Magellan Throws 7" Display On RoadMate 1700 Navigation System

The dedicated GPS landscape continues to grow, despite the fact that integrated GPS applications on smartphones could be looking to steal away some of that precious market share. Magellan, a smaller player in the grand scheme of things, has just introduced the RoadMate 1700, and without a doubt the standout feature is its unusually large 7" widescreen panel.

If you're currently not satisfied with the size of your PND's display, you'll have a tough time saying no to the expansive WVGA touch screen on this one. Designed to provide enhanced resolution and readability, the RoadMate 1700 also includes the company's OneTouch user interface which provides instant access to favorite addresses and searches. Mike Wagner, senior director of product marketing for Magellan, had this to say about the introduction:
"The Magellan RoadMate 1700 was created for consumers who could benefit from a larger device that provides a safe and straightforward navigation experience. With its large color touch screen, built-in AAA TourBook and Roadside Assistance, and the OneTouch access to your favorite searches, the Magellan RoadMate 1700 is the ideal travel companion for SUVs, family vacations in the RV, or even commercial truck drivers."

The Magellan RoadMate 1700 includes preloaded maps of the 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; highway lane assistance; spoken street name guidance, mini USB 2.0; a Micro SD; multi-destination routing with route optimization; and integrated AAA TourBook guide travel information. There's also a video-in jack if you feel like watching iPod videos on the screen when you're not navigating, and of course, it ships with a car mount and car adapter. It's available for $299, which certainly isn't bad given the crazy large screen size.