screen real estate.
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Turn-by-turn directions

Of course, the primary function of the RoadMate app is to give turn-by-turn directions, which it does with spoken street names and unobtrusive chimes.
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Connected search

Google Local search and Yelp integration join RoadMate's standard POI database.
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It's full of stars

Yelp search results include user-generated reviews with from one to five stars.
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Routing

Clicking the orange arrow next to a venue takes you to the Route Overview screen, where you can initiate navigation.
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Switch to Yelp?

Tapping the rating triggers a switch to the Yelp app (which is a separate download).
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Yelp app

Yelp's app features more detailed user reviews and info about the venue in question.
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Heading back to RoadMate

If the venue is a restaurant that takes reservations, you can make one using OpenTable. Or, by using iOS' multitasking shortcut, you can return to the RoadMate app.
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Google Local search

Searching with Google allows you to pull local POIs from the search giant's database of destinations.
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Google search result

Google search entries are less detailed than the average Yelp review, but often include user reviews as well.
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OneTouch menu

Yelp and Google searches can be saved to Magellan's OneTouch menu. So if you're a fan of, for example, Ethiopian food, the best local spots can always be at your fingertips.
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Traffic

The RoadMate app also features traffic data, but this feature is (oddly) disabled by default.
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Trip planner

Multiple destinations can be programmed and routed to in sequence. There's even an optimize option that will automatically reorganize a list of destinations for minimal travel time or distance.
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Current location

RoadMate can also store the location of your car, which can be used with pedestrian mode if you forget where you parked.
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iPod integration

You can even control playback of iOS' iPod application from within the app.

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