Conclusion: Magellan's top-of-the-line GPS, the widescreen Maestro 4050, adds voice recognition and live traffic reports to the already solid Maestro 4040. But you can't control the device's every action with vocal commands alone, and its Bluetooth-connection skills need work.
Pros: 4.3-inch screen. Improved user interface. AAA TourBook and roadside assistance location. Sensitive SiRFstarIII receiver. Multisegment routing. Voice recognition provided for many functions. Traffic-report receiver integrated into mounting bracket.
Cons: Bluetooth phone interface failed to read our test phone's contact list and didn't automatically reconnect. No auto-zoom or auto-volume. Can't control all functions with voice commands.
Excerpt: The Magellan Maestro 4050 is one of the first GPS navigators to feature voice recognition, allowing you to speak commands. The available commands aren’t limitless though, and this is new technology, so there are bound to be a few bugs due to ambient noise, etc.
Excerpt: Il nuovo Magellan Maestro 4050 è il modello con caratteristiche più avanzate tra quelli lanciati di recente da questo produttore. Si tratta di un navigatore dotato di schermo da 4,3 pollici e risoluzione 480x272 pixel, del nuovo chipset SiRF Star III che consente di ricevere segnali da ben 20...