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Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Portable navigator with free lifetime map and traffic updates

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by Dominic Devito
Magellan

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

It's funny how technology has enabled our phones to get smaller and our televisions to get bigger. But what about our GPS navigators? For some folks, especially those with poor eyesight or drivers of large vehicles, smaller just won't cut it. The 7" display on Magellan's RoadMate 9055-LM navigator gives you a great view so you can drive with confidence. It includes free traffic updates that'll help you avoid jams in most metropolitan areas, and you can update your maps up to four times each year as long as you own your Magellan. It's easy and won't cost you a penny more.

Accurate maps and reliable guidance
Visit friends and family all over the place — the RoadMate 9055-LM features maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 6 million points of interest so you can find accommodations nearby. You can follow the action on the 7" display, or listen to the voice prompts that eliminate confusion by announcing actual street names at turns. Magellan makes it especially easy to find stops near highway exits, so you don't waste time on a long trip. Worried about messy interchanges? Lane guidance will ensure you're in the right spot to make the next turn.

Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity and more
It's dangerous fumbling for your phone while you're driving, but you can make and receive hands-free calls with your compatible phone through the RoadMate 9055-LM. And you'll find that route optimization takes the hassle out of running errands by showing you the most efficient way to hit multiple spots on the same excursion. Magellan's OneTouch™ menu lets you save your favorite destinations and searches so you can pull them up without scrolling through multiple screens.

You can connect a rear-view camera to the 9055-LM through its built-in A/V input and use the navigator as a screen. Magellan does not include a connection cable for the A/V input.

Helpful road tips from AAA
The included AAA TourBook® features give you instant access to service details and recommended destinations from the leading travel resource. If you're an AAA member, you can quickly access a phone listing for AAA Roadside Assistance™ in case of emergency — you'll also get your exact GPS location so help can find you quickly.

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Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • includes FM-TMC traffic-info receiver with subscription-free updates (advertising supported)
  • lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • 3.5mm A/V input
  • car power adapter and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 30 minutes of life
Navigation features:
  • 7" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
  • internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • 6 million points of interest
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names
  • highway lane guidance (contiguous 48 states only)
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization (up to 20 destinations)
Expandability:
  • microSD card slot
Other features and specs:
  • Bluetooth technology allows hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • dimensions: 7-3/4"W x 4-5/8"H x 3/4"D
  • weight: 12.0 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year (2 years with AAA membership)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Features
Maps
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Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage
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USA (50), CA, PR
Points of Interest
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6,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing
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Yes
Screen Size
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7"
Widescreen
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Yes
Bluetooth Capable
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Phone
Photo Viewer
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No
Digital Audio Playback
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No
Text To Speech
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Yes
Voice Control
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No
Dynamic Content Services
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AAA TourBook
Removable Memory Type
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microSD card
Battery Life
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30 minutes
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • RoadMate 9055-LM personal navigation device with Lifetime Maps
  • Suction cup mount
  • Car cradle
  • Threaded lock ring
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 4' DC power cord (5V/2A)
  • 32" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a Mini-B USB 2.0 on the other end)
  • User Handbook
  • Lifetime Map Updates card
  • 2 AAA info cards (Eng/Fren)
  • On-line registration sheet (Thank you note)

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Built-in Bluetooth
A/V Input
Mounting Options
Power Requirements

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, which provides positioning accuracy down to 3 to 5 meters (10-16 feet).

Lifetime Map Updates: The RoadMate 9055-LM comes with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, preloaded onto the built-in flash memory. With Lifetime Map Updates, you can receive up to 4 map updates per year, for the useful life of the receiver, or until Magellan no longer receives relevant map data from its providers. An Internet connection and Content Manager software (Windows/Mac compatible) are required.

7" Touch Screen Display: The unit features a large anti-glare, 7" WVGA touch screen display, which is 50% larger than a standard 4.3" screen. The display's brightness can be adjusted for easy nighttime and daytime viewing. The Auto Night Map Display mode automatically switches the map screen from vivid colors for daytime use to dark-tint colors for nighttime use.

Text-to-Speech: The RoadMate 9055-LM is equipped with Text-to-Speech. As you navigate to your destination, the RoadMate 9055-LM will announce the names of the street or exit ramps (or both if desired) that are involved in each maneuver.

Turn Warning: The Magellan RoadMate will sound an audible beep, bell, or chime to notify you of an upcoming turn. You can turn this warning tone off, if desired.

Highway Lane Assist: The RoadMate 9055-LM will display highway signs as you approach a highway interchange, giving you a visual indication of which lane you should be in. This feature is available in the 48 contiguous United States only.

Maneuver List Screen: Each line of the Maneuver List screen provides details about the maneuvers in the order that they are to be made. The bottom bar of the Maneuver List screen indicates the distance and time to the next maneuver as well as the total distance computed for the route. The Maneuver List can be modified if you want to exclude one of the maneuvers to avoid traveling on one of the streets listed.

OneTouch Favorites Menu: The RoadMate 9055-LM features Magellan's exclusive OneTouch favorites menu. The OneTouch menu provides easy access to those destinations and searches you use most. The OneTouch Favorites menus provides instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favorite places. You can bookmark your personal favorite destinations, and access them whenever you want from the OneTouch menu.

Keyboard Options: When entering your destination or other data, you can use the on-screen keyboard to spell out the name of the location. You can choose to use the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, or switch it to an ABCDEF keyboard layout.

QuickSpell w/ SmartCity Search: QuickSpell with SmartCity Search narrows your address and city searches, making destination entry easy. To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the RoadMate 9055-LM will automatically correct spelling errors and complete your destination address. QuickSpell with SmartCity search also uses information in the unit's database to limit the keys that need to be pressed, presenting only those which can access information in the database.

Current Location Screen: The Current Location screen displays approximate address information, the distance from the next and previous cross streets, as well as your latitude and longitude. There is also a compass point in your direction of travel, calculated elevation and speed.

Points Of Interest (POI): The Magellan RoadMate receiver has over 6-million preloaded POIs that can be used as a destination for a route. These include gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, hotels, and more. You can search for POIs by entering the name or by selecting from a list of available categories and sub-categories. If desired, you can choose whether or not you want POI icons to be displayed on the map, including Branded POIs that display the logo of certain national chains. The Highway Exit POI feature provides a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits.

Customizable Route Method: There are a wide variety of methods you can use to create a route. You can set the RoadMate 9055-LM to calculate your route by Fastest Time, Shortest Distance, Less Freeways or More Freeways. You can also Enable U-Turns and Avoid Toll Roads for any routing method. You can compare the travel times of each option on one screen.

Multiple Destination Routing: If you're planning a trip with multiple stops, the RoadMate 9055-LM will allow you to place the destinations in the order you wish, or allow the unit to order the stops for the most efficient route, saving you time and money. You can change the order of stops at any time.

AAA TourBook: The AAA TourBook provides ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and save. The RoadMate 9055-LM includes travel information from AAA to make your trip safe, easy, and hassle-free. If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of discount listings wherever the AAA card is accepted. There is an option to calculate a route to any of the locations provided in the TourBook. AAA TourBook categories include:

  • AAA TourBook Information: View information about accommodations, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events in locations near your current position or near any location you enter. (Restaurants and lodging destinations include AAA "Diamond" ratings info.)
  • Show Your Card & Save: Search for businesses that offer discounts for AAA members.
  • Approved Auto Repairs: Search for AAA-approved automotive repair facilities, including hours of operation and services offered.
  • AAA Branch Offices: Search for AAA branch offices with information on hours of operation and services offered.
  • Campgrounds: Search for campgrounds rated by AAA.

Note: AAA membership required. Visit AAA.com/GPS to register.

AAA Member Roadside Assistance: AAA Member Roadside Assistance gets you help fast with a toll-free member service number to assist you in finding an AAA approved tow truck or repair shop. The menu also shows your exact GPS location so you can provide precise information to your location.

Note: AAA membership required. Visit AAA.com/GPS to register.

Warranty Extension for AAA Members: AAA members can get an extra year of warranty added to the manufacturer's one year warranty by registering their GPS unit within 60 days of purchase.

Emergency Button: The unit's Emergency Button provides immediate directions and phone information for the nearest police station, hospital, or car repair facility.

Traffic Information

Lifetime Traffic: The RoadMate 9055-LM offers Free Lifetime Traffic alerts, providing real-time traffic information with no subscription fees. If a traffic incident, slow traffic, or stopped traffic is detected along your route, the traffic icon on the unit's Map screen will display the computed delay. You can select to avoid any or all of the traffic incidents along your route, and the unit will calculate an alternative route.

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Technology: The Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM features Bluetooth Technology for hands-free calling from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled cellular phone. You can make and receive calls hands free using the unit's built-in microphone and speaker.

A/V Input

Audio/Video Input: The Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM features a 3.5mm audio/video input which allows you to connect an external audio/video source (such as a portable DVD player or digital audio player) to the unit for movie or music playback. When there is a navigation voice alert, the audio from the A/V section will be muted and the alert announced.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The RoadMate 9055-LM comes supplied with a mounting cradle and adjustable arm that can be mounted to either the windshield or dash of your vehicle using a suction-cup mount. Please check the applicable regulations in your state regarding windshield mounting. An optional self-adhesive hard plastic dash disk is available should you wish to mount the unit on your dashboard.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The Magellan RoadMate receiver has a built-in Lithium-ion battery that permits use of the receiver for brief periods of time while not connected to external power. The unit's rechargeable battery that offers up to 30 minutes of continuous use. An on-screen Battery Strength Indicator shows you how much battery life you have left. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter in your car. It can take up to 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

 
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Gregor, Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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This gps works great. The large 7" color screen is handy to look at but not too big and cumbersome. The unit located satellites quickly and recalculated routes quickly as well. Overall, I am very happy with this Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM. Free lifetime maps and local traffic updates a great plus.
Pros:
Large screen that means it is easier not to be too distracted reading the gps while driving. Lifetime maps and traffic updates. Acquired satellites quickly.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By JKH, Virginia on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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The screen could not be seen in the sun light. This is my third Magellan I was very disappointed.
Cons:
Sun glare off the screen was very disappointing.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

RV Worthy? No Way!

Written By Terry, Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, August 11, 2012
 
When I first seen this item I was impressed by all of the Features and Benefits. Especially when you have a large Motor Coach the routing system to avoid obstacles that have a low overhead like bridges and over passes was very appealing. All sounded great so we ordered it. We have a 40' Motor Coach and like all units a large windshield area. Let me set the stage that we purchased a 7" Screen Garmin a few years ago that we love and works like a champ. The additional ability to route you around low overheads or areas that are difficult to navigate with a large coach was very appealing. Once installed it was easy to see that the Magellans LCD screen is not very bright at all. As a matter of fact on a sunny day very dim and almost impossible to see, while the Garmin is twice as bright. Not good when used in a coach with lots of windshield space. The second feature is the speed limit indicator, it is set up for over the road trucks, not RV's. the color spectrum of the screen is not the best choice for viewing. We adjusted everything we could and decided that this tool was not nearly worth the spend. If it had a better LCD screen it would have been nice, Thanks to Crutchfield and their awesome service we were able to return the unit for a full refund! Thank you Crutchfield!
Pros:
Routing system for Height and Length routing to avoid obstacles!
Cons:
LCD Screen brightness and clarity, Colors Magellan selected for the display screen by the
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By Sarah, West Virginia on Monday, June 11, 2012
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Works like it should! Love It!
2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

roadmate

Written By Bobbie, Brooksville, Fl on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
 
I will never purchase anything by Magellan again...This is a dinasaur dressed up as new....Nothing about it appealed to us on our trip. Very difficult to use, wrong directions, kept shutting down every few minutes. And I paid a lot for it!!!!
Pros:
0
Cons:
almost everything
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1 out of 5

Disappointing Performance/Poor Software Design-Magellan RoadMate 9055-

Written By Tom S., Croton on Hudson, NY on Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Bought this from Crutchfield a year ago and have used it since. I had a small inexpensive Magellan for years and thought this a step up. The large screen is nice and the unit pronounces street names. Unfortunately, while the turn by turn directions are clear and easy to understand, the street names are often garbled, muffled or mispronounced to the point that one cannot understand them. On one trip, "US 1" was a garbled, "U S one", followed immediately after by, "us one." Huh?!

Travelling between some local towns directions will offer highways that double the trip length both in distance and time on trips that should be 20-30 minutes. Also, when I first spotted a "Fastest Time" of 27 minutes next to a "Shortest Distance" of 25 minutes, I could not believe my eyes. That comparison should be trivially simple for a computerized device. I'd attach a picture of that screen to this review, but don't see the option here. In addition, on numerous occasions the directions are just plain wrong, "stay right" when it should be "stay left" or turn instructions given after the turn has passed. I don't understand how Magellan got these things wrong, when they worked correctly in an earlier and less expensive unit.

This is the last Magellan GPS I will ever purchase.
Pros:
Large screen.
Cons:
Poor algorithms for directions. Erroneous shortest time trip calculations. Failure to use local roads to cut trip times. Bluetooth connection freezes unit and alert sounds repeat until unit is rebooted.
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5 out of 5

Nice!

Written By Darren, Augusta,GA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Makes everything so much easier with the huge screen and solid mounting bracket. Simple to use. Experienced first connection problem yesterday when I plugged into the mount the screen would not come on, not sure if it was me or the infamous complaint that I saw around the internet about that happening. After unplugging and replugging it twice it worked again, whew!
Pros:
Huge screen is awesome!
Cons:
Careful with little connector on mount
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By Lonnieb, White Oak, Tx on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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Works very well. Very nice size easy to see and set up for trips.
Pros:
Big screen.
Cons:
Power plug is a little hard to get plugged into its port.
3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By Dennis ly, Amarillo,TX on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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very good GPS,more option .I like its.
2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Roadmate and rear view camera

Written By Anonymous, Peck, ks on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Seems to work pretty good, installing the camera was a little work, I put about 4 hours into the install and reinstall, wireless remote works fine. Ford 2009 Taurus X.
Pros:
Wireless works good, Magellan works good,
Cons:
Cables to roadmate might be a little long, still have not settled on an inside mounting
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great toy

Written By Richard, Las Vegas on Friday, September 23, 2011
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Great gps, seems to be very accurate. Sometimes it says your there but its off by a couple hundred yards
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Battery inadequate

Written By Royalpudin, Bel Air, MD on Friday, August 26, 2011
 
Battery is very inadequate, doesn't last very long unless plugged in and when not in use discharges. Other functions are commendable, very quick to recalculate.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By NTa, Central Maryland on Sunday, August 21, 2011
 
Mount stable and can be fix on any flat surface like the gloves box cover.

Quick to calcul a road

Easy to see

Good to calcul from point a to b but hard to see total time and mileage if add stops on the way.

Tourbook doesn't work when GPS is tracking.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM

Written By Windsor, Maryland on Monday, April 25, 2011
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The mount for the device is very unstable.
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