High Tech Travel with Magellan SmartGPS

by Pam on July 10, 2013

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The Magellan Smart GPS works with my wifi and my smartphone.

I have spent a lot of my life lost. I’ve traveled frequently over the years and unfortunately, my sense of direction is dismal. After I’ve been somewhere once, I can usually find it again. The first time? Not so much. I have wandered around various cities using my printed directions only to have to stop and ask someone if they can help. While I have met many nice people that way, it’s frustrating and can be confusing. “Now, you go down past the big oak tree, you can’t miss it, and then you turn left on the first hollow road you see.”

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It’s hard to get a good picture while riding in a moving vehicle!

Thankfully, since I am traveling quite a bit this summer, Magellan came to my rescue with their new SmartGPS system. Since it arrived I have used it for directions to an event in Nashville, an event in Atlanta and to another event in Houston. With over 2000 miles under its belt, it’s been given a thorough workout. Plus, it managed to get me to the doorsteps of the places I needed to visit, which, with me as the navigator, is no small feat. However, this is no ordinary GPS; it’s Smart, with revolutionary features including enhanced social exploration, expanded connectivity to your devices and a seamless mobile experience from home to vehicle to sidewalk.

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I can decide what Points of Interest I would like to have visible.

Here are some of my favorite features:
Dynamic Navigation Content—the day I was traveling to Nashville happened to be the first day of Bonoroo and I had to drive through the midst of it. The Smart GPS warned me of traffic alerts, so I could avoid congestion, red light cameras and fuel alerts, allowing me to purchase fuel for less during the trip. My favorite feature was the Yelp and Foursquare reviews for restaurants and attractions. We were looking for a place to eat dinner and, after finding a list of restaurants in the area, I quickly scanned the reviews before we decided where to eat.

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When I find a place I’d like to visit, I can hit “Go” and be given directions automatically.

Touch Screen Technology—the screen worked like a touch screen computer. I was able to tap the category I needed and then slide the screen to find subcategories.

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The Magellan SmartGPS can be synced to use Bluetooth technology.

Wireless Sync— I can save information between my Smartphone, my GPS and my PC. With the free MagellanSmartGPS app, I can transfer and save information on my phone. The good thing about syncing the phone is it can be used instead of the GPS in the car. I can hand it over to a passenger and they can navigate without having to touch the GPS system. There is also a “Send To SmartGPS” function that allows me to share my destination from my smartphone to the SmartGPS navigator. My SmartGPS has been programmed to my area. Whenever I am driving it picks up all area businesses, restaurants, and more, tells me the distance and provides reviews. If I decide I’d like to visit, I simply press the screen, hit “go,” and the directions appear.
Traveling has never been easier and less stressful!

Also, 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 here: Sweepstakes  Want to purchase one for yourself? They are available at Best Buy.

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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latanya July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

I would like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Ashley Leonard July 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

I’m horrible at driving in reverse… I’d love a backup camera!

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Veronica L. July 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I would love to have their Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM, these are super nice!

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YVONNE WOODSTOCK July 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I want the Magellan Smart GPS. As much as I would love it for myself, I even more so hope I win it for my 24 yr old hard working daughter Brittany, who had a lesser gps than this one but it got stolen and she can’t afford to replace it. So I am hoping to win this for her.

Thank you to blogger and sponsor for this generous opportunity!

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Aggie July 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I would like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back Up Camera System. I am always so afraid of running over something or someone when I back up.

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Katie K July 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

like the Magellan Triton 2000 – North America

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natoyah swift July 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB!!!! Are you kidding me with all of these features?! pretty cool :)

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Kayla July 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I also would love their Switch gadgets.

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Yesenia July 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Would love the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Backup Camera System!

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Margaret Smith July 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I’d also love the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Angela B July 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System This would be awesome!!

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Kerri July 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB!

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Candice July 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM.

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Yona July 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Ohhhh – love the GPS SwitchUp Watch for Runners

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Nicole Martin July 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I would like the Switch Up GPS for runners.

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Geoff K July 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I love the Switch Up GPS Watch!

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Ronda July 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The back up camera would be cool to have!

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Carolann Leibenguth July 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I would love Magellan RoadMate 2255T-LMB I love how it shows land marks and everything

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Renee S July 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

A backup camera would be really nice to have to help me parallel park :)

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Katie Sexton July 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Amber July 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 2255T-LMB!

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Elena July 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Magellan RoadMate 2255T-LMB

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Becky Davis July 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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LLL with Leslie July 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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ashley tuckett July 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I would like the wireless back up camera.. how awesome is that??!?!??!?!

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Kara P July 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I don’t like getting lost!

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Mary Casper July 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

roadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Backup Camera System

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Samantha D. July 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I would love any of the gps roadmates. My bf is a landscaper and could really use this for his truck since he’s not familiar with the suburban areas around here.

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polly July 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I would love to have their Magellan RoadMate 925)T-LMB

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angela cunningham July 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

the gps roadmate

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steve weber July 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM.

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Ann Fantom July 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I would like to get the Magellan eXplorist 610 handheld GPS for when we go hiking.

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wendy b July 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I would also love to have their Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB. I need a GPS….I have no sense of direction….it’s embarrassing.

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Brutus Duffy July 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I’d like the Trton 2000. it’s got a camera, voice recorder and flashlight which i think are cool.

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Marissa July 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’d love the MagellanSmartGPS

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Stephanie H. July 11, 2013 at 12:23 am

I actually have a backup camera on my car (and yes, while not perfect, it does come in handy, especially if you have one with lines that help you line your car up). I just moved, so the Smart GPS or one of the RoadMates would be awesome. I have a GPS, but it is really outdated so I end up using my phone.

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Suzanne B July 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM.

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Julia July 11, 2013 at 1:25 am

I am very interested in eXplorist 610 United States.

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Mia July 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB.

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Susan Broughton July 11, 2013 at 1:57 am

I would like to get the Magellan eXplorist 510 Pro Angler Edition for my husband. He is really into fishing and I think he would really enjoy this but then again a regular GPS would be great for him too.

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Colleen Fowler July 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

I would like the Magellan RoadMate On-The-Go App for iOS, that would be super handy…apple maps isn’t exactly reliable lol!

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Carrie Phelps July 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

Geocaching is a hobby I share with my family, we would love to have the eXplorist GC North America.

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Jenny Stanek July 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

I’d like the Switch

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Danielle Papsis July 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

I would also like to have the eXplorist 710 United States

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Cynthia C July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’d like to have the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Jennifer Rogers July 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

I would want this one with the backup camera!

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Laura P. July 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

The Switch Up fitness GPS monitor is really neat.

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Kari July 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB – looks very nice! I don’t know how we managed before GPS systems.

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Happi Shopr July 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

I like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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joanne gentry July 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

I would love to have the Magellan SmartGPS. My husband and I travel for our small construction businesses, going to a new address each time a new project arises. This would be so helpful to us, the Magellan SmartGPS looks like a great product!
jo_jlem@hotmail.com

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Allyson Bossie July 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

http://www.magellangps.com/Store-Subcategories/Latest-RoadMates_4/RoadMate-9250T-LMB would be perfect for our family. I am so lost any time I travel, I really need this :)

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Melissa Basinger July 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I would love love love to have the explorist 710! What an incredible device!

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Lisa Neutel July 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I would like the explorist 710

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Monique Rizzo July 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The Roadmate 9250T
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

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Becky Richied July 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

loving the
Magellan RoadMate On-The-Go App for iOS

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Wendi July 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

the Magellan SmartGPS would be nice to have…we are learning geocatching and that would be great for it

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Sue Ellison July 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I would like to have the Magellan eXplorist 310 Hunter Edition.

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Tamar July 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I don’t see the giveaway widget…am I the only one?

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Pam July 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

For some reason, my site is not working correctly today. It has a small line that says form. You will have to click that and the giveaway tools link will pop up. Sorry. :(

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Tamar July 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

oh weird, I see the Form info now since I opened on another browser. Sorry to hear your site isn’t working correctly.

I very much like the
Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM.

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Allie July 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm

The Explorist looks nice

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AndreaH July 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

I would love the Magellan eXplorist 510 TOPO! Edition.

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margaret peg m July 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM…this has all the features i would need. thank you much.

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Kimberly K. July 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

I like the Magellan. 9250T-LMB model.

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Lisa Burke Cook July 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

I would LOVE the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB!

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Michelle Small July 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

I would love to be the owner of the Magellan RoadMate 1700-LM Camera Solution Hard Bundle.

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Kayla J. July 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

I would really love the heart rate monitor strap !

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FRANK M July 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

I really am in need of a GPS – My wife and daughters have them but I am always the one who gets lost. I usually can figure it out but what a big waste of time

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Dana Rodriguez July 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

This would be great for my fiance’! He is a painting contractor and has to drive all over the state.I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Denise S July 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

I could really use the Magellan Triton 2000 – North America.

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Mary Beth Elderton July 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Aback up camera system…just wow!

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Shana July 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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gdugano July 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

back up camera would be nice

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Stephanie Ann July 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I’d love the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB !

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Donna L July 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB.

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Cindy July 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB.

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Natalie F July 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I also really want The Switch series of crossover GPS watch.

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Amanda Alvarado July 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

I’d love the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Emilie C July 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

I want the Magellan eXplorist 510 Pro Angler Edition

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kendra July 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

I like the Magellan explorist 510 pro angler edition awesome product

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Jen H July 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I’d love the Magellan eXplorist 310

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Talia July 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I’d like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB.

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janet benthin July 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I like the magellan explorer for my husband w.ho is a hunter

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Desiree Dunbar July 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’d love the GPS Car Kit.

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Claudia M July 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

i would love to enter because we just moved and i always get lost ,but can not fin the entry form … so i guess i just post here . thank you so much for the chance!

griswald60 @ mail . com

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Melissa S July 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I would love to have the Magellan RoadMate 9250T.

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Cheryl F. July 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

I like the Switch Up.

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Michelle C July 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

The Magellan RoadMate RV9145 looks really nice! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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Carli July 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Susan Smith July 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I’d love the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Backup Camera System

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Fawn H July 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I would love the Magellan RoadMate RV9145

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Jessica Cox July 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I would love to have the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Daniel M July 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

RoadMate 5255T-LM looks nice too!

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heather July 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

i would love to have the roadmate 5255

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JanD July 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

I like the Magellan Triton 1500.

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Stacey Cockrell July 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

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Michelle Harasewicz July 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

I’d like the Magellan SmartGPS

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ellen casper July 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

I’d like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Tanya White July 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM

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Sherry S. July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Melissa E July 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

A GPS watch would be sweet!

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Brandi Price July 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I’m not seeing the “Entry-Form” I am supposed to be clicking.

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Brandi Price July 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Found it… just says “-Form”

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Brandi Price July 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Would love to have Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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evans s July 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

back up camera

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Velvet Hubler July 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I would love to get the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM

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Rachel Ralston July 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I would like to own the Magellan eXplorist 310 TOPO! Edition. It would be great to use for geocaching and other outdoor activities.

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cheryl July 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

The roadmate 9250 T-LMB

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Holly S. July 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I’d love the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System. Thanks!

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Linda Kish July 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I would like the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM

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golden storm July 16, 2013 at 12:36 am

I would also like to have the outdoor Magellan eXplorist 510 Hunter Edition

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Gina H. July 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

eXplorist 350H

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Ruth chu July 16, 2013 at 3:56 am

RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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sandra July 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

i like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Julie Gurley July 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

I’d like to try one of the Magellan RoadMates

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Brandi Dawn July 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

I would like to have the Magellan eXplorist 510 TOPO!

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Sarah Hirsch July 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

i’d love to try out the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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marci July 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Michelle Knopp July 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I’d also like to have the Switch Up Runner’s Watch for my husband.

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Beeb July 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I would love to have the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System or the Switch Up! Thank you for the giveaway!

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meme July 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Rust July 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Rhonda S. Tenderholt July 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

My sons are into geocaching and I’d love to have anything w/that: Magellan eXplorist 310 TOPO! Edition

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Jessica Fortner July 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I love their GPS watches for runners. Nice!

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natalie nichols July 17, 2013 at 1:50 am

like the Magellan Triton 2000 – North America

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kristy July 17, 2013 at 1:56 am

eXplorist 610 United States would be great to have when hiking

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Mary Bearden July 17, 2013 at 2:52 am

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Lesley F July 17, 2013 at 7:06 am

I like the Magellan SmartGPS

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Rebecca Peters July 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

I like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Mary Ann Knox July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

I would love to have the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System. I HATE backing up in tight spaces like parking lots. Sometimes it takes me several tries because I am so paranoid about backing into someone.

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Nicole Carter July 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

I would love to have the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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brandi hawn July 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

i like the switch up watch with the gps that’s cool :)

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Michele P July 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

in addition to their GPS navigation systems for cars I like the eXplorist GC North America for geocaching.

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Jennifer P July 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’d love to have the Smart GPS and the Switch GPS watch. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Debra Hall July 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

this would be great for week end trips

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Vikki Billings July 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I really like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Lesley M. July 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I would love to have the eXplorist 310 North America because we love to explore the outdoors, and I would love to start geocaching with my son!

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Savannah miller July 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Any of the GPS systems! I was reading a bit more about the Magellan Smart GPS and the Road Mate I think either would be a great fit for my family! I always get lost and I try to call my hubby on the cell and tell him where I am the only issue is I have no clue what street I’m on so I always end up describing someones yard like that is suppose to help the poor man figure out where I am…. SOOOO not only would I love to win the GPS my hubby would also love for me to win lol

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gigi s July 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’d love to try the Switch Series!

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T.V and Book Addict July 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

All of them sound great, but I really like the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM. It has more of the features I like.

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Stephanie Phelps July 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I would love to have the Magellan RoadMate 9212T-LM. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Wendy Mastin July 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I like the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

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Thomas Murphy July 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I would like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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Amanda Sakovitz July 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm

id love the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB!

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Laura Unger July 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I’d love to have the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System.

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laurie July 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm
Roxann July 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I would like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System.

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Sand July 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I would like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB.

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K. Finn July 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

I’d like the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation and Back-up Camera System

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Beverly Metcalf July 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Nice contest. I would love the the RoadMate 5255T-LM Navigation with the Back-up Camera System for my car. Thanks for having this contest.

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