1. ShaneXman's Avatar
    How's it going guys/gals? I hope everyone is enjoyed their Christmas, and you were surrounded by friends, family and love. Oh yeah, and lots of gifts. LOL

    I just wanted to post up a quick thread about the new Magellan Premium Car Kit for iPhone 3G/3GS or iPod Touch 2G's. This kit is scheduled to be released on January 7th, 2010, but I was fortunate enough to get one on Christmas Eve to break into and show the world. So here's your chance to get a closer look at what to expect when this thing hits the shelves next year. A VERY cool kit with lots of innovative features, and awesome form factor. I will also be posting a followup with a short in-car / in-use video tomorrow sometime. Check back soon. Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

    Link:


    UPDATE:

    Hello again everybody! As promised, here is my In-Car / On-Road Review of the soon to be released Magellan GPS Navigation Premium Car Kit...

    Link:

    If you would like to read the full written review, please refer to Post #2 in this thread (scroll down).




    Last edited by ShaneXman; 12-27-2009 at 10:02 PM.
    12-26-2009 11:46 PM
  2. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Well, as many of you may or may not know, I recently received a pre-release Magellan Premium Car Kit for iPhone 3G/3GS or iPod Touch 2G to test and review. In this review, I will try and address everything I can possibly think of, but inevitably I am bound to miss something. If you come across something that I missed, that you would like me to cover, please feel free to post up and I will try and address it as quickly and accurately as possible. Please keep in mind that my focus is on the Magellan Premium Car Kit, and not the actual navigation app being used. However, just for reference sake, I am currently using the Magellan RoadMate app, so if you have questions regarding the apps functions relating to the actual cradle itself please feel free to ask.

    Because I often place my iPhone 3GS (32GB) on my lap, only to glance down every so often, this dash mount setup was a welcome addition to my navigating experience. Not only is this kit a sturdy means of holding my iPhone (WITH my iSkin Solo FX case on) while driving, but it doubles as a charger, Bluetooth speakerphone, and even enhances my GPS signal.

    After using this unit for a couple days, I have been able to put this kit through the ringer, and hopefully provide the feedback needed to help you guys make a decision in the future.


    Design:

    If I were to judge this book by its cover, I would never have thought that so many useful/innovative features could be packed into such a simple/streamlined looking device. After delving in and examining the kit more thoroughly, various ingenious design elements started jumping out at me.

    The first thing I noticed was the retaining arm, which raises and lowers to accommodate a wide range of case/skin sizes. It doesnt stop there though, there are 2 other component that bring this whole mad scientist scheme together, to work in complete concert and harmony. The rubber back support adjustment block could easily go unnoticed, but this piece makes it a cinch to adjust the gap between the iPhone or iPod Touch and the back of the Premium Car Kit cradle. However, the most important and safety oriented piece of this equation would have to go to the pivoting dock connector. This allows for an effortless and completely safe device insertion and removal, without the risk of breaking the dock connector on either the iPhone/iPod, or the car kit itself. Once mounted, the mount can be rotated for both portrait and lanscape use. After reading several reviews on the TomTom Car Kit, I am lead to believe that this car kit addresses several issues that the TomTom kit is plagued with. Most noteably, this kit has predetermined locations that it clicks into for portrait and landscape viewing. This prevents the unintentional rotation of the iPhone/iPod from a speed bump, pot hole, or turn. Kudos on a superbly designed cradle Magellan.

    After getting over the awe of the actual mounting aspect of the cradle, I noticed several other nifty, but more simplistic features of this kit, including; a 3.5mm audio auxillary output jack, and a Mini-USB power plug for the supplied 12-volt car charger on the right side of the unit, as well as a volume control wheel (for Bluetooth and navigation prompts) on the left side.

    The cradle attaches easily to a suction cup cradle holder, that can either be utilized on its own for non-porous surface mounting (i.e. windshields, etc.), or used in conjunction with the ashesive disc for mounting on nearly any flat surface, porous or not (dash board, console, etc.). I did get a chance to try out both methods, but because I live in California and mounting objects to the windshield is illegal, I chose to mount the unit on my dash. The dash mount seems VERY sturdy, and there is absolutely no worry of the mount going anywhere.


    Features:

    Now onto the unseen, but arguably most important features, including GPS, Bluetooth and power. The reason I say most important, is because at the current price point ($129.99), there has to be compelling reasons why a consumer should consider anteing up for this kit.

    First and foremost, the integrated SiRF Star GPS receiver will not only improve your satellite signal on your iPhone (I tested this), it will add GPS capability to 2G iPod Touchs. Thats pretty awesome if you ask me. You can own a multimedia player, and have satellite navigation on the same device. We truly are in a digital age.

    Although I couldnt get any exact improvement figures on the GPS signal strength, I was able to test it through various navigation apps which provided a clear indication that a decent enhancement was present. On various occasions, I cradled and uncradled my iPhone, and signal bars were lost and gained everytime. With the iPhone docked in the cradle, I never lost a GPS lock, whereas outside the cradle the GPS Signal Lost message would chime in on rare occasions (picking back up almost instantly).

    Bluetooth hands-free calling is pretty much expected with car kits, but Magellan upped the ante with this kit. They have added a full duplex noise cancelling speakerphone, and the ablility to speak wirelessly via Bluetooth connection WITHOUT having the phone docked in the cradle. This means that you can utilize this device with multiple phones, not just iPhones or iPod Touchs. With TomToms kit, the only way to utilize the Bluetooth is when a device is actually docked in the unit. Additionally, I came across a button on the backside of the cradle, which is referred to by Magellan as a multi-function Bluetooth control switch. This button offers the user the convenience of answering calls, rejecting calls, redialing the last number called, activating the voice command feature on the iPhone, and even connecting the Bluetooth to your phone if its not already automatically paired. Pairing is extremely simple. As a matter of fact, when you first plug the car kit in it is automatically placed in discovery mode, and its just a matter of connecting to Magellan Car Kit in the iPhone/iPods Settings Menu. Its that simple.

    The dicreetly placed amplified speaker (located on the bottom of the unit) provides loud and clear sound, not only for calls made via Bluetooth, but for voice guidance as well. Although the sound could stand to be a fraction louder, it is miles above what was being fed to me through my iPhones speaker, and holds it own when dealing with in-car road noise. When listening to music through the built-in iPod entegration, the music is muted and guidance is given, a very nice touch. However, when I pair my phone to my cars integrated Microsoft SYNC system, music pauses/voice guidance can be rather abrupt and jarring. A nice fade-out and fade-in would be a very welcome change for the next update.

    Almost out of necessity the Magellan Premium Car Kit simultaneously charges your device (while docked). Anybody who owns an iPhone with a navigation app will know what I am talking about here, but for those of you who dont know, using GPS and/or a turn-by-turn app will absolutely decimate your battery life if its not constantly plugged in via 12-volt. Prior to this kit, I was utilitzing the built in USB plug in my vehicle, and the battery life on my iPhone would still go down when using my navigation, so the in-car charging is a welcome addition to this kit.

    Lastly, although I am currently using this kit with the Magellan RoadMate for iPhone app, this particular unit can be used with ANY GPS navigation or location based app out there. This is an extremely nice added benefit since many people use various location based apps for numerous purposes. Or even for those navi-holics who have almost every navigation app on the app store.


    Verdict:

    All in all, I would say this car kit is far and away the best option for any iPhone/iPod Touch owner who is looking to consolidate their smartphone with their PND, ESPECIALLY if you have a case or skin.

    According to Magellan, the Premium Car Kit is compatible with any iPhone 3G/3GS or 2G iPod Touch. However, rumor has it that the first generation iPhone is also compatible. I will try and get my hands on a first gen iPhone to confirm or deny said claims. ;-)

    This kit is scheduled to be released on January 7th, 2010.


    If you haven't seen my "unboxing" video yet, check it out...

    Link: Magellan GPS Navigation Premium Car Kit Pre-Release Unboxing *VIDEO*


    Product Specs:

    Product Number: AP0300SGXXX
    UPC code: 763357123760
    Package Contents: Premium GPS Car Kit
    Vehicle Mount
    Adhesive Disc
    Vehicle Power Adapter
    Getting Started Guide
    Compatible Units: iPhone 3G. 3GS, iPod Touch 2G
    (Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later)
    Warranty: 12 months from purchase date
    GPS Accuracy: 10-15 feet (3-5 meters)
    Weight: .8 lbs
    Size: 6.1"H x 5.8"W x 2.8"D










    12-27-2009 02:57 AM
  3. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Hello again everybody! As promised, here is my In-Car / On-Road Review of the soon to be released Magellan GPS Navigation Premium Car Kit...

    Link:
    Last edited by ShaneXman; 12-27-2009 at 08:20 PM.
    12-27-2009 07:21 PM
  4. caddouch's Avatar
    Oh my God , this Cradle sounds Super cool , can't wait to put my hands on mine in couple weeks , yoo hoo!!!!
    12-27-2009 07:26 PM
  5. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Oh my God , this Cradle sounds Super cool , can't wait to put my hands on mine in couple weeks , yoo hoo!!!!
    It definitely is, I couldn't be happier. Hopefully these posts will help you and others make an informed decision when making the decision of whether or not to buy a car kit.
    12-27-2009 10:03 PM
  6. caddouch's Avatar
    Oh am Sold already , it is funny , i ordered the Tom Tom kit , about a month ago and as soon as i found out about the Magellan Kit , i called to cancel the order but they were giving me hard time . the day , the Ups guy came into my door for the shipment , i refused the shipment and i told him to send it back to TomTom and the story is not over yet . it took them more than 3 freaking weeks to Refund my money back !! such a scam company TomTom is . now i am happy that Magellan is going to kick their butt hard with this Amazing Cradle coming into the market soon !
    12-28-2009 12:17 AM
  7. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Oh am Sold already , it is funny , i ordered the Tom Tom kit , about a month ago and as soon as i found out about the Magellan Kit , i called to cancel the order but they were giving me hard time . the day , the Ups guy came into my door for the shipment , i refused the shipment and i told him to send it back to TomTom and the story is not over yet . it took them more than 3 freaking weeks to Refund my money back !! such a scam company TomTom is . now i am happy that Magellan is going to kick their butt hard with this Amazing Cradle coming into the market soon !
    Glad to hear you were able to get your money back from TomTom, looks like you saved it just in the nick of time. Which navigation app do you have?
    12-28-2009 01:24 AM
  8. rogersta's Avatar
    If you get a chance can you check to see if your Magellan app will work with their car kit on a first gen touch?. I have a 3GS and plan on getting the kit regardless, but wanted to know if my wife's touch would work with their app. If not then I guess I will be settling for the TOMTOM app, which claims to be compatible with the first gen touch.

    Thanks!
    12-31-2009 12:01 AM
  9. ShaneXman's Avatar
    If you get a chance can you check to see if your Magellan app will work with their car kit on a first gen touch?. I have a 3GS and plan on getting the kit regardless, but wanted to know if my wife's touch would work with their app. If not then I guess I will be settling for the TOMTOM app, which claims to be compatible with the first gen touch.

    Thanks!
    rogersta,

    Unfortunately I do not own an iPod touch, otherwise I would be happy to test it for you. Maybe Maggie can answer this question? Sorry I couldn't be of more help on this one.
    12-31-2009 08:51 AM
  10. rogersta's Avatar
    Thanks,

    Posted the question to Maggie on the Magellan app/car kit thread.
    12-31-2009 03:04 PM
  11. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Thanks,

    Posted the question to Maggie on the Magellan app/car kit thread.
    Right on!
    01-01-2010 08:23 PM
  12. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Just a heads up guys/gals...

    Maggie posted this over on MacRumors!

    Hi All,

    We are glad to announce that the Premium Car Kit is released ahead of schedule! Users can now order the Car Kit on our website. Please note that we have already sold out of our first production batch! Order yours today before it sells out!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

    Thank you,
    Maggie
    01-06-2010 06:07 PM
  13. CMeyer2001's Avatar
    Has anybody else received their car kit yet? I got mine last week and really like most of its features, but one thing bothers me and I am not sure if others have found the same issue. When I plug an aux cable from the cradle to my stereo, music then plays through my car speakers as well as the cradle speaker. I haven't found any way to fix this except to turn the cradle speaker all the way down. Navigation and music is then just heard through my car stereo. However, if i receive a phone call, then I have to turn the cradle speaker back up because calls will not play through the car stereo speakers. Let me know if anybody else has experienced this issue or found way around this. Thanks!

    BTW Great review ShaneXman
    01-11-2010 04:38 PM
  14. ShaneXman's Avatar
    BTW Great review ShaneXman
    Thanks bud.


    Has anybody else received their car kit yet? I got mine last week and really like most of its features, but one thing bothers me and I am not sure if others have found the same issue. When I plug an aux cable from the cradle to my stereo, music then plays through my car speakers as well as the cradle speaker. I haven't found any way to fix this except to turn the cradle speaker all the way down. Navigation and music is then just heard through my car stereo. However, if i receive a phone call, then I have to turn the cradle speaker back up because calls will not play through the car stereo speakers. Let me know if anybody else has experienced this issue or found way around this. Thanks!
    Regarding your question, I can't say I have experienced the problems you describe due to the fact that I haven't use them for extended periods of time (just some initial testing). You seem to know better than I, but I look forward to hearing whether other are having the same issue. You would think that once an Aux cable is plugged in, that it would disable the amplified speaker EXCEPT for when it needs to be utilized for Bluetooth. HMMMmmmm, any insight on this Maggie?
    01-12-2010 10:50 AM
  15. hanguk9117's Avatar
    Great Review!
    01-13-2010 12:13 AM
  16. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Great Review!
    Thank you kindly.
    01-13-2010 11:07 AM
  17. maggie-theiphoneblog's Avatar
    Thanks bud.




    Regarding your question, I can't say I have experienced the problems you describe due to the fact that I haven't use them for extended periods of time (just some initial testing). You seem to know better than I, but I look forward to hearing whether other are having the same issue. You would think that once an Aux cable is plugged in, that it would disable the amplified speaker EXCEPT for when it needs to be utilized for Bluetooth. HMMMmmmm, any insight on this Maggie?

    Cmeyer, ShaneXman,

    We are currently working on addressing this issue. Users have made it clear that they would like the PCK audio muted when the AUX is connected to the car stereo.

    Below I have included a quick list why the Magellan Car Kit is still the #1 value kit to have:


    1.) Ranked by Amazon as Top GPS accessory of 2009.
    2.) Fits most cases and skins.
    3.) Fits and works with iPhone & iPod.
    4.) Bluetooth works wirelessly and can pair with another device not only iPhone.
    5.) Easily rotates from portrait to landscape mode.

    These features are only exclusive to us and blows are competitors away. With our competitor you will have to remove your case, buy 2nd car kit for your iPhone or iPod, dock your iPhone in order for bluetooth to work and fiddle with the kit to get it looking right on your car dash.


    I hope that clears any concerns you may have. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I would love to address them.

    Thank you for your business and support. At Magellan, we are currently striving to provide the best quality of service and product to our users.

    PS: There are currently some Youtube users review you can check out for reference also.
    Last edited by maggie-theiphoneblog; 01-28-2010 at 12:29 PM.
    01-27-2010 01:22 PM
  18. maggie-theiphoneblog's Avatar
    Thank you kindly.
    Awesome review....management has asked Maggie@Macrumors and I to do some informative Youtube videos...hopefully ours can be as awesome as yours. lol.
    01-27-2010 01:27 PM
  19. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Awesome review....management has asked Maggie@Macrumors and I to do some informative Youtube videos...hopefully ours can be as awesome as yours. lol.
    Thank you Maggie.
    03-01-2010 12:33 AM
  20. d.white's Avatar
    We are currently working on addressing this issue. Users have made it clear that they would like the PCK audio muted when the AUX is connected to the car stereo.
    Maggie:

    Will this fix (hopefully) be able to be applied retroactively to existing units? I just ordered the kit yesterday. I know the speaker issue will bug me; but I'm happy to wait a little while for the fix as long as I know it can be applied to my unit when it does come out.
    03-01-2010 07:01 AM
  21. ShaneXman's Avatar
    Just a heads up guys/gals, I've found a VERY cool OEM looking mounting option for the Magellan Premium Car Kit to give it a more integrated / permanent look. Just thought you all might be interested.

    Check it out: http://forum.tipb.com/iphone-ipad-ip...3gs-video.html
    03-01-2010 11:26 AM
  22. maggie-theiphoneblog's Avatar
    Just a heads up guys/gals, I've found a VERY cool OEM looking mounting option for the Magellan Premium Car Kit to give it a more integrated / permanent look. Just thought you all might be interested.

    Check it out: http://forum.tipb.com/iphone-ipad-ip...3gs-video.html
    WOW!!! another great video Shane!!
    03-01-2010 01:56 PM
  23. d.white's Avatar
    Maggie:

    Will this fix (hopefully) be able to be applied retroactively to existing units? I just ordered the kit yesterday. I know the speaker issue will bug me; but I'm happy to wait a little while for the fix as long as I know it can be applied to my unit when it does come out.
    Maggie: Any update on this? I should receive my Magellan car kit from Amazon tomorrow but I'll probably return it unopened unless it can be fixed in the field. I'm sure its a GREAT unit and I'm really excited about its features, but I know I'll be disappointed if I get the kit now and then can't apply the fix later.
    03-02-2010 11:13 AM
  24. maggie-theiphoneblog's Avatar
    Maggie: Any update on this? I should receive my Magellan car kit from Amazon tomorrow but I'll probably return it unopened unless it can be fixed in the field. I'm sure its a GREAT unit and I'm really excited about its features, but I know I'll be disappointed if I get the kit now and then can't apply the fix later.
    D.white,

    Probably best for you to return it if you feel you will be unhappy about it later. From what I hear from management, they are rethinking their approach to the aux feature.
    03-02-2010 12:42 PM
  25. d.white's Avatar
    Thanks so much for your reply. I'd rather wait a bit and get the version I really want rather than kick myself for jumping too soon. Not that there seems to be anything functionally wrong with the current unit for most folks (especially if you don't need the AUX connection).

    Will you let us know on this forum or your Facebook site when you have a timeframe for the update?

    Thanks again!
    03-02-2010 02:50 PM
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