Magellan’s Maestro 4370 GPS Now Available

Magellan originally announced the Maestro 4370 GPS way back at CES, promising the unit would ship during the first quarter of 2008. It’s now the last quarter of 2008, but he Maestro 4370 is apparently out the door, offering a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a revamped interface that offers 3D land guidance as well as 3D views of buildings and landmarks to help travelers recognize their surroundings.

The MAestro 4370 comes pre-loaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and a OneTouch function enables users to save searches for quick recall at new locations: for instance, users could save a search for a bank or gas station chain an instantly pull up results for their current location without having to re-enter the search. The unit’s voice guidance pronounces street names and directions at every turn, and a Life Traffic feature enables users see real-time incident reports on their screens; the unit will ask is users want to re-route to avoid congestion if a quicker route is available. The unit also offers a pedestrian mode optimized for walking.

For in-vehicle use, the Maestro 4370 offers a built-in microphone and Bluetooth support for hands-free calling, an integrated MP3 player (users can side-load music via a USB port), and an integrated FM transmitter for pushing tunes to an in-car audio system. The Maestro 4370 should run for about 3 hours on the built-in battery, and (of course) ships with a car charger.

The Magellan Maestro 4370 is available at retailers now for a suggested price of $599.99.

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