Drive Smarter with the Magellan SmartGPS #Giveaway

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Looking to give Dad the latest in automotive technology but a new car is not in the budget this holiday season?  Magellan’s SmartGPS is the perfect gift that will turn Dad’s car (or Mom’s car) into a Connected Car with Smartphone integration for only $250 (available at Best Buy).  SmartGPS will not only guide you to your destination quickly and safely, it will also give you:

1)    Trip planning in the comfort of your home.  Use your smartphone (Free iPhone and Android apps) to plan where you want to go, then with the touch of a button send the destinations to the SmartGPS in your car. SmartGPSmakes trips safer, easier, and more fun for both you and your children.
2)    Yelp & Foursquare – Discover new restaurants, shops and interesting places, with real-time information from Yelp & Foursquare displayed on the SmartGPS screen. Instantly and seamlessly navigate to those locations on the larger SmartGPS.
3)    Fuel prices. No need to hunt for the lowest fuel prices because SmartGPS will display fuel prices at nearby stations based on your location, directly on the device screen.
4)    Wireless Back-up Camera compatibility – combine Magellan’s SmartGPS with a back-up camera, and you are aware of people, places and things in front of you, behind you, and around you.

So what are you waiting for? Drive Smarter with the Magellan’s SmartGPS!

The Magellan SmartGPS brings a whole new level of performance to vehicle navigation systems. The SmartGPS is really more than just a navigation system, with advance features that provide valuable information and services. I have always been a fan of using my Android powered phone for navigation, but after using the SmartGPS, I have found many more features and uses then what I had been use to.


  • Cloud Connection – Allows you to sync your SmartGPS, smartphone and desktop or tablet to share information across all devices.
  • 5″ High-resolution Capacitive Touchscreen – Extra wide 5″ glass touchscreen gives you more viewing area.
  • Yelp & Foursquare – Read reviews, short tips and discover great deals in relation to your location.
  • Gas Prices – Locate the lowest fuel prices around you.
  • Traffic Camera Alerts – Receive audible and visual warnings of red light and speed cameras along your route, provided by PhantomALERT.. 1 Year Free.
  • Weather – 5 day weather forecast of your preferred 5 cities.
  • Best Parking – Provides parking garage locations, hours of operation and directions to the entrance.
  • Lifetime Map Upgrades – Never worry about out-of-date maps again. Download the latest map information (up to 4 times a year) for the life of your Magellan navigator.
  • Free Lifetime Traffic – Warns you of reported traffic events that may delay you and provides alternative route suggestions
  • Wi-Fi – Allows downloading of Cloud Connection features, use of Android browser and wireless software updates without an extra subscription.
  • Internet Browser – Wi-Fi Web Browser allows you to search for destinations from any location with a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Bluetooth Speakerphone – Integrated Bluetooth technology turns your navigator into a hands-free speakerphone, making your commute time more productive.
  • Back-up Camera Compatible – As you put your car into reverse, your Magellan navigator will automatically switch into rear-view mode allowing you to see what is behind your car- including children, pets and toys.
  • Landmark Guidance – Receive directions using 9 categories of landmarks as your guide, making it a more intuitive way to navigate.
  • Junction View – Realistic images of freeway signs and arrows provide advanced warning guiding you to the correct lane to make driving easier, safer and less stressful.
  • Speed Limits – Manage your speed along your route with optional settings for visual and audible alerts.
  • OneTouch™ Favorites Menu – Find your favorite restaurant, bank, gas station and more in any city with a single touch. Easily create shortcuts to your favorite destinations and previous searches with personalized bookmarks so you can quickly find them anywhere you travel.
  • Spoken Street Names – Hear street names and directions for a clear understanding of when to make the next turn while you keep your eyes on the road.
  • QuickSpell® with SmartCity Search – As you type the first few letters of your target address QuickSpell instantly narrows the search based on your destination.
  • 7 Million of Points of Interest (POI) – Search and route to millions of preloaded destinations such as gas stations, restaurants, hotels, attractions and other points of interest.
  • Preloaded Premium Maps – Travel the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada with all the maps you need, pre-loaded on your device.
  • Auto Night View – Adjusts color and contrast for easy night viewing.

Red light camera and speed alerts have become some of my favorite features of the SmartGPS then I never knew I missed. Recently I used the SmartGPS on a trip through 5 states over the course of 9 days, and realized how helpful the speed alerts are when traveling in unfamiliar areas. Being able to glance at the SmartGPS and see the speed limit saved me from the costly mistake of missing a posted speed limit and getting a speeding ticket. Although not the most impressive feature of the SmartGPS it has been one of my favorites.

The on screen displays provides several ways to display information that is very helpful. With the default display your navigation that’s up around ⅔ of the display and to the right is a grid of 4 flip style icons providing you with a constant updating list of nearby places. I found this layout to be great for nearly all my navigation needs. The nice thing about it was how simple it was to see more or less information. Using the on screen scroll wheel I could extend the navigation screen to the full size of the display. This becomes useful when you need to see a bigger picture of the area you are in. When I wanted to see more information I could easily scroll the other way and bring up a full screen of different  informational content squares.

These on screen content squares provide a wealth of quick, easy to access information about what is nearby without the need to search for it. content squares are organized into groups,that update and scroll through the items in each group in each tile. For example you may see one that has gas stations that will flip through gas stations nearby while also showing you the gas price and distance away. That alone is a big money saver when you can find the cheapest gas price without have to check all the gas stations nearby first.

Other content squares provide relevant information about what is nearby such as traffic delays, stores and restaurants. This information is available to you, without the need to search for it and become distracted from your driving.

Aside from all the great features the SmartGPS has to offer the main thing is how well it can get you from point A to point B. The SmartGPS excels at this as well. I was surprised when I started using the SmartGPS to here directions like “In half a mile turn right just past the Shell service station.” Wow, really not only can you tell me where to turn but you will include landmarks to make it that much easier. This alone has kept me from having to double back because the street I was suppose to turn on didn’t have a road sign and I missed it. Now instead of hunting for a street sign that might not be there, I knew to where to turn based on what store was on the corner. It is also much easier to pay attention to the road, since I could spot a store from a few blocks away versus trying to find a street sign when I was getting close.

The SmartGPS doesn’t stop there. With additional features such as connection to your phone via bluetooth for hands free calling to Yelp and Foursquare reviews for nearby places. The SmartGPS shines as a navigation system, but is also so much more. It is more like a central communications hub for your vehicle. With companion smartphone apps for Android and iOS the SmartGPS provides a level of functionality that you won’t find any other GPS navigation device.

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Winner will receive a Magellan SmartGPS {RV$249.99}.

Giveaway ends October 3rd at 11:59pm, open US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

Organized by Mom to Bed by 8 and A Medic’s World. Co-hosted by My Dairy Free Gluten Free Life and Capri’s Coupons.

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  1. Susan W says

    I would feel more safe going to see my niece and nephew in MO. I am always afraid I will get lost on my own. I rode with my cousin out of town and loved the way her GPS got us there with no problems.

  2. Sarah Mahan says

    I would use this to visit my sister in St. Louis. The construction is always horrible there so I often have to take alternate routes and it’s easy to get lost.

  3. Sue Ellison says

    I live in a small town so I go shopping for clothes and other items in Houston. This would help me find some smaller retailers to shop at instead of just hitting the major malls.

  4. says

    We would use this for when we go to Pittsburgh, Pa and Syracuse, NY. We are always getting lost or just can’t find things in these two cities and this would be fantastic to have with us.

  5. Christy L says

    I’d take this Magellan EVERYWHERE! It would be particularly helpful when we go on vacation to New Orleans next month!

  6. says

    We have a daughter who will be going away to college next year. I would love to win this for her to use since she will be fairly new at getting herself around to and from college.

  7. sherry butcher says

    I’d be able to do a better job driving to my daughter’s in NC form NM. I’d be able to find the detours needed because of road work!

  8. Wendy Owen says

    Well there is a furniture store in Tulsa that I want to go check out and can’t because finding my way in Tulsa scares the wits out of me. I would most likely try to find it.

  9. lisa says

    If I won I may actually drive someplace. I have an irrational fear of getting lost so my driving is pretty limited to the immediate area.

  10. Gayle S says

    Honestly, I need a GPS just to get around town. We live near a large city but I will not drive in it because I have gotten lost every time I tried. A GPS would be a very welcome tool!

  11. Debra S says

    I would use when I go to any Cities!!! Cities can be SO confusing!! I would LOVE to win this.. I have wanted one for a while now

  12. Shawndra Befort says

    I’ll be moving to California soon and I will definitely need this to get around. I don’t have a GPS so this would be amazing. I’ll need this to travel around, to my mom’s place, and to Disneyland.

  13. Jeffrey Legg says

  14. Megan Parsons says

    We use to have a gps but my brother in laws borrowed it and kept it. We loved just to drive around on the back roads and discover new places!

  15. anne marie carter says

    If I had this GPS, it would make my trip to Arcata, CA so much easier!
    It is difficult to look at a map when driving.

  16. Carolyn says

    I would give this to my son. He just started college at Universal Technical Institute and this would help him get familiar with the area more.

  17. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    Oh boy – that’s a tough one. We’ve wanted to drive out to and spend time in Northern California – SFO, Napa Valley…

    We also have wanted to visit friends in Portland and Seaside Oregon. Same goes for Seattle and Bainbridge Island…

    BUT first and foremostL both my Mom and my Sister (and her family) just moved out to Montana (Bozeman area) and we’ve promised to drive out for a visit as soon as they all get settled in.

    A Magellan SmartGPS would be a true Godsend! Thanks.

  18. Rachel Ellis says

    My fiance’ would go everywhere with this. He just started driving over the road but he hasn’t been able to afford a GPS yet so for now he calls me to give him directions.. I would love to not have to be his long-distance navigator.

  19. Carolann Leibenguth says

    I am horrible with a map but with this I would feel safe traveling somewhere I have never been but always wanted to see so I would head to Las Vegas

  20. margaret peg m says

    we take a lot of ‘little’ trips, to michigan, illinois, new york, pennsylvania, etc. the GPS would be such a help since hubs won’t ask for directions!

  21. Denise says

    This would make family vacations a lot more pleasant! No fighting while trying to get to our destination. I would use this for next year’s trip to Myrtle Beach!

  22. Danielle Papsis says

    “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go!” JK! I know the way to grandma’s house, but there are so many other places even in state that I would love to visit that we don’t because my boyfriend gets frustrated with ever-changing city routes because of construction and what not. This would be great to have.

    I would love to check out Hollywood Slots (or the outlets in North Conway) as I’ve never been to a casino and just want to check it out and see what the hub-bub is all about.

  23. Anita L says

    I would love to see my grandson whom I have not seen since birth. He is now in grade school and living in N. Carolina. I am awful with directions and would be to afraid to make a trip like this without some added security, such as a GPS.

  24. Pauline Milner says

    This would really help me out on my planned trip to Florida in the Spring. I want to keep from getting lost and maps are not the answer!

  25. Talia says

    We like to take day trips to Chicago, and since I don’t know the area very well (and the driving there is CRAZY), it’d be nice to have a Magellan GPS to help with the journey.

  26. Jayme H. says

    This would make all trips with the hubby somch easier! I would love to have this for trips back home. We live 325 miles and 500mles from out families and the conditions are always different when for we travel. The GPS would be helpful with traffic and construction. And the speed limit tracking would be helpful for my lead footed hubby.


  27. Eileen Richter says

    We would love this to have in Florida for our daughter’s wedding. And also for our newish driver son to have when traveling for sports in different areas including our biggest nearby city. He doesnt have a smart phone, actually only my husband does and even though these phones have that capability, there are times when the phone goes wonky and we are stuck in the boonies trying to find out how to get to a family event or sports event, etc. We loved our old Magellan but is now over 12 years old and not updated or working.

  28. crystal smith says

    I would seriously use this to go everywhere lol after moving from Chicago to rural Northern Wisconsin Im CONSTANTLY getting lost on the maze of back roads up here (I’m use to having landmarks and well a corn field looks like a corn field to me haha) And I cant believe how awesome the features are on the Magellan!

  29. Susan Broughton says

    I would go everywhere! We are foodies but live in a rural area, so this GPS would really help us find cities and restaurants to eat at!

  30. Wanda Tracey says

    I would go anywhere and everywhere and feel confident of finding the address.My husband has a nose like a hound when it comes to directions but I seem to be one of those people that can’t find the place.LOLI would love to win a Magellan Smart GPs.

  31. Sabrina says

    This would make it so much easier to navigate to our high school reunion! And looking ahead, we’re planning a cross country move – this sounds like it would be perfect for that time.

  32. Elsie says

    Oh the places we’d go…
    My husband is retiring in a few weeks and this would be aperfect gift for him!
    We would go on a little trip to celebrate, wherever he chooses!

  33. Amylynn H says

    I would use this to go anywhere that I didn’t want to get lost. I am terrible with directions and the area I live in isn’t easy to navigate. I would feel so much safer to have this to use!

  34. Cassandra Kelton says

    If I had this GPS I would visit the orchards and pumpkin patches in nearby towns that I currently get lost trying to get to!!!

  35. Carolsue says

    I woul use it on our trip down the coast, from San Francisco to L.A. — visiting wineries, etc. along the way
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  36. Jason Smith says

    I hate using my phone as a GPS, because then it renders the phone dysfunctional…this looks like a great GPS to use on my family’s road trips to Philadelphia and Chicago.

  37. Darcie Niewald says

    I would feel a little better when I have to make a trip to Stockton, it’s a high crime area and I get really nervous when I have to go there.

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