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Magellan SmartGPS

5" portable navigator with smartphone connectivity, plus free lifetime traffic and map updates

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Your smartphone's a wonderful tool, but it's best left alone when you're behind the wheel. Magellan's SmartGPS portable navigator harnesses the power of your smartphone to give you important and up-to-date information through its 5" touchscreen display as you drive. And you can still take advantage of Magellan's accurate, reliable guidance along with timely free traffic reports and no-cost map upgrades for as long as you own the navigator.

Magellan SmartGPS and your smartphone: a powerful combination

Your smartphone's a wonderful tool, but it's best left alone when you're behind the wheel. Magellan's SmartGPS portable navigator harnesses the power of your smartphone to give you important and up-to-date information through its 5" touchscreen display as you drive. And you can still take advantage of Magellan's accurate, reliable guidance along with timely free traffic reports and no-cost map upgrades for as long as you own the navigator.

Magellan SmartGPS portable navigator

It all starts with the SmartGPS apps

You'll need to download a pair of free Magellan smartphone apps to get the most out of your navigator, as both apps work in conjunction with each other. Once you've set up a SmartGPS account on Magellan's cloud-based system, you can wirelessly sync the same information from your smartphone and navigator to your computer and tablet, so you'll always be able to access valuable content from nearly any connected device. Once you've saved an address on any SmartGPS-connected device, you'll be able to pull it up from any of your connected devices. The free apps you'll want are:

  • Magellan's SmartGPS app for Android and iPhone connects you to your cloud-based SmartGPS account, so all your devices can give you the same information about your travels and preferences, no matter where you roam. The SmartGPS app also lets you send addresses and points of interest from your smartphone directly to the navigator, so you don't have to enter the destination by hand.
  • The Magellan Link app for Android enables a Bluetooth® link between your Android smartphone and the navigator, so you can see updated content right on the navigator's screen.
  • The Magellan RoadMate On-The-Go North America for iPhone app does the same for your Apple device.

When you're not in your car, you can use the SmartGPS apps to explore your surroundings through your phone, as the cloud-based SmartGPS system allows you to move information between devices seamlessly. You can go in-depth online, plan several stops, and send everything back to the navigator for the next leg of your journey.

Magellan SmartGPS portable navigator

Get info directly from the cloud, including Yelp and Foursquare

The SmartGPS not only shows you a map on its 5" multi-touch display — you'll also see customizable "content squares" on its screen that give you real-time updated information from a variety of sources. Yelp and Foursquare are two of the the best social feeds available, including user reviews and ratings, special offers, and much more. You can use these feeds to find hidden treasures along your route, and as you travel you'll be able to see what thousands of others think of your next potential stopping point without having to fumble for your phone.

More than that, you'll also get up-to-date fuel prices for nearby gas stations, as well as traffic warnings so you can stay ahead of congestion. Both of those features are free, as well as weather updates and nearby parking information. With your SmartGPS purchase, you'll also get a free one-year subscription to PhantomALERT, which gives you a heads-up any time you're approaching a red-light or traffic camera along your route.

Magellan SmartGPS portable navigator

Built-in Wi-Fi®

The SmartGPS features Wi-Fi connectivity, so it can receive updates wirelessly through your in-car Wi-Fi network, or at a Wi-Fi hotspot along your route. If you don't have Wi-Fi in the vehicle, the SmartGPS uses your phone's data connection to obtain updates via Bluetooth (data charges may apply). The SmartGPS also supports an on-screen Android web browser which can only be used with a Wi-Fi connection.

Excellent guidance

Even without all the connected features, the Magellan SmartGPS is still a heck of a navigator. It comes loaded with detailed maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus seven million points of interest. It offers turn-by-turn guidance with spoken street names, so you'll feel more comfortable in unfamiliar areas. It also includes Landmark Guidance for those who prefer not to squint to find tiny street signs for upcoming turns: you'll hear "turn left at the Federal Bank," instead of "turn left on Tenth Street." You'll also receive speed limit warnings when you're going too fast, as well as lane assistance for upcoming turns and detailed views of complicated intersections.

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 a 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.

Easy access to your favorites

Magellan's OneTouch™ menu lets you save your favorite destinations and searches so you can pull them up quickly without scrolling through multiple screens. The navigator also provides hands-free calling through your compatible Bluetooth phone. You can connect a rear-view camera to the SmartGPS through its built-in A/V input and use your Magellan's screen to see what's behind you.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator with built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone connectivity
  • includes FM-TMC traffic-info receiver with subscription-free updates
  • lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • free one-year subscription to PhantomALERT traffic camera alerts
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • 3.5mm A/V input
  • car power adapter, USB cable, headphone jack, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 30 minutes of life
Navigation features:
  • 5" WVGA color (800 x 480 pixels) touchscreen with built-in microphone and speaker
  • 3.1GB internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • 7 million points of interest
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names
  • Landmark Guidance announces names of landmarks (buildings, businesses) at maneuvers as well as street names
  • highway lane guidance and junction view (contiguous 48 states only)
  • speed limit indicator
  • OneTouch favorites menu
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization (up to 20 destinations)
Connected features (when used in conjunction with Magellan smartphone apps):
  • live content from Yelp and Foursquare
  • live weather updates
  • local gas prices
  • Best Parking feature directs you to nearby lots and garages
  • web browser
  • microSD card slot
Other features and specs:
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth technology allows hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • Bluetooth SafeText allows one-touch text messaging with your compatible phone
  • dimensions: 6-5/16"W x 3-5/8"H x 9/16"D
  • weight: 12.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This GPS is easy to use and can store lots of information. I like the tiles on the first screen, which gives you alot of information quickly.

coachajr, Massagequa, NY

What's in the Box:

  • RM5295 SmartGPS navigation device
  • Windshield suction cup mount/cradle with attached 50" power cable (with cigarette lighter adapter)
  • AC adapter with USB port (DC output: 5V 2A)
  • 32" USB cable (with USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-B USB connector on the other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Promo card for Magellan and RoadMate free apps

Magellan SmartGPS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Magellan smart GPS

coachajr from Massagequa, NY on 1/9/2014

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This GPS is easy to use and can store lots of information. I like the tiles on the first screen, which gives you alot of information quickly.

Pros: Ease of use, one touch buttons, and the Bluetooth.

Cons: A lbit large for a small active screen.


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Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, PR
Points of Interest 7,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information US, CA
Dynamic Content Services Yelp, Foursquare, AAA Tou
Removable Memory Type microSD card
Battery Life 30 minutes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Power Requirement
Computer Requirements


Overview: The Magellan SmartGPS (RM5295T) is a new generation GPS device that combines the reliability of a dedicated GPS device, the convenience and mobility of smartphone applications, and the content available of cloud-based services. The SmartGPS has a high-definition 5" screen with capacitive-touch technology like many smartphones, so you can operate the unit with familiar tapping and swiping actions.

Bluetooth Technology: The SmartGPS 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. The SmartGPS and your smartphone can also communicate via Bluetooth for transferring data on points-of-interest and live, dynamic content.

Wi-Fi: The SmartGPS has built-in Wi-Fi to let you connect to a network for obtaining new content via Magellan's cloud-enabled Smart Ecosystem. When the unit is connected to a network, updated fuel prices, weather, traffic events, speed camera warnings, and other information is downloaded directly to the device.

Companion Apps: You can receive free companion apps for your smartphone: Magellan RoadMate On-the-Go for iOS devices, and SmartGPS for Android devices. The apps let you connect your smartphone to the SmartGPS through Bluetooth, to create a connected car solution. On the smartphone app, you can search and save a location (in the Smart Ecosystem cloud), then sync and share the location to the SmartGPS.

Note: Smartphone apps are compatible with iPhone 3GS or newer with iOS4.2 or greater and Android OSS 2.3.3 or greater with at least a 1 GHz single core CPU.

Social Media: Using social media sites such as Yelp and Foursquare, you can discover new places, find deals, and read reviews. As you travel, information on local points-of-interest near your current location appear in the various content squares on the screen.

Content Display: There are eight different content squares that are available on the SmartGPS receiver. You can alter the screen view to display all eight squares, four squares in a split screen with the map, or just the map screen. You can select the four default squares, but during navigation, only two non-customizable squares are shown (Alerts and Places+Fuel Prices). You can "flip" through the squares for further content from the same source when available. Content squares show the following information:

  • Fuel Prices: The icon for a nearby gas station appears, along with the current price and distance to the station.
  • Traffic Alerts: If there is a traffic delay along the route, the estimated length of the delay will be displayed. If you are traveling along a route, the receiver will try to detour you around the incident.
  • Yelp: Information about restaurants and hotels appears, along with any available special offers. When you select a displayed restaurant or hotel, a route to the location is presented.
  • Foursquare: Information on the displayed business is shown, including available special offers. Selecting the business lets you create a route to the location.
  • Weather: You can see the current temperature and weather at select cities at a glance. Tapping on the weather square displays the 5-day forecast. You can "flip" the square to view other cities. You can change the cities displayed in the menu.
  • PhantomALERT: Red light camera and speed trap alerts from PhantomALERT are displayed as you approach them.
  • Current Location: Additional information can be displayed about your current location, including latitude and longitude, streets ahead and behind you. A Save button is displayed so you can save the current location in your address book.
  • Browser: If you are in range of a Wi-Fi network, you can access the Internet through the web browser by tapping the Browser square.

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The Magellan SmartGPS is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that receives signals from numerous satellites to constantly update your position. It has an integrated multidirectional GPS patch antenna on the top of the unit, which provides positioning accuracy within 3-5 meters.

Map Data: The device comes with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, preloaded onto the built-in flash memory. A microSD card slot is provided for loading optional specialty maps (i.e. European maps).

Lifetime Map Updates: 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. Map upgrades are available from the Magellan website using the Magellan Content Manager and can be downloaded to an inserted microSD card (sold separately).

OneTouch Favorites Menu: The SmartGPS 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 SmartGPS 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.

Multi-language Turn-By-Turn Voice & Visual Guidance: The SmartGPS offers Turn-by-Turn visual guidance through it's wide touchscreen display and voice guidance via its built-in speaker. You can select English, French, or Spanish.

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

Landmark Guidance: The SmartGPS provides voice instructions in an intuitive way, using easy-to-recognize landmarks. Instead of simply instructing you to "make a left turn," the voice guidance will say "make a left turn at the Burger King."

Highway Lane Assist: The SmartGPS 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.

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.

Customizable Route Method: There are a wide variety of methods you can use to create a route. You can set the SmartGPS 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 SmartGPS 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.

Points Of Interest (POI): The Magellan RoadMate receiver has approximately 7 million preloaded Points of Interest (POIs) that can be used as a destination for a route:

POIs Description
7-Million POIs The SmartGPS offers 7-million points of interests to help you easily find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, 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.
Branded POIs Branded POIs display your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and more by their respective logos.
Highway Exit POIs This feature provides a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits. You can select one of the POIs listed and create a route to it.

SmartDetour: When you slow down under 20% of the speed limit on a freeway, after a few seconds the Magellan software assumes you are in a traffic jam and displays the SmartDetour feature on the Map screen. Detours are calculated using the same routing method that was used to create the route. A list of alternate routes will be displayed.

Auto Re-Route: If you travel off the computed route, the Magellan SmartGPS will automatically re-calculate the routing information to get you to your original destination using the routing method you selected when creating the route.

Traffic Information

Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts: The Magellan SmartGPS offers Free Lifetime Traffic alerts. This allows the device to provide real-time traffic information with no subscription fees. The receiver uses traffic data from the Traffic Message Channel, which is part of the Radio Data System (RDS) broadcast on the FM band.

Traffic Receiver: The Magellan RoadMate's vehicle power adapter features a built-in traffic receiver. The SmartGPS can receive traffic information to help avoid delays in your travel. When traffic delays are detected along your route, the unit will alert you to the estimated delay time, and provide you with detours to help you avoid traffic jams and construction zones.

Note: Traffic warnings will not work if the unit is not connected to the included power adapter or you are using a different power adapter.

Speed Warning: The Magellan SmartGPS provides visual and audible speed limit warnings for applicable roads, such as Highways, Freeways, and Interstates.

Coupons and Offers: With Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts you also get coupon alerts that apply to the POI searches you are performing. Along the top of the POI Search Results and the Map display you will see a banner that displays coupons and offers from various merchants.


A/V Input: The Magellan SmartGPS features a 3.5mm audio/video input which allows you to connect the optional Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera System transforms the unit into a rearview monitor. The Wireless Back-up Camera includes a rear-view camera with integrated license plate mount, a wireless transmitter, wireless receiver, and 12-volt power adapter.

Audio Output: A 3.5mm audio output jack is provided for connecting the unit to an external speaker or a pair of headphones.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The Magellan RoadMate receiver has an internal battery that permits use of the receiver for a short time while not connected to external power. The unit has a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 30 minutes of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter in your car. It can take up to 4 hours to fully charge the battery.

Note: The internal battery cannot be charged through a USB cable connected to a personal computer.

Auto Power: If the touchscreen has not been accessed or the current position has not changed for a defined period of time, the Magellan RoadMate can be set to power off to save battery life.

AC Adapter: An included AC power adapter provides constant power to the navigation unit for loading content and syncing the device to your smartphone or PC. The AC adapter has a USB charging port (Type A female). The supplied USB cable (Type A male and Mini-B 2.0 male connectors) is used to connect the device to the AC adapter.

Computer Requirements

mini-USB Port: The Magellan SmartGPS features a mini-USB (type-B) port and comes with a 32" USB cable for connecting the navigation unit to your computer for software and map updates from the Magellan website.

Magellan Content Manager: The Magellan Content Manager is a free downloadable software application that syncs with your Magellan GPS navigator to deliver new map updates, firmware updates, and easy access to your Magellan online account. Magellan Content Manager is compatible with the following Operating Systems and web browsers:

  • Windows XP and Vista using the latest version of Firefox, Safari, or Chrome.
  • Windows 7 and 8 using Internet Explorer 9, and the latest versions of Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later using Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion, using the latest version of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

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