Can someone confirm that I am stuck with the Icons and Alerts already in my 2200T and can not upload new ones to it? I saw the exchange that some other Magellan models can not but the 2200T does have an MP3 player and a picture viewer.
The POI Loader instructions are pretty vague and I tried naming everything the same except for the extension and put them in the same folder as the POI file, but that did not work. Thanks,
That you're going to have to find a Magellan expert.
I wasn't aware that the garmin poi loader worked with magellan
I just returned my 2200T that I'd gotten at Costco. My understanding is that you're stuck with the alerts and icons. You can use the Magellan's POI loader to upload custom POI's. The Magellan had some good points, but ultimately it's slowness, limited POI database and constant hesitation got to me. I could walk around the block and the compass would never change direction. In addition the steps to go through to access the custom POI's were annoying. Plus they've been blowing smoke for 6+ months about the crossover upgrade being available for the unit...and as of last week it still wasn't. I got a Garmin nuvi350 for $368 from Amazon with the 2008 maps and I couldn't be happier! It's even sensative enough to track my walking speed...not that I need it for that!
I did the same thing with my 2200T from Costco... but I returned, pucharsed again at a lower price (from $249 to $219), then promptly returned it again. I was unhappy with constant freezing, not starting, etc.
I love my NUVI 350 from Amazon, with the 2008 maps.
I have been very happy with the speed and performance of the 2200T. It has a long battery life and the map is surprisingly up-to-date, although I would be interested in the latest...
I have not been able to figure out how to use the POI loader to load customer POIs.
...of this page and click on the GPS models link. From there you'll be directed to a FAQ on loading POI's into Magellan units.
Hope this helps!
I just purchased the 2200T, loading POI files seems easy enough, i hope i never need their support!
I am returning my 2200T to Costco, I was very unhappy with everything (pretty much) about this unit. To be fair, it has a very good battery life and screen; also I like the fact that is insulated to weather, I was planning to use it on hiking trails. But compared to even an old Garmin unit (which i used before) it had a lot of minuses which made me decide to return it, as follows:
1. The sound is low, even at max; if radio is on (at normal level) I cannot hear the unit's instructions or warnings; with the old Garmin, there was no missing it;
2. The unit is slow; sometimes it freezes for minutes on a map and doesn't update fast enough;
3. To load custom POI's, forget it; also, you find many more POI databases for Garmin.
4. The boasting that it's a crossover (for which I initially bought it) is farcical, since now I would have to buy additional software from Magellan to MAKE IT really crossover, plus buy the needed maps (at $100 apiece).
5. The overall support from company and their website is bad, the software it came with really lame for users of Vista and even XP; it almost looks like soft for Win ME or 3.1.
6. It came with the big promise of an intelligent kit that allows you to avoid traffic jams; but guess what? You must purchase that for $100 AND subscribe yearly for another hefty fee.
7. Very low features, compared to even a low end TomTom or Garmin;
The most annoying thing though was the hiccups and overall slowness of the unit, probably due to the fact that its internal operating system is Windows Mobile 5.0
I hope the new Garmin Nuvi 200W which I'm getting is better.
I also returned the 2200T to Costco and got the Garmin Nuvi 360. The Garmin does routing so much better. It thinks the way I would. I am very pleased so far. The price was the same for both.
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