Magellan RoadMate is a solid navigation offering. It has a complete but simple interface for route selection and setting changes, although lacks the smooth appearance and seamless animation of some of its competitors.
Roadmate is a cut above the rest of the apps we reviewed when entering addresses by hand, even as its ability to interpret addresses stored in Contacts isn’t acceptable.
Uniquely, Magellan offers a “3D+” option in which certain buildings, especially in city centers, show up in photorealistic 3D elevations. As you get nearer, the buildings go translucent and fade away to avoid blocking other navigation detail. I’m not yet sure whether this is distracting or an aid when you’re in an unfamiliar city, but it can be turned off.
Magellan’s software will work with its separately purchased car kit, which also supports the iPod touch, and is similar in features to the TomTom car kit. The unit wasn’t available for testing at this writing.
[This app was reviewed as part of our GPS app roundup review.]